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From bicycle touring to backpacking, watercolour painting to clay modelling, the exploration journal captures my journey through many different interests and travel adventures.

I’m passionate about finding those out of the way places that whisk you away from the concerns of everyday life. Whether this is by wading through an overgrown river or trying new paint techniques is up to you!

Category: Travel

Walking St Ives to Penzance

The South West Coast Path is England’s longest way-marked long distance footpath, hugging the coastline for 630 miles and meandering through some of the best views England has to offer. Walkable from either direction, it starts at Minehead in Somerset and goes through Devon and Cornwall, concluding at Poole Harbour in Dorset. The route includes the moorland of Exmoor, the…

Up and over to the Spanish Pyrenees

We started at Eylie in the Biros Valley for our second wild camping walk in the Pyrenees. The day before consisted of close monitoring of the weather forecast to ensure that it was worth while climbing up into the mountains. The next day was forecast drizzle but the day after it said “a glorious sunny day”. We decided it was…

Day walks in the Pyrenees

As well as the two wild camping trips higher in the Pyrenees mountains, we also had five or so day walks to recover and shelter from bad weather. The weather this year was unusually bad compared to what we normally have over the summer. Walk 1 – Precipitous Backpacking Walk 2 – Into the Spanish Pyrenees Castillon-en-Couserans The weather was…

Precipitous backpacking in the Pyrenees

The first stage of my Pyrenees hiking trip was to get from England to France, and then into the mountains. I landed in Toulouse at 21.30 and spent the night at a hotel close to the airport. The next day we went to collect the hire car which my dad and I would share driving. The process went smoothly until…

Practicing insect photography in Germany

I recently visited my sister near Dusseldorf in Germany, they were busy one afternoon so I grabbed my camera and walked to the nearby Stinderbachtal nature reserve. The aim of the trip was to test out my new Neewer macro extension tubes for the Sony A6000 camera. I’ve only had it for a couple of weeks so an afternoon of…

Night Photography in Newcastle

I was in Newcastle for work and decided to take my camera along in case the opportunity arose to do some photography. By the time I finished it was dark but this meant instead of sleeping I could wander around a strange city in the dark and attempt my first go at night photography. Starting from the hotel in Gatehead,…

Black Sea to England Cycle Tour Recap

Summer 2018 was an adventurous few months. I went backpacking in the Pyrenees and then got home and started my second bicycle tour. This involved loading the bikes onto a plane and flying to Romania, then meandering back to England through Europe. I’ve collected my adventures over the summer into this post with quick links to each country along with…

Cycling Loire à Vélo (and home!)

From Nevers we decided to follow Eurovelo 6 all the way to the end – the estuary of the Loire in Saint-Nazaire. This is the final 600km home stretch of finishing both Loire a Velo and Eurovelo 6 in one fell swoop. About 100km along from Nevers we found the town of Gien. One of the best things I’ve discovered…

Cycling France, from Saint Louis to Nevers

Back when we were planning where to go on this cycle tour, one of the options we thought of was nipping over the English channel to France and spending a few weeks meandering through the French countryside. In the end we settled on going from Romania to England of course, but I like to think that these last two weeks…

Rheinfall, and cycle touring through Switzerland

From our hilltop campsite in Germany it was a quick cycle into Schaffhausen, the town famous for Rheinfall. We were amazed by how clear the Rhine was when we first saw it, it was a shock after cycling along the Danube that alternates between murky green and stirred mud where the boats brush the river bed. In comparison, the Rhine…