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About the Author

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

I love to find 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!

Waterfalls of Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor

If you’ve followed the Exploration Journal for some time, you will know by now that I love waterfalls. They make frequent appearances in many of my posts and a lot of my time involves scrambling down muddy ravines or long walks just to reach them. I find the prospect of locating waterfalls just as exciting as arriving at it and…

Walking in Portugal: GR34 Serra Amarela trail

This is the final section of the Portugal walk in 2021, which I’ve finally finished writing. Our plan to set off from the semi-illegal campsite in the early hours didn’t come to fruition, mainly due to needing a longer rest and enjoying the quiet of the campsite. Despite this we were not discovered and set off at around 9am. We…

Walking in Portugal: GR50 from Xertelo to Gerês

This is the second part to walking the GR50 through Peneda Gerês National Park in Portugal. Read about the first section here – GR50 – Tourem to Xertelo After camping in the gorse around Sete Lagoas we started the walk back to rejoin the GR50, this time following the more popular route that meandered relatively flat along the top of…

Walking in Portugal: PR9 Trilho das 7 Lagoas

We started walking the GR50 in Peneda Gerês National Park about four days ago and spotted a footpath sign reading PR9 just after Xertelo. We fancied an adventure and so decided to follow it through a gorge-like valley and camp somewhere along the river near ‘Trilho Sete Lagoas’. Camping somewhere was a priority immediately after starting the route as it…

Walking in Portugal: GR50 from Tourém to Xertelo

In my Summer Update I talked about the plan to fly to Portugal and walk the GR50 through Peneda Gerês National Park. It required some careful planning to understand the Covid restrictions, tests to enter Portugal and test to enter the UK again, but also what the route looks like, which was by far the most interesting! The original plan…

Golitha Falls and Cheesewring

I recently started a project to visit all the waterfalls on Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor, which is quite the undertaking! Fortunately Bodmin Moor is easy as there are only two – the main one at Golitha Falls that everybody knows about, and then there is the complete opposite at Cascade Woods, a secret spot that isn’t talked about much and…

The Tamar Valley: Bere Peninsula Loop

The weather in Cornwall can be atrocious, especially in winter when the storms roll across the Atlantic Ocean to batter the coastline and cover the county in torrential downpours. Which is why it is valuable local knowledge to know where you can go for a sunny walk when the weather looks bad everywhere else. The Tamar Valley is known to…

The Strangles, Cornwall

The stretch of Cornish coastline named High Cliff (aptly named due to being the highest cliff in Cornwall) is also home to my favourite local beach – the Strangles. Regardless of where you park, the route to the beach involves winding down for over 200 metres and then using a rope and rickety steps to drop the last couple onto…