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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’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!

Summer Update 2020

It feels a bit weird to be writing a summer update with Covid-19 rampaging across the world. Normally I use these mid-year updates to tell you all where I plan to go over the summer months and what I want to see but those plans all got thrown out of the window in late March. I’ll run through the adventurous…

How to start wild camping: Location

As a followup to my first wild camping post ‘How to wild camp: Mentality’ I thought it would be a good idea to focus in on what not only makes a good wild camping spot, but that perfect one that you will remember for years to come. Finding the perfect wild camp spot can be a highlight of the trip…

Nature Reserve Spotlight: Bubbenhall Wood

Bubbenhall Wood & Meadows, Old Nun Wood, Wappenbury, and Ryton Pools &  Wood all border on each other and form part of the Dunsmore Living Landscape project. A National Heritage funded project to restore important wildlife habitats between Leamington, Rugby and Coventry. The reserves are interconnected and it is easy to follow the footpaths between each one, though they are…

How to start wild camping: Mentality

In my experience you have wild camping, which I define as camping in the wilderness, such as in the mountains or off the beaten track in woodland. As a subset of wild camping there is ‘free (wild) camping’ which is camping where ever you feel like, from public parks to farmers fields. Enough experience wild camping naturally leads overcoming the…

Nature Reserve Spotlight: Ryton Wood

The nature reserves in the Ryton area have quickly become my favourite over the past year. Ryton Pools and Wood, Bubbenhall Wood and Meadows, Old Nun Wood and Wappenbury all border on each other and form part of the Dunsmore Living Landscape project. A National Heritage funded project to restore important wildlife habitats between Leamington, Rugby and Coventry. The reserves…

Nature Reserve Spotlight: Skipwith Common

Skipwith Common is a National Nature Reserve and SSSI near York and one of the last remaining areas of northern lowland heath in England. Most of the valley around York was once lowland heath but now only three sites remain. Skipworth Common covers 270 hectares and is a beautiful mix of open heath, birch woodland and murky ponds. This location…

A second foray into clay modelling

The previous clay modelling post in May: Modelling with Garden Clay. I once again visited family in Hampshire, and this time took extra care when digging the hole for clay. In my previous attempt I contaminated the clay with soil and so went through a process of washing it. This time I kept it as clean as possible and so didn’t…

Nature Reserve Spotlight: Crackley Wood

I discovered this Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) nature reserve whilst on the hunt for a good source of blackberries. I’ve been going through a bit of a apple crumble phase and the one thing that improves apple crumble is a handful of blackberries. Over the summer I’ve been trying to see as many of the WWT reserves as possible and…

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…

Nature Reserve Spotlight: Swithland Wood

I recently visited Swithland Wood SSSI (a nature reserve designated as being of particularly special scientific interest) on the way back to Warwick from a work trip. I put the route into Google maps and hunted along it for a good stretch of woodland to spend a couple of hours walking. After 10 minutes I found Bradgate Park country park,…