Welwyn Half Marathon

When: March 17th 2019
Where: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK
Course: Out and back from Gosling Sports Park on residential streets and the Cole Green Way with a loop half way around Hertingfordbury and Cole Green
Other routes touched: NCN Routes 12, 57 and 61, Cole Green Way, The Old Coach Road, Lea Valley Walk
Finish time: 2 hours 6 minutes

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Chiltern Walks: Turville, Fingest & Ibstone

Start / Finish: The Bull and Butcher Pub, Holloway Ln, Turville, RG9 6QU
Distance: 11.2km / 6.9 miles
Ascent: 183m
Duration: ~3 hours at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: Chiltern Way,
Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West, Henley-on-Thames & Wallingford

This walk was a little longer than our recent Chiltern rambles. Our Camino adventure was fast approaching and we needed a proper practice if we're going to do 18 km every day in Spain. We'd also heard good things about the pies in the Bull and Butcher in Turville so we needed to check them out.

Turville is an idyllic English country village in the heart of the Chilterns. So much so that its been featured in many films and TV series. We'd actually seen it a week ago in an episode of Killing Eve. Its the kind of place that's so special you don't want to blog about it in case too many other people find out about it ...

Parking in the village centre we took the footpath leading up the hill toward the windmill. Its a steep climb but we turned off the path pretty soon. I told Timi that we were going to the top of the hill so it was a relief to her that we were actually taking a flatter route around the hill.

Fingest village arrives at only 1 km into the route. If you're doing the pub crawl version of the route then the Chequers Inn will be your first stop. We avoided this one and checked out St Bartholemew's church instead. After the church/pub the route follows Chequers' Lane for just under 1km before taking a footpath west of a bend in the road.

From here the route follows a wooded valley for 3.5 km until a junction with a left hand turn and steep ascent across a field toward the Chiltern Way. This is a really lovely section and, for me, the highlight of the walk.

The Chiltern Way section is just over 1 km and takes you to Ibstone Road where you'll find the Fox Country Inn at the North of the village. Needing a rest, we popped in for a drink. It was weirdly empty for a Saturday afternoon, especially as it looked like a really nice place. The unfriendly staff could have been a clue though. We didn't stop for long. Pies at the Bull and Butcher were waiting!

Leaving the Fox we crossed the road and took the path around the Western side of Ibstone Common. From here the route follows wooded paths parallel to Ibstone Road. At the final half km, the path enters into open fields with a great view of Turville village from above. The final section is a steep descent back to the village centre.

After 11 km with fully laden rucksacks we were really looking forward to the Bull and Butcher's famous pies. Turned out that the rugby was on TV and they had stopped serving food. Doh! We had a sad packet of crisps instead and headed home.

Despite a poor experience of the pubs, the walk was amazing. This is a real gem right in the heart of the Chilterns.

 
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Cycling Sant Pere Màrtir, Barcelona

Start / Finish: Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona, Spain
Distance: 15km
Ascent: 400m
Duration: 1 hour 28 minutes
Other Routes Touched: PRC-164, PRC-171, Carretera de les Aigües

This was the first of 2 unexpected micro-adventures on a business trip to Barcelona. Timi was there for a conference and I tagged along on a combo of working-from-hotel and a Friday off. While we were there we caught up with an old friend from work who now lives in the city. I didn't think twice when he offered to take me on a evening's ride in the nearby mountains.

I've been to Barcelona a few times and always loved it. Its has the right mix of culture, coast, city and access to mountains. It's always been a potential future place to live and this trip only reconfirmed that.

The ride started in Sant Just Desvern, a suburb to the West of the city. From here you can be off road and climbing the trails within 15 minutes. My friend knew the route well and I was in the rare situation of just following along and not really knowing where we were heading. By KM 5 were were up on the Carretera de les Aigües with outstanding views over the city.

From here there's loads of options including a longer route to Mt Tibidabo. Instead we chose to climb Sant Pere Màrtir, the nearest peak before heading back. Its not a summit you can't easily miss as the giant transmitter can be seen for miles.

By the time we reached the top it was dark and I wimped out of cycling the steep 100m first section on the other side. The combo of my weird nervousness of slipping, the dark and my lack of helmet all kicked in. Beyond that first section the rest of the descent was an amazing ride back through the trails, mountain roads and town to the start.

 
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Chiltern Walks: Varneys Wood and River Gade

Start / Finish: Red Lion Pub, Water End, HP1 3BD
Distance: 5 km / 3.1 miles
Ascent: 65m
Duration: 1 hour at at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: River Gade
Map: OS Explorer Map (182) St. Albans and Hatfield

This is a pleasant short walk centred around bagging the Varneys Wood Trig Pillar.

  • From the Red Lion Pub Car Park cross the Leighton Buzzard Road and take the footpath on the right hand side of the first bend on Red Lion Road.

  • Follow the footpath to the top of the hill where there is a path junction at 1 km into the walk..

  • Turn right (South-East) along the top of the hill, following the edge of Varneys Wood until you reach Wood Farm. There’s a bench with a very nice view of the Gade Valley at the mid-point of this section.

  • The Trig Pillar is buried inside the hedge on the right hand side of the lane as you walk South-West away from the farm. You can see it and (just about) touch it from the road although you can’t see the Flush Bracket. It’s slightly more accessible from the other side of the hedge, although be careful as that’s in the farmer’s field.

  • Once exiting Wood Farm continue down the hill to Piccotts End and cross Leighton Buzzard Road again.

  • After the Waterworks, take the right hand footpath and follow this for approx 1.5km North-West following the course of the River Gade. You’ll get a good view of the Wood Farm buildings from the start of this path.

  • When you reach Potten End Hill road take a right then another right on Leighton Buzzard Road to return to the Red Lion.

map below: The Red Lion Pub at Water End

 
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Chessington Valentines 10K

When: February 17th 2019
Where: Chessington, Surrey, UK
Course: Single circuit on-road route from Chessington School & local roads.
Other routes touched: Chessington Countryside Walk, Thames Down Link, Hogsmill Valley Walk,
Finish time: 53:41

 
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Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon

When: February 3rd 2019
Where: Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
Course: Out and back along the coast from Pyramids Leisure Centre / Southsea Castle to North-East corner of Portsea Island. Similar return route with some diversions. Nice muddy/icy beach section.
Finish time: 1 hour 57 minutes

 
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Completing all Hertfordshire parkruns

As the furthest event from my house, I’d saved Letchworth until the end of my Hertfordshire collection. On the night before the event I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it though. News of cancellations was coming in from event after event after 2 days of snow across most of the country. The Letchworth team announced that things were looking OK but they would only know after a course check at 08:00 on the Saturday. This was risky as I had an hour’s drive to get there so would have to be on the road well before that. My 2 local events were also cancelled so I decided to risk it and head towards Letchworth with a Plan B and C just in case. Arriving at the park at around 08:10 I met the volunteers returning from their course check. It was slippery, but the event was on! It was just as well as my B and C options (Bedford and Great Denham) had just been cancelled. Letchworth is a great course and was stunning with frost on the ground and clear blue skies. I’m really grateful to the volunteers for going ahead and saving my Saturday.

With Letchworth done it completes the full set of 16 parkrun events in Hertfordshire. The number actually depends on how you count it as you could remove 1 for Heartwood Forest that I completed a year ago but has since closed. If you counted the historic rather than present-day county of Hertfordshire you could also add in Oak Hill, which is now part of Greater London. Anyway, whether it’s 15, 16 or 17, I’ve done them all (for now).


Aldenham

 

Barclay

 

Cassiobury

 

Castle Park

 

Ellenbrook Fields

 

Gadebridge

 

Heartwood Forest

 

Jersey Farm

 

Letchworth

 

Panshanger

 

Rickmansworth

 

South Oxhey

 

St Albans

 

Stevenage

 

Tring

 

Westmill

 

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Walking The Ranmore SCC Trail

Start / Finish: Denbie’s Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking, RH5 6AA
Distance: 10km / 6.2 miles
Ascent: 220m
Duration: 3 hours at at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: Mole Gap Trail, North Downs Way, Prospects of Polesden SCC, Norbury Park Off-Road Cycle & Walk SCC,
Map: OS Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate
See also: Explore Surrey - Ramore Circular (PDF)

The Explore Surrey’s guide to this walk starts the route at Boxhill and Westhumble station. If you’re driving, as we were, then Denbie’s Wine Estate is a great place to start. Denbies have obviously caught on to the benefits of attracting outdoor people as I’ve found myself visiting there 3 times in the last 6 months for different events. Most significantly for walkers, the visitors’ centre sits just off the North Downs Way and at the junction of 2 other trails.

From the Denbies car park the route heads North-West through the vinyard, joining the North Downs Way near the top of the hill. This 2 km section along the National Trail gives you some great views across to Box Hill, the Mole Valley and Dorking. Just past St Barnabas Church, the route leaves the North Downs Way and joins the Prospects of Polesden SCC trail down through the woods to the quaint Tanners Hatch YHA.

On the final section heading back East towards Westhumble we briefly diverted off the trail for a spot of Trigpointing. Trig Pillar TP2480 - Crabtree Cottages can be found about 100 metres down Crabtree Lane hiding behind bracken but easily accessible. After rejoining the main route there’s a steady descent down to Westhumble and a final 1km South through the houses back to Denbies.

Four a much better description of the route check out the PDF linked above. Its a really great walk in the Surrey Hills and we’ll definitely be back to do some of the other trails that we cross on the route.

 
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Chiltern Walks: Watlington Hill Circular

Start / Finish: Watlington Hill NT Car Park, Watlington, OX49 5HS
Distance: 3.6km / 2.2 miles
Ascent: 104m
Duration: 1 hours 45 mins at at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: The Ridgeway
Map: OS Explorer Map Active (171) Chiltern Hills West, Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford
See also: National Trust Watlington Hill

Maybe it was the clear, sunny winter’s day, but I think I’ve found my new favourite short walk in the Chilterns. Judging from how packed was the car-park when we arrived, this is clearly a popular place. When we left at lunchtime it was overflowing with cars lined up along the road. From the car-park take a clockwise / Westerly direction and you’ll soon get great views to the North. After half a mile the trail descends steeply to Hill Road where you’ll turn left onto the Ridgeway. Follow the Ridgeway for about a quarter-mile then left a left through a gate and follow the path through the fields at the foot of the hill. The route hits a T-junction in the path at the end of the field. Take another left here and follow the path gradually ascending all the way back to the car-park.

We went to the Fox and Hounds, a 2 minute drive away on Christmas Common, for a post-walk Sunday Lunch. Its well worth the diversion as its a quaint old place with great food and service.

If you’re heading back via the M40 there’s also the Shirburn Hill Trigpoint and Bald Hill, the Oxfordshire Historic County Top within 5 minutes drive of Watlington Hill or the pub

 
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Chiltern Walks: Hughenden Monument Circular

Start / Finish: Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire
Distance: 3.4km / 2.1 miles
Ascent: 89m
Duration: 1.5 hours at at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: Hughenden Boundary Walk
Map: OS Explorer Map (172) Chiltern Hills East

Having already visited the Manor at Hughenden, this time we were back to explore the wider estate. The Monument Walk is a a great short stroll that reveals even more about the history of the estate. From the National Trust Visitors’ Kiosk follow the orange arrows for the 1-mile walk to the monument, The NT’s own web page on the walk is a great resource for info on the route and history of the monument.

Although the NT’s route directs you to retrace your steps from the monument, a better option is to continue South and make it a circuit. Pass through Little Tinkers Wood, across a small housing estate then back across Coates Lane into Hughenden Park. From here head North back to the fence surrounding the Manor.

As you re-enter the grounds take a moment to look at the gates designed by Benjamin Disraeli himself. They include a Castilian Tower, representing his Jewish heritage,which he played down in his earlier carrier but re-embraced later on. After passing the gates turn left onto the North Lawn for a great view of the house to finish the walk.

Design from the Disraeli coat of arms incorporated into the old visitors gates.

Design from the Disraeli coat of arms incorporated into the old visitors gates.


 
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Completing all Buckinghamshire parkruns

Buckinghamshire is my home county and includes Black Park, the first parkrun that i did on Boxing Day 2012. It also contains some of my favourite courses like Wendover Woods, Tring and Black Park itself. There’s currently 9 parkruns in present-day Buckinghamshire and you could also include Upton Court in Slough if you extend it to Historic Buckinghamshire. There’s also Springhill parkrun which is within the grounds of a closed prison, and as such is not accessible to members of the public. So, without Springhill I’ve technically not completed all of Buckinghamshire but I’m happy not to have had the opportunity to do it.


Aylesbury

 

Black Park

 

Buckingham

 

Higginson, Marlow

 

Linford Wood

 

Milton Keynes

 

Rushmere

  • Completed: 5th January 2018

  • Time: 25:58

  • http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmere

  • The address for Rushmere is actually in Bedfordshire but as whole course is on the Buckinghamshire side of the border, I’m including it here.

 

Wendover Woods

 

Wycombe Rye

 

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Cycling The River Mimram

Part of the Chilterns Rivers series.
River Source: Off Lilley Bottom Road, North-West of Whitwell, Hertfordshire
River Mouth: Confluence with River Lea, North-East of Hertford Town Football Club, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Elevation of Source: 90m
River Length: 12 miles / 20k
Date travelled: 2nd January 2019 by cycle
Route Start / End: Circular from Hertford Town Centre
Route Stats: 53 km in 4 hours 11 mins, +372 m elevation gain
Other routes touched: NCN Route 12 and 61, Chilterns Cycleway, Lea Valley Walk, Cole Green Way, Hertfordshire Chain Walk, Hertfordshire Way, The Chiltern Way Northern Extension,


This was to be the final trip in my Chilterns Rivers project, and one to satisfy my completist nature. That idea changed during research for this blog post as I noticed that I’d missed the Ouzel, the Flit and the Hiz. Not a big deal as it gives me more trips to do this year.

I’d already attempted this trip earlier in the year, only making it 5 miles in before abandoning it. I’d just come back from my Balkans trip and I was in the mood for another adventure. The wife was out for the day and tackling the Mimram seemed like a great way to spend a Sunday. It wasn’t. What I’d not factored in was that I was exhausted from the Balkans trek and it was also the middle of a heatwave. I’d also driven an hour to Hertford before realising that I’d not packed my backup USB power charger and my phone was already down to 50%. This is a complicated route and I wasn’t going to crack it without the GPS route. For some unknown reason I set off anyway then decided 5 miles in that I had neither the power in my phone or my body to complete it. My second attempt was better planned. January 2nd wasn’t in a heatwave, I was fully rested after Christmas and I’d brought my charger. I’d also brought my friend Charlie for added entertainment.

Hertford is a great base for the trip as it's a nice town with lots of parking and choices for food. For the circular trip we took an North-Westerly anti-clockwise route along mostly quiet county roads to find the source. The actual source is not accessible but we picked a quaint pond nearby to mark the start of the river section. From here the route heads South-East also along quiet country roads back to Hertford. The first couple of miles follows Lilley Bottom Road through Whitwell High Street, crossing over the river several times.

By the time we got to Welwyn we were ready for a coffee break. Despite having several pleasant looking pubs nothing seemed to be open so we continued on. This final section was the most interesting as it gave us a chance to get off-road as we got onto some bridleways through Panshanger park. Shortly after Panshanger we joined the Cole Green Way which follows a disused railway line to Hertford.

A kilometre before reaching the end we went off-piste to find the confluence of the Mimram and the Lea. Its at the end of a footpath to the east of the grounds of Hertford Town Football Club. I imagine that few locals even know its there and its a nice quiet place to mark the end of the trip.

Blue = River, Red = Cycle Route

Elevation above and map pin below show the source / pond at Frogmore stables.

 
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parkrun Compass Club

After a New Year’s Day visit to Westmill, I’ve now earned the (unofficial) parkrun Compass Club badge. This comes from completing parkrun events that contain the words North, East, South and West. But how many parkrun compass points are there? What’s the actual most Northerly/Easterly/Southerly or Westerly parkrun in the UK? .. In the world? So, with a bit of extra time on my hands before New Year and inspired by a debate on the UK parkrun Tourists group I had to find out …


Note: The local spellings of the Compass Points such as Nordre and Poludnie don’t count towards the Compass Club Challenge in the Running Challenges Chrome Extension.


UK North


UK East


UK South


UK West


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2018 in Numbers

TOTAL DISTANCE IN 2018

  • Run: 415 miles

  • Cycle: 416 miles

  • Trek: 265 miles

  • Total = 1,096 miles

Trek = recorded hiking & walking events, not general steps.

KEY EVENTS IN 2018

  • 1 Ultra Marathon

  • 8 Half Marathons

  • 42 Total parkruns

  • 33 New parkruns

  • 2 New County Tops (Helvellyn, Old Man of Coniston)

  • 6 New Countries (Jordan, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Mauritius)

2018 Garmin Stats.JPG

Stats from 2010+ .. first year of tracking via Garmin

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Chiltern Walks: Whiteleaf and Cadsden Circular
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Start / Finish: Whiteleaf Cross car park, Peters Ln, Monks Risborough, HP27 0LH
Distance: 6km / 3.7 miles
Ascent: 118m
Duration: 1 hours 40 mins at at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: Icknield Way, Ridgeway, Risborough Purple Route, Outer Aylesbury Ring.
Map: OS Explorer Map (181) Chiltern Hills North

We were on a roll with our winter walks this year. For some reason we had got out of our habit of winter walks last year. A quiet Christmas and a need to do some Camino training gave us some extra motivation to get back out. My new obsession about bagging all of the Trig Pillars in the Chilterns also gave us some new targets for the trips.

This walk was based around finding the Windsor Hill Trig Pillar. We had come very close to it 2 years ago on our Ridgeway walk, but I wasn’t on my Trig mission back then. The pillar can be done in a fairly quick drive-by as its really close to the Whiteleaf Cross car park. You can just about see the pillar from the road but can only get to it by walking south down Peter’s Lane to the field gate. Its not on a right-of-way, but the gate was open and no-one was around so we crossed the misty field to the Pillar. On exiting the field through the same gate, you can cross the road and join the footpath to continue this 6k circular walk.

For much of the walk we had the route to ourselves. The weather probably didn’t help but I suspect that most walkers round here will stick to the Ridgeway. After a misty / spooky walk through Sargeants Wood, Cross Copice and Ninn Wood, we found civilisation again at The Plough at Cadsden. The pub is at the intersection of The Ridgeway and a couple of other paths making it very popular with walkers. Its a friendly place with good food … ideally for a stop before the climb back up to Whiteleaf Cross.

On a clearer day its worth checking out the Cross from the Ridgeway. As it was we could see bugger all from the top through the mist.

 
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Walking The Eton Rivers Triangle

Start / Finish: Car park at the Jubilee River Riverside Centre, Slough Road, SL1 2BP
Distance: 7.4km / 4.6 miles
Ascent: 22m
Duration: 1 hours 50mins at at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: Jubilee River Way, Thames Path, NCN4, NCN 61
Map: OS Explorer 160 Windsor, Weybridge & Bracknell

The first thing that you’ll notice about this walk when looking at the map is that it’s not a triangle. Its not even close. But when I imagine it, it's a perfect isosceles following the Jubilee River until it meets the Thames, taking the Thames Path back to Eton, then cutting across Eton back to the start. Despite the annoying lack of perfect geometry, it's a hidden gem of a short walk in touristy Windsor and Eton.

I grew up in neighboring Maidenhead and remember regular occurrences of the Thames flooding. The Jubilee River was the answer to this, a channel built in the 1990s to divert overflow from Maidenhead to Datchet. Since then its become a regular feature on my runs and cycles as an alternative scenic route between the towns. Most people stick to the middle sections accessed by car-parks near Taplow and Dorney. The section East of the Slough Road roundabout is comparatively quiet.

The first 1 km from the car-park follows NCN Route 61 before it diverts north toward the Grand Union. Here, keep on the Jubilee River heading South-East after the footbridge, crossing over Eton Road, under the railway line and into Datchet Golf Club. The confluence with the Thames is hidden from the path by high hedges that border the golf course. When you cross the bridge on King Edward II Avenue look back along the East bank and you can see the junction of the rivers.

On the bridge you’ll also get a great view of Windsor Castle and, to the South, the private areas of the Castle estate. Immediately after bridge, turn right onto Home Park and follow the Thames Path as it bends round towards Eton Bridge. After crossing under the railway line for a second time the path crosses a light industrial area containing a boat repair yard and Romney Lock. Despite living near Windsor for most of my life I didn’t even know there was a lock there as you can easily miss it. After the lock the path follows the edge of the Railway Station car-park and opens out to Windsor Riverside.

Here's a good point in the trip to take a break and there’s loads of choice on either side of Eton Bridge. The route continues back on the Eton side of the bridge with a couple of options. The short option would be to follow Eton High Street / B3022 as it will take you directly back to the start. A longer but more interesting alternative is to take a left turn off Eton High Street through Church Close. This takes you on paths round the back of the college buildings and playing fields, then along the Slough/Windsor railway spur leading back to the Jubilee River just West of the car park.

If you find yourself in Windsor and want an interesting short walk to avoid the tourists and shoppers you can’t go wrong with this one.

 
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Completing all parkruns inside the M25

Having completed Londone earlier this year, my next mission was to complete “all inside the M25” by year-end. Just squeezed it in on December 29th ….

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Chiltern Walks: Hedgerley Circular

Start / Finish: The White Horse, Hedgerley, Village Lane, Hedgerley, Slough SL2 3UY
Distance: 9.1km / 5.6 miles
Ascent: 84m
Duration: Approx 2.5 hours at at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: None
Map: OS Explorer Map (172) Chiltern Hills East
See also: Bucks County Council Hedgerley Walk PDF

This one’s not technically in the Chiltern Hills AONB, but its close enough and fits into my own “Greater Chilterns” region. Hedgerley is not a place you’ll find by accident and most people speed past it on the way to London on the M40. Its worth hunting out though as this is a nice, quiet (in most places) walk with a great pub at its centre.

The whole route is a bow-tie shape with the White Horse pub in the centre. We’re locals and, with the wife feeling a bit ill, we decided to do it as 2 shorter walks on Christmas Day and Boxing day. This also gave us the opportunity for a selfie by the Christmas Lane sign 1.5m into the first part.

The Western section is longer at ~6 km with the Eastern section at just under 3.5km. Both are pleasant and relatively easy with only minor inclines. Watch out for a half-mile section on Parish Lane on the Western section which has no footpath but lots of fast cars heading toward the motorway from Stoke Poges. Once past this you’ll be rewarded with a loop of Egypt Wood, a quiet woodland next to Burnham Beeches. The Eastern section suffers from the noise of the M40 that runs really close to it. Don’t let that put you off though as it includes a pleasant walk through Hedgerley Green.

 
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2018 Trig Point / County Top Christmas Quiz Answers

Here’s the answers and results from the Christmas Quiz on the Facebook Finding All the UK Trig Points group.


  1. Dec 9th: Lowest Historic UK County Top that is a Munro.
    - Answer is Ben Vorlich. Trig = S6510
    - Daily Winner was Alan Smeaton

  2. Dec 10th: Highest Historic UK County Top that is not a Munro.
    - Answer is Snowdon. Trig = 10684
    - Daily Winner was Tony Jenkins

  3. Dec 11th: Highest Historic UK County Top that a Hewitt but not a Nuttall.
    - Answer is Slieve Donard Trig = OSNI 3087
    - Daily Winner was Tony Jenkins

  4. Dec 12th: Lowest Historic UK County Top that’s either a Hewitt or a Nuttall.
    - Answer is High Willhays Trig = Yes Tor, S1765
    -
    Daily Winner was John Arthur Edwards

  5. Dec 13th: Highest Historic UK County Top that's on an island (but not the UK mainland).
    - Answer is Goatfell. Trig = S1607
    - Daily Winner was John Arthur Edwards

  6. Dec 14th: Highest Historic UK County Top that’s a not a Marilyn.
    - Answer is Moel Sych. Trig = (Cadair Berwyn) S1545
    -
    Daily Winner was Jon Glew

  7. Dec 15th: Highest mountain that is a Marilyn and a Hewitt but neither a Nuttall nor a UK Historic County Top.
    - Answer is Carrauntoohil. Trig Pillar on Carrauntoohill has been removed. Nearest intact pillar is on Mullaghanattin
    - [
    no daily winner]

  8. Dec 16th: Highest Historic UK County Top which has a parent peak that is not another County Top. - Answer is Glas Maol. Trig = S1565
    - [
    no daily winner]

  9. Dec 17th: Highest mountain that is a Hewitt and a Nuttall but not a Marilyn or a UK County Top.
    - Answer = Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl). Trig = S1618
    -
    Daily Winner was Gerald Davies

  10. Dec 18th: Highest mountain that is a Nuttall but not a Hewitt, Marilyn or a UK Historic County Top.
    - Answer is Castell y Gwynt. Nearest trig pillar is the remains of 11252 on Carbedd Dafydd
    - Daily Winner was Gerald Davies

  11. Dec 19th: Highest Historic UK County Top that’s not a Marilyn, Munro, Hewitt or a Nuttall.
    - Answer is Merrick - Kirriereoch Hill (boundary). Trig = Merrick itself, S1586
    - Daily Winner was Wayne Macdonald

  12. Dec 20th: Highest Munro that is neither a Marilyn nor a Historic UK County Top.
    - Answer is Sgor an Lochain. Nearest trig pillar is on Ben Macdhui, S1579
    -
    Daily Winner was John Arthur Edwards

  13. Dec 21st: Highest mountain that is a Hewitt but not a Marilyn, Nuttall nor a UK Historic County Top.
    - Answer is Beenkeragh. Nearest Trig Pillar on Carrauntoohill has been removed. Nearest intact pillar is on Mullaghanattin (FB# not known)
    - [
    no daily winner]

  14. Dec 22nd: Lowest Historic UK County Top that’s a Marilyn.
    - Answer is Normanby Top. Trig = 2995 (The Acre)
    - Daily Winner was Wayne Macdonald
    - Photo Bonus Point for Iain Snell

  15. Dec 23rd: Lowest Historic UK County Top that’s a Nuttall and a Hewitt but not a Marilyn.
    - Answer is Chwarel Y Fan. Nearest trig is Bal Mawr S7281
    - Daily Winner was Wayne Macdonald

  16. Dec 24th:
    - Highest mountain that is a Marilyn but not a Munro, Hewitt, Nuttall nor a UK Historic County Top.
    - Answer is Creag Toll a' Choin. Nearest trig pillar Sgurr a' Chaorachain S9446.
    -
    (no correct guesses)
    - Highest Munro that is not a Historic UK County Top.
    - Answer is Braeriach. Nearest trig pillar Ben Macdhui S1579.
    -
    Correct answer by Wayne Macdonald

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