Monday, 30 August 2010

Inheritance Walks moving to Walking For Happiness

As of August 2010, this blog is closed; all activity is being transferred to

I look forward to seeing you there!

James Hardiman, The Happy Walker

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Way to Go, ME!

Wow, I impressed myself!  I walked the whole of the Test Way, from Totton (Salmon Leap) to Inkpen Beacon in three days, Friday 22nd Jan 2010, to Sunday 24th Jan 2010.

Friday I did Salmon Leap to Kimbridge Farm Shop (12.4 miles).  It was SERIOUSLY flooded north of Romsey, before Squab Wood.

Saturday I did from Kimbridge Farm Shop (such nice people!) to the Plough at Longparish.  Exactly 17 miles.

Sunday I was profoundly alone; even George the Dog couldn't manage it (lightweight!). Longparish Church to Inkpen.  17.7 miles.  Arrived just in time to see a glorious sunset.

So, I can tell you that the Test Way is NOT 44 miles, as all the signposts say, it's 47.1, as recorded by my Sat Map.  I'll upload the tracks as GPX files when I get a moment.

Now we're going into training for the Naomi House Clarendon walk on 6th June (my dad's birthday).

And we're implementing the "Quantum Body" programme to help get and stay fit for it (just hoping to persuade some of the QB people to come with me!!)

Friday, 8 January 2010

2010 a disaster so far, walking wise!

Well, Xmas has done some damage, and so has the snowy weather!  I just got on the scales, and was horrified what they said (basically, they yelled "get off"!)

So, I'm going to develop a programme of walks for 2010, interspersed with some training runs to prepare for the Eastleigh 10k road race on 28th March.

I will publish all the training plans on the website, and link to them from the blog.

First walk will be tomorrow, with Abbi and Lou, in the very snowy New Forest, to celebrate Abbi's birthday (which is today).  She's 21 (again).

Friday, 1 January 2010

All four Clarendon 2 caches were FTF by the same person

Well done to Mrs Bella Cullen, who was FTF on all four of these caches.

She was out in the sunshine while I was playing web pages and watching The Guns of Navarone!

I guess I better think about the caches for Clarendon 3.

Award for completing all the Clarendon Caches

I am thinking of making a little award -- maybe a certificate and badge -- for finding all the caches on the whole series of Clarendon Way walks.

As I haven't laid them all yet, it will be a while, but if you follow this blog, I'll publish news here of the progress.

I'm thinking of a FTF, and a Completion award.  I may ask for a donation to a charity to cover the cost.

Happy for people to post comments and ideas.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, 31 December 2009

New Geocaches on Clarendon Way

Last Sunday I laid the Geocaches for Clarendon 2 (Farley Mount).  Four new geocaches: long walk, and muddy, but easy to find when you get there.

They are now published and are accessible from the Clarendon Way, Walk Two (Farley Mount) webpage.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Whither are You Going, or Falling in Love with Quo2

For years I've used Fugawi as my electronic access to Ordnance Survey mapping, but it was creaking more and more, so I looked for an alternative.  I was on the point of buying Memory Map, when I read a negative review on Amazon, which also praised Mapyx Quo.  As Quo is free software, and the maps are half the price of anyone else's, I thought I'd give it a try.

A few days later, and I'm a complete convert.  In a way, I think the names of the two pieces of software tell you something.  In both cases a certainliteracy is required to get the allusion: I won't spell out the allusion that "Fugawi" offers; I want this to be a family-friendly blog (e-mail me if you don't get it).  I guess the Quo allusion is to the Latin phrase, "Quo Vadis"; where are you going.

Anyway, if you don't have mapping software, or may be in the market for an update, here's the review that sold it to me, and here's where to get it.

I intend to update my Inheritance Walks website offering everything as Quo projects.  Also, Quo makes it child's play to publish routes as Google Earth KML files, so I'll offer that ont he website, too.  That gets over a problem that I had ... I could talk about the walks, and publish the GPX file, but there was no easy way to show the walk.  A mouse click to see it on Google Earth seems to give the answer, so that's what I'm about to do.

Having started thinking about Clarendon Way circular walks, and having recently finished end-to-end on the Clarendon Way, I've almost finished designing my CW circular series; they should be published before the end of the year; watch this space.