Last night we took a bus from Victoria Station to Southampton and on to the village of Lindhurst where we are staying with friends in their cottage for a couple of days.
Continue reading Minstead New Forest
The area around Whitechapel is where immigrants to London often settle, probably because it has traditionally been one of the cheaper (ie: slum) areas to live. We started walking at Aldgate, where the Roman road to Colchester passed through the city wall.
Continue reading East End London
We’ve just returned from a couple of days in Wales, where we stayed with retired British GP Julian Tudor Hart.
Continue reading Gower Peninsula, Wales
Being from New Zealand, where “old” means 100 years or so, it’s exciting to be in a city that dates back to before Christ. Today we decided to check out Roman ruins in the old city area.
Continue reading Londinium
Now I know why there is a football team known as the Gunners. The Woolwich Arsenal is where many of the British Empire’s weapons were manufactured, and what started as a factory football team is now one of the English premier league clubs.
Continue reading Woolwich Arsenal
Felicity and I have spent a rather hot day exploring Greenwich, a part of London that I have not been to before.
Continue reading Greenwich
The rumour Kerry had heard about a section of ridable trail along the ridge at the top of Mt Lion at Whangarei Heads is not untrue; it has even been newly metaled. The only problem is that it is barely 40 metres long, and you have to carry your bike up about 800 steps to get there.
Continue reading Mt Lion bike trip
Kimpton’s career as a road surveyor was presumably not a successful one.
Continue reading Kimptons Track
Just before you turn off the North Western motorway at Westgate there is a bright yellow steel pedestrian bridge crossing from near the shopping centre.
Continue reading Manutewhau Track
We’ve been exploring “one of Manukau’s most stunning reserves”, according to the Auckland City Council, with one of the few areas of intact native forest in the area.
Continue reading Clevedon Scenic Reserve
Felicity and I spent a couple of hours exploring a couple of Auckland’s lesser known volcanoes.
I’ve looked many times at the mown track that you see on the side of the hill just near the Mt Wellington motorway turnoff. Continue reading Mutukaroa Hamlins Hill
On a beautifully fine Waitangi day we took the ferry to Waiheke to see the sculpture exhibition. The walk around the cliffs is fantastic at any time, but there was lots of interesting art to loom at as well.
Continue reading Waiheke Sculpture Walk
For our final adventure in Lao, we travelled six hours south of the capital to the town of Thakhek. Continue reading Thakhek and Konglor Cave
The tide was out this morning, so we decided to walk up the Okura walkway. I run up to Dacres cottage quite often, so it made a nice change travelling at tramping pace.
Continue reading Karepiro Bay picnic
Today’s adventure started at the end of Shakespeare Rd, at the end of Whangaparoa Peninsular. We didn’t go into the park; instead we headed around the cliff to the south.
Continue reading Gulf Harbour clifftop
The tide was out today, so we packed our hiking gear and set off soon after breakfast, intending to explore the track down the left bank of the Turanga creek in Whitford that we spotted when kayaking recently. Continue reading Turanga and Mangemangeroa Valleys
Seeing as how yesterday’s adventure mostly involved sitting on our bums, Felicity suggested we pack lunch and go for a walk somewhere. In contrast to yesterday, our fridge this morning had rich pickings in the form of leftover roast lamb, so this sounded like a fine idea to me. Continue reading Lynfield Cove to Wesley Bay
I had hoped to go kayaking today, but the tide was not favourable for our intention to explore up a river‚ so we decided to walk along the coast south of Beachlands instead.
Continue reading Beachlands to Maraitai walkway
On our way back towards the city, we decided to have a look down the end of Clifton Road to see if there was a suitable kayak launching site. We turned into Potts Rd and noticed a horse track heading downhill towards the banks of the creek, so we decided we had energy to explore further.
Continue reading Turanga Creek Track
Yesterday Felicity and I intended to explore the new walkway from Maraitai to Beachlands, but we got distracted along the way. We saw signs advertising a “Fresh Market” at Pine Harbour, and although we had passed the turn-off, we realised we would be able to walk down the cliff from the edge of Beachlands.
Continue reading Pine Harbour and Motukaraka