About Me

I’m Malcolm Oakley, born in the very early 1970s, so at the time of writing this opening sentence, I’m in my 40 somethings. An age I’m very happy with. I hope my words and photos will motivate you into walking more often, perhaps a longer evening stroll or a weekend ramble.




Malcolm Oakley of South Downs Walking

Malcolm Oakley of South Downs Walking

Walking changes your view of the world, just looking down on my home village from the South Downs ridge makes me realise how important nature and the outdoors is.

I grew up in Essex and suburban London, good fun. Out on my bicycle for hours on end. A large park nearby and a small but close family who also enjoyed a trip to the beach as often as possible; essential occupation for a young boy.

South Downs Way Blog

South Downs Way Blog

I’ve travelled much of Southern England, having lived here on and off for most of my life so far. I was fortunate to spend a couple of years living near the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland and also for a time, I lived in Girvan Scotland. Plenty of coast and hills to keep me happy.

Me Walking Snowdon

Me Walking Snowdon

I started this blog in December 2014, just a few days before Christmas. I wanted to share my walks, photos and words with you. I tend to walk where my mind takes me; I’ll pick up my map and have a look and see what direction my “mood” wants to take me.

Might be a walk along the coastal cliffs, to blow the cobwebs and germs away; could be a walk in the woods, talking to the birds and squirrels (my other-half said I mustn’t mention talking to the animals too much!)

Kithurst Hill, South Downs

Kithurst Hill, South Downs

I look forward to having you along for the journey. Your comments on the blog posts are most welcome and if you would like to get in contact with me, please use contact form below.

Please do get in touch if you would like to join me for a walk, or perhaps you have an outdoor business interest that you would like to discuss

I am always looking for new adventures outdoors, it’s what life is all about. Now, I had better get writing some words! Where shall we start walking?

My Contact Details

Malcolm Oakley – Tiverton Devon

Email: info@southdownswalking.com


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Recent Comments

  • M art in hayes on 15 Litre Hydration Rucksack – Gear ReviewCan I fit a bigger rucksack over the top of this,whilst walking,sorry if this is a stupid question,I do carry water with me as I am a long distance walker.
  • Sharolyn Craft on Border Collie Dave – Chapter 8I lived your story. We rescued a Border Collie after our last one died. She taught herself how to be my husband’s Service Dog both snuffing to make sure his
  • Sophie on Border Collie Dave – Chapter 9Great post! I love Dave - I'm glad you both had a great time walking out on Dartmoor. It's always so lovely there when the sun comes out. I hope
  • Fred Brans on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantLooking around what to see in Storrington I found your story Aboutaleb the tank. Without your descripion I had never found it. Nice road to parking and walk way. Thanks
  • Mike Busby on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantThankyou for helping me find this. My father was in the Tank Regiment in the second world war and trained in Churchill tanks. Its a lovely spot and I often
  • Rob on Wistman’s Wood to Bellever TorThanks for sharing, just used your route for a similar adventure. We also had a long foggy walk back to the car!
  • Charlie on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantHi - is there any chance we can use one of these images in a South Downs publication? We will credit you of course. thanks
  • Alena on The Grey Wethers Stone CirclesHello It was nice to read about the fascinating walk. I live in Belarus, but I hope someday to visit the wonderful places in Devon. Grey Wethers is my favorite
  • Alena on Burrator – Down Tor Stone RowHello It was nice to read about the fascinating walk. I live in Belarus, but I hope someday to visit the wonderful places in Devon.
  • Jacob on Spring Evening on Kithurst HillThank you very much Malcolm for your kind reply. Jacobs

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