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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 – Torquay Devon

Email: info@southdownswalking.com


Recent Comments

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  • James Stenning on Amberley Circular Walk | Look AgainHello, Just a quick thanks for the walk above, I'm training for the London to Brighton hike in June and your suggestion was perfect training. Excellent views and a great
  • Liz Morley on Widgery Cross Dartmoor LandscapeI came across this page whilst searching for something else and what a joy it was to read . Now in my 80th year walks of this kind are no
  • Timathea and Wyatt on The Grey Wethers Stone CirclesThank you so much! Your photos are lovely and Dave looks like a wonderful companion. I just stumbled across your site and will read more. I'm planning a trip to
  • katerina on Avon Dam Reservoir – Dartmoor DevonGorgeous walk to the Avon Dam from car park.NO good with the bins(litter),no any bins,not even for the dog poo - bins!!!!Wouldnt recommend for Motorhome users(7m long,2.3wide),We struggled to get
  • Olivia Mellor on Houghton Ancient Circular WalkThis looks great, thank you for sharing. Hopefully heading to Houghton today for a wintry one! Olivia
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  • Angela Harvey on Wistman’s Wood to Bellever TorGreat article, thanks. Hope you enjoy the SWCP, wonderful views and solitude. Stunted oak forest between Widemouth and Crackington on the N Cornish path too, spectacular wind bent trees as
  • Ben boulton on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantI left so much from this it is so cool and next weekend I will visit it with my dad
  • Sue Dudley on Avon Dam Reservoir – Dartmoor DevonYou must do this walk in late spring, when the rhodedendrums are blooming. It is breathtakingly beautiful at that time of year.(Late May bank holiday)

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