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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 – Tiverton Devon

Email: info@southdownswalking.com


Recent Comments

  • Paul Jonsson on Walking The Wey South PathHi Malcolm, thanks for this, some great pictures! This is a very handy walk for my Woking base so I walked it in September, trying to do it in one
  • barry goodchilg on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantHi Malcolm, As a Duke of Edinburgh leader using this part of the south downs for expeditions I give my young people the grid reference for the tank as a
  • Sharon on Heading North to The South DownsHi there I am doing the southdowns way from Eastbourne to alfriston with food stop in between. From reading your blog the accent from Eastbourne to beachy head is v
  • Dave Gosling on Burrator Reservoir – Dartmoor WalksHello, Although I am from Devon, I have never walked around Burrator, to my disgust. I do love walking around Venford Resevoir near Holne though. Is it possible to walk
  • Jane on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantThank you for this post. We found the tank tonight following your instructions. It was an amazing experience.
  • jimmy on Just An Ordinary 40 Mile WalkHi Malcom, congrats on this titanic walk! Massively inspirational. I discovered your site after my 30mile walk yesterday (9hrs from Petts Wood, down to North Downs Way, then back up
  • Louise Golledge on Just An Ordinary 40 Mile WalkI've come across this blog while searching for advice on completing a 40mile walk. I'm so glad I did as it has been very inspirational and helpful. I am planning
  • Michele Shackelford on Burrator – Down Tor Stone Rowwonderful place! You transported me there with your words. I appreciate your blogs...very well read. Plese give Dave a good ear and belly rub from me!
  • NATHALIE on Basic Equipment for Hiking MoorlandHi Malcolm, Just wanted to congratulate you on a fantastic blog! Photos are just stunning!! I am in love with Dartmoor and I find you blog so helpful. Thank you!
  • Daksha Patel on Just An Ordinary 40 Mile WalkMy colleagues and I have just finished the Jurassic Coast walking challenge (26 miles) and are up for another one. Just wanted to know how long it takes to complete

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