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South Downs Way Weather Forecast

The latest weather forecast for the South Downs National Park in England. What is the weather like on the South Downs Way today? Our weather widgets update every hour with the latest forecast for locations along the South Downs Way in Hampshire and Sussex.

South Downs Weather Forecast: Headline:

Dry,

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Explore Devon

Devon is the only county in the UK with two separate coastlines, one to the north and one to the south. This county is a favourite holiday destination with people from all over Britain, some of whom visit year after year. Much of this is due to Devon’s stunning coast and warm sunny weather,

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Explore Cumbria

Cumbria, in the north-west of England and bordering with Scotland, is a land of lakes, mountains and legends. The land is full of ancient myths and stories, but the county of Cumbria was only created in 1974. Made up of the former counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, Cumbria is better known as the home of The Lake District.

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Explore Cornwall

Cornwall, on the south west tip of the UK, is home to the most southerly point in Britain and the most westerly point in England. Lizard Point is the southern tip of The Lizard Peninsular and the most southern point in the UK. Land’s End to the west of The Lizard is the most western point in England and is 1,249 kms from John O’ Groats,

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Britain’s Most Ancient Sites

Beyond Stonehenge – Britain’s Most Ancient Sites

The Neolithic monument of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, built well over four-thousand years ago, may be the UK’s most famous prehistoric landmark, but there’s a great deal more to prehistoric Britain than this world-famous tourist trap. Those with an interest in the Neolithic history of the British Isles will find plenty of stunning sites with many of the most impressive being worlds away from the enormous crowds of Stonehenge.

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A Guide to British Small Towns and Villages

Everybody has heard of London and Edinburgh, but there is far more to Britain than the main cities. There are many smaller, less celebrated places in the UK that still contain wonderful tourist attractions.

St. Ives

Although officially part of England, Cornwall has always maintained a sense of independence from the rest of the country.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 10

Whatever The Weather

Having survived our first trip together on Dartmoor I planned many more excursions over the late summer and early autumn. I wasn’t always fortunate with the weather and on occasion mother nature would remind us that she was very much in control.

A plan was hatched in autumn to hike about 11 miles from Princetown to Gutter Tor and back,

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 9

Dartmoor Dave!

No holiday to Devon would be complete without a trip to the wild beautiful landscape that is Dartmoor. Miles and miles of windswept moor, vast skies, towering granite tors, waterfalls and rivers. As far as the eye can see the landscape is untamed and yours to explore. Before I set foot on the moor let me take you back in time and explain how the concept of “Dave”

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 8

The High Seas

You can learn everything from the internet these days. It is quite possible to never leave your house and yet become an expert on dog training or mountaineering! Dave and I learn hands-on as we go. I have never enrolled Dave in any formal training classes.

He’s an intelligent puppy from working dog parentage.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 7

Devon a New Beginning

There is no need for me to cover old ground here, except to say that the events of chapter two were a very sad time in my life and I expect Dave also found the upheaval stressful; but the reality of the matter was that Dave and I were now headed down the A303 dual carriageway to live in Torquay Devon.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 6

Gliders Soaring

With his puppy inoculations now complete it was time to let Dave loose on the great outdoors; wow what amazing adventures awaited. I was very fortunate to live in a village at the foot of the majestic South Downs in West Sussex.

In most directions open fields could be found with footpaths leading to wooded dells and tranquil streams.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 5

Visit To The Vet

Many dogs have a fear of visiting the vet for the first time; quite often for good reason. No one likes going to hospital and animals are no exception to that rule.

Dave of course had to be different. I was all prepared for a terrified fur ball.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 4

First Night Nerves

I was living in a house with a large conservatory and this was to be home for Dave. His own safe space away from the hazards of kitchen cupboards and exciting bathrooms.

I set up the crate, complete with large comfy cushion and water bowl and welcomed Dave into his new home after the long drive home.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 3

Dorset Dave: Who Chose Who?

I had never owned my own dog before and as a child growing up we tended to have had more cats than dogs in the family over the years. So it came as a bit of a surprise to myself, let alone anyone else in the household when I leapt out of bed at 8AM on Saturday 25th April 2015 and announced;

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 2

New Journey: The Last Sunset

Dave stood patiently by my left leg as I fumbled in my jacket pocket and found my house keys, after our usual evening walk. Juggling his lead in one hand and my keys in the other I turned the key in the lock. I opened the front door “Hi Honey we’re home,”

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 1

Dedication to Friends and Family

This blog is dedicated to all our canine friends out there who tirelessly support their human companions; through good times and bad, rain or shine.

Those pets who help us through our darker moments.

Acknowledgements

A big thank you goes to Dave,

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Dickies Hereford Fleece Jacket – Gear Review

Dickies is a name I have always associated with workwear – heavy-duty trousers and steel toecap boots. It is not a brand that I would think of with regards to outdoor walking gear. I was proved wrong when I received an email asking if I would like to review one of their fleeces.

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15 Litre Hydration Rucksack – Gear Review

From reading my blog you’ll know that I day-hike all distances; from 6 mile meanders with the dog to 41 mile personal challenges. Every season of the year. I have a lot of great kit but something that was missing from my “must have” list was a compact rucksack.

The people at Trespass contacted me and asked if I would like to review some of their excellent outdoor kit,

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South Downs Walking – On Kindle and Paperback Book

Available online from Amazon UK / USA, as either a Kindle download or a full-colour paperback book.

Buy Online for Kindle:

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Princetown to Great Mis Tor

Ever since I first visited Dartmoor on my motorbike, back in 1990 I was always fascinated by the tall TV transmitter visible for miles and miles around. For the residents of Princetown this monument to modern communication has stood looming over the town since the mast and TV transmitter station came into operation on 7 August 1956.

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Watergate Bay Cornwall – Beautiful Beach

Now that I am living in Devon I have to remind myself that locations in Cornwall are now no longer 6+ hours drive away. Where as a trip to Newquay would be a weekend event, it is now just over an hours drive out of the holiday season.

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Basic Equipment for Hiking Moorland

This is a basic list of what you should have/wear when hiking. The list will evolve!

A plan. Check how much daylight you will have, your route, your fitness, are the MOD firing ranges closed to the public, check the weather forecast but the weather can be VERY wet and VERY VERY windy on Dartmoor.

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Princetown to Leather Tor Bridge #Walk1000Miles

Did your new year dawn with a fantastic list of New Year resolutions? As 2016 began here in Plymouth Devon I made my usual list of resolutions;

  • Eat healthily in conjunction with slightly less delicious chocolate
  • Hike more miles in new places
  • Hike old places to see the new changes
  • Set myself a challenge to beat

It was the last bullet point item that I was struggling with;

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Widgery Cross Dartmoor Landscape

Dartmoor’s weather can be something of a mystery, promising brooding clouds but delivering piercing sunbeams. The moorland landscape delivers the same pictorial promises; mist hidden crosses and tors rising high above brightly illuminated pasture.

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Buff Original Headwear Gear Review

With autumn weather now firmly established in England my attention turned to keeping warm when out hiking. Let me introduce you to the Buff – The Original Multifunctional Headwear.

Original Buff My Review

So what is an Original Buff? Well it is a versatile neck tube in its basic form but there is a lot more to it than that.

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Dartmoor Hail and Sunbeams

Autumn on Dartmoor brings a noticeable change in the weather. Waterproof coats are essential kit and as I discovered on this walk protection from hail is also needed!

I had hiked this route before but as with any natural landscape every minute of every day is different. The colour tones of the ground,

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Yes Tor and High Willhays – Dartmoor High Walks

Large red words on the OS Map spell out a warning to hikers and tourists alike: Danger Area restricted access. I had this notion that the northern landscape of Dartmoor was a fenced off landscape, uninviting to hikers. Littered with UXBs and danger!

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Wistman’s Wood to Bellever Tor

Dartmoor in Devon has several large areas of forest and one location that caught my attention was Wistman’s Wood, one of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods. A friend had read about the wood and suggested a walk. I’m not one to turn down a hike to a quirky location,

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Red Lake China Clay Walk

As I walk more and more of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, my curiosity, my sense of adventure draws me deeper into the vast expanse. It is so easy in fact to get off the beaten track that you are spoilt for choice.

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The Daymark – Kingswear Coast Walk

Living in South Devon I am spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning walks and scenery. I can head to Dartmoor and hike the wilderness or I can head to the South West Coast Path and witness the power of nature.

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Recent Comments

  • 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
  • Jacob on Spring Evening on Kithurst HillHi, just wondering is it too late to visit a rapeseed feild please? I would like to go in the next few days to take some photos. Please advise. Also
  • Donald on Alfriston Walk – Last Minute LoopHello Malcolm, The inter webs, once it's writ, it's there, forever and ever. My name is Donald. I'm an American cousin. Great Grands were married in St Martin's in the

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