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Europe » United Kingdom » England September 27th 2020

As we are now a bit further into ‘The Impossible Tour’, things are starting to get more familiar; the amount of travelling, dragging all our equipment everywhere and (especially) living in a campervan together with 6 (sometimes even 7) other people. Before the tour started I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical about all this, besides the ridiculous adventure itself, which we were embarking on. Now we are underway I have to admit that me being sceptical was very unnecessary, as it all seems to work out just fine. This mostly has to do with the people and to be honest; we only have remarkable people in our team. First of all I’m talking about the lads from the band itself, but especially our wicked crew deserves a massive shoutout. To start with ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Warwickshire September 26th 2020

So last day of walking today which feels a bit sad, however, my feet probably think thank god she will be giving us a break, ha ha. So we go and meet the lovely Marianne at her hotel in Birdlip where she said she did not like the accommodation but said the food was really good. So we get to the start of the walk which is a bit hairy walking past cars wizzing past you. This leg of the walk is mainly through woods going up and down hills. The first hill was guess what called Birdlip Hill which we descended and then got to Cooper's Hill. Well I can tell you Cooper whoever you are you were having a laugh when you made this hill. At one stage we were not walking it felt ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Winchcombe September 24th 2020

Well we met up with Marianne at the start of the walk from Winchcombe and got lost right from the start so this was looking like a real good day. Anyway we found the track and then we started the walk. We had lots of steps up hills which is great when you are up there as the views are amazing however then the heavens opened and the rain came a tumbling down! So being a true walker I put on my Kagool and carried on walking. Well this kagool looks good but to be honest that’s as far as it goes cause it does not stop the rain from penetrating so wet jumper it is which is not great. We get to one part of the track and this is the sign we see BEWARE ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool September 24th 2020

We decided we'd better make the most of our freedom, and Caroline and I headed for some waterfalls and an old castle. Some rain, some blue sky!... read more
king of the castle
exploring ruins
admiring the view

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire September 24th 2020

So we meet Marianne at her hotel and set off for the start of the walk. The first day we have found the start with no issues or so we thought!! So walking along all we can hear are gun shots and not just one or two but loads and loads. We seemed to be walking towards the gun shots for an hour so we thought that the walk was making us human targets. We decided as there was so many gun shots that it must be a military base. So in our minds we thought at least they would be good shots - anyway just checked 3 shooting grounds in Cheltenham - I never knew Cheltenham was a gun slinging town! Anyway some fabulous scenery again on the tops of the hills. This was a ... read more
another fine view
Devils Chimney
Is this our next abode?

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Winchcombe September 23rd 2020

Well day two started well we drove to Stanton and left the car. If you read yesterday's post you would have seen we got lost in a tiny village looking for a bus and that was Stanton so you would have thought we would have known our way around this little village. NO we did not learn a thing and spent another 1/2 hour walking around this tiny village looking for where we needed to start our walk. Anyway we found the start and off we walk. What a lovely part of the countryside it is so picturesque and if you have never been around this part of the country then it should be on your list. So we get to one field and what do I see a sign saying "Bull in Field" this is ... read more
Not a sign you want to see before you cross the field!!!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Thirsk September 23rd 2020

Today I headed out in the chilly sunshine, meandering towards the North Yorkshire moors again, this time via the caravan route, which promised to be a bit more sedate than the 25% Sutton Bank. I had learned my lesson on day 1 that sausages for brekkie and crazy steep climbs have disastrous consequences for my digestive system. I looped around the foothills to Kirkbymoorside, where I took a nice quiet climb up through Hotton-Le-Hole, clearly named as such to give an air of French sophistication. It was actually quite a quaint picturesque village so to label it “the hole” would seem a little harsh. After a cattle grid the route reached the open moorland. There was a bit more gentle climbing before the road plateaued as it then followed the ridge line pretty much all the ... read more
The top of the killer Rosedale Chimney 1 in 3 climb
Above Rosedale Abbey
Nice flattish road once you make it up the top

Europe » United Kingdom » England September 22nd 2020

So there we are; the first Tour Blog of ‘The Impossible Tour’! Besides some broken fuses and an exploding toilet in our campervan; everything is going well so far! We started this crazy adventure last Sunday, after having to solve some technical difficulties with the van. After our rocky start we decided to travel to the beautiful coastline of South England, close to Dover. For those who didn’t had the privilege of travelling to these kind of paradise like places yet: just wait until this annoying pandemic is over and book you travel straight away! Speaking about the pandemic: due to the new quarantine rules in England, as the government announced a 14 days self quarantine for everyone who’s travelling from France, Spain or Holland, we basically had to call off all of our European plans..... ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Sussex » Haywards Heath September 21st 2020

We were going to visit Wakehurst Place at the end of March, but postponed owing to the national lockdown. Mark took days off on 15th and 16th September; we decided to visit there on 16 September. He checked the bus timetable between Haywards Health and Wakehurst Place and booked a slot for us to enter there at 12.30. Following one-way system, we entered from the temporary entrance upon our arrival and found the picnic table to have lunch. After that, we headed for the water gardens via Black Pond and Iris Dell, and walked down to Westwood Lake via Himalyan Glade. Colourful aquatic flowers were blossoming and showed picturesque scenes with winding rivers and stone bridges. Many trees and shrubs retained green leaves. Upon the arrival of Westwood Lake, we followed the footpath and the broadwalks ... read more
conservation area
Westwood Lake
Redwood

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Warwickshire » Stratford-upon-Avon September 21st 2020

Well I should have been in a villa in Portugal but hey ho even though Portugal on the 22nd August was given a travel corridor pass and I booked it then lovely Boris decided to take it off the corridor so thank god I booked everything through Trailfinders as they sorted everything out and, guess what, already we have been reimbursed! Go trailfinders!! So where would we go was my thought and as since lockdown I am now a walker I thought the Cotswold Way. Mike came to the rescue and found the Crowne Plaza at a brilliant price so off we went. With guide in hand we started from Chipping Campden to Stanton. Well all started well and the first part of the walk to Broadway is very picturesque and we met a couple of ... read more
Stanton




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