Two weeks in Northumberland and I really didn't want to come back to work. With safe sandy beaches, castles, hill walking and fresh fish it was my dream holiday.
The other half is still recovering from his foot injury so he looked after Small whilst Loki and I takled a couple of the smaller hills within the Cheviots. Humbleton Hill and Yeavering Bell gave us both a taste for hill walking that can only be cured by relocating to the Lake District... I wonder if that is actually feasable....... Food for thought!
With the school holidays drawing to a close the walkign festivals are starting up in ernest. So whilst I get my head back in to work mode here is a round up of what is going on in the next few weeks (as usual if I haven't mentioned something I should have drop me a line at email@example.com);
The Oakhill Festival of Walks takes place between the 29th and 31st of August. Full details can be found at http://www.mendipramblers.co.uk/MINOR/OakhillFestival2009.htm.
The bank holiday weekend sees many small festivals taking place and the Camping Kidz will be attending the Towersey Festival. As it's so close to home we will be buying day tickets at the gate but weekend camping is available. Towersey Festival showcases folk music, dance and art from around the UK and always has an international special guest. Previous acts have included Georgian Folk dancers, Tanzanian Fire Dancers and Apalacian Clog dancing. The full programme of events can be found here: http://www.towerseyfestival.com/. Disappointingly this year dogs have been banned from the market and arena areas meaning they are only welcome on the campsites. I know this has put off a few people from camping as, understandably, they do not want to leave their dogs alone at the tent during the performances.
Pendle Walking Festival kicks off ont he 30th August and runs a series of events until the 7th September - details at http://www.pendlelife.co.uk/roundabout/opencms/directory/sport_and_activity_groups/walking_in_pendle/index.html. (Gosh that's a long old link!)
The first weekend in September sees a couple of highlights in Wales with the Really Wild Food Festival in St Davids (http://www.reallywildfestival.co.uk/)and the Brecon Beacons Challenge in aid of the British Heart Foundation (http://www.visitmidwales.co.uk/thedms.aspx?dms=13&feature=9&GroupId=1&venue=1024210&easi=true).
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Finally, I am walking 26 miles to raise money for Cancer Researchand need sponsership. I lost my dad to cancer a few years ago and don;t think i know anybody who hasn't been touched by this desease one way or another so am using my love of the outdoors to raise money for this worthy cause. If you want to help me reach my sponsership target you can sponser me online at