|The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 |
is my new toy for 2018!
So where do we look as the ticker starts up again, on the road to 5,000 miles before I'm 50? The feeling is, as always, that what I plan now always ends up bending out of shape and the end of season summary barely resembles the one that I initially laid down, so I first look back to 2017's list and consider what I failed to do Last Year:
- Early season plans are to stick to City Walking, as Leeds still has many passages that are untraced, especially in the south-west and north-east, all looking good to get my new intermediate boots road tested.
- Early spring is the time to start to probe up the valleys of the Aire and Wharfe again, taking in sites not seen since 2013, and those revealed anew more recently.
- Feel hopeful that a Spring break away with My Parents might still be possible, even if it's somewhere not too far away from their home, like South Derbyshire, which would be entirely dependant on My Dad's physical and mental condition.
- Use the months of high Spring and Summer to probe the Gritstone moors between the Aire, the Wharfe and the Nidd, and the limestone country betwixt the Wharfe, the Aire and the Ribble, as distant and complex terrains, and potentially expensive journeys, should not induce fears anymore.
- If getting away with the folks becomes implausible, I can look to filling three weeks of Spring and Summer breaks with 100 miles of the Leicestershire Round in order to fulfil my long distance trail fix.
- Get over to Lancashire to walk with My Sister and her family, more than once and finally, finally take the Witton Weavers Way off the to do list.
- Aim at a big hill or two, especially as there are two 700m+ summits at the upper end of Wharfedale that have so far avoided my attention.
- Target a walk in a county unseen so far, like Cheshire, the only one in the north left to visit, and its most notable railway path.
- Use the late season to stitch more disparate areas together, like attaching the City of Bradford to the districts of Calderdale and Kirklees.
- Try to be sociable, offer my company to friends who want to walk the trails, and otherwise take time to eat and drink with them.
- Note the passage of two more 3,000 mile markers before the year is done, and consider the goal of 500+ miles per year as an aspiration rather than a target, as I have no good reason to try to break myself as I get older.
2017 Total: 543.5 miles
Up Country Total: 2832.9 miles
Solo Total: 2852.2 miles