Walking ‘St Peter’s Way’ a Summer Microadventure

Images from St Peter's Way

On a sunny weekend in August last year I took on the persona of a Pilgrim of old as I walked the length of an ancient route known as St Peter’s Way.

St Peter’s Way is a 45-mile-long walk through the countryside of Essex starting from the village of Chipping Ongar and going all the way to the ancient 7th century chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall on the remote Dengie peninsula.

The route included some spectacular countryside including ancient woodland, commons and hills, marshes, estuaries and coastline.

I’d decided to challenge myself to complete this walk in just two days sleeping wild in a field overnight and to treat the whole concept as a a bit of a #microadventure (something you can do near to home that can be squeezed into a very small amount of time and done very cheaply!).

Eventually the walk ended up taking nearly twenty hours of solid walking over the two days I’d given myself, sitting at work on the Monday as I wrote this with my feet all blistered, battered and sore beyond belief, I felt pretty proud to have attempted such a challenge and even more impressed that I actually completed the challenge.

The little adventure, which was practically on my own doorstep (geographically speaking), provided plenty of escapism and felt equally as epic as anything I had attempted or written about on this site. It cost me next to nothing money wise and it was squeezed into just one weekend, so it’s a big hat’s off to the whole #mircoadventure concept and as a result of my experiences I now strongly advocate everyone to give this type of thing a try, even if it’s just the once! Go on have a #microadventure for yourself!

If you are interested you can find out more about #microadventures here: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/plan-microadventure/ and all about the book that inspired the trip here: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/microadventures-book/ or on Twitter here: @Al_Humphreys

The Route

Land of the Incas

Machu-Picchu

It is now less than a week until I travel to South America for the first time in my life and quite naturally I am absolutely stoked at the thought of going there.

For many years is has been one of my dreams to trek along The Inca Trail and see the magnificent ruins at Machu Picchu and finally that dream is being realised.

We fly to Bogota next week to catch an onward flight to Lima and then on to Cusco. After a couple of days acclimatising in Cusco and the Sacred Valley we’ll finally get to start our five day hike to the fabled city in the clouds.

I am guessing that by the remoteness of the trek in the high Andes there will be a period of radio silence in regards to updating this blog but rest assured when I get back I’ll be posting all the usual trip reports and photos etc plus an article detailing my own unique take on what it takes to walk one of the world’s most famous hikes.

So stay tuned and speak soon.

First outdoors trip of the year

Keswick Panorama

After what feels like an eternity It’s finally time to dust down the old camping gear in the garage, check everything is ship-shape and head off for the fells of Cumbria and the adventure capital of The Lakes – Keswick.

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The Runch Hut Round

Snow Shoeing Dolomites style

I’d never put on a pair of snow shoes before, but there’s always a first time for everything!

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