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Long Distance Walks / Essex Priory Way
« Last post by MarkT on Today at 19:41:52 »
With the weather forecast good this weekend it was an ideal opportunity to set myself a challenge. I have done an LDW of 90 miles over 6 stages but today I was setting myself a challenge of walking 20+ miles in a day. Around 18 has been my furthest to date.

The Essex Priory Way starts near St. Osyth and finishes in Colchester at St. Botolphs Priory. Most of the walk follows the River Colne and is flat but I extended the walk a bit to take in more coastal views around Brightlingsea.

With such brilliant weather I was able to stride along with no worries or cares in the world. I hadn't set myself a time challenge but was surprised and pleased at the final outcome. 

St. Osyth Priory (shame about the scaffolding)

In Brightlingsea at the harbour I found a foot ferry that could have ferried me from the exact start point of my walk to where I was instead of walking for nearly 3 hours but then i wouldn't have hit the 20 mile mark!

St. Botolphs Priory, well the remains of it.

Tbh, not the most scenic of walks as the tide was out throughout the walk so the coastal/river views were mainly of mud! However I thoroughly enjoyed it and am chuffed to beat my personal challenge. I've already found a 25 mile walk in my area for my next challenge  :)
Getting a CCF sleeping mat just to cut it up seemed expensive (or it did until I saw this after I already made a purchase, I think that's a CCF sleeping mat? It doesn't say) so I plumped for a self inflating mat. I've no idea if it will take my weight or not but if it doesn't I can buy something else. It comes with a stuff sack so it will fit nicely in my pack.
Quote from: zuludog
...a bit of CCF (closed cell foam) mat is the usual
and helps make the 'sac a bit comfier too as it stops harder-edged contents poking into your back :-)
I'm pleased you had a good walk again.
You did what we all should always do when out on the hills. You assessed your position, route, fitness and the conditions and adjusted your plans accordingly
Gear / Klymit Imsulated Static V
« Last post by taxino8 on Today at 18:54:18 »
I usually only do a few overnighters a year and up until now have made do with a closed cell foam mat but Iím planning on doing a lot more next year so Iím looking to upgrade.
It will only be used early Spring through until September, mainly in the Lake District.
Iíve looked at these online at these but wondered if anyone had used one and if so what are your thoughts.
Iím also open to suggestions for an alternative.
Many thanks
General Walking Discussion / Re: How long do you keep your sandwiches?
« Last post by Ridge on Today at 18:51:07 »
No pressure on Ridge then  ;D
I can't even remember where I suggested, I hope it is ok.
On the subject of sarnies then I would happily take out ham all day though this summer I did use a small cool bag and cool block a few times as it made them more pleasant.
Gear / Re: Something to sit on that you can fit in your backpack
« Last post by jontea on Today at 18:09:47 »
I have a home made CCF mat, just folds in two, taped with a polythene cover which makes it wipeable. Handy when sat on sheep sh.. :o

The cover also helps it glide easily back into a full rucksack  O0
Thanks for the suggestions guys.
Gear / Re: Something to sit on that you can fit in your backpack
« Last post by zuludog on Today at 17:57:19 »
Yes, a bit of CCF (closed cell foam) mat is the usual, or that thin, silvery, quilted insulation used for backing radiators or as carpet underlay
You can also use the latter to make a pot cosy

Use the mat as a doormat to prevent muddy knees when crawling into & out of a small tent
Gear / Re: Something to sit on that you can fit in your backpack
« Last post by gunwharfman on Today at 17:49:46 »
Just pop into any camping shop and buy a three or four fold mat, I think its called a Multimat or similar. Should cost you less than a fiver. I always carry one with me, worth its weight in gold! Multipurpose too, good for standing on with bare feet to wiggle my toes after a hard days hike, to rest my wet boots on in my tent overnight and even to stand on when I have to use a public shower, so many uses including to sit on as well.
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