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Welcome / Re: Good Morrow All!
« Last post by Ralph on Today at 16:18:37 »
Welcome Wanderer. You will wish you had done it before now, the places, the tranquillity & the people you meet along the way make it all worthwhile. Enjoy it.
Rest of England / Re: TR - Glemsford (Suffolk)
« Last post by pleb on Today at 16:16:56 »
Like the chequers place  O0
General Walking Discussion / Re: Too many races and events?
« Last post by pauldawes on Today at 15:51:50 »

I don't have a problem with these challenges per se, even the ones where bond traders feel the need wear camo gear and pretend they're in the SAS. It's the sheer number of them in certain areas I'm moaning about.

I don’t have a “problem” at all.

I do sometime have a “tinge of concern” when somebody who doesn’t do a fair bit of walking goes straight in for a challenge such as three peaks, whatever.

I just don’t think it’s a great introduction to a wonderful hobby. I imagine that most of the people that do it, grit their teeth, get it done...and think “never again”. Hope I’m wrong.
Welcome / Good Morrow All!
« Last post by The Wondering Wanderer on Today at 15:22:07 »

I'm new to the hiking scene (still getting together gear for my 1st multiday hike).

Well. Sort of.
I've done a fair bit of camping and walking with weight in the past. Nothing like a long distance route though, changing location everyday, walking from point to point.

So being new to it, I welcome any and all advice in any and all areas of getting into hiking.

I'll be getting stuck into the threads soon.

Until then.

Wales / Re: Brecons weekender suggestions?
« Last post by phil1960 on Today at 15:09:00 »
No it’s got worse if anything, there are still fairly quiet areas of the park but if you want a bit of peace and quiet in the central areas, go very early or late, not always an option in the winter though.
General Walking Discussion / Re: Too many races and events?
« Last post by phil1960 on Today at 15:03:49 »
I just avoid the central Beacons full stop, great walking but I’d rather avoid the crowds
Reading the online history of Offa's Dyke does suggest that the reason for digging it was more as a civil marker than as a military construction. This bring to my mind an interesting encounter a few years ago in mid Wales. We were on the top edge of a valley and to get to the lip and a better view we needed to bend the rules of access a trifle. Mrs BWW was willing, in fact eager, for the proposed excursion and a few hundred further on we breasted the concave slope and were rewarded with a fine over view of a valley we were quite familiar with.
Later, walk concluded, we were in the bar of a local hotel and there was a group of local farmers, gathering for a Friday night out. At the bar I was asked by one where I had been walking and when I told him he said I must have on his land, so I offered him my apology for a trespass that took us to the corner of a wood overlooking the valley.
The farmer asked me if I had noticed a ridge across the middle of the field, which I had it was at least 2 foot high and looked like the base of a hedge that died out, but there was no sign of any dead hedge routes. He told me it was the Parish boundary, very proud of it he was, as such parish boundaries have not survived in many places and is a fairly unique sight.
So it could have been seeing a mini Offa's Dyke, whereas the grander scale of those remnants we see today are the western boundary of the Kingdom of Mercia.
South of Kington, the dyke leads to the north bank of the Wye, which seems to have been the boundary of Mercia.
On Garnon's Hill, a point from which I might guess, gives a good view of the course of the Wye and the country it acts as a boundary of. Possibly an important view for those trying to understand it's history.

It is noticeable that the author of the landowners policy on access, whose family own Garnon's, does not mention any hint of social responsibility, landowners might need to feel about their position in the occupation of our countryside.

The very warm response I got from that Welsh farmer, his obvious pleasure of my interest in the position of his land and its unique landmark was also made interesting by his parting remark. "What would happen if you went trespassing in England." It made a rather distasteful face, but the following day I did precisely that. I walked in full view across the frontage of the local squirarchy, it was not long before I heard the sound of a quad bike. The gamekeeper had been sent to get me off the premises.

All I was doing was trying to do was join up two ends of a route that once crossed that estate, which had connections with an estate agent/Councillor chairman, who has left a trail of lostways across the county.
General Walking Discussion / Re: Too many races and events?
« Last post by tonyk on Today at 14:38:29 »
 My comments,said firmly tongue-in-cheek,were aimed at all the hype surrounding special forces rather than people taking exercise.Let's give this special forces experience another description.How about spending a day on a Welsh hill dressed in a secondhand army uniform without insignia and carrying a very heavy pack that will most likely chaff you and run up and down a few hills.To make it even more difficult you will have to carry a piece of piping filled with concrete.When you have finished you will get a cup of tea and can then make your way home.That is a description of what it really is but how many takers would it attract? Add the special forces hype to it and give people a badge and certificate and you get plenty of takers.

 I might add that selection to both 21 and 23 SAS is open to anyone providing they meet the entry requirements.
General Walking Discussion / Re: dead livestock
« Last post by Dyffryn Ardudwy on Today at 14:23:14 »
This is all very fine, but it does not condone the wilful neglect of farm animals.
The sheep i saw, were in a extended state of decomposition, and the smell of their putrid flesh was very overpowering.
Due to the farms fairly remote location, over three miles from the A5, the farmer thought it was ok to leave decomposing carcasses out in the open.

I will never forget driving past   the large carpark opposite the Storey Arms, during the foot and mouth outbreak, some years ago, with all the sheep waiting to be slaughtered in a public area, its a scene that will stay with me for ever.

Extremely upsetting, and yet some farmers still feel fit to neglect their livestock.

It fills me with great anger, being an animal lover.
General Walking Discussion / Re: dead livestock
« Last post by barewirewalker on Today at 13:51:10 »
Bloat is a condition that can result in death of a ruminant very quickly. As a ruminant digests cellulose, the structure of plants, by fermentation in it's first stomach, the rumen, it produces continuous gas, which must be expelled by belching. If the rumen becomes obstructed the build up of gas will compress the lungs and suffocate the animal.
A sudden change of diet will bring on an outbreak of frothy bloat in sheep, which can kill a large number very quickly, an emergency treatment is a ruminal puncture, with a trocha and canular, done high on the left side of the animal, behind the ribs and forward of the pelvic bone. It is a very quick and miraculous cure for cattle but not so effective with sheep.

Pregnant ewes late in gestation or with heavy sodden fleeces can get trapped on their backs, in this position they blow very quickly and then cannot get back on their feet. Mrs BWW and I found a ewe stuck in a tractor rut a few years ago, I was able to pull her over onto her front and rock her a bit until she started to release the gas, after 5 minutes or so she could get back on her feet and run off to join the rest of the flock.

The wound on the side could have been a crude attempt at a ruminal puncture. Perhaps that animal had been alive if the others had died from bloat. Their bellies would have been very distended for quite some time after death, though if they had been moved this could cause the release of gas post mortem.

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