Eve of Departure

Well tomorrow I fly to Biarritz with Cryin’ Air and I think I’ve got just about everything I need bar the needle and thread for popping/draining the inevitable blisters. I’ll be borderline for the 10kg weight allowance and I think the rucksack is just above the hand luggage size allowance but I’ll take my chances and hope I don’t have to add any more to Michael O’Leary’s already healthy profits.

I was out the last few Saturdays on training walks over Anglezarke Moor. I hadn’t been up there in ages and it reminded me what beautiful countryside we have on our doorstep. Matt and I parked near the dam at the North End of Anglezarke Reservoir and walked along the footpath beneath Stronstrey Bank to White Coppice .We then followed the footpath to Great Hill , which surely must have one of the best views in Lancashire on a fine day . From there we walked over the moorland to Round Loaf ( a neolithic Barrow ) and then on to Lead Mines Clough , Jepson’s Gate and down Moor Road to complete the circuit. A great walk is all the better for a great pint at the end of it and we found that at Rivington Bowling Club. On one of the few fine Saturdays this year we slaked our thirst with a pint of ” Session Ale ”  whilst sitting in the sun by the lake. This is a lovely spot and I must thank Paul Fisher, who I bumped into at the top of Great Hill , for pointing me there.

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Camino Frances

Welcome to my blog which will act as my journal and provide a daily update on my progress on The Camino Frances. I fly out to Biarritz from Manchester on 23rd September 2012 and will begin the 780 km walk to Santiago de Compostela from St Jean-Pied-De-Port on the 24th. Time permitting I’d like to walk on to Finisterre but that’s making the assumption that the feet , knees and back hold out to Santiago. We will see .