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    hiking
    Friday, September 01, 2017

    This is one trail, within the Valley Of Fire, that I will not be repeating. I tried this in July 2017 and found that it appeared to be a flat dry wash. The underfoot material is thus gravel and stones. Uncomfortable to walk upon and there is little interest in the flat hike in the hot July sun.
    Unlike the remainder of hikes in the Valley Of Fire, there is no remarkable scenery.
    It is, to me, just a hot trudge and I was glad to leave it.
    Such a shame as this hike is so untypical of the rest of the State Park, which is unbelievably beautiful.

    hiking
    Friday, August 18, 2017

    A great hike and not far from Moab, Arches N.P. and Dead Horse Point. The hardest part is the uphill stretch from the car park and across the railroad track. After that the climb is easier. There are two points which seem to be fearsome but prove to be easy: the trail reaches a point where the hiker needs to use a steel cable, embedded into the rock, to ascend a gradient. The second is immediately after that cable and is a ladder set vertically into the rock. It's only four or five rungs and both are easy ascents. Thereafter the Corona Arch is visible ahead and right. The Arch is best viewed from the far side.
    An amazing hike which is reasonably short and offers excellent views

    hiking
    Friday, August 18, 2017

    This is one of my favourite walks. Combining the East Rim and West Rim trails results in a hike that is over 5 miles but there are options to cut it short, if necessary. It's pretty hot out there in July but the views are stunning, 2000 feet above the Colorado River. A tip: if you see a man made brick wall then get closer as the wall has been erected to protect people from a sheer drop: so there will be a good view. It's not too busy on the trails, until nearing the coach drop off points, at which point the well-malled trail begins to lose its marker cairns. An amazing place and a camera cannot do it justice, though I have tried. I will be back to try again!

    walking
    Friday, August 18, 2017

    My wife and I walked this trail at 7 am, one morning in July. We went out early to avoid the heat of the day.
    We met about 6 people throughout the walk. The scenery is wonderful and the trail takes the walker around one of the "mittens", seeing it from all sides. Not a difficult walk at all and reasonably well marked. The hardest part is climbing back up to the hotel at the end. Highly recommend it but probably not in the heat of the day in summer.

    walking
    Monday, March 27, 2017

    This is a variation on the 10.4 Princes Risborough walk that I posted last year. The difference in the trail is that it avoids the two steepest climbs (and the cattle/bull often found in one of the fields). The remaining climb is strenuous but much easier than the alternative.
    The route begins and ends in the Stratton Rd car park, next to the church in princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. The car park is now a Pay and Display and charges £2 for 8 hours.I have not yet seen the car park full and I have been there on about 20 occasions from spring through to late autumn. The walk is about 3.5 hours duration, though a beer and or meal at the Two Lions 3 miles from the end of the walk might extend that time period. Part of the trail follows the Ridgeway.
    It runs: Princes Risborough, Bledlow Ridge, Radnage, Chinnor Hill, Bledlow, Horsendon, Princes Risborough.