So yesterday was Sunday, and what do we do on a Sunday? Thats right, I usually walk with the dog so here as usual(well almost usual) is another journey into the walking world of Archie the Dog.
We started off the day as you can see above with a hunt for the tennis balls that Archie is convinced were in this bag. Yes they used to be in this bag many many years ago, so as far as he is concerned they should still be where he left them…! Luckily the rain started to come in and he soon tired of this game and let us start the walk in earnest from the road at the bottom of the White Horse hill and so in the rain we started to make our way up the hillside road
With the water coming down in mini streams, the weather was obviously coming in closer and closer as we rose up the hill, until we could just about make it out:
We still had to make it up to the Uffington Castle before we could get onto the Ridgeway itself so we took our chances with the crazy eyed sheep
Through the gates and on up to the Castle:
The ring of raised grass you can see around the field (behind the dog) is the remnants of Uffington Castle which was built there in the early Iron Age. It was quite a trek up to the top but it is honestly worth it when you get views like this:
I know when I set off that I would pick up the Ridgeway at some point around the White Horse but you would believe how relieved I was when I saw this post….
Leading to the promised land (home 😉 ) along this path:
And did I say it was raining? Well, it was that wet the slugs were all moving home…
Parts of the walk were quite treacherous as well. The hills in this area are made up with a heavy chalk concentrate so imagine when this is compacted into the earth and then the rain comes… You need crampons to get up these hills….!
The walk was very long and wet with more and more track stretching out in front of me at each bend I reached. It was relentless…!
You can see how bad the weather was just by the low cloud cover over the communications mast:
The Ridgeway is quite a vast trek and I was only on part of it but it is great to see some of what it covers. Obviously yesterday I didn’t cover anywhere near the distances these signposts talked of but I was suitably happy with my achievements:
The views you get from the Ridgeway are absolutely stunning, even the ones along it.
Along the way of the Ridgeway there are many landmarks of note. Another along this stretch is Segsbury Camp which is again an Iron Age construction. If you follow the link you will see the details but look closely at the background in the below photo and you will see the raised part of the bank following the edge of the field:
So from some of the most wonderful ancient history in the local area I arrived at the gate which separates the killer hill that I walk up when I do part of this route “the other way” And although today I was happy to find that I was walking down it, I must still report it was quite difficult to do even that!
So that gate separates the old and new history because around these parts we are steeped in Race Horse territory and we go through Point to Point eventing gallops:
Down a VERY slippy path
And back to the first bit of civilisation which just happens to be a stables belonging to Henrietta Knight, a world renown thoroughbred horse trainer (Best Mate) which leads us to the “newer” history that this area is so obviously known for:
And what did I say about the weather? Well it’s nice for the ducks around here that’s for sure and certain….
And finally, I made it all the way back to civilisation and was able to take my boots of and shout “Finished!”
Now who’s a tired boy eh?
So there you go. That is the story of my mammoth 13 mile walk yesterday. When I got back I was shattered for a couple of hours but after a shower and something to eat I felt like a new man so obviously the health and fitness plan is working on some level….
And I love it when a plan comes together….
FOOD DIARY:Saturday 25th July 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Breakfast||1||175mls||Phd Diet Whey Protein||91||17||2.75||1.4|
|2||Small||Lean Rasher Smoked Bacon||244||52||0||35|
|2||70gms||Six Seed Brown Batch Loaf||280||16.8||36.4||13|
|1||200gms||Chilli Prawns and Quinoa Greek Feta Salad||198||25||13||7.9|
|2||Mini Muffins||Egg, Cottage Cheese and Ham Muffins||130||18||4||4|
|1||22gms||Vintage Cheddar Stick||50||3||0||4.4|
|1||100gms||Pasta Verde (Penne)||140||4||22||6|
|Snacks||1||Handful||Salt and Vinegar Crisps||60||0.7||6||3|
|1||330mls||Cawford Press Apple Drink||138||0||35||0|
Not bad food diary wise considering the fact I was out having a picnic and a meal out ALONG with a trip to the Cinema! I was good and only ate homemade food in the picnic and choice an (almost healthy) option for my meal out. In the Cinema I must confess to having A (singular) chocolate Brazil nut and a few gummy bears but hey, it was my day off! The main reason for the high Calories and Carbs was the amount of fizzy drinks I consumed.
Mind you having said all of this, I don’t think it would have really mattered because the distance I walked yesterday would have burnt of a three course meal with ice cream, popcorn AND a complete box of chocolate Brazil nuts!
Now I honestly knew it would be quite a lick to walk from the White Horse Hill back to home in Wantage, but I fear I may have underestimated the distance, the steps required, the amount of hills, the terrible weather and finally the amount of calories I would burn on the way home, but I did it and I made it home and cannot begin to verbalise how chuffed I am with myself for having achieved it in the time frame I managed. My Map My Walk screenshot came out as thus:
13 miles in 4 hours is very pleasing although it would have been more had I remembered to turn on the app prior to being a mile up the hill! Next year I am hoping that I can do my charity walk in 5 days (so 17 miles per day) and now I know that it will most definitely be possible having done todays numbers. I imagine it will actually be easier because my fitness levels will have increased further by then plus my weight loss will have probably reached its target goal so I won’t be carrying around anywhere near as much weight as I currently do.
A final word on this screen shot is that although the calories burned are registered as nearly 2400, I now know from experience of my Polar H7 monitor that this reading isn’t that accurate so for the sake of argument, I think I shall say I burnt off about 1700 cals and that itself is a figure I am more than happy with!
So happy days are here with the improvements I make on a weekly basis and yet another improvement/milestone was reached with the advent of exceeding 30,000 steps on my Jawbone Up24 so it was cool to get the below reading when the days end came:
Stay out of the fridge.