The UK weather lucky dip said a big ‘NO’ to sleeping on the summit of Snowdon without a tent this weekend and not wanting my body thinking it was getting off lightly, I took a trip down to Bristol and hiked along the 17 miles of path that runs alongside the River Avon down to Bath.
The sun was out is force and as I’m writing this I can feel a touch of sunstroke from cooking under it all day. I joined the path at 8am in Bristol and crawled into Bath 8 hrs later. This may seem a slow time for 17 miles, but the going isnt always easy and the beautiful scennery is one hell of a distraction 🙂
Although most of the path is easy to follow, there are places where you have to take detours and it becomes a lot less intuitive. Picking up a map or printing something off from the Internet will save time (and serious head scratching) as you try to work out which way you should be going.
A Word about Clothing
Long summer walks lend themselves easily to slapping on a pair of shorts in an effort to avoid overheating. This is a sensible idea for most long walks, but be warned that there’s a mile stretch of the River Avon walk which is badly overgrown.
The nettles are up to your waist and I could only imagine the pain of battling through them with shorts or any type of open footware (even with boots and jeans on, my arms still suffered scratches and stings). Along with these plants comes the usual collection of insects and if you’ve an aversion to Bees, Wasps and HUGE Dragon flies, it may be a problem.
All in all a good hike, although the amount of time spent outdoors recently has taken its toll on my feet and I’m going to try relaxing for the rest of the weekend 🙂