Not one of the best weeks for walking only just over 19 miles. So I made the Walk1000 but only just. I didn’t go out very much yesterday and I didn’t go out today.
It’s unusual for me to have a bout of writers block. I hope that’s not a sign I’m running out of steam. I don’t think so.
Back in 2015 or thereabouts, I had the idea of Locality, I am interested in the area where I live, I do want to learn more about it, and there are places I need to visit. I didn’t just envisage Locality as being exclusively Gosport, I set an edge as the western and eastern ends of the solent but then you see, you hear on the radio about Hengistbury Head, and Christchurch Harbour. We visited there a couple of years ago, it is a delightful place, and I would like to go back there. Then there is Hurst Castle. I was saddened to hear that fairly recently a part of the infrastructure of this famous location had collapsed. I am sure it will be restored to its former glory.
There is a lot to see within this area, but then if you go east and stick to my self imposed limits, you exclude places like Chichester and Shoreham, I’d quite like to go and visit the harbour there.
I had a bit of a thing about the Nab Tower https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nab_Tower
I did a trip over to the Isle of Wight on my bike, I took the train to Brading, and then cycled to Culver Down, actually, I pushed my bike for most of it, it is a pretty steep road up to the high point. I could definitely see it, but still not close enough. I considered hiring a boat to take me out to it (not to get on to it, just to see it close up).
I really wanted to get out and see it, and then we did a cruise to the Canaries, around 2016 time, and we passed quite close to it. I took a fair few pictures of it. Do you think I can find them? No, I do have to pictures off when we were on the cruise, but not the ones I was looking for.
Another trip I did was to Calshot, I timed it to be there for arrival of the cruise ships, which meant I needed to leave here about 3AM, that was a bit of an adventure.
These were some of the adventures I had under the Locality Banner. I need to resurrect that, because it really got me out and about.