Glasgow to Inverness






Yesterday was spent trundling up the motorway to Glasgow where we spent the night.

Today was an awesome ride from Glasgow to Inverness mainly on the A82 but a few detours down some of the smaller twisty roads. The weather (as you can see from the pictures is just fantastic) as we headed over Ranoch Moor and down into Glencoe.

Off on tour


It has been a mixed week mainly based around marking college assignments but with a few cycle rides in between and preparing the Tiger for a week on the road.

I head up to Glasgow later today and then the tour of Scotland starts tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to find some wifi and blog some pictures over the next week

A much drier day on Exmoor





Out and about for the second day of Haygrove School Bronze DofE expedition and the weather was a lot better with some sun and blue skies in between the showers. Halse farm down to Dulverton along the River Barle is always a nice route especially when you get and Ice Cream at Tarr Steps

Wet on Exmoor





Out on Exmoor today working with Haygrove School Bronze DofE groups. Wet and misty but all good fun. I even found time to visit the Winsford Tea Rooms in between checking groups.



A short time afloat





This afternoon I was down in Plymouth helping a friend move a yacht from Plymouth round to the Yealm estuary. We chose to motor round for speed, as there were jobs to be done (as there always are on a yacht) and we needed to maximise the work time and minimise the moving time. She is now happily back on her mooring in the Yealm.

Ansteys Coasteer





The last day working with my Foundation Degree students from Bridgwater College today and we went Coasteering at Ansteys Cove. Low numbers today only 3 plus another member of staff but great weather and a good 2 hr session. The water is slowly getting warmer.

Soggy Biking Day






Wet and misty on The Quantock Hills today for my Bridgwater College students. It was their turn to lead a route today so we went to some places I haven't been to for a while (and probably won't go to again).

4 Star Assessment - Day 2





Out on The Dee for the second day of my 4 Star Assessment. Again, the Silverbirch Broadland 15 made me look good and we had a very warm and sunny day on Grade 2 (we lined down The Serpents Tail) looking at river leadership, rescues, poling, lining, skills and tandem paddling.

Thanks to Gary and Ian for a very relaxed but professional assessment. I was left to get on with it and there was no "standing on my shoulder" but they seemed to notice everything and I am pleased to say the canoe passed and so did I.

4 Star Assessment - Day 1





Today I have been on Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) undertaking my 4 Star Canoe Assessment with Inspiring Adventure. A great day afloat with sailing, rafting, navigation, solo canoeing and all in rescues were covered. I had a great relaxed day and the Broadland 15 coped well with whatever I asked it to do (and was obviously the best looking boat there)

Not so sunny at Sheeps Tor





Another great day at Sheeps Tor but the legendary breeze was back as was a bit of cloud cover. A relief for some after yesterdays sun. Today my Bridgwater College students set up their own climbs and ran their own session with minimal interference from me.

Mega Hot out on the moor





I was out walking on Dartmoor today for the second day of a Hill Skills course for Bridgwater College students. It was Hot! There were a few lobsters at the end of it but all had a good time as the weather was much kinder to us than last week.

Sunny at Sheepstor





Today I was at Sheeps's Tor with my Bridgwater College students and it was a hot afternoon with only a hint of the Sheep's Tor breeze. We looked at setting up climbs and safety issues before the students climbed 4 different routes.

Quantock Biking





A sunny day on The Quantock Hills with my Bridgwater College students. A nice cycle round with some skills training thrown in.

Cheers to Hannah for the pictures of me (just to prove I can actually ride a bike)