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roger nightingale

Subject: Jurassic way
Posted: 31 Mar 2011 3:51 pm


Dear Mark
I am trying to find some information, maps, booklets etc for the route LDW Jurassic way in Northamptonshire. I am unable to find any detailed information. Northampton Council have sent me some leaflets with general guides included, very useful but not specific tracks, entry points, OS references etc.
I wonder if you can help.
Regards Very Happy

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Mark Moxon

Subject: Jurassic Way
Posted: 1 Apr 2011 10:04 am


Hi Roger.

You mention that you've got some leaflets from the council on the walk, but are they the ones available from here (in the Jurassic Way section)?

www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/transport/row/general/pages/countypaths.aspx

These leaflets are pretty detailed and show the route in reasonable detail, along with lots of local information. They don't show OS coordinates, but as a companion, you're best off getting the relevant Ordnance Survey maps, as they show the route in accurate detail. Here's a part of the walk just outside Banbury from the relevant OS Explorer map, and the Jurassic Way is well marked:

http://tinyurl.com/3bzfw3a

Armed with the council's three leaflets and the relevant OS maps, you should have everything you need. The leaflets don't specifically show entry points, though your OS maps should help you work out where the trail crosses roads.

It looks like a lovely walk - have fun!

Best wishes,

Mark

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Marcus Carter

Subject: Jurassic Way
Posted: 15 Apr 2011 7:05 pm


Dear Mark and Roger

I have been planning to walk The Jurassic way now for some time, and "that" time has now arrived.

I obtained the leaflets you have just described and they are good for a general description. Mark, your are correct when you say that you will need OS maps. You will not be able to get anywhere without them. The relevant maps needed are:

OS Explorer 191, 206, 222, 223, 224 and 234.

I will extennding my walk a further 11 miles from Stamford to back home to Peterborough along the Torpel Way, so I will alos be using Explorer Map 235.

I will starting my walk on Monday 6 June and plan to complete the walk over 9 days. The total distance I have mapped out is 99 miles.

This is my first attempmt at a long distance walk and it will be challanging to me both mentally and physically. About two years ago, I was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in both knees, and is now affetcing my right hip.

I now walk with walking sticks all the time, so this walk is one to prove a point...to myself. If I can complete this walk, there is no reason that I can't complete anything bigger.

Roger, I wish you luck with your planning.

Mark, if you have any tips on how I can keep myself motivated, I will welcome your discussions.

Regards
Marcus Carter

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Mark Moxon

Subject: First long-distance walk
Posted: 18 Apr 2011 11:32 am


Hi Marcus.

Great stuff! Roger has just set off on his walk (so it looks like he's going to be lucky with the weather!), and I must say I'm pretty jealous. Sitting in an office isn't quite as enjoyable on sunny days like this...

I guess the best tip I've got for motivation is to break the walk down into small stages, both in terms of planning and in your head. Gary, a veteran LEJOG walker, puts it well in this conversation:

www.landsendjohnogroats.info/guestbook/viewtopic.php?t=3226

Obviously his advice is particularly relevant to very long walks, but it applies to anything more than a few days. Anything can be broken down into smaller, more digestible chunks, and walks are no different.

I assume that with your osteoarthritis that you're taking your doctor's advice on how far to push things, and that should be your overriding guidance. It isn't worth pushing on too far and too fast if there is potential for damage, so only you will know how far you can walk in a day and how much rest you need. My advice would be to err on the side of caution, and to build in plenty of rest days and short sections where you can spend time enjoying the walk, rather than always chasing deadlines. This is your first attempt at a long-distance walk, and if you bite off more than you can chew, it might be your last. I bit off more than I could chew at the start of my LEJOG walk, and I had to take a break and send most of my kit home; luckily it didn't end my trip there and then, but it was a close thing. Take your time and work out your own pace; if you find that you'd rather walk faster and further, there's always the next walk!

So: take it in small steps, don't be overly optimistic in your planning, and take the time to enjoy it. The idea for your first walk should be to discover your own personal comfort level for walking, not by overdoing it and doing yourself damage, but by working up to it gradually. It is supposed to be fun, after all!

Hope this helps, and good luck with all the planning. Feel free to pop in here to bounce ideas off people, or just to have a chat. We're a friendly bunch... Smile

Best wishes,

Mark

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Roger Nightingale

Subject: Jurassic Way
Posted: 26 Apr 2011 12:52 pm


Dear Mark
Following my completion of the walk, I would like to hear from Marcus Carter. This would be a help to him when planning the walk along Jurassic way.I have a full list of highly recommended B and Bs, excellent food, welcome and comfortable overnight stops. I have also the 1.50,000 Memory maps that I downloaded into GPS for the areas covered. I also used compass and map for a large part of the walk. GPS limited to 50 waypoints.The weather was great, really hot, I restricted my walking to 9 - 11 then a pub or a church for cool, then set off again 1.30 to about 5.30/6.00 to get to B and Bs
To Marcus, contact me through Mark, he has my e-mail address. Roger Nightingale.

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Mark Moxon

Subject: Message for Marcus
Posted: 26 Apr 2011 1:50 pm


Marcus, if you're interested, send me a private message with your email address, and I'll pass it on to Roger. It should save you a lot of planning effort...

Sounds like you had a great walk, Roger! Excellent news. Smile

Mark

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Karl Henly

Subject: B&Bs
Posted: 19 Jun 2011 5:21 pm


Hi Roger, Myself and my friend Bob, are going to walk the Jurassic Way in September this year and would love to know your recommendations on some good overnight stops
Best to e-mail me on the following
karl.henly@yahoo.com

Kind regards, Karl

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Mark Moxon

Subject: Jurassic Way
Posted: 20 Jun 2011 10:43 am


Hi Karl.

I'll pass your message on to Roger in case he doesn't spot it. Enjoy the Way - it sounds great. Smile

Best wishes,

Mark

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James

Subject: B&b
Posted: 8 May 2017 6:56 am


Hi Mark I am planning to do this walk next year(2018) and would love a copy of your b&b list.
Many thanks
James

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Mark Moxon

Subject: Jurassic Way
Posted: 15 May 2017 10:42 am


Hi James.

I'm afraid I don't have an accommodation list myself - I haven't done this walk (it's Roger above who's done it).

If you'd like to send me a private message with your email address, I can send it on to Roger, if you're interested...

Best wishes,

Mark

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