Friday, December 27, 2013
Distance: 4 miles
Start & Finish: Horsley Village, Northumberland.
Finishes with a steep slope uphill.
Soggy ground heading up the hill towards the end.
Runkeeper Route: Map
Pub stops available in Wylam, and two pubs and a cafe in Horsley itself.
Setting off from the village, head East along the main road, just before you exit the village, turn right up a farm track with a foot path sign to Wylam 1 1/2.
Turn left at the end and head straight on to the left of a field, with a waymarker.
Continue straight on past the first wall and across the field passing through a disused gate in the second wall and then turn to cross the next field diagonally, looking for a style on the southern side of the field that will appear shortly.
Once across follow the path to a footbridge across the river and up a short slope. Head diagonally across the next field towards a style and then head for another style before the road.
Follow the road downhill into Wylam and at the junction turn left to pass by The Ship Inn, and just after The Ship turn right up Chapel Lane and continue until just after you pass over a railway bridge. Turn right and head down the slope to the disused railway and head west towards Wylam Bridge over the Tyne. Don't cross over the bridge, instead take the path to the right off the railway and stay on the northern bank still heading west along the path before arriving at the road and continuing along a thin foot path.
When the roadside footpath disappears head off the road down to a footpath at the river side, pass a house to your right. Immediately after the house turn right and follow the drive between the house and the pumping station re-emerging onto the road and turn left onto the footpath.
Just before the cottage on the right look for a path signposted Horsley Wood, take this uphill and take the first left and at a warning sign for low power lines take the right fork.
Follow this somewhat squishy (when wet) path up the hill until you reach a junction of trails, take the trail that leads up hill towards and passes to the left of Horsley Wood Cottages, continue up the trail past the twists outside the water treatment works and return to the village.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
- 32Gbs storage, so I can store some good sized videos, apps are not getting smaller and 16Gb just doesn't cut it anymore.
- LTE - Which every network in the UK should have by the end of the year (including my favourite, Three).
- Decent battery life.
- 5 inch screen.
- Slimport conpatibility would be nice as well.
Update: 32Gb Black version ordered and shipped. Chromecast is available on Amazon for £40, thinking of making a purchase.
2nd update: one of the good things about the Nexus 5 over the Nexus 4 is the phone radio seems to be better and I now tend to get a signal in the house and in shops around town, whereas before the Nexus 4 would be flagging.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
Update 21/9/13: contacted three about the £18 price plan, which is exactly the same as the one that was costing me £25/month and changed, apparently this is a special offer at the moment, as well as the 12-month plan that is £15/month for the same.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Today we had a short walk in the New Forest.
One thing to be aware of on this route is that it heads through an area that is identified as a WW1 training area, and which may have military ordnance within, ordnance clearing operations are ongoing and the area is extremely well marked. You can avoid this area by extending the walk by a short distance.
There is one crossing of the busy A35 road.
A nice walk through a variety of terrain, heathland and woodland.
Friday, March 8, 2013
As smart phone technology reached a point where they were useful for playing MP3 tracks and had the capability to use GPS tack your runs etc. (check out runkeeper) I ditched the MP3 player and the Garmin logging GPS to only carrying a single device when I went running.
With the smartphone came the benefits of a Bluetooth connection, and it wasn't long before I had a compatible headset connected to my phone, the first of these was a cheap model bought off Ebay for a small amount, although this particular model didn't last long I was sold on the idea. This particular model was one of the larger external ear models with a band around the back of the head, following its demise I went in search of a replacement that would be more durable and useable.
I settled on the Nokia BH-503.
I now have two stereo Bluetooth headsets, as the BH-503 is good for running, it is not very subtle and suffers someone from the Princess Leia affect of having two rather large conspicuous lumps on the side of your head and so I have an additional one, also a Nokia, but this one is a BH-111, the difference with this model is it has a control unit, which you can clip to your jacket and a short headphone lead.
Along with the advantages of the lack of cable to get in the way, there is the convenience factor of the controls, which are located on the headset itself, you don't have to pull out your phone and unlock it to do quick things like skip a track, pause or change the volume, its a quick touch and it happens.
Controls always in the same place on the ear.
Doesn't kill off the sound of the car thats about to flatten you.
Makes you look like you have Princess Leias hairdo.
Small lightweight and out of the way.
In ear and can block out background noise you need to hear.
Still has the cable.
Controls are fiddly and not as easy to use.