Walking the Monarchs Way

Walking the Monarchs Way

In August 2020, Pom and I  walked the whole of the Monarchs Way from Worcester via Bristol, Yeovil and finishing in Shoreham, West Sussex.  This 625-mile long-distance footpath follows the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the...
All on the Same Journey

All on the Same Journey

Expeditions invariably test you with challenges but it always seems to be the toughest one that is the least expected. This time the Aral Crossing team face the same unanticipated challenge as the rest of the world. We are all on a voyage into the unknown.  The global...
Pawing Over the Map

Pawing Over the Map

A route briefing with Arabella, map spread out on her studio floor, offered some hairy moments with a determined bid from her two darling Irish terriers to be a presence if not at certainly on and all over the Aral Kum. As an ex Irish terrier owner, not only is all...
A Quick Run Through the Car Wash

A Quick Run Through the Car Wash

A crisp, cold morning with a zingy wind and blue skies. What a tease … Set off optimistically on a 2-hour x-country yomp only to get a thorough rinsing in monsoon-like rain, then pebble-dashed by hail pellets, rounded off by blustery blow-dry in a gale, before...