It was Friday afternoon and the weather was a bit rubbish, so I had the genius idea to spend a night in the woods. I packed up my rucksack with a tarp and a bivvy bag and jumped on my mountain bike for a little microadventure.
Then it went wrong.
A couple of miles down the road I had a bit of a bike malfunction. This is what happens when you leave your bike stood for a while and don't get it serviced!
Once dropped off, I said my goodbyes once again and wandered into the deep, dark woods. They're not that deep and dark to be honest, but for the sake of a bit of adventure, we'll just pretend a little!
After a bit of a walk I found the perfect spot and sat down and had a cuppa and enjoyed the silence and solitude. I've usually got three kids making a racket, so it made a refreshing change!
The weather had turned even duller, with a few spots of rain coming down so I threw up my tarp to keep my kit dry. Photo opportunities were a bit limited due to the rain and pretty soon it was full on dark.
After taking a few long exposures of the woods, I cooked up some dinner and hit the sack - hoping for a nice clear day and a decent sunrise in the morning.
I didn't get one.
The rain was relentless through the night and into the morning, so I packed up my gear, removed all traces of where I'd stayed and headed back through the woods to take a few more snaps before a nice leisurely 8 mile walk home.
I wished I'd had the bike!
Here are a few snaps.
Disclaimer: Wild camping is mostly illegal in England as the majority of land is privately owned and permission must be granted by the landowner. However, I believe this to be almost impossible in most instances. I love the outdoors, and always treat it with respect. I collected all my rubbish and removed all traces of where I had stayed. Like the age old quote says - take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints.
Thought I'd start this little blog to let people know what we get up to. Some personal stuff thrown in the mix too.