This adventure was the longest time I have spent in the UK and certainly the most exploratory. I had a wonderful time, everything went pretty much to plan and it has left me with many fantastic memories. I can't wait to put the book for this trip together.
So here are my final thoughts and reflections, in no particular order.
- The weather was warmer than I had expected. I didn't get any of the crisp days I had hoped for and my scarves remained packed the whole trip.
- I didn't spend enough time just sitting and absorbing my surroundings. I need to get better at that.
- At the end of my last trip I learned a valuable photographic tip of getting the shutter speed right to avoid camera shake. That technique alone has massively improved the focus quality of my photos on this trip.
- The final photo count is approximately 5,000.
- The English countryside is even more beautiful than I had previously realised and there are still plenty of places left for me to explore.
- Next time I must find accommodation in the places I want to walk. Then I won't waste as much time getting there or feeling time constrained. It will also make it easier to walk earlier in the morning or later in the day.
- I need to do some training before the trip if I intend to walk. Also, I need to bring more robust walking boots.
- I must factor in regular rest days otherwise I will burn myself out.
- I must be mindful of the weekends when planning an itinerary. Train travel is sometimes disrupted on the weekends with fewer services. And there tend to be more couples in resort type hotels on the weekends which tends to make me feel a little out of place.
- I need to pack lighter still. I could have done without some clothes I packed.
And just in case you wondered (but probably didn't), here's the approximate breakdown of photos per day.
Thanks for following along. Until next time...