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DAI'S WALK-AROUND-WALES BLOG

Between the years of 1982 and 2010 I spent my life racing around Wales, doing triathlons, mountain running, mountain biking, cross country, running road races & orienteering. I was so focussed on the racing that I spent little time enjoying the country, but out of the corner of my eye I saw that Wales was beautiful and I saw hundreds of places that I wanted to spend more time in, explore and enjoy the beauty and I said "I'll come back here one day". 

Initially my intent was to run around Wales but injuries forced me into walking for rehabilitation so now I'm in my 50s and time is not my friend any more, I've realised that I'd better take my time and enjoy walking around wonderful Wales rather than rushing things.  

Previously to this I'd also spent time walking locally with my kids, with friends and on my own. To walk around Wales is one of my ambitions in life but I want to remember it too and because I have a shocking memory so the idea is to build this website as a blog of these walks and of my past walks. While I'm building the website I'm also trying to self-educate myself, identifying flowers, birds, insects, trying to understand the weather etc etc. There is so much to see, so much to do and so much to learn. 

Please feel free to use my walks as an inspiration for your own but also remember to let someone know where you are going and stay safe. But above all enjoy this beautiful and interesting land of ours.

 

 

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LATEST BLOG - OCTOBER 2019

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FIRST BLOG PAGE - DECEMBER 2014

 

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PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE - CHALLENGE YOURSELF

I've always set myself challenges for as long as I can remember, the majority of these have related to sport. We are socially programmed to be part of a group and lots of those groups are related to sport. My personal traits involve being competitive and I was always naturally inclined to join those sporting groups. The first ambition I can remember was to play for Wales in sport and when asked at the age of eleven at what sport ? My answer was "any", I joined clubs, played at different sports, entered competitions, lived my life and in 1987 I realised this ambition when I represented Wales at cyclo-cross. Roll forward five years and in 1992 I realised that I had the potential to become a world champion. It took another eight years of planning, training and fine tuning my lifestyle but on 26 August 2000 at the age of 40 I became the veteran (over 40) quadrathlon (swimming, kayaking, cycling & running) world champion. Along the way I'd represented Wales at another five sports. (triathlon, mountain biking, mountain running, duathlon & marathon kayaking). My second life challenge put to bed I set myself the target of focussing on my family and supporting them the best I could, that's not to say I didn't do a good job beforehand, its just that I switched my main focus to this. 

Now all the kids have left home its time for me to enjoy my remaining days left on this earth and so I keep setting myself challenges. My reasoning for this is that if there is always a challenge to aim for then I will always be around to complete it. The reality however is different to this but I'm trying to fool my body and my mind into believing its going to stay forever young. We all know that's not going to happen but let's have a go anyway. I am not concerned if I don't complete the challenges, I really don't care, as long as they are interesting, have a personal development value or I have fun doing them.................  

 

DAI'S CHALLENGES

WALK AROUND WALES

To walk around the circumference of Wales.

FIRST WALK 2010

GOWER PENINSULA  -  SWANSEA TO CHEPSTOW  -  OFFA'S DYKE

LAST WALK 2017

   

TOUR OF NEATH PORT TALBOT

My aim is to walk around the county borough of Neath-Port Talbot learning about anything and everything. Nature, geology, how to take nice photographs, who my ancestors were, how they made iron, tin, steel and dug coal out of the ground, who built what, commerce etc. etc.

STAGE 1 - WALKS 1-12, GLYNNEATH to PORT TENNANT on the NEATH & TENNANT CANALS

STAGE 2 - WALKS 12-18  - WALES COAST PATH

STAGE 3 - WALKS 18-21 - RIVER OGWR to OGWR RIDGEWAY PATH

STAGE 4 - WALKS 22-24 - OGWR RIDGEWAY PATH to MARGAM ABBEY

STAGE 5 - WALKS 25+  - ST ILLTYD'S WALK

THE DAI-ATHLON

A continuous (in stages) triathlon challenge from the very northernmost mainland point of Anglesey (Llanlleiana Head) to the southernmost tip of mainland Wales (Rhoose Point). 

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This page is located on my personal training website.

............ there are more and they will be added soon

 

DAI'S BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

18/1/15

Georgie Dog Rescue Walk hits the headlines

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Is it toilet roll ? is it a fungus ? no it's hair ice needing a short back and sides but by 3.00pm it's been completely shaved off. 

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St David's Day and being Welsh - and why is there a grave in the middle of nowhere

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Partial Eclipse of the sun 'paper clip olympics' 

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4/4/15

Happy birthday Pat Davies - Cerdded-y-Cwm walking on part of the St Illtyd's Walk

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73rd Anniversary of Spitfire crashing at Gwaun Nant Ddu - sunrise at the crash site

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7/6/15

Sunset on the Llia Roundabout.

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Are you Ambididdlemous and what is that flower ?

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Sunrise on the Fan Hir ridge and 2 lengths of Llyn y Fan Fawr

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Portugese invasion at Oxwich

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PEN Y FAN - LAST OF THE SUMMER SUNSETS

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18/9/2015

RUGBY WORLD CUP GUINNESS COMMERCIAL

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GALLAHER JERSEY HITS THE BIG TIME

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Who lived in this egg case?

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CHARTISTS CAVE ON MYNYDD LLANGYNIDIR

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I want to be a professional photographer when I grow up

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NEWCASTLE-ON-CLUN to MONTGOMERY Offa's Dyke Path LOGISTICAL CHALLENGE

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15/8/2016

ALIEN PINBALL on ABERAVON BEACH

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SUNSET AT THE SKATE PARK

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THE VIGILANTE VIXEN 

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BONFIRE NIGHT PHOTO PRACTICE

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13/12/2016

DAI'S FIRST (AND MAYBE LAST) BOOK RELEASED

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PILE UP ON PEN Y FAN

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SUPER SUNSETS MONTH AT ABERAVON BEACH

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25/9/2018

29/9/2018

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SUNRISE WEEK ON THE FAN HIR RIDGE

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THE STORY OF A SUNSET

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INTERESTING IRON ORE

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GRAFFITI ARTIST IMPROVES PORT TALBOT

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NEW SPECIES OF PLANT DISCOVERED

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NEW BOOTS ON THE CRAIG Y LLYN RIDGE

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LLYN Y FAN FAWR TRIATHLON CHALLENGE

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THREE SUNSET WALKS ON ABERAVON BEACH

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