Claire_M
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April 11th, 2012, 7:27 am #11

Hi Mike

You mentioned a possibility of a walk on the 16th May? That fall's within the week I'm there so this is a cheeky request if you are going to do another walk for the 16th date ;)

(Your walk comes with the high recommendation of MooseandHobbes)

Claire_M
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April 11th, 2012, 10:16 am #12

Hi Mike
I missed your walks last year, but not this one. Please put me down for the 23rd.
Also give Malise a gig hug & kiss from me. ;)
Mike C :D
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the tree lady
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April 11th, 2012, 1:26 pm #13

Hi Mike

I'd love to come along on the 23rd, if you are doing one then.

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April 11th, 2012, 5:11 pm #14

Hi Mike,

I'll be digging on 16th too, so if you're doing a walk then, I'll join you, as my pal Claire_M will be digging that week. :D

Many thanks
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Mike McGuire
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April 15th, 2012, 2:33 pm #15

In principle I'd be very happy to do a walk all three weeks. That way I get lots of useful suggestions and interesting questions. But I shall have quite a lot to do on the stones project. In particular have to make a long day trip to Edinburgh to consult with my professional geological advisors at the BGS and I don't know yet which day this will be. It may be not until the Monday's (14th and 21st) that I shall be able to say for sure if we are on for 16th and 23rd respectively. But the 9th will definitely be on unless our old friend force majeur intervenes. Anyway, I'm very pleased that people are interested and I shall do my best to meet demand.

Mike
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Mike McGuire
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April 26th, 2012, 4:06 pm #16

I did promise to get an initial version of a guide to my walk onto WDV by about now. But when I came to write it, I realised there are issues about directing people unfamiliar with the area which don't apply when I'm there myself. So I find I need to do a bit of scouting about before I publish anything :( . When it's done, Harry will put it on the walks bit of WDV. In the meantime, my apologies to anyone who might have wanted to go next week :$ . The week after, I still plan to lead a walk on the Wednesday (9th). As I rather suspected, a visit to Edinburgh and other things are most likely to scupper a walk the following week (w/c 14th), so I'll bring some printed information for anyone who would like to go without having to listen to me droning on. The 23rd is still looking good.

Only 9 days now before we're back in Northumberland. Can't wait :)

Mike
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May 13th, 2012, 1:41 pm #17

The first of my walks went according to plan. I hope those of you who came enjoyed it. However, a number of people weren't able to come because they didn't want to miss their meal at the Hedley Centre. A great compliment to Pauline that you would want to eat her excellent food :P in the warm and dry rather than listen to me droning on on a cold and windy hilltop :'( At least we made it back on time at 7pm, 15 minutes before the monsoon started. Those of you who were on site this week will know what I mean. :X

As previously announced, I can't do a walk this coming week. To save a similar difficult choice for potential participants next week, I'm moving the date to Tuesday 22nd as Pauline doesn't cook for Hedley Centre residents on a Tuesday. Further details, plus some details for those who can't make that date and would like to go on their own, will appear here in a few days' time.

Look forward to meeting many more of you in the next couple of weeks. ;)

Mike

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Sue Munro
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May 13th, 2012, 2:41 pm #18

When you go on your walk could you take and post some photos of the view over Vindolanda. I'm attaching one I took at the end of May last year - it's my desktop image on my laptop and I'm amazed at how much of the area near the hut is now de-turfed. It would be interested to make a long-distance comparison!
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Mike McGuire
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May 27th, 2012, 5:05 pm #19

Sue, really sorry but I was so engrossed in telling the story I didn't have time to take any photos. But I know a number of people did so could anyone who has a good piccy, particularly from last week (22nd), please post it for Sue.

For once the weather last Tuesday was fantastic and I was hoping quite a number of people would make it. But the sudden heat in the trenches had been so great during the day many people, not surprisingly, didn't have the energy for Barcombe afterwards. Those who did come were rewarded with some fantastic views. Thanks to all of you who came on either occasion, both for making the effort and for your many penetrating questions. Anything which makes me think about what's up there from a different point of view is always helpful.

Afraid it's unlikely I shall be able to do any more walks again this year. But I've sent my DIY guide off to Harry who will make it available on WDV when he's done the necessary processing.

It's been great to meet so many of you over the past three weeks. Hope to meet lots more of you at Friends evening in a few weeks' time.

Back in boring Derby now. Roll on next year.

Mike

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Claire_M
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May 27th, 2012, 8:42 pm #20

We did part of the walk along the stone quarries and graffito, coming down from the iron age fort, it was well worth it and notes interesting. We did, though, get slightly lost finding out way from the end point of the walk, back onto the road. So if there's chance of a bit more info about that, that would be great?
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