My county high top challenge

Sorry for another delay between posts – would love to say it’s because I’ve been out enjoying this wonderful weather (which I have been) but it’s also because I’ve been busy at work. And embarking on a number of new chapters.

One of these is to mark a recent birthday (I’ll let you guess which one) by beginning my county high top challenge – to climb 30 of Britain’s highest points over the course of the next year. As there are more than 30, I’ve picked those that have a particular meaning to me – perhaps being in counties where I’ve lived in the past, ones I’ve always wanted to visit, or simply being places I’ve been to before and loved.

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So, to start this feat, I decided to climb to the top of Milk Hill, the highest point in Wiltshire, where I’m now based. The idea had been to watch the sunrise on my birthday but a thunder and lightning storm made that not a very sensible option! But, when the weather was kinder, a little later on that same day, I set off, walking passed the White Horse at Alton Barnes and through a beautiful nature reserve with wild flowers, birds singing overhead and some very friendly cows.

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The highest point itself is within a field but the views are still pretty impressive. There’s just nothing like the feeling you get when surrounded by so much land and sky. It puts everything into perspective.

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So, on to the next high top – St Boniface Down on the Isle of Wight. I may be starting small but don’t be fooled. I went to university in Edinburgh and married a Scotsman – Ben Nevis is also on the list!

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