Walking Across Wales in a Straight Line (trespassing)

Discussion in 'Wales/Cymru' started by toblerone3, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    This is great viewing, a project to walk across Wales in a dead straight line from the English border to the sea. No footpaths heading straight across country with a GPS; climbing hedges, barbed wire fences, crossing icy rivers, swimming across lakes and always the dread of being attacked by Welsh farmers. :eek: Very brave and quite inspiring. This has gone a bit viral and the second episode has only been out two days and already has more than 6,000 comments. :cool:

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  2. Duncan2

    Duncan2 Well-Known Member

    Reminds me of Alfred Watkins who broke his ankle so determined was he to prove the existence of "an old straight track".Great fun though-even more so on a tractor I would guess.
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  3. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I'll meet you further on up the road

    Thanks for posting this. I'm enjoying the moderate [or maybe quite large ] peril of him trying to cross the first river and the self talk, questioning and swearing
    So often, people who youtube their outdoor adventures are focused on being perfect with their perfect kit, he's quite funny
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  4. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I'll meet you further on up the road

    He's dedicated the second video to his friend who died after being stabbed in 2017:(. His family have created a foundation in his memory The James Brindley Foundation
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  5. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    I love the spirit of this project. So much more genuine than the prevailing fakery of Love Island and No Deal Brexit.
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  6. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    I am thinking of him camping and drying his sodden socks over a fire in the woods, getting ready for his second day. I really want to see Part 3.
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  7. hash tag

    hash tag member

    A great story.
    It reminds me of a book by Nick Crane called Two Degrees West. In it, he walked in a straight line from the North Coast of Scotland to the South Coast of England. He varied his journey by no more than two degrees from the Meridian. He did it in one go (not taking breaks) and swam across rivers of got a boat, crawled through storm drains, slept under hedges etc. A fascinating read for the pedantic nerd.
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  8. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I'll meet you further on up the road

    Me too
  9. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad heckling from the back!

    Just hope he doesn't meet a farmer who hates trespassers (there are a few)
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  10. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    The artist Richard Long used to do quite a lot of this kind of stuff.
  11. 8ball

    8ball Hetero Sapiens

    Or a bulldozer.
  12. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    Haven’t watched yet, but the comments here are probably enough to make me.

    He must have chosen his route carefully though. There are several reservoirs it would be illegal and dangerous to cross. Not to mention a few mountains that might pose a challenge keeping a straight line.

    Where is he crossing from and to? It’s ok, started watching.
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  13. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Started watching the first part after it appeared on the bandwidth thread, he's a personable chap and I enjoyed it but didn't finish due to one thing or another.
  14. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    This is good fun. I watched Part 1 last night.

    How many parts are there?
  15. Mattym

    Mattym Well-Known Member

    Brilliant. Thank you!!!
  16. Mattym

    Mattym Well-Known Member

    SPOILER ALERT- Sort of.......
    LOl but gutted for him when he got clothes wet at the lake. Never done a spoiler before, so hope it works.
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  17. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    I think he is on course to cross this reservoir.

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  18. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    Lake Vyrnwy. It’s beautiful. But he’s going in a kayak isn’t he? That’s not a challenge.
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  19. existentialist

    existentialist Girly swot

    I happened upon this on YouTube, and was intrigued.

    It's quite fun. He's very sweary, understandably, but a good bit of adventure :)

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  20. Argonia

    Argonia Happy go licky

    Already a thread about this (in Wales/Cymru)
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  21. bellaozzydog

    bellaozzydog rolling turds in glitter

    For some reason this reminds me of reading Rogue Male, Geoffrey Household
  22. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

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  23. existentialist

    existentialist Girly swot

    Oops. I've been pogo'd :)
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  24. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

  25. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Presumably in Scotland this would be easy.

    Don't they have some "right to roam" law there?
  26. keybored

    keybored #NeverUseTheInternetAgain

    Or a killdozer.
  27. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Scratch that, I can't see episode 3 yet.
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  28. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Ep 3:

    While I'm enjoying these, I am despairing a little at how naively/woefully under-prepared he seems in some aspects. Specifically, not wearing his gloves all the time when scrambling over thorns, brambles and barbed wire, and apparently having no antiseptic (or first aid kit at all??! :hmm: ) :facepalm:
  29. existentialist

    existentialist Girly swot

    Yes, that seemed unwise to me, too. And I'd have thought slightly more waterproof boots would have helped...and multiple drybags to avoid the leak problem in Part 2.
  30. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Hang on, I don't think I properly clocked 'till this episode: why did he do this in fucking March??! :facepalm: :D
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