After a slow start to the day, I set off to look at a hill fort, that is advertised here at the camp site. It was not far away but I stretched the walk out to about an 8 mile loop, which included a lunch stop. The weather was excellent, but once up high I needed a fleece to stop the chill in the wind. For lunch I found a convenient wall to shelter behind to keep out of the wind, so I could make some tea using my meths stove.
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What remains of the Hill Fort and Settlement is a series of earth works, high up with a great view of the surrounding area.
Early in the day I had to share the path with a huge number and variety of snails.
I found a quiet corner just off the path for a substantial lunch – in a cold wind and light drizzle. The poor weather did not continue, it brightened up by the time I reached Kirkstead Bridge.
Southrey public art
Water Rail Way
Gone – Woodhall Spa Campsite
Sunday morning was sunny and bright. I had breakfast with fresh coffee by the lake. Packing away is easy when carrying all the gear, I do not have much with me so it does not take long to pack up.
I got out early to walk the city walls to score some geocaches before things got too busy.
The wall walk is a great way to see the city, but you do need a head for heights and a sure foot when passing on coming pedestrians on the narrow sections with no railings!
My plans for a walk this morning were drowned when the rain got heavier and heavier.
Oakham Castle and Parish Church
Oakham Castle Gate
I found the geocache that was near the church, but the rain stopped any further caching.
The Butter Cross
Stocks at The Butter Cross
It was not all town walking I did head out into the countryside and found somewhere suitable for a tea break.
Spent the day on my own – no talking!
Diana is at a conference in Oakham today, I drove so I could get out somewhere different for a walk. (Well I walked until the rain set in.)
Oakham Castle Gates
Read more about Oakham Castle horse shoes.
Time to try out some new backpacking cookware.
Having spent the morning working on Octagon time sheets, spread sheets and presentations, I headed off at lunch time for a walk across the Lincolnshire fields.
A couple of weeks back, I bought an Alpkit MytiPot 900 and thought I would give it a try out today. I packed a homemade ready meal (fresh pasta, homemade Italian tomato sauce with mushrooms), and my lightweight Alpkit cooking gear.
- Kraku stove
- MytiPot 900
- MytiMug 400
- SnapWire spoon
The walk was grey, wet, cold and muddy underfoot but it was away from my laptop. I took my mind off the weather with “The Girl who Played with Fire” audiobook on my iPod.
In a small wood near the village I found a fallen tree that made a good seat for lunch. I boiled the water for my coffee in the titanium mug first, then heated the pasta in the Alpkit MytiPot, stirring it well.
I carried the backpacking cookware in a Finnish gas mask bag
Titanium backpacking cookware is excellent if all you consider is the weight and strength. The problems come with the cost and cooking in a thin walled pot. Alpkit helps with the cost – their prices are lower than other suppliers and they have a comprehensive selection of backpacking cookware.
My top tip if you use your titanium backpacking cookware for more than just boiling water, is stir the food well… very well. The titanium conducts the heat efficiently, but hot spots easily form and then the food burns. I stirred my lunch constantly and moved the pot over the burner and still some food caught. You can see the results below, not a disaster, but if I had stopped stirring things could have gone very badly. If it burns too much is may also spoil the food.
Why did I buy more backpacking cookware?
- Top of the list is that Diana and I are going camping together and I wanted a titanium “kettle” large enough to brew tea for two.
- I want to do more cooking when lightweight camping – rather than just reheating food.
- This size and shape of pot could be used as a bowl to eat out of or for washing up etc.