Tag: Wales

#walk1000miles – 2022 ✅

That’s me only gone and done the #walk1000miles challenge, yet again! Check out www.walk1000miles.co.uk for more information.

The map below shows, all the places I’ve walked so far in 2022. Look out of the red dots and lines on the map. Want your own map like this? Check out the amazing VeloViewer website.

Keep up-to-date with all my cycling and walking adventures over at www.strava.com/athletes/gsvalentine

Some very, very sad news… Cooper has passed away

Sure by now, most of you will know that Cooper, my dog, my best friend, my wee baby. Passed away yesterday after a very short illness.

Just can’t believe he’s gone. He was my whole world, my reason for getting out of bed each morning. He was really the love of my life! People, he say he was only a dog. Any true dog lover, will know they are so much more. They really are man’s best friend!

Cooper, I will always, always love you! Hugs and Kisses! Gordon!! ! xx

Our first adventure
Our very first adventure in Wales! The same week got him!
He come with us to the Isle of Skye
He come with us to the Isle of Skye
Hill walking in the Lake District
Hill walking in the Lake District
His favourite place in the house, my bed of course!
His favourite place in the house, my bed of course!

We really did have some amazing adventures with him! Many more photos of Cooper can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/cooper/

Railway stations, to tick off in 2022

Here is a mini list of railway stations, I really want to tick off in 2022!

 Dent railway station

  • Arisaig – The westernmost railway station on the UK Network Rail network.
  • Chorley – Where I was born!
  • Dent – Highest mainline railway station in England.
  • Leyland – Lived there, when I was much, much younger!!
  • Llanfairpwll – Think you, can you work out why!
  • Penzance

Think of any others?!?! Do let me know!

Railway stations, I visited for the first time in 2020

Well everyone knows that 2020, may not have been best of years! But before everyone went mad, I still ticked off a good number of new railway stations this year! Sure in 2021, when it’s safe, I will tick off, many, many more!!

The full list of railway stations, I’ve visited so far can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/travel/railways/railway-stations/

Myself at Cardiff Queen Street railway station

  1. Aberdour
  2. Bamford
  3. Barnetby
  4. Barry
  5. Barry Docks
  6. Barry Island
  7. Bickley
  8. Birchgrove
  9. Bolton on Dearne
  10. Boston
  11. Brading
  12. Bristol Parkway
  13. Bromley South
  14. Cardiff Bay
  15. Cardiff Central
  16. Cardiff Queen Street
  17. Carmarthen
  18. Chinley
  19. Cleethorpes
  20. Coleshill Parkway
  21. Conisbrough
  22. Dalgety Bay
  23. Danescourt
  24. Dinas Powys
  25. Dinas Rhondda
  26. Dore & Totley
  27. Dunbar
  28. Edale
  29. Ferryside
  30. Folkestone Central
  31. Folkestone West
  32. Goldthorpe
  33. Grindleford
  34. Habrough
  35. Heath High Level
  36. Heath Low Level
  37. Hope
  38. Kidwelly
  39. Lake
  40. Llandaf
  41. Llanelli
  42. Llwynypia
  43. London Victoria
  44. Merthyr Tydfil
  45. Merthyr Vale
  46. Mexborough
  47. Newport
  48. Orpington
  49. Pembroke
  50. Pembroke Dock
  51. Penally
  52. Petts Wood
  53. Pontypridd
  54. Porth
  55. Portsmouth & Southsea
  56. Portsmouth Harbour
  57. Radyr
  58. Ramsgate
  59. Rotherham Central
  60. Ryde Esplanade
  61. Ryde Pier Head
  62. Ryde St John’s Road
  63. Sandown
  64. Scunthorpe
  65. Sevenoaks
  66. Shanklin
  67. Swansea
  68. Swinton
  69. Taffs Well
  70. Tenby
  71. Thurnscoe
  72. Ton Pentre
  73. Tonypandy
  74. Trehafod
  75. Treherbert
  76. Treorchy
  77. Ty Glas
  78. Ynyswen
  79. Ystrad Rhondda

Finished the End to End cycle 11 years ago!

Would you believe it?!?!? It was a whole 11 years ago today, that I finished doing the End to End cycle. A cycle covering 990.30 miles, which of course took me from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Even after 11 years, would still rate it has one of the best things, that I’ve ever done! Really hope, that one day, I get to it again!

Here are, just some of my favourite photos from the cycle.

Mike and myself at John O'Groats

Just after leaving the village of Glencoe on the fifth day of the End to End cycle
Clifton suspension bridge
Celebrating at Land’s End

You can check out the route, I took below:-

Favourite photos from March 2020

Here are my favourite photos from March 2020. Think, I will start doing this every month, what do you all think?

Myself at Melton Mowbray railway station
Myself at Melton Mowbray railway station
Mark T and myself somewhere in Wales
Mark T and myself somewhere in Wales
Myself at Swansea railway station
Myself at Swansea railway station
2XU P:1 Propel wetsuit
2XU P:1 Propel wetsuit

Check out www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/page/archive/2020-03/ for all my other photos from March 2020.

Visited 79 railway stations so far in 2020

Myself at Newport railway stationThat’s me, visited 79 railway stations for the very first time in 2020! My total now stands at 338. But still got a long, long way to go!

Here is the list of the ones, I’ve done so far in 2020…

  • Aberdour
  • Bamford
  • Barnetby
  • Barry
  • Barry Docks
  • Barry Island
  • Bickley
  • Birchgrove
  • Bolton on Dearne
  • Boston
  • Brading
  • Bristol Parkway
  • Bromley South
  • Cardiff Bay
  • Cardiff Central
  • Cardiff Queen Street
  • Carmarthen
  • Chinley
  • Cleethorpes
  • Coleshill Parkway
  • Conisbrough
  • Dalgety Bay
  • Danescourt
  • Dinas Powys
  • Dinas Rhondda
  • Dore & Totley
  • Dunbar
  • Edale
  • Ferryside
  • Folkestone Central
  • Folkestone West
  • Goldthorpe
  • Grindleford
  • Habrough
  • Heath High Level
  • Heath Low Level
  • Hope
  • Kidwelly
  • Lake
  • Llandaf
  • Llanelli
  • Llwynypia
  • London Victoria
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Merthyr Vale
  • Mexborough
  • Newport
  • Orpington
  • Pembroke
  • Pembroke Dock
  • Penally
  • Petts Wood
  • Pontypridd
  • Porth
  • Portsmouth & Southsea
  • Portsmouth Harbour
  • Radyr
  • Ramsgate
  • Rotherham Central
  • Ryde Esplanade
  • Ryde Pier Head
  • Ryde St John’s Road
  • Sandown
  • Scunthorpe
  • Sevenoaks
  • Shanklin
  • Swansea
  • Swinton
  • Taffs Well
  • Tenby
  • Thurnscoe
  • Ton Pentre
  • Tonypandy
  • Trehafod
  • Treherbert
  • Treorchy
  • Ty Glas
  • Ynyswen
  • Ystrad Rhondda

The full list can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/travel/railways/railway-stations/

WOW! Had so much fun in Wales, did 38 railway stations

Myself at Cardiff Central railway stationHere is a list of new railway stations, that I did during my trip to Wales! Got the title wrong turns out, I did 39!

1st March 2020 (5)

2nd March 2020 (12)

  • Dinas Rhondda
  • Llwynypia
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Pontypridd
  • Porth
  • Ton Pentre
  • Tonypandy
  • Trehafod
  • Treherbert
  • Treorchy
  • Ynyswen
  • Ystrad Rhondda

3rd March 2020 (12)

  • Barry Island
  • Barry
  • Barry Docks
  • Birchgrove
  • Danescourt
  • Dinas Powys
  • Heath High Level
  • Heath Low Level
  • Llandaf
  • Radyr
  • Taffs Well
  • Ty Glas

4th March 2020 (2)

5th March 2020 (5)

  • Carmarthen
  • Pembroke
  • Pembroke Dock
  • Penally
  • Tenby

6th March 2020 (2)

7th March 2020 (1)

Newport railway station, tick

I can now tick off, Newport railway station. My last new railway station in Wales before, crossing back into England.

Newport railway station
Myself at Newport railway station
Newport railway station

More photos from this set can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/railway-stations/newport/

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