Dove Step 3 – Day 28

Daily distance: 25km / 15.5mi  Duration: 04:43hrs Weather: 9 degrees, sunny spells, 14 mph south westerlies Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 704.5 miles Dove Step 3 – a complete on-foot crossing of Spain from south to north – DONE! With whole hearted thanks to… Dove Step supporters; BlackBar Brewery, Bridgedale Socks, Inglorious Bustards and Opticron. Dove Step team mates; Malcolm Fairley, Sven Wair and Robert Yaxley.  Dove … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 28

Dove Step 3 – Day 27

Daily distance: 26km / 16.2mi Duration: 05:43hrs Weather: 10 degrees, overcast giving way to rain, 12 mph north westerlies  Dove Step 3 bird list: 113 Best Birds: Griffon Vultures and Teal Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 689 miles Despite having crossed the highest passes two days ago we were still feeling the effects of the Picos today – with a few lively climbs and descents. Incredibly, despite … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 27

Dove Step 3 – Day 26

Daily distance: 29.9km / 18.6mi Duration: 07:15hrs Weather: 16 degrees, sunny spells, 4 mph easterlies Dove Step 3 bird list: 112 Best Birds: Bullfinch and Dipper Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 672.8 miles Yesterday’s mountain work definitely took its toll on me and although I started off fine was really depleted and feeling unwell by lunchtime. After a pit-stop and shovelling a load of food in I … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 26

Dove Step 3 – Day 25

Daily distance: 39.81km / 24.7mi  Duration: 09:49hrs Weather: 11 degrees, cloudy with sunny spells, 4 mph north westerlies Dove Step 3 bird list: 111 Best Birds: Dipper, Rock Bunting, Coal Tit, Yellowhammer, Rock Sparrow Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 654.2 miles Another 40km day, with 1317m of straight ascent, the 25th consecutive day of walking and with well over 650mi wallked! I am unashamedly proud of myself … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 25

Dove Step 3 – Day 24

Daily distance: 37.2km / 23.1mi  Duration: 07:43hrs Weather: 11 degrees, drizzle occasionally heavier rain, 10 mph north westerlies Dove Step 3 bird list: 106 species Best birds: first Dunnock of trip! Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 629.5 miles Weather was far better than the forecast persistent heavy rain and 28mph gusts. Whilst it rained almost all day it was largely drizzle and the wind was negligible. I … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 24

Dove Step 3 – Day 23

Daily distance: 34.6km / 21.5mi Duration: 07:08hrs Weather: 14 degrees, overcast with showers, 16 mph south westerlies  Dove Step 3 bird list: 105 species Best birds: not a birdy day! Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 606.4 miles Today was best described as utilitarian. The paths got me to León as required – in a safe – no frills – no nice scenery manner! The route interchanged between … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 23

Dove Step 3 – Day 22

Daily distance: 41.5km / 25.8mi Duration: 08:20hrs Weather: 16 degrees, blue skies, 9 mph southerlies  Dove Step 3 bird list: 105 species Best birds: best views of Cirl Bunting and first Rook of trip!  Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 584.9 miles Red-lined with fatigue and hunger all morning but resolved to clock 20km and get to La Bañeza before taking a substantive break. Most places are closed … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 22

Dove Step 3 – Day 21

Daily distance: 41.8km / 26mi  Duration: 08:17hrs Weather: 17 degrees, blue skies, 2 mph southerlies  Dove Step 3 bird list: 104 species Best birds: Tree Sparrow  Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 559.1 miles Much improved day today. After a solid beating yesterday and feeling particularly unpleasant I maximised overnight food and rest. To really good effect – my legs were much freer and the soreness greatly reduced. … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 21

Dove Step 3 – Day 20

Daily distance: 42.7km / 26.5mi Duration: 08:33hrs Weather: 14 degrees, overcast then sunny spells, 8 mph north easterlies Dove Step 3 bird list: 103 species Best birds: singing Black Redstart in Roales as I left and a few trail-side Southern Grey Shrikes Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 533.1 miles Harsh day. Spent the morning cold, extremely tired and sore. I tried walk-birding for a bit along with … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 20

Dove Step 3 – Day 19

Daily distance: 40.4km / 25.1mi Duration: 07:57hrs Weather: 18 degrees, cloud giving way to blue skies, 3 mph north easterlies Dove Step 3 bird list: 103 species Best birds: probably roof-top White Storks as I passed through Zamora – really picturesque town.  Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 506.6 miles Ok, here’s some Dove Step 3 milestones for you to get your little chops around:  2/3 in days … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 19