Distance walked - 12 miles.
With the Challenge only four weeks away I thought I'd better make sure that the body and the kit still work.
I decided to do a repeat of a weekend I did in August 2009, a circuit of the northern Cotswolds. I set out at 2pm and headed west through Little Compton, Barton-on-the-Heath and Moreton-in-Marsh. I'm now under the tarp, as before, in Park Plantation, about a mile short of Blockley.
On the way, I had to do something I never like doing. Going into a field of very inquisitive young heifers, my exit lay through a gate downhill at the far corner. I don't like being downhill of them, because although the nearest ones might stop, the ones behind don't know they've stopped and the whole herd might come hurtling towards me. In the event, when I heard their thudding footfalls getting close, I'd turn round and glare at them which brought them to a halt. Eventually they turned away and went off in another direction.