First solo hike and first video created!
I took my dog, Winston, to Oxwich Bay in the Gower (South Wales in the UK) for our adventure. An AA guidebook of 50 walks in Brecon Beacons and South Wales as well as a flask of tea and a cereal bar were in my backpack. I was ready to go.
Hiking with friends (who could read a map!) was something that I used to do a lot. I’d really missed it but was always too scared to go on my own. I can’t read a map or use a compass. Getting lost was a big fear of mine so I thought solo hiking just wasn’t for me.
I watched a YouTube video by a lady who does a lot of solo hiking and realised that there was no reason why I couldn’t do it too. I was holding myself back and afraid of what could go wrong so didn’t even try.
Take a deep breathe and…
It was time for me to put on my big girls pant and try so I bought a guidebook and planned my first solo hike. Safety is a priority so I told my boyfriend where I was going and when I should be back. My phone was fully charged and the car had plenty of petrol.
I was excited and a bit nervous when I woke up on ‘solo hike day’ but I was determined to do it. I knew I’d be gutted if I bottled out so I squashed down the anxiety and drove to Oxwich Bay.
Watch the video below (or click on this link to watch it on YouTube) to see how my first solo hike went.