Jason McDonald's Travel and Walking Pages

This site contains photos and descriptions of the long-distance walks I have done in the United Kingdom and some of the other places I have visited. Follow the links above to explore the site.

Most of the pictures shown on the site were taken with a Pentax K5 Digital SLR. This has proven to be a very reliable camera and has survived some fairly extreme weather completely unscathed.

Up to August 2011, I used a Pentax DA 18-55mm lens for most shots, while a few of the long-range shots were taken using a Pentax DA 50-200mm lens. More recently, I have been using a Pentax DA 18-135mm lens. This is a good general purpose lens and has allowed me to avoid carrying a second lens most of the time.

I have scaled the pictures down to 1024x680 to keep the bandwidth usage of this site within acceptable limits. Many of the original 16-megapixel images look fantastic on the large screen that I have at home, so I can assure you that any faults in the images on this site are entirely due to the photographer, rather than the equipment.

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Latest News

17 April 2017
During a short visit to Kent, I managed to complete the two-day Medway Valley Walk, which follows the course of the river between the two Norman strongholds of Tonbridge and Rochester.

27 December 2016
The last of the Isle of Wight's eight official day walks was the 12km Hamstead Trail, which I combined with two sections of the Coastal Path for a very enjoyable 27km outing.

23 December 2016
The Freshwater Way is a half-day circular walk near the western end of Isle of Wight.

17 December 2016
My first walk for the summer of 2016 was the Nunwell Trail, an easy coast-to-coast walk across the eastern quarter of the Isle of Wight.

10 December 2016
My final walk for 2015 (yes, I'm a bit behind with my writing) was the 23km second stage of the Somerset Coast Path, from Minehead to the unusual geology of Kilve Beach.

27 November 2016
Here's a page for the 33.5 kilometre final stage of the South West Coast Path, along the Exmoor coast from Lynmouth to the seaside resort town of Minehead. That's five National Trails down, fourteen to go.

14 November 2016
I'm back after a hiatus, with a bit of catching up to do. Let's start with a page for the 53rd stage of the South West Coast Path, along the spectacular edge of Exmoor from Combe Martin to Lynmouth.

Beachy Head Lighthouse, near Eastbourne Lulworth Cove, Dorset
Beachy Head Lighthouse, near Eastbourne Lulworth Cove, Dorset
Bosigran Cliff, West Cornwall Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Bosigran Cliff, West Cornwall Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth