One of twelve posts highlighting the best of 2020 – this is The Wales Outdoors Review of the Year! 

At the beginning of October I should have been leading a small group tour to Spain, seven people flying out to Malaga and staying in a private villa and walking the national parks nearby and the Caminito del Rey.

Days before we were due to fly out Drakeford and his Covidiots decided that Cardiff needed to be put into a local lockdown and so travel to Bristol for the flight was banned. I lost my booking and my income from the trip and the lovely clients lost a trip of a lifetime, one that had been a long time in planning.

I wrote to Drakeford and asked for compensation and his department said compensation for individual losses was not covered. I of course refunded my clients in full. Ryanair decided that we were not unable to fly and so no compensation was due. I complained and they said that the travel ban was not law. I wrote to Drakeford for clarification and his department said it was law. I therefore asked the Welsh Government to take Ryanair to court for advising me and my clients to break the legislation of the Welsh Government. After several email exchanges the Welsh Government stated they would not be pursuing Ryanair. I think someone is a shareholder. That’s how it works, doesn’t it?

And of the rest of October…

I attended an anti lockdown protest on the 11th in Cardiff Bay. There was a good turnout.

Wales Outdoors reacted to the local lockdowns with a series of free walks, The Wednesday Wanders. These were half days and for locals. After all we could still meet in groups of up to 30 people outdoors.

Wednesday Wander Gallery – The Garth

Wednesday Wander Gallery – Bute Park

Towards the end of October Wales entered a full lockdown, they called it a ‘firebreak’. It achieved nothing constructive but damaged many business’ and many peoples mental health. In fact the cases (not deaths), perhaps because of the increase in testing, increased. I’m sure no one could have predicted that 😉

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Walk leader @ Wales Outdoors, life model @ Cardiff Life Models and poet @ Self Published I opened the first mountain bike hire business in the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1995. Since then my business, Wales Outdoors, has grown and morphed and is now the most active and most popular guided walks and adventure travel provider in Wales. Andy has been a volunteer co-ordinator, guided walks programme organiser and part time central area warden for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, chair of Brecon Beacons Tourism, a Duke of Edinburghs area co-ordinator, a Princes Trust social inclusion manager, the catalyst for the Brecon Beacons National Park Environment Charter and a key motivator for the inception of the outdoor activity peer group, SWOAPG. Join Me! for a walk or two :)