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Waterfall in Hawes, right in the centre of the village 2

Ribblehead to Hardraw

An easy day to start with, though it started at 5:30 in order to drive the 120 miles to Appleby to catch the early train to Ribblehead. I only had about 12 miles to do and with almost no height gain in comparison to my usual day walks I felt...

Utterly Butterley Reservoir 8

Summertime

I finally realised someone was having a laugh at my expense when I heard a brass band playing ‘Summertime’ as I stepped off my fourth train of the morning, at Marsden station, in the pouring rain, with a ferocious wind whipping the leaves from the trees and causing me to...

Feet up, catching the sun, on the ascent out of Ponden 8

Filling in the Gaps

I should have been walking along the Pennine Way with @PilgrimChris this weekend, but family commitments forced a change in plan from him and so I was left to my own devices. I’m working against the clock somewhat with this Pennine Way guide book update and I was reluctant to...

Misty camp on Kinder Low, either side of the path 2

A Weekend Sacrifice

The Oxford Dictionary defines sacrifice as “An act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy”. It also includes an alternative definition of “an act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to a deity”...

A wet camp outside Gargrave 0

Pennine Way Loading: 10% Complete

I’ve now done 30 miles of the Pennine Way as part of the Trailblazer guide book update. That’s about 10% of the total mileage that I need to cover during the re-walk. The official route length is about 256 miles, but with options such as the Bowes Loop and the...

Malham Cove on the Pennine Way 5

No Time Like the Present

Or so the saying goes. Typically I’m a ‘leave it to the last minute’ sort of person, but that approach is never going to work for the Pennine Way project. I have to check the accuracy of every single one of the 270+ pages in the book, I have to...

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I'm Back!

Regular readers may have noticed, it’s been very quiet around here recently and for that I must apologise, however, that’s about to change and I should be getting back into the swing of updating the blog more regularly, with some (hopefully) interesting posts. The last post covered, the final, traumatic...

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Southern Upland Way – Day 9

6th May 2013 – Beattock to St. Mary’s Loch: 21.3 miles, 3,310 feet “Happy is the man who has acquired the love of walking for its own sake”  W.J. Holland – American Zoologist and Paleontologist (1848 – 1932) I’ve had to abandon the walk today. I tried to walk on...

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Southern Upland Way – Day 8

5th May 2013 – Wanlockhead to Beattock: 20.0 miles, 3,578 feet “My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing”  Aldous Huxley – English Author (1894 – 1963) Only a brief update for today, sorry. Today was my least favourite of the whole walk, certainly after...

Interesting fence ornament on the way up Coupland Knowe 4

Southern Upland Way – Day 7

4th May 2013 – Sanquhar to Wanlockhead: 8.2 miles, 1,973 feet “All walking is discovery. On foot we take time to see things whole”  Hal Borland – American Author & Journalist (1900 – 1978) Although day seven was the shortest one of the lot, it’s had some of the best...