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C2C 2011 Planning #1 – The Lakes section

With the path decided on – and the direction of travel – it’s only a matter of deciding on an itinerary, booking the accommodation and getting rid of the belly – quite a simple set of tasks if you say them quickly. The first two are obviously the priority and...

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Long Distance Path 2011

It’s that time of year again, the dog-end of the walking calendar – the wet, windy, grey and ‘orrible trough that sits between the halcyon days of summer and the wonderful biting, frosty days of winter. It’s the time of year that my thoughts turn to the long distance path...

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Favourite Place Names?

We all come across funny, weird or down-right bizarre place names as we browse our OS maps. The Yorkshire Dales is an absolute gold mine, and as I was planning a walk for the weekend I found my new all-time favourite of all the odd place names in England…. Flamethrower...

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Anti-Spam Techniques

This post is in the way of an apology to anyone who may have a problem posting a comment on this site form now on. Over the past few months I’ve been absolutely bombarded by spam comments to this blog – literally several hundred a day – far too many...

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Review: Salomon Exit Aero

  These are another pair of shoes/boots sent to me for review as part of the “Reviews for Shoes” program at Fitness Footwear. I thought it worth mentioning that up front as it were. I did tell the guys looking after the process that I wouldn’t give a good review...

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What would you write?

That was the question posed by Nick Newcomen after he finished his 30 day trek across the USA – he used a GPS and a car and drove across 30 states in order to expound his view that more people in the world should read Ayn Rand. He selected a...

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Review: Inov-8 Roclite 390GTX #2

This is a follow-up report of the Inov-8 boots I’ve been testing for Fitness Footwear. The Roclite 390GTX is a waterproof mid cut boot from the people who brought us the ultimate in lightweight footwear, Inov-8. If last weeks walk over the gritstone of Kinder was no test at all...

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Review: Inov-8 Roclite 390GTX

I’ve been dying to try a pair of these, ever since they were released a year or two ago, but until the kind folk at FitnessFootwear offered to let me have a pair to test I’d not really had the opportunity. Boots aren’t normally something you can try on whim...

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Pennine Way 2010 – Day Seventeen

Byrness to Kirk Yetholm Approx: 26 miles “When I come home yeah I know I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be the man who comes back home to you. And if I grow old well I know I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be the man who’s growing old with you. But...

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Pennine Way 2010 – Day Sixteen

Bellingham to Byrness Approx: 16 miles “Everything went slowly then, as if to match the way Curley was walking. The soldiers on the back of the slow-moving halftrack raised their guns. The crowd gasped, as if they hadn’t known this was the way it was and the walkers gasped, as...

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Pennine Way 2010 – Day Fifteen

Once Brewed to Bellingham Approx: 16 miles “I cannot explain.” She spoke in a low, eager voice, with a curious lisp in her utterance. “But for God’s sake do what I ask you. Go back and never set foot upon the moor again.” Miss Stapleton to Watson – Hound of...

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Pennine Way 2010 – Day Fourteen

Greenhead to Once Brewed Approx: 8 miles “…you say walk, I will walk. To the end of the line and back to you. My name is Steve and I’m your walking man.” Seasick Steve – Walkin’ Man I was nearly blinded by the light when I pulled back the curtains...