Lonewalker Blog

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LEJoG Planning continues

The first ink lines have appeared on my LEJoG map, after so many weeks of pencil lines and draft marks I have at last plotted the first route; from my home in Cheshire to my Mum’s house 15 miles away. These are all metaphorical marks of course because I’m using...

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West Highland Way Journal 2008

After many long weeks in preparation and many editing sessions the journal of my 2008 long distance path is finally released and published on the web site. It tells the story (in words and pictures) of my walk from Glasgow to Inverness, using first the West Highland Way and then...

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New Camera Logistics

It’s all very well having a great new camera to take with me when I’m walking the hills. I’m hoping of course that the pictures I take will be much improved over my previous point-and-click camera. The reality will become clear over the next few weeks. The immediate problem I...

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Kinder Art Gallery

I made a long overdue return to the Kinder plateau yesterday as I walked the Edale Skyline. There are multiple versions of this walk and mine runs from Edale village, up to Ringing Roger around the edge to the head of Grindsbrook Clough, then out to Crowden Tower, down to...

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Photography? Nudge, nudge, wink, wink…

I’ve never considered myself a photographer, but I’ve always carried a camera when I’ve been out walking and I’ve generally been quite happy with quality of the shots I’ve taken over the years. I tend to end up getting one or two good shots out of every 100 I take....

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Roclite 315 – Trail report

I thought it may be worth just adding a short trail report of these shoes now that I’ve managed to wear them for a long weekend. There’s a report earlier in the diary following the walk I did up Bow Fell using them (see here), but this time I was...

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Accident waiting to happen

I’m not an experienced walker in the great scheme of things – I’ve only been hill walking for about 4 years now and I still have a lot to learn, but there are times when I look at others on the hills and I think it’s only a matter of...

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Wee beasties

This post relates to one I read from Peewiglet recently. With respect to keeping your inner tent door well and truly secured even when you’re not inside. This sounds like common sense and of course we all do it, but sometimes its easy to forget and we need a reminder....

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Weekend Wander – Part 2

I’ve spent a couple of hours with Tex this evening, bashing out routes and counter routes, options and alternatives until we finally agreed on what looks like an excellent, albeit quite tough itinerary for our first backpacking weekend. Day 1 runs from the little car park at Hawes End, just...

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Weekend Wander

Tex and I both have permission from our spouses to go wandering all weekend, so we’re off to the Lakes (probably) for an overnight backpacking trip. It will be the first I’ve done since May and the first Tex has done since leaving the Cubs 🙂 Choice, as usual, is...

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Inov-8 Roclite 315

I did my first walk yesterday in my new Inov-8 shoes; the Roclite 315. Tex and I took a walk through Langdale, along the Cumbria Way, up Rossett Gill to Esk Pike and Bow Fell, along The Band and back. Anyone who knows this area will be aware of how...

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Base desires!

I think I’ve turned the corner on the Mumps today! Feeling much more like my usual self this afternoon, so much so that Tex and I are off to Langdale tomorrow for an Esk Pike and Bow Fell walk. Whilst I had some free time I pursued what, for me,...