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Ramblers #BigPathwatch

I’ve just spent the morning walking some of the local footpaths around my home. This is not an unusual activity, I do a lot of walking close to home, but this time I had a purpose. I was trying to walk all the footpaths inside certain OS squares. The reason...

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July #MicroAdventure

Our walking calendars finally aligned, allowing us to meet up for a weekend of walking, camping and catching up. After an incredible exchange of emails and GPX files, Matt (@hillplodder) and I had decided on Wales, specifically the area around New Radnor which offered a huge haul of trig points...

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Salomon X-Ultra 2 Shoe

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a local outdoor shop (www.outdoorlook.co.uk in Macclesfield) with a view to reviewing an item from their website. I was in need of some new trail shoes as I’d worn out my previous Salomon shoes and fortunately Outdoor Look have an excellent...

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Kinder via Jaggers Clough

I took advantage of the glorious weekend weather – the first decent Saturday in June as far as I can recall and headed for another ascent route up onto the edges of Kinder. I chose Jaggers Clough today – a route I wasn’t really sure about, not sure there would...

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May #MicroAdventure

We (@PilgrimChris and I) didn’t really manage an April MicroAdventure – we did a camp site overnighter and walked 22 miles through the Yorkshire Dales, but in many ways we didn’t really think it counted. I was expecting not to be able to manage one in May too, what with...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Exit

I left the Southern Upland Way last night, at Sanquhar, at the end of Day 6. I posted this tweet from the train station. In some ways it was a stalling tactic – I needed to announce my departure because people were following my progress, but I didn’t want to...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Day 6

8th May 2015 – Stroanpatrick to Sanquhar: 18.7 mls I didn’t really expect a third day of good weather, so it was a bonus that I walked in sunshine for most of the day – broken by white clouds which took over later and eventually turned into rain, but not...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Day 5

7th May 2015 – Clatteringshaws Loch to Stroanpatrick: 15.5 mls   Although the day was perfectly acceptable in terms of weather, it was a bit worse than forecast, so ended up being a let down. The BBC local TV forecast showed a picture of southern Scotland without any cloud cover...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Day 4

6th May 2015 – Bargrennan to Clatteringshaws Loch: 17.5 mls A day of better weather than forecast is always something to be thankful for and such was today. Today’s walk, after much deliberation, is brought to you by the teachings of Mr. Miyagi, who spent many hours instructing young Daniel...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Day 3

5th May 2015 – New Luce to Bargrennan: 19.1 mls Today’s walk is brought to you by the word “puddle” and by the sound your legs make when you walk in overtrousers all day! My pedometer says I did 30k steps today, so that’s 30,000 swishes, many of which were...