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Walk Report: Illgill Head

Date: 22nd Nov 2008 Stats: 11.5 miles, 2400 feet Weather: Very cold with some wind, no rain and mostly clear skies Trig Points: 0 Wainwrights: 2: Whin Rigg, Illgill Head Other Info: Free parking for about 6-8 cars at Irton Pike, no toilets Summary: Irton Pike, Irton Fell, Whin Rigg,...

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New kit purchase #3

This item of kit is actually my Christmas present from my wife; but I went out and bought it myself and she just gave me the money – which may not sound very romantic, but it beats the hell out of opening another set of walking poles and chunky socks...

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New kit purchase #2

Like my Sealskinz gloves, mentioned in a previous post, this kit purchase was also based on recommendations from readers of the blog who commented on a previous post. Thanks must go to Robin Evans, Gayle and John Hee for taking the time to help. I have been looking for a...

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New kit purchase #1

Apparently it’s almost Christmas, a point in the year which seems to be getting earlier and earlier. Our town council had the bloody lights up on 13th October! In a couple of years I can see them not bothering to take them down, just leave them up and enjoy that...

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Walk Report: World’s End

Rambling Pete was free this weekend, so we decided to strike out, despite the dire weather predictions and see if we could find somewhere that wouldn’t result in us having to be rescued either by helicopter or boat. The North West was likely to be a complete wash-out with heavy...

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Walk Report: Dovestone Reservoir

Date: 15th Nov 2008 Stats: 5.5 miles, 1100 feet Weather: Cold, windy, intermittent rain, very wet underfoot Trig Points: 0 Wainwrights: 0 Other Info: Ample parking at Dovestone Resr (£1.30 all day), with toilets Summary: Dovestone Reservoir, Yeoman Hey Resr, Birchen Clough, Yeoman Hey Resr, Dovestone Reservoir Another grim and...

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LEJOG Planning Frenzy

Sunday was an awful day,weather wise and I had an itchy mouse-finger, so I gave him some exercise in Memory Map – I began planning the South West England section of end-to-end walk. Before Sunday planning had been very tentative. I have a rough route sketched out and a single...

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Walk Report: Fountains Fell

Date: 8th Nov 2008 Stats: 10.0 miles, 1800 feet Weather: Rained most of the day, cold and windy on the top, clearing towards end Trig Points: 1: TP2465 – Cow Close Fell Yorks Top 30: 2: Fountains Fell, Darnbrook Fell Other Info: Roadside parking at Rainscar with honesty box (£1...

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Walk Report: Red Screes

Date: 1st Nov 2008 Stats: 7.0 miles, 2300 feet Weather: Cool in the valley, biting wind and bitter cold on tops, no rain, low cloud Trig Points: 1: TP5619 – Red Screes Wainwrights: 2: Middle Dodd, Red Screes Other Info: Free car park at Cow Bridge, no toilets Summary: Cow...

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Post Walk.. (what’s the opposite of Blues?)

There’s something incredibly satisfying sitting down to write a walk report, with the wind and rain rattling against the window, feet throbbing gently under the desk and calf muscles slowly loosening themselves back to their usual butter-like consistency. It’s even more satisfying to know that you beat the weather as...