Category: Walks

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Armboth Fell & Man Flu

Route Description: Armboth, Thirlmere permissive path, Sippling Crag (The Benn), Castle Crag, Raven Crag, Forest track, Middlesteads Gill, Armboth Fell, Fisher Gill, Armboth There is a car park at Armboth (along with one at the Thirlmere dam) and it has toilets, but it also has a pay and display machine,...

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Cotswold Way – Complete!

Alex and I walked the final two days of the Cotswold Way at the weekend, finishing at the doors of Bath Abbey only 15 months after setting out from Chipping Campden. Route Description: Old Sodbury, Dodington Park, Tormarton, M4 J18, Tolldown Res, Dyrham, Cold Ashton, Ford Hall Lane, Lansdown Battlefield,...

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Lord’s Seat & Whinlatter

Route Description: Scawgill Bridge, Spout Force, Darling How Plantation, Graystones, Kirk Fell, Widow Hause, Broom Fell, Lord’s Seat, Barf, Ullister Hill, Seat How, Tarbarrel Moss, Whinlatter Top, Whinlatter, Scawgill Bridge A rather odd walk, quite contrived to bag all the summits in the area, but as a result I was...

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The power of Nature

Up until about 15 years ago traffic entering Winsford (where I live), from Northwich (the nearest large town) had to drive along Jack Lane, a small and windy country lane. The expansion of the town in the late 1990’s meant that more traffic was using the road and it was...

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Lake District Fells Map

I had the pleasure of spending some time recently with Matthew Hillplodder, during which he spoke of his idea to create a topology map for the Lakeland Fells. He has started the project, which currently covers the Far Eastern Fells, and provides him with an “at a glance” idea of...

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Last minute worries!

I’m off to Skye tomorrow night and wouldn’t you know it, a last minute problem threw a spanner into the works! I’ve been hyper-cautious for the past two or three weeks in the car – I’ve been driving like an old lady if the true be told and I think...

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Skye Trail – Planning Blog

My Skye Trail journal is now on the website – it covers planning and route selection at this time only, as I don’t set out for another 18 days or so. There are so few Skye Trail journals on the web though that I thought it worth publishing now, in...

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Carlin Gill / Black Force Diversion

Anyone thinking of heading up Carlin Gill over the next few weeks should be aware that there’s a prohibition in place for the scramble/walk up the Black Force Waterfall. Apparently the British Mountaineering Council and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority have placed it off limits due to nesting birds, until...

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Skye Trail 2012–Planning #1

January has come and gone and I’m now about 12 weeks away from starting the Skye Trail. I’ve been really busy this last month though – losing weight and getting fitter, in preparation for what is likely to be quite a tough week walking the length of Skye. As followers...

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Choosing 2012’s Long Distance Path

Well it’s now planned, booked and partly paid for, all I need to do is lose some weight and get properly hill fit again. This year I’ve decided to try and do two long paths – one in the far north and one in the far south. This post covers...

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Website Updates

I’ve been having a play with PHP and mySQL – for the non-techies out there – that’s not some super-dooper new waterproof fabric, it’s website scripting (PHP) and back-end database (mySQL) technology. It was a huge learning curve for me, helped immensely by my son, who is doing his Masters...

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Coast to Coast 2011 – Full Journal

The full version of the journal with pictures added and spelling mistakes removed, is now available on the website: Coast to Coast 2011 This is an East to West account, taking 13 days in June. I often didn’t walk the traditional route between stops, so this may not be a...