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Eden Way Day 4

Breakfast was a bit disorganised, with a young chef running around like a headless chicken, but it was tasty enough. I was joined by a couple of American ladies who were walking the Carlisle to Settle path. I say walking, they were getting the train today as one of them...

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Eden Way Day 3

I patched the biggest and most painful blister with one of my 2 Compeed and left the others to their own devices – it would have to do. I limped my way down to breakfast at 7.30 only to be told that they didn’t start serving until 8am. I did...

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Eden Way Day 2

I slept well and never had recourse to use the ear plugs. The Cartref (odd name eh?) is a proper business B&B, it must have about 10 rooms over 2 upper floors, which is sometimes better than the places where you’re sleeping in Johnny’s room now that he’s gone off...

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Eden Way Day 1

My wife dropped me off at the train station just in time to pop into the first class lounge and pick up a banana and a couple of flapjacks for lunch. The train was almost completely empty when I joined it at Crewe, and only a couple more people joined...

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Making Plans for… Lonewalker

I’m always wary of publishing my plans for the year ahead, just look back over my previous posts and see how many plans I’ve made and then abandoned or failed to follow through on. However, as Winston Churchill once said, “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential” and...

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Pocket Routes is born!

My small portfolio of written work has increased gradually over the past few years, with two new guide books added last year, and plans to add another two this year. Until now, I’ve created and managed a website for each new publication, which was fine when there was only a...

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The Yoredale Way

Hard on the heels of my previous guide book, I’ve just published my fifth guide book; The Yoredale Way. This is the second in a series of three guides, following the rivers that rise on the ridge above the Mallerstang valley on the border of Cumbria and North Yorkshire. You can...

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The Swale Way

A couple of months ago I finished writing my fourth guide book; The Swale Way. This is the first in a series of three guides, following the rivers that rise on the ridge above the Mallerstang valley on the border of Cumbria and North Yorkshire. You can buy the book from...

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Montane Air Jacket

I often get approached by outdoor gear companies, as I know many of my blogging friends do too, with a view to writing something about an item on their website. I ignore most of the requests, they are often not something I would use outdoors and so the relevance of a review...

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Swale Way: Reeth to Keld

This walk report was first published on the Swale Way website. If you’ve already walked Wainwright’s legendary Coast to Coast path, from one side of England to the other, you could be forgiven for thinking the Swale Way is something you’ve already mostly done. Admittedly the C2C and the Swale...

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Swale Way: Richmond to Reeth

This walk report was first published on the Swale Way website. It’s not the most obvious section of the Swale Way to start with – unless you consider the public transport options, the proximity to home and the amount of daylight hours I have to work with at the moment...

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The Three Sources Walk

I’ve had a fondness for the rivers of the Yorkshire Dales National Park for a while now, I’ve even written a guide book that lets you walk for almost a hundred miles beside, or very close to many of them. The Tributaries Walk meanders besides becks, ghylls and rivers, finding...