Go Outdoors Blog Awards 2014

Go Outdoors Blog Awards 2014

The folks at Go Outdoors have launched a new Walking Blog Award, with a varied shortlist of 15 blogs, and yours truly is one of them. It goes without saying that just making the shortlist is an honour, and especially so when I find myself in the company of such luminaries as Chris Townsend, Keith … Continue reading

Salvage

Salvage

Despite the ferocious wind, an automatic reverential silence descended  as we stepped into the midst of the dispersed metal. I stood among the frozen peat staring at the wreckage strewn about. Bits of engines and aeronautical bodywork lay scattered all around, interspersed with small floral tributes, mostly but not exclusively poppies, to mark the place … Continue reading

An Urban Nano Adventure

An Urban Nano Adventure

Adventure is relative. It completely depends on what your “normal” is. For those people we think of as adventurers, their normal would be considered extreme by most people, yet for some people walking to the shops in the rain would be an adventure. My normal is somewhere between the two, but I’d like to think … Continue reading

Lakes or Bust

Lakes or Bust

We climbed on and up, the promised rain holding off but the wind strengthening as we got higher. False summit after false summit nevertheless led us to the eventual top and a struggle to remain upright and on the same patch of ground. To the south, shafts of sunlight broke through the sombre sky and … Continue reading

Ennui in Edinburgh

Ennui in Edinburgh

Ennui, noun : a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement. Yep, that sounds about right. With a forecast 14 weeks of working away in Edinburgh spread over several months, this was always going to be a bit of an ordeal. Living in a hotel; working long hours, typically 7am … Continue reading

Dithering

Dithering

I love beer. It’s so liberating. It makes ideas that you’d never otherwise voice come to the fore and be shared with the world. I hate beer. It gets one into scrapes that one didn’t intend. And makes one look a wally when you backpedal on what you’d said you’d do. An impromptu couple of … Continue reading

Asterix and the Defence of the Thames

Asterix and the Defence of the Thames

I stepped out from the front door and headed for the river. With 15 miles to walk, I decided that starting by walking in the opposite direction to pick up the riverside path the easy way wasn’t really the best idea, opting instead for a nondescript footpath between houses and a fence that should lead … Continue reading

Perceptions from a First Lakes Backpack

Perceptions from a First Lakes Backpack

The observant among my readers will have spotted that I wasn’t alone on last weekend’s trip to the Lakes. Indeed it was hoped to be a small group, but in the end only my friend Cath (who can be found on Twitter as @wellycath) was able to join me, and the central theme of the … Continue reading

ÜLA Epic

ÜLA Epic

Selecting and Buying the Pack A few months ago, and in contemplation of walking the Cambrian Way this year, I started looking around for a replacement large capacity backpack. That is a replacement for my old workhorse Lowe Alpine Khumbu 65:80 which I picked up cheaply in Decathlon a couple of years ago (also in … Continue reading

Modelling on the Pennine Way

Modelling on the Pennine Way

Stuart was staring at his phone as I made a beeline for him through the crowd at Manchester Piccadilly – not difficult as he tends to stand head and shoulders above everyone else. Within a few minutes we were in the station pub taking on essential fuel for our trek. I found myself handing over … Continue reading