Friday, December 26, 2008
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Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Elvis is now 4.5 years old, and has been on every walk with me over the last 3 years, covering some 2,500 miles of footpaths. Elvis must walk twice as far as I do, and never gets tired!
He particularly likes steep grassy hillsides that he can run up and down, as well as sandy tracks across heather moorland.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sedbergh, Cautley Spout, The Calf (676 m) and Calders.
What a walk! The first half of the walk through the Rawthey Valley to the Cross Keys at Cautley was beautiful. Old tracks, wooded slopes, farmyards and a sweeping valley. Then the excitement began. A steep climb up along a pitched-stone path beside the tumbling waters of Cautley Spout brought us to Red Gill Beck - this climb took us up 150 m in the space of 300 m !Then, a steady ascent via Force Gill to the summit of The Calf, in mist. Occassionally the mist cleared to leave pockets of clear sky with the green valleys over 2,000-ft far below. One of the best walks I've done.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Watch ITV1 Yorkshire 'Calendar' tonight (Friday 29th August) between 6pm and 6:30pm as Mark Reid joins Jon Mitchell, ITV weatherman, on their fourth walk from their monthly TV walk series 'A Breath of Fresh Air'.
You can also view the TV clip on their website http://info.itvlocal.com/walks.shtml
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
PHOTO: Pen-y-ghent - an hour into the walk
What a walk! 26 miles, three peaks (Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) and some of the worse summer weather I have ever experienced! The five of us completed the walk in 10.5 hours. In all, over 500 people took part in this event to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The five of us raised over £1,200, whilst the whole event raised an amazing total of £125,000!
Walking up and across Whenside was the biggest challenge - horizontal rain, gale force winds and a significant wind chill. We were all pretty drained as we reached the summit as we'd walked around 15 miles but also had to tackle the horrendous weather. So we took shelter for 30-minutes in my emergency group shelter, ate lunch and refuelled our energy reserves.
The ascent of Ingleborough was also a bit nerve-racking as forked lightning streaked across the sky. Luckily the storm was a few miles away, but that didn't stop a tropical downpour soaking us on the final mile or so of the walk. All in all, a memorable and enjoyable walk that tested our stamina and resilience to the full. What is happening to our weather patterns...? (the effects of a warming planet, of course - it will only get worse).
Thursday, July 03, 2008
This weekend (5th July) myself and two friends are tackling the Three Peak of Yorkshire in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. This 26-mile walk involves climbing three peaks in the Yorkshire Dales - Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Last year, we completed it in 10 hours, including an hour at the Hill Inn at the foot of Ingleborough. So this year, we're aiming for 9.5 hours.
The weather forecast is poor - heavy rain and windy - which should add to the challenge. The worst part of the walk is the long stretch from Ingleborough back to Horton in Ribblesdale at the end of the walk. The best plan of action is to keep walking because if you stop for a rest then your muscles start to instantly seize up - it's more painful to stop than to keep on walking.
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The photo was taken from the summit of Whernside during last year's walk.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Mark Reid, author of The Inn Way guidebooks, and Jon Mitchell, ITV's weatherman, have embarked on a new monthly television series of walks for ITV Yorkshire, entitled 'Breath of Fresh Air'.
The first walk, around Hathersage and Stanage Edge, was aired on Friday 25th April.
To see the TV broadcast, view full details of the walk or download a route description and map to follow yourself then click on this link http://info.itvlocal.com/walks.shtml
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
17th April 2008.
Bright, clear but exceptionally cold, especially above 700 metres with patches of snow and significant windchill. Still, that didn't stop one bloke who I passed on High Raise who was happily fell-walking in these winter conditions wearing trainers, jeans, a lightweight coat but wasn't carrying a rucksack. And he was on his own. Adventurous, naive or just plain daft?
The hordes were left behind at Easedale Tarn, after which I only saw another 9 people (including the bloke in trainers) all the way round via Sergeant Man, High Raise and Greenup Edge back down to Grasmere. The route I took was Grasmere, Easedale Tarn, Coldale Tarn, Blea Rigg, Sergeant Man, High Raise, Greenup Edge, Far Easedale, which took me 5 hours to complete. A superb mountain day, and the hidden Coldale Tarn was a particular highlight, as was the views from Sergeant Man.
ITV YORKSHIRE WALKS
Went out yesterday (Monday) with Jon Mitchell, ITV Yorkshire's weatherman, to film the first of (hopefully) a series of 'Walks of the Month' to be shown on ITV Yorkshire's Calendar. The first walk we did was around Hathersage, North Lees, Stanage Edge and Higger Tor, finishing at the Scotsman's Pack. This should be screened at the end of April.
Friday, April 04, 2008
I'm often asked to name my favourite pubs, but there are so many to choose from and it all depends what you're looking for.
Personally, my favourite walkers' pubs are:
Yorkshire Dales - Falcon at Arncliffe. Classic, timeless, unspoilt Dales country inn where beer is served straight from the barrel.
Lake District - Sun Inn, Coniston. At the foot of the fells, with a roaring fire in asuperb cast-iron range and some great local ales on tap.
North York Moors - Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole. One of England's classic country pubs. Full of character with two small bars and a tiny shop sandwiched in between.
Peak District - Old Nag's Head at Edale. Classic walkers' pub at the foot of Kidner Scout.
April Fool's Day and a walk in Upper Wharfedale. The weather is certainly having a laugh at the moment. This time last year we were basking in unseasonably warm spring sunshine; 1st April 2008 I got blown off my feet by 50mph winds on the flanks of Buckden Pike. And there's snow on the way this weekend. But to be honest, I often prefer walking in adverse weather conditions rather than dry, sunny days as the weather provides a challenge. In fact, it was quite exhilerating walking across the flanks of Buckden Pike being buffeted by gale force winds and horizontal freezing rain. My new Berghaus 4-seasons Trek pro-shell coat withstood the elements and kept out the wind and rain. I sheltered from the wind behind a drystone wall. This wall was probably 200 years old and was perfectly intact, so skilfully built that no wind could get through it. The perfect spot for a flask and mars bar.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Bright, cold March day with light winds and excellent visibility. Perfect weather for a walk around the Fairfield Horseshoe. We (me and Nick) opted to walk it in a clockwise direction so we would get the steep climb up Nab Scar out of the way at the start and then enjoy the long descent from Dove Crag back to Ambleside. Above 700m there were patches of snow, the summit was cold but only a light breeze. The views across towards Helvellyn and down into the plunging cliffs and coves of Deepdale were superb. A straight-forward walk along good paths with only a couple of steep sections along the way. The summit of Fairfield (873 metres) is a broad plateau of grass and loose rock, with sheer cliffs on its north and east face - in good visibility the route off is fairly clear to follow and well cairned BUT in mist the summit is confusing and potentially dangerous so a map, compass and a bearing is essential to avoid problems. This walk took us just over 6 hours (around 12 miles).