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Manflu

Manflu and post-birthday hangover both banished to distant memory, back to the Lakes tomorrow. Happy Days!

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Two White Peak walks

8&10th/01/14 When I think about walking in the Peak District my mind is automatically drawn to the Dark Peak, to the rough, wild peaks of Kinder, Black Hill and Bleaklow. In my mind’s eye the White Peak is gentler, almost twee, cutesy villages tucked in Limestone dales, it lacks the raw wildness of the hills

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Lake District’s UNESCO status bid

I’m watching a news item as I write this about the bid to get the Lake District listed on the UNESCO World Heritage register. The main driving force behind this seems to be the perceived economic benefits that the listing will bring with particular reference to tourists from China, India and Russia. The current number

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The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane

Just before Christmas there was a post on the “Wild Camping” Facebook page that I am a member of that effectively challenged the notion that “wild camping” is possible on the overcrowded island that is Britain today. It provoked a lot of debate and, to my mind, a lot of comment was coloured by the

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Last walk of 2013

30/12/13Walking with; Ruthy Ever since I abandoned my South coast roots and left the chalk cliffs and churning muddy waters of the English Channel for the rain, peat bogs and dark Satanic mills of the North West, Kinder has been my “go to” hill. It can be approached by such a variety of routes that

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

To everyone who has visited Come walk with me, whether a regular visitor or an accidental dropper inner and to everyone who loves, and is inspired by, the great outdoors wishing you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a wild and inspiring 2014!

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Wet and wild walks from Llanberis

18/19.12.13Walking with; Nobody The good folks at the MWIS http://www.mwis.org.uk/ had provided the following information for Snowdonia, “ frequent snow and hail with thunder, occasional whiteout conditions” but my cosy bunk at the Llanberis YHA was already booked and I had a new pair of Berghaus waterproofs to put to the test! On the drive over

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A short walk in Oxfordshire

11.12.13Walking with; Nobody After a day of exploring the “City of dreaming spires”, wandering through the back streets of Oxford stumbling upon characterful pubs, blue plaques a-plenty and hidden gardens tucked away in college quadrangles, I felt the need to get some mud on my boots once more! Not knowing the area and being mapless

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Win a Come walk with me calendar for Christmas!

Hi folks, as a little bit of Christmas fun and an incentive to connect with Come walk with me, anybody commenting on any post on the Come walk with me website will go into a draw to win a free 2014 calendar delivered direct to their door! Get involved and GOOD LUCK!!

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More walks in and around Grasmere

4/5.12.13Walking with; Nobody I’d only been in Grasmere a couple of weeks earlier, but the great deals the YHA are currently offering on accommodation meant I could get a room to myself for roughly the price of a dorm bed. Butharlyp House (Butterlip is the pronunciation apparently) is an excellent hostel, well appointed, attractive and

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