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The Four Reservoirs Walk

4.9.12Walking with; The Pendle Walking Festival Walking Festival walking is of a very different kind from lonesome wandering. Whilst the freedom to stop at will and change direction on a whim is restricted, there is no need to constantly refer to a map or to worry about pacing, the walk leaders can generally provide useful

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Black Hill via Holme Clough

22.8.12Walking with; Nobody I like paths. When I am on a path I know it is taking me somewhere and even on the odd occasion when that somewhere isn’t exactly where I think it might be, I know it’s going to end up in a defined place! However, there are times when I want a

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Y Garn, Snowdonia

14.8.12Walking with; Ruthy “Staycationing” this year on the Llyn Peninsula it seemed a wasted opportunity to make our way there from Manchester without having a night in Snowdonia. We had booked into Idwal Cottage YHA, the oldest hostel in Britain which opened in 1931 and is beautifully situated in the Ogwen Valley surrounded by the epic peaks of

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Ennerdale

6/7.8.12Walking with; Nobody The Lake District in Summer can be a pretty horrendous place, Bowness can be akin to Blackpool and on my drive up both Ambleside and Keswick were too hectic to even consider stopping. I eventually found a spot of lunch in Cockermouth and can heartily recommend “Main Street Fisheries” for an excellent

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Ridgegate Reservoir-Higher Sutton-Sutton Common-Fox Bank-Ridgegate Reservoir

25.7.12Walking with; Nobody The bucolic pastoral landscape of Cheshire farming country seemed like it might be the place to stretch the legs on a lazy Wednesday with the sun shining and not much else going on and so I headed off to beautiful Ridgegate Reservoir sitting in the shadow of Tegg’s Nose. There were a lot

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Two down, one to go

22.6.12Walking with; Ruthy A couple of years ago Ruthy and I visited the Yorkshire Dales staying at the fantastic “Game Cock Inn” in Austwick (http://www.gamecockinn.co.uk/), fuelled by French food and Yorkshire bitter we ascended Ingleborough in the snow and sleet and I decided that she was the girl for me. Later on, with another pint

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Elterwater and Skelwith Force

14.7.12Walking with; Ruthy Two weeks since my hernia op and I felt it was about time that I got back out there, albeit in a gentle, non-strenuous manner. This undemanding perambulation in Langdale hit the spot and, in spite of the occasional shower, finished with a pint in the sunshine…..The name Elterwater is believed to

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Getting back on the horse…..

After a couple of weeks off recovering from an operation (number 2 for me this year), it is off to the Lake District this weekend towards Chapel Stile. Any ideas for an “ease back into walking” route in that neck of the woods? I know Elterwater probably has one or two, not sure I’d be

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The Pony Path up Cader Idris

21.6.12Walking with; Al Cader Idris is reputed to be the second most popular mountain in Wales and at 893m it is a decent hike and one of the top twenty Welsh peaks heightwise. The name means “The Chair of Idris” and whilst there is some debate as to whom exactly Idris is, the accepted wisdom is that

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