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A Wasdale Weekender

18/19.6.12Walking with; Greg Working on Saturdays and Sundays mean my weekends are now Mondays and Tuesdays and with an operation looming at the tail end of next week I was determined to make the most of my last week of freedom and full health. I’d decided to try a wild camp on the Monday night

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A stroll on the Middlewood Way

12.6.12Walking with; Nobody A good walk doesn’t ALWAYS have to involve ascending something big, rocky and sticking out of the ground! A gentle ramble through the Cheshire countryside along an old railway line and, sticking to the theme of genteel transportation, back along the Macclesfield Canal can be just what the body needs on a

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Kinder Scout and Redbrook followed by Castleton Garland Day

29.5.12Walking with; Nobody Ewan MacColl’s Manchester Rambler claimed to have “sunbathed on Kinder and been burned to a cinder”, but given that my last two trips up there had involved zero visibility and blizzard like conditions I had my doubts. None-the-less I can now confirm that it is eminently possible to be fried on and

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Pendle Hill from Downham

21.05.12Walking with; Nobody Pendle, old Pendle, thou standest alone.Twixt Burnley and Clitheroe, Whalley and Colne,Where Hodder and Ribble’s fair waters do meetWith Barley and Downham content at thy feet Pendle Hill truly does stand alone, an imposing monolith towering over the impossibly picturesque village of Downham. For all the associations with witches and the supernatural

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Pendle Hill from Downham

21.05.12Walking with; Nobody Pendle, old Pendle, thou standest alone.Twixt Burnley and Clitheroe, Whalley and Colne,Where Hodder and Ribble’s fair waters do meetWith Barley and Downham content at thy feet Pendle Hill truly does stand alone, an imposing monolith towering over the impossibly picturesque village of Downham. For all the associations with witches and the supernatural

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The Old Man of Coniston

14.5.12 Walking with; Nobody I think it is the name that has always made me yearn to climb the “Old Man”, it has a benign sounding feel at odds to the exposure to the elements that summiting it can chuck at you. The peak itself is at 803 metres which means it just squeezes into

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Malham Tarn

7.5.12Walking with; Ruthy Malham is a tiny hamlet at the Southern end of the Yorkshire Dales, but it has a big reputation and attracts a lot of visitors. There  has been a settlement on the site for over one thousand years and it is named in the Domesday Book as Malgun. It’s main claim to

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A split shift stroll to South Head

3.5.12 Walking with; Nobody Split shifts are not my favourite thing, but the advantage of working in Castleton is that given a spare five hours between cleaning dormitories and cooking dinners there is some magnificent landscape out on my door step. Last week from Lantern Pike I’d had fantastic views across towards Kinder and South

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3 Shire Heads with the Peak District Walking Festival

Walking with; The Peak District Walking Festival1.5.12 Having tried to book a spot on The Roaches walk only to be told it was full, the Staffs rangers suggested that this outing would showcase the Staffordshire countryside equally well and they were definitely right. The walk was led by John Mills an experienced walker, caver and

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Lantern Pike from Hayfield

28.4.12Walking with; Nobody I was due to be heading out on my Silver Navigation course but it was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute leaving me stranded in New Mills with full kit. The sun was, none-the-less, shining and I felt it was too good a chance to miss and not to get out and

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