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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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The Cloud and the Dane Valley

19.04.12 Walking with; Nobody The pastoral heartlands of Cheshire have not been very productive walking territory lately, after the electric fences and Somme like mud of Alderley Edge, I pitched up in the hamlet of Timbersbrook only to find my proposed route closed due to dangerous trees and no alternative offered. None the less after

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Brunt’s Barn-Big Moor-White Edge-Tumbling Hill-Brunt’s Barn

15.4.12 Walking with; David from the Peak District Rangers The last of my pre-visits with the Rangers took me out towards Sheffield to the village of Grindleford. The Rangers are based at Brunt’s Barn named after Harry Brunt, a Deputy National Parks Officer. The office sits just down a track from Grindleford station and the

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A Lyme Park Loop

12.4.12 Walking with; Nobody When I first moved to the North West one of the first places I visited was Lyme Park and it’s remained a firm favourite ever since whenever I get the itch for a few miles. The house itself is the largest in Cheshire and is Grade one listed. It was built

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Mynydd Llangattwg and Craig y Cilau

8.4.12 Walking with; Ruthy Easter Sunday and what better way to burn off the chocolate based calories than a walk up Llangattock Mountain! We parked the car near the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal and were soon walking down narrow country lanes towards the imposing gritstone escarpment of Mynydd Llangattwg or Llangattock Mountain. The area has

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White Nancy not Shining Tor

4.4.12 Walking with; Al Well, the plan was to ascend up to the highest point in Cheshire, Shining Tor, from the Errwood Reservoir in the Goyt Valley. After the week of glorious sunshine we felt sure the views from the top would be stunning as the beautiful Cheshire countryside stretched out before us. However, Mother

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