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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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Crowden Great Brook to Crowden Castles and back via The Pennine Way

01.04.2012 Walking with; Cath and Brian from the Rangers Another stunning day out in the Dark Peak on my third pre-visit with the Ranger service, one more and I’ll be eligible for an interview for the training scheme. The Langdendale Ranger Station is based in Tintwistle and sits above the Bottoms Reservoir, one of five

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Back of Bleaklow in the sunshine

28.03.12 Walking with; Nobody A tough but beautiful day climbing up from the Woodhead Pass and with the sun beating down and tremendous views. As soon as I got out of the car and crossed the bridge over the River Etherow I saw a Dipper bobbing up and down on a small rock by the

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Results of Poll Number 4

Poll number 4 dealt with the issue of Outdoors Heroes. Whilst I was surprised nobody voted for Martin Strel (any man who’s training involves 2 bottles of red wine a day deserves some credit), the results proved that maybe the Come Walk with Me Facebook followers are more fans of the Amber nectar!1. Crocodile Dundee-4

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26.3.12 Walking with; Dave Swetnam of the Peak District Rangers Well my second day out with the Peak District Rangers showed the diversity of the role and the conditions that might be experienced. My first visit had included a blizzard on Kinder, today the temperature was 20 degrees and it was warmer than Southern Spain.

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Ashton Clough and the Shelf Stones on Bleaklow

14.03.12 Walking with; Nobody I fancied something a little more challenging today and a spot of navigation practice, so where better than Bleaklow and the peat bogs atop it? Bleaklow is a classic example of peat covered gritstone moorland riven with Groughs and in poor visibility very hard to find your way around. It has

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