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Ramble on by Sinclair McKay

There are a plethora of books out there that explore our love affair with walking or rambling and all the attendant issues and eccentricities that are often associated with it, few, however balance humour and information as well as this one by Sinclair McKay. It is the perfect book for the bedside table, each chapter

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First newspaper column

Here is my first newspaper column for the district Advertisers and Stockport Express. The column will go out fortnightly and highlight the brilliant and exciting walks we do here at Come walk with me UK When I first moved to Manchester back in the dim and distant past I had the stereotypical image of an

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Working on the National Citizen Service at Condover Hall

4-8.8.14 With; JJ, Tyrone, Lizzie, Emily, Sophie, Georgina, Beth, Delicia and Josh The National Citizens Scheme is an optional programme for teenagers that helps to prepare them for life in the adult world via a series of workshops and projects. Week one is a teambuilding week and I have just spent the week at Condover

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Ingleton waterfall trail

2.8.14 Walking with; Al, Kate, Jen, Paul and Ruthy     The area around the Three Peaks of Yorkshire holds fond memories for me. It was after a day on Ingleborough in the snow of Easter that I decided to propose to my wife in “The Game Cock Inn” in Austwick, the fact she said

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Extreme Rambling by Mark Thomas

The act of walking has over the years been not only a balm to the troubled soul but also an act of political defiance. The very fact that protestors the world over go on protest marches puts the act of pedestrianism in the realm of politics, not to mention events such as the Kinder Trespass

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Guided walking on Scafell Pike with Sincil College

17.7.14 Walking with; Kallum, Josh, Jordan, Brad, George, Michelle and Mr Z! As part of their challenge week five students and two members of staff from Sincil Sports College in Lincoln decided they would like to attempt an ascent of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, and Come walk with me UK were more than happy

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Walking the Derbyshire dales from Tideswell

I’d not done much walking in the Derbyshire dales recently in spite of having a genuine affection for Tideswell. It’s a fantastic little town with pubs, chippies, cafes and an excellent bakery all sitting in the shadow of “The Cathedral of the Peak” , the parish church of St.John the Baptist, a magnificent 14th Century

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First paid work as a Mountain Leader!

30.6-2.7.14Walking with; More House School    Well, it has finally paid off! This was my first gig as a professionally qualified ML. I picked up the job with Class Adventure at the last minute and headed down to Crickhowell in South Wales for a couple of days walking and working with a group of 55

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Changes a foot

As part of the progression from being a general “man about the hills” to being a Mountain Leader I am having a new website built and am going to integrate my blog into it. This means that the blog is likely to be off line for a few days! Hope to see you on the

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Baslow-Chatsworth House-Edensor-Hassop and Bank Wood

25.6.14Walking with; Nobody    Over the years I have acquired a fair number of different walking books describing routes for many different parts of the country. In recent times I have mostly devised my own routes and derived great pleasure from it, but once in a while I find myself thinking “Why bother inventing the

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