Skiddaw mist

Skiddaw summit walk, The Lake District

Checking the map, walking to the Lake District summit of “Skiddaw” (931m) via the bridleway from Keswick looked like a fairly straightforward undertaking. My¬†husband was booked on a mountain bike guiding course in the area and we’d decided to make the most of a couple of days away. Having lost my normal partner in crime,…

View from Nan Bield Pass

Kentmere Horseshoe, a perfect mountain day

With the arrival of March came Spring, lighter nights and the first real sunny t-shirt weekend of the year. Happily, it also coincided with us booking a week away in the sleepy Lake District hamlet of Kentmere. Located in the South Eastern part of the Lake District, Kentmere is tucked away in a corner which…

Malham Cove

5 Reasons I love Malham

In celebration of the 62nd birthday of the Yorkshire Dales National Park today (16/11/16), I decided to write a post listing 5 reasons why I love the iconic beauty spot of Malham. I’ve met tons of people over the years who’ve known of Malham from their geography/geology lessons in school. For those of you who…

Outdoor First Aid Scenario

Outdoor First Aid Training

I’ve thought for years that I should learn basic first aid. However, that was pretty much as far as it ever got – thinking about it. With all the time I spent climbing (sometimes in remote places with just my climbing partner for company), or heading out into the hills for a walk (often on…

Newlands Valley, Lake District

5 places to walk away from the crowds

Like many people who enjoy the outdoors, I love spending time in some of the most popular walking areas of the UK. There’s a reason why the masses flock to the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District, Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales and Castleton in the Peak District.  They are beautiful places and well deserving…

Loch Alsh

Recovering from a mountain bike accident

It’s been a strange old summer… On the one hand, it’s been perfect weather to be outdoors – honestly!  Loads of people have talked about the rubbish weather this summer, but wherever I’ve been (since around the end of May) it’s been sunny and warm with only the odd day of cooler wet conditions.  I’ve also…

Book Cover

Guidebook: Walking in the Upper Dearne Valley

“Walking in the Upper Dearne Valley” by Jacquie Budd   This guidebook features 8 circular walks in the Upper Dearne Valley, individually researched by walking the routes during a very wet and muddy winter. Walks start at 4.5 miles in length, increasing to 9.5 miles as you go through the book. All walks are circular…

Looking across the Lake District

Why I head to the hills

I’m not a summit bagger. Sure, I like the sense of achievement that comes from getting to the trig point at the top of a hill/mountain. Ok, I admit that I have a summit ritual (once around the trig point, or cairn, in an anti-clockwise direction). Yes, I hate accepting defeat and retreating off a…

Edale Circular

Tasked with planning and navigating a walk to practice my lapsed map reading skills, I sat down with the Dark Peak OS Map and looked for an area that I hadn’t spent much time.¬† However, I also wanted somewhere which was not going to throw me into confusing territory – which immediately ruled out the…

Langsett in August

Langsett

Sometimes, it’s nice not to drive so far to get away from it all. I’m really lucky to live only a short distance from Langsett Reservoir (nr Sheffield, Sth Yorkshire). The trails here are superb for a quick hit of nature and a blast of fresh air. Whether it be flat ambling by the side…