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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…

Derwent Water Circular

What does a climber and mountain biker do on a wet, wild, windy, freezing cold, snowy, (did I mention wild?), winter week in Keswick? Well, aside from sampling the fabulous independent cafe’s in town, indulging in a spot of retail therapy at the great selection of outdoor shops and spending a rainy afternoon cranking hard…

Hidden Peak

The Peak District has been my back garden for over 20 years.  From living in Derbyshire and hotfooting it up into the White Peak at the weekends, to living in Yorkshire and heading over to the northern Dark Peak for my regular fix of the outdoors, I’ve explored many areas of the Peak on foot,…