The Dales Way, Rest Day and Day 4: Dent to Burneside (20 miles)

The rest day was a nice choice. Being that I wasn't taking it because I was knackered or hurt, I simply spent the day going on short out and back walks from Dent - to Flintergill, to the banks of the Dee, to a random cornerstone supposedly of note on a farm. I ate decent … Continue reading The Dales Way, Rest Day and Day 4: Dent to Burneside (20 miles)

The Dales Way, Day 3: Beckermonds to Dent (17 miles)

As the light started to finally seep across the sky just before seven, I did the ungainly clamber back over the drywall and proceeded onward to the village of Beckermonds. Still, serene and lovely in the thin veil of blue light, the Wharfe trickled between the handful of houses. Today would be the last day … Continue reading The Dales Way, Day 3: Beckermonds to Dent (17 miles)

Examining A First Aid Kit

A long distance hiker is well aware they should not head off into their great unknown; scaling fells, fording rivers, battling storm battered cliff tops etc. without some first aid goodies on them. So we jump on the internet, find a nice, light, compact first aid kit that seems to promise us all the trimmings … Continue reading Examining A First Aid Kit

Pendle Way, Day 2: Earby to Reedley (18 miles)

Bleara Moor was barely starting to get light as I packed up impatiently at seven in the morning. I fumbled around in the slowly easing darkness taking the tent down as the fog clung around. Descending from the access land onto farm paths, Earby stretched down beneath me and then disappeared behind. I came to … Continue reading Pendle Way, Day 2: Earby to Reedley (18 miles)

Haunted Hikes: Where to Wildcamp this Halloween

From Frits Ahlefeldt You could enjoy All Hallows' Eve in the brightly lit comfort of your home, Hocus Pocus on the box, and a bowl of funsized chocolate by the door. Perhaps you have a sprog desperate to show off an elaborate mermaid corpse costume to the neighbourhood and your evening is scheduled for knocking … Continue reading Haunted Hikes: Where to Wildcamp this Halloween

Skye Trail: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Northbound Start: Broadford Finish: Rubha Hunish Distance: 80 miles (129km) Total ascent: 13,074ft (3985m) Traditional northbound sections: (Over seven days) Broadford - Torrin, 12 milesTorrin - Elgol, 10 milesElgol - Sligachan, 11 milesSligachan - Portree, 12 milesPortree - Storr, 9 milesStorr - Flodigarry, 18 milesFlodigarry - Rubha Hunish, 8 miles Map from The Hiking Life … Continue reading Skye Trail: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Snowdonia Slate Trail (Llwybr Llechi Eryri): Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

Snowdonia National Park covers a rugged 827 square miles and nine mountain ranges. The famous Snowdon Massif in the north shares its dominion with the daunting, fantastical Glydderaus and bulky, broad Carneddau. To their south, the Moelwynions lie down and sprawl like sleeping giants and the undulating circuit of the Moel Hebog Range curls like … Continue reading Snowdonia Slate Trail (Llwybr Llechi Eryri): Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

Raad Ny Foillan: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Start and Finish: Douglas Distance: 100 miles (161km) Total ascent: 11040ft (3365m) Traditional sections: (clockwise over seven days) Douglas - Castletown, 18 milesCastletown - Port Erin, 13 miles Port Erin - Peel, 14.5 miles Peel - Jurby 14.5 milesJurby - Ramsey, 16 milesRamsey - Laxey, 13 milesLaxey - Douglas, 11 miles For context to the … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

St Cuthberts Way: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Start: Melrose Finish: Lindisfarne Distance: 64 miles (103km) Total ascent: 6,805ft (2,075m) Traditional sections: (west to east over five days) Melrose - Harestones, 15 milesHarestones - Kirk Yetholm, 17.5 miles Kirk Yetholm - Wooler, 13 miles Wooler - Fenwick 12.5 milesFenwick to Lindisfarne, 6 miles For context to the below observations, opinions and advice; I … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

St Cuthberts Way, Day 4: Wooler to Beal (13 miles)

I had woken at my normal early time and on finding my clothes not quite dry enough, had turned the heat up on the radiator and tried to get a couple more hours sleep. This simply resulted in having slightly less damp but still sweaty clothes, and now being sweaty already myself before I'd even … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way, Day 4: Wooler to Beal (13 miles)