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Pillar Rock 04/07/2024
Pillar Rock


Final mountain 04/07/2024
Well, after many many years of climbing mountains, I finally conquered the final Nuttall! It was Pillar Rock in Ennerdale. We walked over from Borrowdale via Scarth Gap, descended into Ennerdale and then made the big climb up to the base of Pillar Rock. From there, it was a multi-pitch rock climb right to the summit. The weather was dreadful with driving rain, wind and cold temperatures. I think it was the first time I'd rock climbed in full waterproof gear!

Of course, that is only half the battle and we needed a two pitch abseil followed by some tricky walking across and back down to Ennerdale, followed by another ascent of Scarth Gap and finally back into Borrowdale. In total I ascended over 1,500 metres which is actually about double the height of Pillar Rock!


Watch Hill 03/07/2024
Watch Hill


Binsey 03/07/2024
Binsey


Another two bite the dust 03/07/2024
Another two Marilyns today. First off was the highest: Binsey at 447m. Good parking just off the main road then after crossing, a good path all the way to the summit. Quite steep towards the end but it was short lived. There is a shelter and trig point on the top, so a proper hill. Descent was the reverse. Then onto Watch Hill, which at 254m was much lower although there was 220m of ascent compared to Binsey at 287m of ascent so not much in it. A straightforward ascent following a good path right to the end. There are a few undulations on the last section but nothing to worry about. This summit is marked by a few small boulders. Again, return was retracing the way up.

Swinside 01/07/2024
Swinside


Lords Seat 01/07/2024
Lords Seat


Back to the Marilyns 01/07/2024
Two Marilyns today and very different experiences they were too! Starting in Powter How I headed more or less directly uphill to ascent Lords Seat. The weather was particularly inclement with rain right from the get go. As I ascended I headed into cloud which of course meant high humidity which meant my waterproofs became nothing more than something to keep me warm rather than dry. The path is relentless and steep almost right to the summit. From there, it heads down into the woods and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the paths on the map actually existed!

Into and out of Thornthwaite in a flash my route took me South to Braithwaite then onwards to the foot of Swinside. There is no obvious path from the road below so I headed across a field hoping to find a gate but instead a section of broken fence allowed me access onto Swinside. A brief battle with the undergrowth and I was onto a forest track. The hill is a mere 244m high but it is steep, and I was well pleased to be on the summit. Some views across to Cat Bells and Causty Pike made it worthwhile. Following a forest track I soon emerged onto the road where I saw a sign claiming private land! Ho Hum. A short distance later I was at the pub and the finish.


Rock Climbing 30/06/2024
Rock Climbing


Today was a rock climbing day 30/06/2024
I've not rock climbed for many years but I fancied a day out on the crags so booked Mountain Journeys, a Lake District guiding company for a days climbing on a crag. ( mountain-journeys.co.uk )

We went to Shepherds Crag near Keswick and managed to ascent no less than four routes: Brown Crag Arete (Diff), Little Chamonix (HS) , Donkey Ears (VDiff) and Brown Crag (Diff). The grades were at the lower end but they made a superb day out, all bar Brown Crag being multi-pitch which made them even better.

The weather was kind to us with no rain all day, unlike yesterday and probably unlike tomorrow, so the day choice was inspired. Most enjoyable day out but my toes hurt (tight rock shoes), my arms hurt (pumped) and for some reason, my back also hurts!


Crummock Water 29/06/2024
Crummock Water


Red Pike 29/06/2024
Red Pike


High Crag 29/06/2024
High Crag


Nuttall bagging 29/06/2024
With seven Nuttalls to go, today was a big day, I ticked off another six! From Buttermere I climbed High Crag (744m), High Stile (807m), Dodd (641m), Red Pike (755m), Starling Dodd (633m), Great Borne (616m) in a big 23km day out. The weather was pretty awful with rain and low cloud all day, but the peaks were done. I might return in the summer and do them again as the view must be spectacular.

The final peak is booked for Thursday. What could possibly go wrong?


Hutton Roof Crags 28/06/2024
Hutton Roof Crags


Here we go again 28/06/2024
Heading off to the Lake District to hopefully mop up the remaining Nuttalls ( nuttalls.com ) and bag a few Marilyns along the way, today we stopped off at Hutton Roof to climb Hutton Roof Crags. A reasonable car park and the entrance to the woods led to a very pleasant walk up through the woods to the summit. It doesn't appear right until the end which is slightly disconcerting. Excellent views all around made it worthwhile.

Wapley Hill 24/06/2024
Wapley Hill


Shobdon Hill 24/06/2024
Shobdon Hill


Worcestershire complete 24/06/2024
Bagged two more Marilyns in a combined walk/bike ride. I managed to cycle most of the way up Shobdon Hill, although there was a steep section that required walking up and down. The summit was in the midst of ferns, nettles and undergrowth which was not much fun. I then cycled over to Wapley Hill, parking the bike in the car park and walking up. This time, the summit was easier, being on a mound on the earthworks. Nothing marks it so it was bagged by eye.

Wentwood Forest 21/06/2024
Wentwood Forest


Wentwood Forest 21/06/2024
I decided to combine a days motorbiking with an objective so rode down to Wentwood near Usk in South Wales, parked up in the forest and took a scenic route around to the highest point. At just 309 metres, it was a little contrived to find a suitable walk and the OS map is massively out of date as regards the footpaths, so quite a bit of lane walking was required. Also the trig point is well hidden down a tiny track. The weather was excellent all day.

St Boniface Down 20/06/2024
St Boniface Down


Highest peak on the IoW 20/06/2024
Not too much of a challenge to be fair, but St Boniface Down at 242 metres wins. I cycled from the airport to the base of the hill, stashed my bike and headed up. To be fair, it's quite a climb onto the summit area but the true summit is behind fences that guard the radio station so we have to be satisfied with the path to one side which will be within a metre or so. Actually, the trig point is well down from the summit so doesn't count either. Pleasant walk and good views. Back at the bike I headed to the seaside for a well-earned lunch.

Bardon Hill 14/06/2024
Bardon Hill


Leicestershires highest 14/06/2024
The competition is not all that high, but today I made an ascent of Bardon Hill via Birra Birra Hill. It is a nice walk, apart from crossing a very busy A road. The final ascent has been changed due to quarrying in the area and the alternative footpath soon deteriorates into a fight near the top. Good views but I didn't stay long due to the approaching rain storm. As it turned out, I just caught the edge of it.

Robin Hoods Bay 11/06/2024
Robin Hoods Bay


Yorkshire Coast bimble 11/06/2024
I parked at the radio mast near Ravenscar and made my way down to the old railway line which is now a very pleasant track leading in a roundabout sort of way to Robin Hoods Bay where I had lunch. My return route followed the Cleveland Way along the coastline to Boggle Hole and beyond, although there was a footpath diversion for a short way. As I approched the radio mast, it was clear that the entire climbing of the day would be right at the end with over 200 metres in the final couple of kilometres but it was easy ground and soon done. Fifteen kilometres made a very pleasant day out.

Guisborough Moor 06/06/2024
Guisborough Moor


North Yorkshire Moors done 06/06/2024
The highest point on the North Yorkshire Moors is Guisborough Moor. I parked in a convenient car park not far from Great Ayton and headed off. There are a lot of tracks going in lots of directions but I got the one I wanted and headed off. It was a good track which eventually bought me to a road. My original intention was to follow the road for a while then pick up another path. Rather than do that, I took a direct line across the moors. The going was mostly okay and I soon found myself at the Sleddale Farm. There is no choice at this point but to follow the path through the farmland, then up and around to the summit. Of course, being a moorland, there were two choices. The furthest one turned out to be the high point and it had a nice shelter for lunch. From there, back across and I followed the line of the woodland to join the Cleveland Way, then headed across more open land to pick up the path down to the car. 15km walked and 419m of height gained.

Bishop Wilton Wold 05/06/2024
Bishop Wilton Wold


Possibly the easiest one 05/06/2024
Bishop Wilton Wold (248m)

Barely worth it, but as I was passing. Parked the car and walked across the road to the trig point. Well, I would haver but it was inside a locked water treatment site so not accessible. Some websites claim a tumulus as being the true summit but surely that is man-made so doesn't count? Either way I'm counting it and not planning to return anytime soon.


Pendle Hill 05/06/2024
Pendle Hill


Where the witches go 05/06/2024
Pendle Hill (557m)

Downham is the perfect place to park for Pendle Hill. There is a free car park and the walk out to the base of the climb is a very pleasant meander through fields on dedicated paths. Once on the hill it is relentless upwards. I'd been walking in shorts an T-Shirts but about one third of the way up the waterproofs came out in defence of a hailstorm! It continued to rain for much of the way up and when that passed over, I had to keep the waterproofs in to combat the cold wind.

Pendle Hill summit is more of a plateau with the trig point being very slightly higher than the surroundings. Clearly popular, there are good stone tracks approaching it from all directions.

The return was the reverse of the way up. I finally took off the waterproofs as I reached the final walk into Downham. There is a small cafe in the village which does an excellent coffee and bisuit.


White Hill 04/06/2024
White Hill


And another one 04/06/2024
White Hill (544m)

A few miles North of Slaidburn, there is a very small car park. It was from there, that my second walk of the day began. The weather was dreadful, with driving rain, but it had to be done. Initially it is a good track that leads up the hill, but that peters out to almost nothing, so it was a case of make your own route. It was made harder with plenty of peaty groughs and streams requiring dropping down and climbing up. The view was non-existent and I was continually taking bearings to take the best route to the summit. The driving rain into my face didn't help and a couple of times I questioned my sanity! Finally the trig point came in sight and we headed over to it, with a second summit marker a little way away, which of course I had to visit. I stayed long enough to take a couple of photos, then another bearing and I was off back down. My descent route was slightly different to the ascent and I was back forty minutes later. With an ascent time of around one hour and fifteen minutes it was a significantly faster, I guess because the rain and wind were behind me. Seven kilometers, it seemed further, and just over 600 metres of ascent made for a good, but tough walk.


Easington Hill 04/06/2024
Easington Hill


More in Bowland 04/06/2024
Easington Hill (396m)

I parked in Slaidburn and headed off through a very wet field to avoid the walk up the road. As a result of following the obvious path, I missed the actual path and emerged onto the road much higher than intended so had to walk back down about as far as I would have walked up!

That little problem solved I headed out in the direction of Easington Hill crossing farming fields, some with sheep and some without. Rosie was very confused, on and off the lead. Eventually I emerged onto open land and headed up on a reasonable track. No sooner had I done that, than the rain started, which would continue for most of the day. I had to choose a jumping off point to get to the actual summit and I was lucky enough to find a thin track which took me very close to the summit. It was then a short distance to the summit, marked by a small pile of stones. From there, across to a path which I followed to the road, then aimed off across more open land, reasonable going but no actual path. After a steep downhill, it was more farmland until I got to the river Hodder which I could follow directly back to Slaidburn. Thirteen kilometres walked with just over 640m of ascent.


Fair Snape Hill 03/06/2024
Fair Snape Hill


Bowland Part 2 03/06/2024
After Longridge I drove the seven miles ish around to the foot of Fair Snape Hill (521m), parking in another very small and very popular car park. Initially I skirted around to the East, following a good farmland track. Eventually we started uphill and once on the ridge, followed it on a nice track pretty much right to the summit. Only a short distance on a thin peaty track bought me to the summit, which had a pile of stones and an information board. From there I followed the obvious track to the trig point and shelter, which actually are 10 metres lower but must do for many walkers. Returning, I ascended Parlick (432m) mostly because it was in the way, but I figured it might appear in one of my many lists! The weather was fine, a cool breeze but no rain.

Longridge Fell 03/06/2024
Longridge Fell


Forest of Bowland 03/06/2024
Another two hill day. First to be ticked off was Longridge Fell (350m), a quick jaunt up a forest track from a handy, though popular small car park on the South Side. Easy walking on a good track led me to the final slightly less good, but still fine track to the summit trig point. From there I could see Fair Snape in the distance. Return was a case of retracing my steps.

Off again 30/05/2024
On my never ending quest to climb all the mountains I am off again, this time to Yorkshire via Lancashire. The North of Manchester is ripe for picking off peaks where I will spent a few days, then off to the Yorkshire Coast via, probably the easiest peak of all, Bishop Wilton Wold which, not only being a mere 248 metres, the only sensible start is the car park across the road! Reports to follow of course.

View Edge 24/05/2024
View Edge


Final Marilyn of the trip 24/05/2024
I managed a final cheeky climb on the way home from a successful week in the Llyn Peninsula. Parking at Stokesay Castle I headed off on a gentle uphill slope into the woods above. A muddy but good path took me up through the woods towards the summit, but stopped short of the actual summit. A bit of fence crossing and dodgy field walking (no path) bought me to the top of the field and the top of the hill. It's nothing special, just a high point in a field, there seems to be no public access so something of a disappointment, but it's done. The get back to the car was a reverse of the way up.

Yr Eifl 23/05/2024
Yr Eifl


Highest peak of the trip. 23/05/2024
Yr Eifl on the Llyn Peninsula is 561m high so quite a giant by comparison to the others I've done on this trip. Due to some persistent bad weather, it was a very windy and wet walk up and down. The path on the North side is considerably better than the one on the South which made for a much more enjoyable ascent than descent.

On the summit there was zero visibility which was a shame as I am sure there are excellent views on a clear day.

I have to admit to underestimating the Marilyn hills. I'd assumed they would be push overs, completed whilst strolling along enjoying the countryside. Many are anything but, and this was a good example of that. Some serious weather, both rainy and cold made for a tough day out. As a habit I carry extra 'just in case' gear and today I needed it.


Garn Boduan 22/05/2024
I parked in Nefyn almost opposite the start of the walk. It was raining heavily so waterproofs on. Through the gate and across several fields, including one with cattle which of course, freaked Rosie. After that we had about a mile of road work before we came around to the Forestry entrance. After that, it was steadily up on good tracks almost to the summit which is when the tracks vanished and we found ourselves climbing over wet rocks.The summit had a trig point but zero view, coupled with being very windy, we didn't stop, but picked up a good track that took is steadily downwards, eventually popping out onto a lane that led right back to the car park.

Garn Boduan 22/05/2024
Garn Boduan


Moel y Gest 22/05/2024
Moel y Gest


Moel y Gest 22/05/2024
We'd finished the previous walk a lot quicker than I'd expected, so decided to pop over to Porthmadog to add another to the bag. Parking at the foot of the hill, it seemed an easy prospect. The walk started a little way down the road on a good wooded path which headed upwards. I followed what seemed to be the most likely path but it started to deteriorate into something of a fight in places, then open up into a better path. I continued along, past an old quarry expecting the final ascent any minute. We then came to a rocky section with a big drop. This looked like the end, but I spied a way down and with some help, Rosie followed - we wouldn't bre coming back this way! Eventually it started to climb and we popped out into a fern forest and shortly afterwards, came to the summit. Despite the rain, the views around were good but it was windy so we headed off, having to ascend the sister peak before locating the downward path. Near the bottom we came to the original path and realised our error. Oh well, it was a good experience.

Mynydd Bodafon 20/05/2024
Mynydd Bodafon


Mynydd Bodafan 20/05/2024
An easy ascent up a good path. I parked a little way up the road, but there is a reasonable car park at the foot of the ascent which is only about 50 metres of height gain up an easy path. Up and down was less than thirty minutes including photos.

Llyn Peninsula 19/05/2024
Llyn Peninsula


Bardsey Island 19/05/2024
Bardsey Island


Llyn Peninsula Far South West 19/05/2024
Today I travelled just about as far down the peninsula as I could without falling off. I'd got a route planned which would culminate in an ascent of Mynydd Anelog. It's not a high peak, in fact less than 200 metres but an interesting one nevetheless. Parking in the NT Car park in Aberdaron, I headed out along the headland with the sea on my left. It's a lovely walk, following the Welsh Coastal Path, but as with most coastal paths, very undulating. Eventually I could travel South no longer and rounded the headland. It was then that Bardsey Island came into view. There is a Marilyn on that island and today it was standing clear of the clouds. Continuing around the headland I eventually turned North and headed to todays peak. As I approached it looked very imposing, but close up, straightforward. There is a path to the summit starting more or less on the North side, so I had to walk past it and turn back. A few minutes later I was on the top. From there, it was an easy descent through fields to the road and back to the village.

Carn Fadryn direct 19/05/2024
An easy ascent from the car park in the small village to the South of the summit. There is a good path that can be followed right to the top, but it does meander around for a while but is infinitely better than trying a direct approach through the undergrowth. Just under 20 minutes after leaving the car, I was stood on the top of the second Marilyn of the day.

Mynydd Rhiw 18/05/2024
Mynydd Rhiw


Llyn Peninsula Day 1 18/05/2024
The day started badly when after leaving the cottage in glorious sunshine, I got to my destination in cloud and cold wind. There are a lot of choices in this area so I decided to change my plans and go back to the other side of the peninsula for the first walk. Unfortunately, the entire peninsula was in cloud so I had no choice. First peak to be bagged was Mynydd Rhiw at just 304m high, it was a pleasant walk up from a good car park, but the views were non-existent sadly.

Llyn Peninsula Day 1 part B 18/05/2024
After a nice lunch in a small village I headed off for the second walk of the day. I managed a superb car park spot right by a gate that led onto the hill - Carneddol, this time just 235m high. After seven minutes of hard effort, I stood on the summit, completely enveloped in cloud! Couple of photos and five minutes later I was back at the car, job done.

High Vinnalls 17/05/2024
High Vinnalls


Cheeky Marilyn 17/05/2024
En-route to Wales for some Marilyn hunting, I stopped off near Ludlow to bag High Vinnalls. There is a car park in the woodland and it is an enjoyable hours walk up decent forest tracks right to the summit. I wore walking boots, but could have easily got away with trainers. I saw no-one on the way up, but when I got to the summit, there must have been 30 people milling around!

A couple of quick photos and I was on the way back down, retracing my steps. There is a lot of potential here for a longer walk but I was on my way elsewhere.


Northumberland Tour summary 11/05/2024
So, nine days of walking, 5,856 metres climbed, 134 km walked, seven Nuttalls conquered, seven Marilyns and a handful of 500 metre peaks.

Rosie, my faithful Collie probably walked double, spent most of the time off the lead, got mucky, smelt new smells, looked in fascination at the sheep and the lambs and loved every second of being with her Daddy.

Happy with that.


Final Day of the tour 10/05/2024
For the final day, I chose an ascent of Wards Stone from Jubilee Tower in the Forest of Bowland near Lancaster. There is a good sized car park with excellent views. The route was straight up and down on a reasonable gradient and fairly firm underfoot. Finally we had a nice sunny day and even the views from the summit were good. One minor fly in the ointment was being told off by a ranger for having the dog with me. Apparently dogs are not allowed in this area, despite the notice at the car park implying dogs under control were allowed. Oh well, I do not plan to repeat the visit anyway.

Peel Fell 09/05/2024
Peel Fell


Deadwater Fell 09/05/2024
Deadwater Fell


Keilder yomp 09/05/2024
I parked just out of Keilder, near Deadwater and followed the forest track up as high as I could before breaking off to make my way through the felled forest area and onto Peel Fell (602m), although not before having to scale a six foot fence! Luckily there was a hole under one section so Rosie could get through, I had to scale a support, then climb down the other side!

Up to Peel Fell was a struggle, no path and thick heather and undergrowth exhausted me and I was pleased to reach the summit. The route across the ridge to Mid Fell (561m), then Deadwater Fell (571m) was pretty straightforward on a good path, marked rather sadistically by low metal stakes - it would be paintful to walk into one! A handy shelter on Deadwater Fell was perfect out of the wind for lunch, then I followed the forest track all the way back down to the car. Two more peaks for the bag, Mid Fell doesn't count in any of the groups!


Shillhope Law 08/05/2024
Shillhope Law


Tosson Hill 08/05/2024
Tosson Hill


Final day in the Cheviots 08/05/2024
Two walks today, the first was Shillhope Law (501m) which was a straight up and down from Wedder Leap Car Park. Quite a climb but only 30 minutes up and about the same down. The second walk was Tosson Hill (441m) from the Lime Kiln Car Park. A short road section followed by fields, woodland and open moorland made for a nice varied route. Around 1 1/4 hours up, I arrived in time for an early lunch in the sunshine, followed by a similar time down. Nice views from the top and excellent weather made for a nice end to a few days in the Cheviots.

The Cheviot 07/05/2024
The Cheviot


More Cheviots 07/05/2024
Today saw me climb the final three peaks in the Cheviot area: The Cheviot (815m), Comb Fell (652m) and Hedgehope Hill (714m). The weather was dry, the going was, as expected, very wet and muddy and the views were non-existent due to the low cloud. No matter, it's all done now and so there are just seven peaks to climb to complete the Nuttalls which will allow me to join their club.

So far this trip, I've climbed 4,420 metres and there are still three days to go!


Bloodybush Edge 06/05/2024
Bloodybush Edge


Cushat Law 06/05/2024
Cushat Law


Cheviots 06/05/2024
Today I started on the Cheviot Peaks. Many years ago, I walked the Pennine Way which went over Windy Gyle and optionally the Cheviot. We declined the option at the time! Two peaks added, Bloodybush Edge (610m) which was the lowest of the remaining peaks, and Cushat Law (616m). As a result of the out and back route, I had to climb Bloodybush Edge twice, but hey ho.

Little Fell 05/05/2024
Little Fell


Final Cross Fell peak 05/05/2024
Little Fell at 745m was the final piece of the Cross Fell jigsaw and today it fell into place. The cloud base was low and visibility poor to say the least, plus a non-existent path most of the way up made for a disappointing ascent, but equally exciting that the area is now finished.

Tomorrow I start on the final peaks in the Cheviot area.


Mickle Fell 04/05/2024
Mickle Fell


Mickle Fell 04/05/2024
Back on the Nuttall bagging with a ascent of Mickle Fell. It was a long walk (13 mile round trip) for one mountain and it was a very overcast day with some light rain but nothing requiring waterproofs other than a thin one as a windstopper. It is an easy track up from the B6276 followed by a nice grassy track to the summit.

Aye Gill Pike 03/05/2024
The small village of Dent was the starting point for the climb. The pike is the imposing hill to the North. Paying for the car park proved a challenge, cards could not be used, there was a Ringo code and a bar code, but unfortunately no internet, there was a phone number but no phone signal! I gave up and decided I would pay it once I got a signal (that was 50 minutes later!).

The path goes through farm fields with tiny gates on stone wall stiles, each one seemed to be more of a challenge than the last until finally we got onto open ground and Rosie could run free. Aye Gill is no pushover and took some real effort to gain the ridge, but then it eased dramatically over the last kilometre or so to the summit trig point.

It was a cool day, but no wind so I had lunch on the summit, before packing away and heading down. We took a slightly different and slightly longer way down but were soon back at Dent making use of the small cafe for coffee and carrot cake, an excellent end to a great day out.


Winter Hill 02/05/2024
Winter Hill


Winter Hill, a bit misleading 02/05/2024
To climb Winter Hill, I parked in Rivington Estate and made my way in the general direction of up, roughly aiming for the tower on Rivington Pike. It's a lovely walk in the woods before breaking out onto the summit steps. From the top, ther e are views all around, as far as the Bolton Wanderers football ground, the peaks behind and up ahead, the radion towers that marked the summit of Winter Hill seeming to be a short distance across the fell. They are misleading! It is a long way, but on a reasonable path and I was surprised at the time it took.

Once there, I stayed long enough for a few photos then headed off as it was incredibly windy and made my way back down more or less reversing the way I came up. Nice day out and a nice start to the weeks walking that lay ahead of me.


Coety Mountain 23/04/2024
Coety Mountain


Mynydd Carn-y-cefn 23/04/2024
Mynydd Carn-y-cefn


Brecons day out 23/04/2024
I parked in Blenavon at a very convenient free car park then headed over in the direction of Coety Mountain. It is steep from the get-go but initially on good paths. Despite the weather forecast, it was raining - presumably I was enjoying the 5% predicted! It is steep climb that gets steeper until the final plateau. The summit is nothing special except a mound so I quickly left.
From there is was along a good track, then over the northern end of Mynydd James and it should have been an easy downhill to Blenau except the path vanished in the trees and despite some searching, I ended up having to climb back up and follow another track to the town which was exhausting.
Through the town heading roughly in the right direction I came to the big climb of Mynydd Carn-y-cefn. It started steep and got steeper, so much so that I could touch the ground in front of me! Eventually I got to the ridge and it was an easy walk from there to the summit and lunch. The return journey was via same route but I bypassed Coety. Tough day out with 21km walked and 1,200 metres of climbing, but apart from the damp start, the weather was good all day.


Stroll on Cleeve 16/04/2024
One of my favourite walks is on Cleeve Hill starting from near the Rising Sun and walking over to Belas Knapp, following more or less the Cotswold Way, then return via the Radio masts and a fiendish drop down to the pond followed by an equally fiendish climb back to the main summit and a circuit around to make up 10 miles. Great weather, although windy with the odd shower, but sunny and warm when it was sheltered.

Myarth 09/04/2024
Myarth


Bryn Arw 09/04/2024
Bryn Arw


Even more Marilyns 09/04/2024
This is becoming a weekly event it seems. Today I climbed another two Marilyns; Myarth (292m) which is actually located on private property belonging to the Glanusk Estate, but an email request was met with a super helpful Estate Manager who granted permission. Parking at the forest entrance, it was thirty minutes up a good track, followed by a few minutes hunting for the summit amongst the brambles, then twenty minutes back down again. As a climb, I probably would not recommend it in summer as it would be a fight once the track is left.

The second hill was Bryn Arw (384m). Llanvihangel was the starting point for this one. Reasonable tracks led to the foot of the mountain. It was then mixed fields, thin tracks and a steep climb onto the summit ridge. I followed the ridge to the end, then dropped down and circled back, picking up the upward path. Interestingly, the big cairn is not the highest point.


The Begwyns 02/04/2024
The Begwyns


The Carneddau 02/04/2024
The Carneddau


Aberedw Hill 02/04/2024
Aberedw Hill


Bradnor Hill 02/04/2024
Bradnor Hill


Grand day out 02/04/2024
Four more Marilyns for the collection. An initial long drive over to the far side of Hay on Wye for a very pleasant walk on the Begwyns to the summit (415m). Parking was roadside on a narrow lane and the walking gently upwards with superb views on the summit. From there, it was a relatively quick hop over to Buith Wells for the big walk of the day combining the Carneddau (445m) and Aberedw Hill (451m), the latter being an initial tough climb on very steep ground followed by a couple of kilometres of relatively flat ground to the summit trig point. The final climb of the day was on Kington Golf course to Bradnor Hill (391m). Parking can be had just at the entrance to the golf club and the walk is mostly up the road that serves the golfers with a final off road section to the summit. The weather was fine all day apart from the return from Bradnor when the rain started but I missed the worst. Rather amazingly, my total ascent for the day was 1,120m.

More Marilyns 01/04/2024
Hopefully this week the weather will be kind enough to get out for more Marilyn bashing. I have identified two that can be done on a single walk further into Wales near Buith Wells and the journey there and back will allow me to pick up an additional two.

I am slowly working through them all, identifying and constructing walks, but there are a lot and it is very time consuming so will be an ongoing project.


Seager Hill 21/03/2024
Seager Hill


Burton Hill 21/03/2024
Burton Hill


Hegdon Hill 21/03/2024
Hegdon Hill


Herefordshire Marilyns 21/03/2024
Another day bagging Herefordshire Marilyns. After failing on Seager Hill (272m) near Tarrington last time, I returned to bag this one first and again failed! Walking up a path through Tarrington Common I came up to Private Land and had no choice but to abandon. It was the first peak of the day, so not deterred, I drove around the other side, found a thin parking space and attacked it from the South side. Not as far, but successful. From there I drove over for Burton Hill (294m), an altogether easier approach, following a good bridleway almost to the top. There was a small sting in the tail with a very muddy and steep last section but it was soon over. The final hill of the day was Hegdon Hill (255m) which is actually located on a road, but to make it a bit of a challenge I parked in Pencombe and followed the bridleway for about two miles to the summit and back.

Aconbury Hill 14/03/2024
Aconbury Hill


Garway Hill 14/03/2024
Garway Hill


Graig Syfyrddin 14/03/2024
Graig Syfyrddin


A Marilyns kind of a day 14/03/2024
There are a lot of Marilyns, and stringing a few of them together into a single walk is not easy, so today I jumped in my car with a cunning plan. I identified four in the Herefordshire (ish) area and drove to each, parking close, or not so close to each, and bagged them as separate walks. I managed Aconbury Hill (276m), Garway Hill (366m) and Graig Syfyrddin (423m). The final ascent was meant to be Seager Hill. I parked in Tarrington and headed off. Unfortunately after about a mile along the road, there was no further path to the hill. Walking back down I spied another path heading in the right direction, but lethargy, oncoming rain and a general feeling of had enough took over and I decided it would be for next time, but at least I knew where the path was.

My total ascent was just over 900 metres according to my watch, with a distance of about 15km. A good day out but surprisingly tiring. The weather was not so kind but I managed to avoid the worst of the rain which came as I was driving home.


Moving to Marilyns 11/03/2024
Now that I am down to my last 15 Nuttalls and they are all in the North of England, it is time to turn my attention to more accessible Marilyns to keep fit whilst planning the next adventure. Luckily there are quite a few within easy reach, the only problem is they are too far apart to bag more than one at a time, but I have a plan that will enable me to grab several in one day, but it does involve driving between each of them. More details to follow.

A good couple of weeks 06/03/2024
The last two weeks have seen me climb two Marilyn Peaks, ten Nuttalls, and four Munros with a total distance walked of almost 120km and an ascent of over 8,000 metres. I feel I deserve a couple of days off!

Chapelfell Top 04/03/2024
Chapelfell Top


Completing Burnhope Seat 04/03/2024
Day two of my stopover on the way back from Scotland saw me adding another two peaks and completing the Burnhope Seat group. The mountains added were Chapelfell Top and Frendrith Hill.

Despite the short distance, being snow covered, the going was very tough, especially on the tops where boots sank at every step and care was needed to avoid sinking into hidden bogs. The weather was thankfully, excellent with the sun shining all day, although a cold wind on the summits kept the temperature down.


Murton Fell 03/03/2024
Murton Fell


More Nuttalls in Cumbria 03/03/2024
A day off yesterday didn't really help with the legs today, but nevertheless I managed three peaks in two walks, firstly Murton Fell (675m) then the plan was to walk across to Little Fell, but the going was so tough with so much snow that I decided to retrace my steps back down instead. Back at the car, I had a reset, then had a word with myself, manned up and went and climbed Long Fell (623m) and Tinside Rigg (624m). Little Fell remained untouched so will be one for the future.

Aonach Mor 01/03/2024
Aonach Mor


Winter Summits Day 5 01/03/2024
We ascended Aonach Mor from the upper Ski lift. It is initially very steep, but once the plateau is reached, it flattens off for a steady walk across to the summit cairn. It was a warm day with some breeze from time to time. I managed to walk all day without my over trousers on which was a first for this week. There were fabulous views all around, especially to Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis but also Scotland as far as the eye could see was a white mountain playground. A special day for our last in the highlands for this time.

Meall a Bhuiridh 29/02/2024
Meall a Bhuiridh


Winter Summits Day 4 29/02/2024
Today we made an ascent of Meall a Bhuiridh (1,108m) from the Glen Coe Ski centre. The first section was up a tarmac road, then we loosely followed the ski lift and finally a steep ascent onto the summit. It was very windy most of the time with a lot of snow being blown around but it was relatively dry so we didn't actually get wet.

Superb day out with another good Munro bagged.


Stob Ban 28/02/2024
Stob Ban


Winter Summits Day 3 28/02/2024
I started the day feeling really bad, for the first time in a very long time, I have a cold! Our route was up to Stob Ban not far from Fort William. I decided to take my own car so that I could turn back if necessary. In the end, I managed to walk up to the col at the foot of the final climb, but already felt I had done enough so elected to walk back down with a couple of others who felt similarly.

A good day out nevertheless but the day was damp and raining pretty much the whole time.


Stob Coire Raineach 27/02/2024
Stob Coire Raineach


Winter Summits Day 2 27/02/2024
Day 2 saw a very different day, more typically Scottish, with heavy rain first thing, although we delayed leaving to allow it to clear. As we ascended, the wind picked up to the point that several were getting knocked over. On the ascent of Stob Coire Raineach a few elected to abandon and return to the relative calm of the col. I was one of the summitteers and ironically, it was fine on the top!

When we got down to the col, we had fun digging a snow shelter to show just how much work is required for even a small one. It took ten of us forty five minutes to dig a shelter that would take three but it was a serious squeeze.

On the way down, or rather, all the way down, we were treated to a proper scottish shower.


Stob Coire Nan Lochan 26/02/2024
Stob Coire Nan Lochan


Winter Summits Day 1 26/02/2024
Day 1 of the Winter summits course saw us ascending Stob Coire nan Lochan from the Glen Coe road. Ice axes and crampons were used after the first hour and right onto the summit and most of the way back down. The weather was excellent all day long, in fact, it felt a bit too warm at times. I doubt that feeling will last!

Cold Fell 25/02/2024
Cold Fell


Black Fell area done 25/02/2024
An ascent of Cold Fell completed the Black Fell area. It was an excellent day with excellent weather and a good path until the final summit area where it deteriorated into a heathery bog fest, but it was short lived. The views across to the Lake District are stunning and made it well worth while.

Meldon Hill 24/02/2024
Meldon Hill


Big day out on Meldon Hill 24/02/2024
Meldon Hill is a tough undertaking, especially when I'd already climbed Dufton Hill, a Marilyn and Backstone Edge, a Nuttall. It involved about three miles of trudging across boggy, heathery ground, up and down peat groughs berfore I finally reached the summit area. From there, the pain is not over as it is a long slog down to High Cup Nick, followed by over four miles of downhill back to Dufton.

Bink Moss 23/02/2024
Bink Moss


Doing the double 23/02/2024
The plan was an ascent of Bink Moss. Not a long day out, but an isolated peak so not much choice really. I finished early, so decided to drive around and pick off James Hill as well. Neither walk was particularly arduous, but the going was distinctly soft.

Allt yr Esgair 16/02/2024
Allt yr Esgair


Esgair Route 16/02/2024
Esgair Route


Black Mountains Day out 16/02/2024
A nice day out in the Black Mountains saw me ascend Mynydd Llangorse (515m), a mountain I had done several times and the first Marilyn of the year; Allt yr Esgair (393m). My starting point was Llangors which has a convenient, if small car park in the centre of the village. A little road work to get into the countryside, followed by a big pull onto Llangorse was enjoyable. There was then a long ridge walk down to the road and the turn point to head up to Esgair. It is straightforward and never steep but has great views on the summit.

From there, it should have been an easy descent and around the lake to Llangors. Unfortunately, the fields were underwater so I had a big detour around the roads to finish. A very nice 12 mile walk which ended in fine style when I discovered the small shop that did a fantastic coffee and even better pain au chocolat - well deserved in my opinion.


Scottish Winter Mountaineering 23/01/2024
In a few weeks I'll be off to Scotland for some winter mountaineering. On the way up I have a plan to climb five of the remaining Nuttalls and on the way back, another six if I have any energy left!

Bredon Hill 22/01/2024
For a change I thought I'd do Bredon Hill. Parked in Great Comberton and followed the Wychavon Way to the summit and then out to Elmley Castle via a very muddy track. I intended to stop at the Queens Head for coffee. The only day of the week that the pub was closed so no coffee for me! Back up to Bredon Hill summit via a different way and then retraced my steps back to Great Comberton. The weather was kind but incredibly windy which had a significant chill factor.

Cleeve Hill stroll 15/01/2024
A tour of Cleeve Hill out to Belas Knapp via the Winchcombe Way and return via the Cotswold Way. Good weather but windy. Went for a coffee in the Rising Sun, but they had no coffee beans!

Forest of Dean 16/12/2023
Forest of Dean


Ruardean Hill 16/12/2023
Ruardean Hill


Ruardean Hill conquered 16/12/2023
All 290 metres of it! Today was an ascent of Ruardean Hill which is a Marilyn and also the highest peak in the Forest of Dean. I walked over from Speech House via the Gloucestershire Way and returned via a section of the Wysis way, both of which I have walked before but they are good trails. The weather was good, but the going was very muddy in places.

Shropshire Way, third section 02/12/2023
Following the Shropshire Way from about five miles from Wellington to Ironbridge including an ascent of The Wrekin. The total mileage was around 18 miles or 30km in new money so a good section completed. A great day out, very cold at times, but clear and no rain. Walking was good, the paths fine and the signage excellent. Another section and a half finished.

Great Gable 30/11/2023
Great Gable


Great Gable completed 30/11/2023
The final nine peaks fell in a single day. They were Allen Crags (785m), High House Tarn (684m), Red Beck Top (721m), Looking Steads (775m), Glaramara (783m), Combe Head (735m), Combe Door (676m), Dovenest Top (637m), Rosthwaite Cam (612m). The day was incredible, it was clear, sunny, but very cold making walking across boggy ground easy (it was frozen) but tricky over iced rocks. Superb day out.

Harter Fell 29/11/2023
Harter Fell


Coniston area completed 29/11/2023
The final peak in the Coniston area was conquered today! An ascent of Harter Fell (653m) completed that section and bought my annual total to 115. The weather could not have been better, the sun shone on a crisp and cold day and the route up from Seathwaite was enjoyable.

Cheeky Lakes Trip 22/11/2023
Due to a work meeting, my partner will be travelling to the Lake District for a couple of days, guess who gets to tag along? Two days of walking with a plan to climb ten peaks is a great end to a great years mountain climbing. Lets not count our chickens just yet though...

In the Cloud 20/11/2023
In the Cloud


In the Cloud 20/11/2023
On the way back from the Peak District, I added a final climb to bag one final Marilyn, The Cloud. It is a pleasant walk, well signposted from the car park and a nice summit. I cannot comment on the views as, ironically, the summit was totally enveloped in cloud!

Monsal Trail 19/11/2023
For my final day in the Peak District, I elected to walk a good section of the Monsal Trail from Millers Dale Railway Station to Bakewell. The walking was, of course, easy being flat all the way, but the weather was suitably unkind with frequent heavy showers. Enjoyable nonetheless.

Ilam and Thorpe 17/11/2023
Ilam and Thorpe


Dovedale 17/11/2023
One of my most favourite areas of the UK is Dovedale so it was a joy to park up at Ilam village, walk up to the NT cafe for a coffee and then over a very muddly field to Dovedale. I walked along on the Thorpe Cloud side as I expected the stepping stones would be underwater, they were! It is a lovely walk along the Dale at any time and today the sun shone for most of the day. On the return I took the high path to try and avoid the muddy field back to Ilam, it was better but still muddy. I was given an arial demonstration of hang gliding flying by a group as I walked which added to the enjoyment of the day.

High Peak Trail 16/11/2023
From Cromford car park, where on one side of the wall, it costs £7 per day to park and the other side is £4 per day I set off, following the canal to the High Peak Junction, cafe closed! The trail ascents the 1 in 8 climb up to Black Rocks where the second cafe was also closed. Continuing on the next incline, also 1 in 8 bought me to Middleton Top, third cafe closed! I decided to continue out to Harboro Rocks as I had never actually been to the top. It is pleasant little climb and I was surprised to be able to see Carsington Water less than two miles away.

It was an out and back walk with the bonus that the return trip was all either flat or downhill. Around 11 miles walked. The weather was dull but no wind and no rain so an improvement on the last few days.


Brown Knoll 15/11/2023
Brown Knoll


Jacobs Ladder 15/11/2023
I parked at Barber Booth lower car park and followed the lane up to join the Pennine Way as it made it way out to and up Jacobs Ladder. At the top, my path went left to Brown Knoll (569m) and then over to Lords Seat (540m). The weather was dreadful and my waterproofs let me down somewhat. My first stop was at the base of Mam Tor for a drink, but it was too cold to linger long. From there, a good path led me down to Edale where the call of the Ramblers Inn was too much to resist. A warming coffee and I was off for the last two miles following the Pennine Bar to Upper Booth, then retracing my steps down to the car. It rained all day and was seriously cold!

Goyt Valley 14/11/2023
Goyt Valley


Goyt Valley 14/11/2023
A day in the Goyt Valley today. I parked up in the Goyt Lane Car Park just out of Buxton and headed cross country to Shining Tor (559m), a Marilyn, then along the ridge to Cats Tor (519m), not a Marilyn. The original plan was a walk over to Black Edge but due to a combination of weather, general fatigue and apathy, I changed it to a route through the woods, via Erwood Reservoir and back to the car. It was still around ten miles so happy with that.

Peak District Week 13/11/2023
Day one in the Peak District saw me climbing a 500 metre peak - Roaches (505m) and bagging another Marilyn - Gun (385m). The day was super windy with Storm Debi making its presence known. The walking was good on reasonable paths and for such relatively lowly hills, they tested the legs at times. I parked just below the Roaches ridge, bagged that, then it was a circular walk with a spur to reach Gun. The return was more or less straight back. 14km walked with a very reasonable 784m of ascent.

Hampshire completed 10/11/2023
It was not too difficult to bag all the peaks in Hampshire, there is only one! Butser Hill at 270m fell easily, although it is a really nice climb and does test the legs a little. The view from the top is well worth the effort, being able to see over the Solent to the Isle of Wight. A convenient car park in the Queen Elizabeth Park makes a good starting point.

New Marilyn bags 09/11/2023
I had a trip down to Sussex planned and checking on my Marilyn list, discovered three en-route, so made a plan to visit them all. In order of ascent, I bagged Walbury Hill (297m), Black Down (280m) and Chanctonbury Ring (240m). All of them were really nice walks of around 5km for each one.

Marilyns 08/11/2023
Having discovered Marilyns as a new challenge, I have created a database of them all and set about recording the dates of ascent. Many of the Nuttalls are also Marilyns and vice versa so there is some overlap, but there are equally many Marilyns that fall short (far short in some cases) of the mountain definition of being over 2,000 feet. Have a look at the Logbooks section to see the various lists. It does mean of course, that I can bag summits without recourse to vast distances and it seems that there are Marilyns in most counties of the UK, so I do not have to always travel North.

Scotland Winter Summits 23/10/2023
Super excited to have booked my next big adventure, a week of Winter Summits in Scotland. It is not until February 2024 but something to look forward to. I might even bag a few Nuttalls on the way up and back, now that would be an adventure to write home about.

Peak District 22/10/2023
I have booked a weeks walking in the Peak District. It will be mostly my favourite routes, but I will also be including a few peaks that fall into the 500 metre range and a couple that are declared as Marilyns so more ticks in more boxes in my various books and lists!

Cleveland Way 28/09/2023
Cleveland Way


Cleveland Way taster 28/09/2023
A walk from Scarborough to Filey and beyond on what is both the Cleveland Way and the English Coastal path. The Cleveland Way ends at Filey and the path then becomes the Yorkshire Wolds Way! Nice walking on good paths, muddy at times and some steep descents to and ascents from beaches but all were short lived. A nice walk to end a weeks holiday in the area.

Simon Howe 24/09/2023
Simon Howe


Yorkshire Moors 24/09/2023
Yorkshire Moors


Moors meander 24/09/2023
Goathland makes an excellent starting point for a walk on the moors. I headed off to Simon Howe via Two Howes. The weather was okay and it was clear enough to see the Howe from some distance but the path was a good one. Arriving at the Howe, it started raining so I put on my waterproofs, picked up the Lyke Wake walk which I followed past Wheeldale Lodge, a Youth Hostel back in the day and now a private residence. Continuing on I headed out to a road which I followed for a short distance before heading down a forest track. It was about lunchtime so I stopped for food and a rest. After lunch it was uphill along a forest fence to the top but there was no ongoing path so I quickly abandoned hope and headed over towards the same road. It became extremely hard going with waist high heather, deteriorating into head high ferns. Eventually I found my way out and onto the road. A little way up and I headed across the moor on a good path. Finally I felt warm and dry enough to remove my waterproofs, then followed the path which bought me to Beck Hole. From there, I followed the old railway line back to Goathland. Unfortunately it was uphill all the way back to the village, but I did pop out at the cafe so stopped for coffee and cake before walking the final mile back to the car.

Looking back to Flamborough 23/09/2023
Looking back to Flamborough


Yorkshire coastal walk 23/09/2023
Flamborough Head to just South of Filey on the English Coastal Path. Very pleasant walk on a mostly good path following the cliffs until dropping steeply down onto the beach for the last 1 1/2 miles. Good weather with a little drizzle. It could be considered to be a pre-cursor to the Cleveland Way which starts a little further up in Filey.

Mount Ararat 09/09/2023
Mount Ararat


Mount Ararat Descending 09/09/2023
Camp 1 down to the trail head was an easy walk, taking around two hours to complete. It was dustier than I remember coming up. We had done it, the mountain was conquered!

Mount Ararat Summit Day 08/09/2023
Mount Ararat Summit Day


Mount Ararat Summit Day 08/09/2023
Mount Ararat Summit Day


Mount Ararat Summit Day 08/09/2023
A very early start at 2:30am, we headed out in the dark upwards towards the summit. It was cold, but not very cold which was good. As we gained height, so the hypoxia set in which of course let to slight hypothermia requiring extra layers and extra gloves. As we approached the glacier I began to feel the effects of the altitude and began to struggle a little. We had a good rest whilst putting on our crampons which gave me time to recover, but the last 30 minutes was still hard work. We reached the 5,137m summit around 7:30am and stayed for around 20 minutes followed by a 2 1/2 hour descent to Camp 2.

Mount Ararat Summit Day 08/09/2023
After a break at Camp 2 we continued the descent to Camp 1 which would be our overnight stop, taking just 1 1/2 hours. Going down was not as tough as I had expected but even so, tired legs were pleased to see the Camp site.

Mount Ararat Day 2-Camp 1 to 2 07/09/2023
Mount Ararat Day 2-Camp 1 to 2


Mount Ararat Day 2-Camp 1 to 2 07/09/2023
Camp 1 to Camp 2 is straight up on dusty slippy ground. The path zig-zags ever upwards with the high camp in sight for most of the climb, but never seeming to get closer. Camp 2 itself, at 4,200 metres is far more basic than Camp 1 and the tents pitched on tiny shelves using rocks instead of tent pegs. Movement around the camp is difficult due to most of it being on a slope with rocks forever giving way and slipping down towards other tents.

Mount Ararat Day 1 06/09/2023
Mount Ararat Day 1


Mount Ararat, Camp 1 06/09/2023
Mount Ararat, Camp 1


Mount Ararat Day 1 06/09/2023
Day 1. We were driven from the hotel to the trail head where we disembarked and began the walk into Camp 1, the base camp for the ascent. It is only 8km to the camp, starting on relatively easy open ground on a good path, but as soon as the climbing begins, the path becomes extremely dusty and slippy. There is an ascent of just over 1,100 metres, ending the day at 3,200 metres above sea level. No altitude related effects were noticed.

Mount Artos Turkey 04/09/2023
Mount Artos Turkey


Mount Artos, Turkey 04/09/2023
Mount Artos, Turkey


Mount Artos, Turkey 04/09/2023
The expedition is on! Mount Ararat cannot simply be climbed, it is too high for that and so as an acclimatisation climb, we ascended Mount Artos near Van in Turkey. It is 3,550m high rising above Lake Van. It is a steady walk for the first section on a good track, then steepens on scrub up to the ridge before the final rocky ridge to the summit. Our day was perfect with excellent views all around. The effects of altitude were apparent but as we descended they soon cleared.

Mount Ararat 31/08/2023
Super excited to be organising my final packing for the trip to Turkey to climb Mount Ararat. At just over 5,100 metres it is the highest in Turkey. For acclimatisation we also climb Artos which is a 3,550 metre peak. The itinerary is on the Previous Expeditions page and a full report will be there when I return.

Pen y Castell - Wales done 17/08/2023
Pen y Castell - Wales done


Wales completed 17/08/2023
With todays bag of peaks I finished the entire Welsh Nuttalls. The last two were Tal y Fan (610m) and Pen y Castell (623m) but I also did Foel Lwyd (603m), Carnedd y Ddelw (688m) and Y Drum (770m) on the way. My good friend Ken came along as companion and guide which meant I barely had to look at the map all day.

Helgi Du and Llithrig wrach 16/08/2023
Helgi Du and Llithrig wrach


Carneddau, the big day 16/08/2023
Today was the big peak bagging of the week with no fewer than six peaks; Craig Eigiau (735m), Pen Yr Helgi Du (833m), Pen Llithrig-y-wrach (799m), Craiglwyn (623m), Craigiau Gleison (678m), Pen Cowlyd (634m). They did not yield easily, with very few paths and seriously tough going combined with some steep climbs made for an exhausting day, but there are just two peaks plus one downgraded peak to go until I complete every mountain in Wales and join the Nuttalls Club! Bring on tomorrow.

North Wales final 15/08/2023
The final attack on the remaining mountains of Wales got off to a good start with Gyrn Wigau (643m) and Foel Meirch (800m) falling. The weather tried to stop me with heavy rain in the morning, that failed, then the terrain tried to stop me with an uncrossable river, but I beat that. My overall total reached 400 today and 106 for 2023. Very happy with that.

Shropshire Way stages 4 and 5 12/08/2023
Stages 5 (Ludlow to Craven Arms) and 4 (Craven Arms to Clun) of the Shropshire Way. The official guide numbers these but for practical purposes I did them in reverse. I doubt anyone cares! The route is fairly well signposted but I found having the OS Maps app invaluable in avoiding missing turns, especially as I did the walk in the summer when the undergrowth is such that signs can easily be missed.

Shropshire Way 11/08/2023
Looking for the next great challenge, I came across the Shropshire Way. It runs for 200 miles or so around Shropshire (oddly enough) so I have decided to do a section to see what I think. It is ambitious being from Ludlow to Clun via Craven Arms. It covers two stages of the walk and is around 20 miles. To be on the safe side, I have pre-planned several pick up locations along the route.

North Wales beckons 20/07/2023
And on to the next trip. I have not been to Wales all year which is somewhat unusual so will be setting that straight in August. I have a plan to complete all of the remaining unclimbed mountains in Wales which will be a great achievement and allow me to join the Nuttalls Welsh Completers Club, the first step on the ladder of completions.

A great weeks walking 16/07/2023
Twenty two mountains climbed, 126km walked and just under 6,000 metres of ascent. Impressive by any standards. It brings my total mountains to just under 400 and the total for this year to 104 and it is only July!

Back to the Lakes 15/07/2023
A final visit back to the Lakes to climb Birkhouse Moor (718m) and Sheffield Pike (675m) via Red Tarn. The weather was probably the worst of the week and I nearly did not bother but of course pig-headed determination won the day! Actually, I am glad I did it as it was enjoyable despite the weather and means I have completed all of he Helvellyn group of mountains now.

Final day in the Alston area 14/07/2023
More ticks in the Cross Fell area box. Today I managed two walks with two peaks on each, they were; Bellbeaver Rigg (620m), Viewing Hill (649m), Melmerby Fell (709m) and Fiends Fell (634m). Nice end to a good week in the area. The forecast for tomorrow is dreadful, my plan is a couple in the Helvellyn area but we will see...

Walking in the Cross Fell area 13/07/2023
Walking in the Cross Fell area


Across to Cross Fell 13/07/2023
Across to the Cross Fell area for the first time since I walked the Pennine Way. Three mountains bagged; Bullman Hills (610m), Long Man Hill (658m) and Round Hill (686m), bringing the total for the week to 15 and exceeding last years total. I am now on 98 peaks for the year with just 51 remaining.

Renwick Fell 12/07/2023
Renwick Fell


Killhope Law Summit 12/07/2023
Killhope Law Summit


More in Burnhope Seat 12/07/2023
The Burnhope Seat area is most definitely not for the feint hearted! There are few footpaths which is probably testament to the lack of popularity of the mountains. Today I climbed The Dodd (614m), Killhope Law (673m) and then drove over to Renwick to tackle Thack Moor (610m). A good day out but atrocious weather with heavy rain showers all day.

Burnhope Seat plus 11/07/2023
Burnhope Seat is a difficult area, there are few paths, lots of soft ground and too many peat groughs, making going tough. Even so I managed five peaks on one walk; Dead Stones (710m), Burnhope Seat (747m), Redgleam (718m), High Field (708m), Three Pikes (651m) then went for a restorative coffee and teacake, then bagged Flinty Fell (614m) on the way back. A good day out, the weather was not kind and I was in waterproofs for most of the day, but it is done!

High Street done 10/07/2023
The final peaks in the High Street Group went today; Place Fell (657m), Gray Crag (710m), Stony Cove Pike (763m), Hartsop Dodd (618m). 20km of walking, initially dry, then light showers and windy in the afternoon. Just managed to finish before the major rain of the day arrived.

and another trip 25/06/2023
Just back from a successfull tour of Yorkshire and I am already planning the next one. All being well, another big bag of mountains, 19 in all will be attempted. Keep watching for news! With just 66 left, it will knock a big hole and bring this years total to over 100 peaks!

Cautley Spout 23/06/2023
Cautley Spout


Cautley Spout Stroll 23/06/2023
To round off another week of peak bagging, I decided to have an easy walk along the River Rawthey to Cautley Spout, claiming to be the highest waterfall in England it is an impressive sight, visible from some distance it towers above the path when close by. For a coffee afterwards I went to the Cross Keys. Unable to resist a scone as well, it made a fine reward to end a great week of walking in this part of Yorkshire.

Ascent of Rogans Seat 22/06/2023
Ascent of Rogans Seat


Final peaks of Great Shunner 22/06/2023
The two remaining peaks of the Great Shunner Fell region were dispatched with ease on a glorious day. The paths were good and easy to follow, the sun shone with a gentle breeze to avoid overheating. What is not to love about mountaineering?

Final peaks of Ingleborough 21/06/2023
The final two peaks in the Ingleborough Group were dispatched on a fine Yorkshire Day. They were Dodd Fell Hill (668m) and Drumaldrace (614m). This brings the years total to 81 and just 68 to go to finish them all. The end is in sight!

Summit of Tarn Crag 19/06/2023
Summit of Tarn Crag


Lake District - a wet start 19/06/2023
Day 1 of the latest trip started off very wet so full waterproofs were needed. The day saw me ascend six peaks; Branstree (713m), Tarn Crag (664m), Grey Crag (638m), Harrop Pike (637m), Nowtli Hill (673m), Selside Pike (655m). Mostly on good paths but between Harrop Pike and Nowtli Hill it was cross country with no paths and tough going.

Northumberland 06/06/2023
Heading back up to Northumberland in a few weeks time to continue the assault on the mountains in that region. There are plenty to go at and unfortunately well spaced out so the bag will not be as big as it has been on previous trips but that is the nature of the game.

Trip summary 21/05/2023
Several days in Yorkshire, the Lakes and Northumberland added no less than 35 mountains to the bag. The weather could not have been better and the enjoyment could not have been higher.

Black Fell Area 19/05/2023
Black Fell Area


Northumberland 19/05/2023
Over to Northumberland for an attack on the Black Fell area. Three mountains climbed in tough terrain with no paths, they were Black Fell (664m), Tom Smiths Stone Top (637m) and Grey Nag (656m). A real contrast to the Lakes. Did not see a single person all day.

Great End 18/05/2023
Great End


Lakes Day 4 18/05/2023
Another good day out in the mountains. This was the big climb day with the two highest mountains I had not climbed; Great End and Esk Pike. I managed the five planned, plus I bagged the two Seathwaite Fell tops as they were too close to resist! Remaining mountains is now under 80. Peaks bagged were; Lingmell (800m), Middleboot Knots (703m), Round How (741m), Great End (910m), Esk Pike (885m), Seathwaite Fell South Top (631m), Seathwaite Fell (632m)

Lakes Day 3 17/05/2023
The biggest mileage day today included Seatallan (692m), Haycock (797m), Little Gowder Crag (733m), Caw Fell (690m) and finally Iron Crag (640m), followed by seven miles back to Wasdale Hall YHA. Another five peaks brings my remaining total down to just 86 peaks! The current plan is still working! One more day in the lakes, then off to Northumberland.

Stirrup Crag 16/05/2023
Stirrup Crag


Lakes Day 2 16/05/2023
A good day out in the Wasdale are saw me conquer no less than eight peaks; Yewbarrow(628m), Stirrup Crag (616m), Red Pike (826m), Little Scoat Fell (841m), Steeple (819m), Black Crag (828m), Pillar (892m), Looking Stead (627m). Weather was mixed as was the terrain. Now down to just 91 peaks to go.

Langdale Valley 15/05/2023
Langdale Valley


Lakes Day 1 15/05/2023
First of four days in the Lake District. Eight new peaks; Pike of Blisco (705m), Cold Pike (701m), Cold Pike West Top (683m), Cold Pike Far West Top (670m), Great Knott (696m), [Bow Fell (902m)], Bow Fell North Top (866m), Rossett Pike (651m), Loft Crag (680m) including one revisit (Bow Fell) made for a long and tiring day out, but it has bought my total 2000' peaks remaining to just under 100, actually, 99.

Yorkshire nearly done 14/05/2023
Another assault on Yorkshire Peaks, this time, four peaks in the Great Shunner region. 17km of walking bagged Lunds Fell [Sails] (667m), Hugh Seat (689m), Archy Styrig [Gregorys Chapel] (695m) and High Seat (709m). The start/finish was the tiny village of Outhgill. Hopefully, the rest of the week will be as successful.

Jagged Globe meetup 13/05/2023
Day 1 of the latest trip was a visit to the Peak District to meetup with guys from Jagged Globe and other clients booked on their trips. We had a walk and a talk near Burbage which went well, with excellent weather. We finished quite early and not wanting to go back to the hotel too early, I took another walk up to Stanage Edge to watch the climbers. Great day out.

Lake District assault 07/05/2023
Big plans for my next trip with no less than 33 mountains pencilled in during a week long expedition to the Lake District. I will be mostly walking in the Wasdale area, but have a walk planned in Langdale and also one on the way up in the Great Shunner region and one on the way back near Alston. It is a big ask...reports to follow.

High Street mountain bagging 06/05/2023
To the East of Patterdale lies the High Street group of mountains and an area I have not touched, apart from Kidsty Pike many years ago on the Coast to Coast walk. A couple of days with remarkably good weather, netted me no less than 13 peaks.

Cheeky Mountains 29/04/2023
An opportunity of a free trip to the Lake District for a couple of days was irrestible so in the very near future I will be completing the Coniston group of mountains and bagging a few in the High Street area (North East of Ambleside roughly). Looking forward to it.

Lake District May 2023 25/04/2023
With Hadrians Wall out of the way, I can concentrate on my next trip which will be mid-May to the Lake District and Northumberland. On the way I will be stopping off in Sheffield for the Jagged Globe Welcome Weekend where we get to meet other members of our expedition teams, watch a presentation by JG staff and have a couple of outings to the Peak District for walks/talks.

Hadrians Wall Summary 16/04/2023
Hadrians Wall is a walk of three sections. A boring day and a half along roads or very close to roads, then some interesting walking in hilly country with plenty of Roman interest, then a dull final two days with lots more road or paths adjacent to roads, culminating in a tedious walk into, through and out of Newcastle.

Would I do it again? Definitely not. Did I enjoy it? The middle section yes, the rest, not really. I’m glad I did it, but there are a lot of much better walks of similar or greater distance that barely touch a road. Surely a walk like this could find a better way? I appreciate it follows the course of Hadrians Wall, but given that it is not seen for more than half the walk anyway, a better route could be devised?


Burtree Fell 15/04/2023
A cheeky mountain on the way home from Hadrians Wall. It's not much of a peak and from the car park, is just 40m of ascent, but after a hard week walking Hadrians Wall, I felt I deserved an easy bag.

The finish 14/04/2023
The finish


Hadrians Wall Day 6 14/04/2023
Final day was a tedious walk along the riverside following cycling route 72 all the way to Segedunum. With hindsight I should have finished there, but I’d planned to walk to Arbeia which involved about four miles along the river on more tarmac, then the ferry to South Shields and a final mile to the seafront.

Hadrians Wall Day 5 13/04/2023
Day 5 saw me walking from Portgate into Newcastle following the edge of a road. The path is separated from the road but for the most part within 10-15 metres so there is constant road noise. This is a long way from my ideal walking country and if anything made me wish I’d done it East to West, at least I would have got this out of the way early. Oh well!

Hadrians Wall Day 4 12/04/2023
After a rest day, I felt much better and was looking forward to the day. Unfortunately snow and very cold wind in the morning, and an afternoon of constant rain was disappointing. The walk went from interesting to fairly dull walking and I was pleased to see the end. Hopefully the walk into Newcastle tomorrow will be better. Still, 18 miles or almost 30km with 900m of ascent made for a tough day.

A good section of wall 10/04/2023
A good section of wall


The Escarpment 10/04/2023
The Escarpment


Hadrians Wall Day 3 10/04/2023
Day 3 was Birdoswald to Steel Rigg. A claimed 15km which turned out to be 17.6km. It got distinctly undulating compared to the previous couple of days with over 600m of climbing but a maximum height of just 340m. The weather has taken a distinct turn for the worse with frequent showers and a noticeable drop in temperature compared to previous days. Tomorrow is a rest day so looking forward to that, then I’m back to it for the second half.

Hadrians Wall Day 2 09/04/2023
Another fine day, Carlisle to Birdoswald, which is a shade under 29km. It was chillier than yesterday but still pleasant and thankfully no rain. A more interesting day with some nice countryside, some actual wall to see and even a hill to climb. Birdoswald is a good place to finish with the Roman site to visit, although that will be tomorrow, but equally importantly, a cafe selling excellent coffee and cookies!

Starting the wall 08/04/2023
Starting the wall


Hadrians Wall Day 1 08/04/2023
Finally I am on Hadrians Wall! It is great to be walking it and the weather is very kind at the moment. Today was Bowness to Carlisle, a walk of 24km. Unfortunately it will be tomorrow afternoon before I see any of the actual wall. The main feature of today was a lot of road walking. Never mind, it has to be done.

Fell Head 07/04/2023
Just one hour and ten minutes for the final peak in the Howgills: Fell Head (640m). A glorious day with views over the Lake District and to the coast, plus the entire Howgills range made the steep ascent well worth it. The drive to the start was interesting, with not only narrow lanes but a bridge that literally was so narrow, there were just a couple of inches either side of the car, and took some serious nerve to cross.

Hadrians Wall 06/04/2023
Looking forward to Hadrians Wall. It's been on my bucket list for years so cannot wait to get going. I also have a sneaky plan to take in a few 2,000 foot peaks, Fell Head in the Howgills on the way up, then one of several routes on the way back, depending on how I feel. The weather forecast is looking good for the week, but we know what that means!

Final day success 16/03/2023
After several days with little to show for it, my final day of the trip yielded some success with ascents of Clough Head (726m) and Calf Top (610m). Both walks were in dreadful conditions which was a shame because I am sure the views would have made the climbs worthwhile.

Sprinklings Tarn 15/03/2023
Gaining any summit was going to be hard so I decided I would walk up towards Sprinklings Tarn from Seathwaite following Grains Gill and Stockley Bridge and see how far I got. The answer was as far as the big wall on Great End, where it became a White Out. I continued for a short while but retreated as there was no view and no likelihood of one, plus there was some serious walls and edges and I didn’t want to lose my bearings. It will all still be there in the summer.

Attempted ascent of Glaramara 14/03/2023
Attempted ascent of Glaramara


Attempted ascent of Glaramara 14/03/2023
Attempted ascent of Glaramara


The art of Mountaineering 14/03/2023
Part of being a good mountaineer is planning a route, checking conditions and making a safe ascent and descent. Part of being a good mountaineer is knowing when to back off. Today I’d planned Glaramara again and headed up towards Coombe Head in snowy but good conditions. As I approached the ascent at the end, the snow came down and the visibility and general conditions deteriorated. I decided to back off. As an alternative I walked up the Honister Pass to the cafe passing one abandoned car after another. Today was not a mountain day.

Coldbarrow 13/03/2023
The plan for today was Glaramara but after having been literally blown off my feet a couple of times on the ascent, I retreated and went for the safer Coldbarrow and Ullscarf ascents. The weather was truly awful, probably the worst wind and weather I have ever known, combined with no footpath for part of it and flooded footpaths on the way down made for a tough day out.

Howgills Horror 12/03/2023
Seemed so simple on paper. Pop up to the Howgills, bag a few peaks and off. Maybe I’m still suffering the effects of my man flu but I found it really hard going. The rubbish weather didn’t help and I ended up missing out on one of the peaks and was really glad to be off.

Man Flu 27/02/2023
Well, it had to happen I suppose. My trip to North Wales has had to be put on hold due to a severe case of man-flu. I suppose I cannot complain really, it is the first cold in about five years.

Hadrians Wall 25/02/2023
Hadrians Wall is something I have wanted to walk for many years and finally 2023 is when I will get to do it. Easter time is the chosen week. I will have my trusty companion Rosie for the entire walk, no doubt she will do double! Look out for a full report.

May in the Lakes 25/02/2023
I have three trips already planned, but that is not enough for me so I am working on a trip to the Lakes in May to bag yet more mountains. There are still plenty to go at, but by the middle of the year, all being well, I will definitely be getting the better of them.

Sneaky Wales 18/02/2023
Well, just when I thought the next trip would be mid-March, an opportunity presented itself for a sneaky cheeky day out to North Wales. I've got ten peaks to climb in the Carneddau with one of the walks accounting for six of those ten. All being well, I'll be able to do that at the end of the month. That will be awesome - stay tuned!

Yorkshire success 16/02/2023
Fourteen mountains climbed plus one repeat of Pen y Gent was an excellent start to the 2023 campaign. All reports written, all photos filed and now to look forward to the next trip which will be to the Lake District in March where I have identified routes that will bag me over 25 mountains. Of course, it is easy to armchair plan, we will see how it works out.

Birks Fell 09/02/2023
Yockenthwaite Moor (642m) and Birks Fell (610m) were todays conquests. Another cold and windy, but dry day. The walk was definitely of two halves with a huge drop down to the valley between them. The distance was similar to previous days, as was the overall height gain which is interesting, given that there were only two mountains today, whereas yesterday there were four.

Looking to Fountains Fell 08/02/2023
Looking to Fountains Fell


Pen y Gent 08/02/2023
A walk of two halves today. First half was Pen y Gent and Plover Hill, followed by a monster descent and ascent of Darnbrook Fell. Fountains Fell was relatively easy by comparison. The day started misty but cleared to sunshine but was very cold and very windy. Four new peaks and one revisit from about 40 years ago! Brings my total for the year to ten and total overall to 303.

Great Whernside 07/02/2023
Great Whernside


Great Whernside 07/02/2023
Great Whernside and Buckden Pike today. 12 miles overall with almost 800m of ascent. Total for 2023 is now 6 and overall 299. Can’t wait for tomorrow to get 300!

Wild Boar Fell 06/02/2023
A tough day out of 16 miles with barely a single path. Four peaks bagged, the first of 2023, bringing my total to 297 overall.

Felt really tired at the end but satisfied with the day.


Mount Ararat 25/01/2023
Well, I have decided on my 2023 adventure! I have signed up to go to Turkey to climb Mount Ararat with Jagged Globe. It is not until September so plenty of time for training which will work well as I have big plans for mountain climbing this year so hopefully will be fit for it.

On Cleeve Hill 17/01/2023
On Cleeve Hill


Cleeve Hill sunshine 17/01/2023
It was a cold morning but it was clear and in the sunshine not too bad. Me and the pupster walked from the Rising Sun over to Belas Knapp and back via the Cotswold Way on the way out and Cleeve Common on the way back. About 8 miles and a lovely day out.

More Waterproofs 10/01/2023
Well, another year, another go! After my Paramo jacket let me down so badly in the Lake District a couple of months ago, I've been looking for something new and was impressed by Helly Hansens latest offering, the wonderfully named: Odin 9 worlds infinity jacket. Apparently it is 100% waterproof forever and never needs treating - watch this space!

Lake District Trip 09/01/2023
Due to some great YHA bargains, I have booked a few days at Borrowdale YH which is ideally placed for some great walks in the Lake District. No plans in place but I am hoping to come back with double figures of mountains climbed.

Yorkshire Trip 08/01/2023
Counting down to the first mountain bagging trip of the year. Yorkshire will be hosting with four or five days of walking. There are 17 peaks in my sights for conquest which will be an excellent start to the year.

Hadrians Wall 23/12/2022
It has been on my bucket list for a very long time, I had intended to walk it during 2022 but too many other holidays and trips got in the way, so it was postponed until 2023. I have now booked all the hotels and got a preliminary plan sorted out so I will finally get to do it.

Cleeve Hill walk 03/12/2022
It's getting to the stage now where big walks are not realistic due to the short days. My local big hill is Cleeve Hill, although the summit is only 330m high or just over 1,000 feet in old money, it makes a nice walk. Starting from the Golf Club I made my way Eastwards to take advantage of some of the steeper paths around the old quarries. My destination was Belas Knapp, a Long Barrow about a mile and a half off Cleeve Common in the direction of Winchcombe and on both the Cotswold Way and Winchcombe Way footpaths. This was my turn around point and I came back following the Cotswold Way which skirts the lower side of the common before climbing back up. Crossing to the West and despite the low cloud, I had the excellent views across the Severn Valley, not quite to the Malverns as they were in cloud. Back to the car with just under ten miles covered.

Rohan update 14/11/2022
I was contacted by the Customer Services who offered to reproof my Dry Frontier Trousers, I declined, they then offered another identical pair, I declined. Finally they offered me a Gift Card refund. I discussed it. They claimed they could not offer me a full cash refund as I had worn them! How else can I determine their usefulness? I decided to take the Gift Card and maybe try another pair of overtrousers, this time from a shop so that I can take them back and demand a cash refund if (when) they don't function properly. I notice they no longer advertise Dry Frontier Trousers!

Rohans go back again 12/11/2022
Once again I am returning waterproofs! This time it is the Rohan Dry Frontier trousers. I returned them some time ago and Rohan reproofed them for me. On the recent Lake District trip they let me down quite badly so now they are going back for good. Nothing short of a refund will satisfy me and once again I am on the look out for new waterproofs.

Coniston once more 07/11/2022
Picked up the final peak in the Coniston loop. There is another (Harter Fell) but that is quite a way out so a separate walk. Today I did White Maiden (610m) in really bad conditions. Full reports on all three days will be in the Previous Expeds pages.

Paramo lets me down 07/11/2022
After 2 1/2 days of more or less constant rain, my Paramo jacket let me down badly, getting soaked through on each of the days. It used to be a great garment and I have washed it in accordance with the recommendations without success, I guess they just do not last.

Coniston assault 06/11/2022
The plan was to do all of the peaks in the Coniston area, but due to fatigue and a mild sense of humour failure with the dreadful weather all day, one got missed, but I will get that tomorrow. Today was Wetherlam (762m), Black Sails (745m), Swirl How (802m), Great Carrs (785m), Grey Friar (770m), Brim Fell (796m), The Old Man (803m), Dow Crag (778m), Walna Scar (621m)

Helvellyn area 05/11/2022
Todays walk was from Rydal to Kirkstone. The weather was pretty dreadful all morning but improved in the afternoon. Seven plus two repeats (with Fairfield being done twice) because they were in the way and an after dark finish. Heron Pike (612m), Erne Crag (621m), Great Rigg (766m), Seat Sandal(736m), Fairfield(873m), Hart Crag(822m), Dove Crag(792m), Little Hart Crag(637m), Red Screes(776m)

Lakes again 24/10/2022
A cheeky trip to the Lake District in a couple of weeks time will see 2 1/2 days of walking bagging all of the Coniston Group (11 peaks) and 7 peaks in the Helvellyn range bringing my years total to 94! Lets not count our chickens before they hatch though!

Final Arans Peak done! 22/10/2022
Foel Hafod-fynydd was the final peak in the Arans and the whole of mid-Wales so I was keen to climb it. My route was to park above Lake Vyrnwy on the ridge, then walk out via Llechwedd Du which was tough going with heavy rain for the first hour, no real path and lots of boggy ground. The peak is quite isolated, requiring a huge drop down to a valley and then another huge climb to the summit which was so steep I could touch the ground in front of me! Return was the reverse so equally tough. A total of 10km in just under 3 hours.

Higher Shelf Stones 19/10/2022
Higher Shelf Stones


Bleak day on Bleaklow 19/10/2022
Two peaks I ticked off many years ago, Bleaklow Head (633m) and Higher Shelf Stones(621m) warranted a repeat visit as I had no memory of doing them. A business trip by my partner to the area was too good a chance to miss as it would mean free transport, free hotel and free food!

It was a nice day out, although very windy, we did 11 miles from Manor Park in Glossop, over the peaks and back via Doctors Gate. I wasn’t sure whether to count them in this years total or not and standing on the summits, I couldn’t remember them, but given that the Pennine Way passes over the summit of Bleaklow Head, I must have done that at least, so decided to compromise and include Higher Shelf Stones only.


Watersmeet to Lynmouth 06/10/2022
This was a combination of walking along the river from Watersmeet and a section of the Coast Path into Lynmouth. Watersmeet is the confluence of the East Lyn River and Hoar Oak Water. Easy walking through Brandon on a good path and eventually up to the A39 then down to join the Coast Path, through woodland on a good, but thin track to finally emerge onto a hillside about 2-3 miles from Lynmouth which by now is just in sight. One final climb and it is mostly steadily downhill to the town, emerging on the far end of the beach. My meeting point was at the other end and with two minutes to spare on the 4pm meeting time, we reached the end. 20km walked.

Dartmoor 03/10/2022
Dartmoor


Dartmoor in a day 03/10/2022
On a suberb day I conquered both two thousand foot peaks on Dartmoor. They are quite close together so I did a very roundabout route, firstly climbing from Meldon Reservoir to the higher High Willhays (621m), then headed out via Dinger Tor (550m), Okemont Hill (564m) to Hangingstone Hill (603m) for lunch, then returned passing close to Wild Tor, Steeperton Tor and East Mill Tor to ascent Yes Tor (619m) from the South and back down to the car park. 25km and 908m of ascent in five and a half hours.

South West Coast Path 02/10/2022
The entire path runs for over 600 miles, starting in Minehead, North Devon. As a pre-cursor and warm up for my Dartmoor walk I thought I'd do a section to see what it is like. Tough is an understatement! I walked 22km but managed over 1,100m of climbing with a high point of just 316m. The ascent is not easy either, with descents into valleys and ascents to headlands being relatively short and very steep. I was blessed with excellent weather, being able to easily see South Wales across the water and even Lundy Island. My walk was from Lynmouth to Combe Martin. Dartmoor is tomorrow but I may be back later in the week for another section.

Dartmoor beckons 22/09/2022
In just a couple of weeks time, I'll be on Dartmoor, completing the two Tors that reach the magic 2,000 feet. That will complete that section and bring me a bit closer to completing the English mountains, although there is a very long way to go!

Glyders completed 01/09/2022
On my way home from a motorbiking trip, I couldn't resist taking advantage of some very fine weather in the Ogwen Valley and bagging the two remaining peaks in the Glyders region, Y Foel-goch(805m) and Gallt yr Ogof(763m). Only 11 remaining in the whole of Wales!

Whats next? 13/08/2022
I'd aimed and planned for 50 peaks for 2022 and have succeeded in climbing 71 so far which I'm pleased with. I could relax and let the rest of the year go by, but with a holiday on Exmoor later in the year which is very close to Dartmoor where there are two 2,000' peaks and the opportunity of a cheeky day out in mid-Wales to complete the Arans and thereby the entire mid-Wales region it is unlikely that I'll be taking it easy any time soon!

Yorkshire Day 2 04/08/2022
Whernside(736m), the highest in the Ingleborough group, plus three peaks on the opposite side of the valley (Gragareth(627m), Green Hill(628m) and Great Coum(687m)) made four peaks for the day plus we explored Yordas cave which was fun.

Six peaks over the last two days increases the 2022 total to 71.


Ingleborough 03/08/2022
Ingleborough


Yorkshire Day 1 03/08/2022
Todays walk was an ascent of Ingleborough which at 724m is one of the highest in the area. Great start to the day, but on the summit, the weather deteriorated so we had no view. Once off the summit of course, everything improved! Great day out and two peaks for the bag, the second being Simons Fell at 650m!

The New Forest 23/07/2022
For the first time ever, I had the opportunity of a walk in the New Forest. It is a very pleasant place, but it is flat! Navigation is tricky because there are no features to aim at, no mountains to head towards and everywhere is very similar; a few trees, some wide dusty tracks, gorse and heather. Having said that, I enjoyed the walk and might be tempted again in the future.

Yorkshire Peaks 29/06/2022
I don't sit still for long and am now in the process of planning a few days walking in Yorkshire to pick off some of the peaks there. I'll be staying with my walking buddy Chris who knows the area well, so hopefully I'll come back with a big bag of new peaks!

Trip Reports 28/06/2022
I've been rearranging my trip reports to be slightly more logical. In the Welsh section, particularly Mid Wales, I've sorted the reports into regions as it makes more sense if someone wants to read about a particular mountain. Also the North Wales reports have been rearranged where possible. In some cases I've walked mountains in more than one region so it has not been possible. If you want to climb a particular mountain but are not sure which region it's in, take a look at the Mountain Log page which lists all the mountains and their regions, it can be sorted in many ways to make it easy.

Trip Statistics 24/06/2022
A very successful trip to mid Wales with glorious, if not a little too hot at times, weather saw me walking for four days, ascending 14 out of a possible 15 peaks - the Moelwyns big day proved to be too much and had to be split into two. I walked a total of 88.5km with 4,172m of ascent and a staggering (pun intended) 129,538 steps!

This brings my total to this year to 65 peaks which is impressive by any standards I think.


Mid Wales Day 4 23/06/2022
Final day of the trip saw me conquer Foel Penolau (2,014') and Moel Ysgyfarnogod (2,043') in the Rhinogs, then drive over to Bala and climb Foel Goch (2,004') in the Arenigs to complete all peaks in both of those areas. I now have just one peak in the whole of mid-Wales to climb!

Mid Wales Day 3 22/06/2022
Today I completed the Moelwyns group with ascents of Moel Penanmen (2,014’), Manod Mawr North Top (2,158’) and Manod Mawr (2,168’). I then went on to climb Y Garn (2,063’) in the Rhinogs.

Moelwyns 21/06/2022
Moelwyns


Mid Wales Day 2 21/06/2022
A super hot day saw me climb four peaks in the Moelwyns region which were Craigysgafn (2,260’) Ysgafell Main (2,204’) North (2,194’) and Far North Tops (2,132’). Total for the year is now 58. I’d originally planned seven but a combination of the heat, route finding and distance meant I cut it short, but even so, did 12 miles so not a bad day out.

Mid Wales Day 1 20/06/2022
Post Gwyn (2,181’) in the Berwyn completed which also completes the entire group. Then drove over to the Arenigs to climb Rhobell Fawr (2,408’) and Dduallt (2,165’) bringing my year total to 54.

Mid Wales assault 13/06/2022
Next week I'm off for a few days to mid-Wales again with the remaining 15 mountains firmly in my sights. It's ambitious (of course), but achievable I think. Good weather will help, bad weather might make all the difference between success and failure.

Berwyns almost complete! 11/06/2022
Two of the final three Berwyn Peaks completed! Cyrniau Nod (2,188') and Cefn Gwyntog (2,017') on a reasonable day. The visibility was excellent, but it was windy and there were showers of rain all day so the ground was wet, but it's done and there's only one more peak in the area and I'll have bagged the lot!

Change of Plan 02/06/2022
It was going to be the final Arans peak, but due to time constraints, I've changed it to bagging two more in the Berwyns instead. The walk is further but it's more convenient. The Arans will have to wait a couple of weeks to my next trip which will hopefully complete all of the mountains in mid-Wales!

Arans final peak 27/05/2022
In a couple of weeks, I have the chance to complete the Arans group with a cheeky day trip to climb Foel Hafod-fynydd (689m). There are a few other peaks in that area of Wales, will I be tempted to go for another one, or stick to the plan and take the final Arans peak?

Lake District 23/05/2022
After a very successful Lake District Trip bagging no less than 20 new peaks, my attention is now drawn back to completing the Welsh peaks. Looking through my Mountain Tables book, I spotted a mountain I'd climbed but not logged (Crib-y-rhiw in the Rhinogs). Checking with my Garmin, sure enough I'd topped it, so now I have just 29 to go!

Great Gable 18/05/2022
Great Gable


Lake District 18/05/2022
Day four was the big one with no less than nine peaks conquered including one of the highest in the Lake District; Great Gable at a towering 899m. The full list is; Grey Knotts (697m), Brandreth (715m), Base Brown (646m), Green Gable (801m), Great Gable (899m), Kirk Fell East Top (787m), Kirk Fell (802m), Fleetwith Pike (648m), Honister Crag (630m). The weather held out, but was incredibly windy in the morning.

Lake District 16/05/2022
Day three saw five new peaks bagged in the Buttermere region which completes that section. They were; Robinson (737m), Hindscarth (727m), Dale Head (753m), High Spy (653m) and Blea Crag (634m). Cloud on Robinson cleared to give a great day for the remainder.

Lake District 15/05/2022
Day 2 saw an ascent of Bannerdale Crags (684m) via Sharp Edge onto Atkinson Pike which completes the Skiddaw Range of mountains in the Lake District. Excellent weather again.

Lake District 14/05/2022
The week has got off to a great start with five peaks conquered in the Buttermere region plus two that I'd previously climbed but had to do because they were in the way! The peaks were: Whiteside (707m), Whiteside East (719m), Hopegill Head (770m), Ladyside Pike (703m), Hobcarton Crag (739m), Grisedale Pike (791m), Hobcarton End (634m)

Lake District 08/05/2022
Already thinking about my trip to the Lake District for more peak bagging. I get to tick some off from the 'England' list!

Great mid-Wales trip 07/05/2022
Ten new peaks plus Cadair Idris, the highest in mid-Wales for good measure was a great way to spend four days. The weather was very mixed from dull and overcast, to low cloud and rain, to fabulous and back to raining! I've now got just 30 peaks in Wales to conquer to complete them all!

Mid Wales Peak Bagging 01/05/2022
Looking forward to a few days in mid-Wales mopping up some peaks to add to the collection. Another ambitious plan of 10 peaks in four days. It's starting to get a little harder in Wales now as I only have 40 left and they're spread out, although the Carneddau has quite a few as does the Moelwyns so they will be future targets.

Wysis Way Day 4 20/04/2022
Wysis Way Day 4


Wysis Way Day 4 20/04/2022
Final day of 13 miles. Much less hilly that the previous days but still the odd climb to test the already tired legs. The Thames source is a bit of an anti-climax and the official finish at the railway station equally so, but it's done so that's that.

Wysis Way Day 3 19/04/2022
Only 14 miles today but some serious climbs made it harder than expected. Bisley was the end of the day and I arrived in good time to get the bus to Stroud which saved an off-route 4 mile walk. Final day tomorrow.

Wysis Way Day 2 18/04/2022
14 miles from Mitcheldean to Gloucester. Another tough start with an ascent of May Hill followed by some excellent walking through Gloucestershire. Another fine day, sun shining all day. Perfect.

Wysis Way Day 1 17/04/2022
Wysis Way Day 1


Wysis Way Day 1 17/04/2022
17 miles from Monmouth to Mitcheldean. Tough start with a climb to the Kymin, then undulating through the Forest of Dean to a steep descent to Mitcheldean and some easy fields with horrid stiles. Fantastic weather all day.

St Kenelms Way done (again) 31/03/2022
Finally finished St Kenelms Way with my daughter. Rosie came along as well and didn't seem to mind repeating the walk. This time it was very cold and we had snow at one point. Had a look inside St Kenelms Well just above Winchcombe. Very interesting and worth a visit on its own. What next I wonder...?

Wysis Way gets closer 31/03/2022
Just over two weeks to go to the next challenge. Looking forward to it. First multi-day long distance path for a while.

Gloucestershire gallop 10/03/2022
One of my favourite local walks is from Tewkesbury to Winchcombe. Initially following the Gloucestershire Way until it crosses the Winchcombe Way, then following that up over Nottingham Hill and onto Cleeve Hill, then across to the Masts and on to Belas Knapp then steadily down to Winchcombe itself now on the Cotswold Way. Around 15 miles with Rosie my trusty companion for company who loves the walk mostly because she can spend almost all day off the lead and go exploring.

Snowdonia Raid 04/03/2022
Mixed weather made for some challenging walks on a four day break to Snowdonia, staying and Idwal Cottage Youth Hostel. Monday I added a couple of peaks from the Berwyn group on a wet and miserable 10 mile walk, then drove up to Rhydd Ddu to bag Mynydd Mawr in fairly good weather. Tuesday was by far the best day of the week weather wise which meant that my plan to do the Nantlle Ridge would work. It was a superb day out with seven peaks bagged, excellent weather without a cloud in the sky and amazing views. Wednesday was pretty much the opposite. From the moment I left the Youth Hostel to my return, it rained heavily and was incredibly windy. It didn’t stop me adding four new peaks and a repeat of Y Garn to my list. Thursday the weather was just horrible, so I decided to go shopping instead!

A total of fourteen new peaks bagged which brings my yearly total to 19 and overall to 217. The report is on the 'North Wales' Page


North Wales 16/02/2022
Plans are now complete for a raid on the North Wales 2000' peaks during the first week of March. It's an ambitious plan, aiming for about 18 peaks in total over four days. It does require reasonably good weather but doesn't it always when climbing new mountains?

Wysis Way 16/02/2022
Finally completed the planning and booking for the Wysis Way in April. Four days covering 55 miles from Monmouth to Kemble, or more correctly, the Wye to the Thames. Looking forward to it.

The River Dove in full flow 06/02/2022
The River Dove in full flow


Dovedale and Manifold Valley 06/02/2022
I'd planned a nice walk down Dovedale from Hartington so parked at the Youth Hostel where I was staying for the next few days and was soon away down the hill. Spying a path to the left, I took it, which cut the corner off the village and quickly bought me into a very muddy field. Oh well, no point trying to be to careful I thought, I doubt it will be the only muddy field of the day. I’d started in my new Alpkit waterproof as it was very cold and I needed all of my layers. I soon stopped to put on my leggings as there was rain in the air.

Onto the main track, it looked dry and easy going. I’d spotted a walker ahead so was confident I was headed in the right direction - not that a single walker proves anything, but I figured that the only sensible place to go in this direction was Dovedale.

As I rounded the corner, she suddenly appeared, walking in the opposite direction, or at least I assumed it was the same person. Maybe we were both wrong! Stopping for a quick chat, it turned out that the path and bridge were completely flooded! Not to be deterred, I suggested we go and take a look. It was true! What to do? We decided we were made of the right stuff and a little bit of water wasn’t going to stop us. Actually, it was a lot of water, but by climbing gates, fences and the top of the bridge we managed to get into a muddy field - the easier option as it turned out as the other parts of the path were completely submerged.

Finally we got past it, followed by another walker. Onwards, we took the higher path, the other walker taking the lower path and we met at the next bridge - he was up to his knees in water and we had avoided it.

Chatting, it turned out that my fellow walker was out for a walk along Dovedale to Ilam and back. My plan was to cross to the Manifold Valley and return that way. Asking if she could accompany me as my route sounded significantly drier, of course I agreed so we teamed up. Her name was Julie and she had driven up from Leicestershire for the day.

Continuing downstream we frequently encountered flooded sections, negotiating them as best we could, trying our best to avoid getting too wet, which worked well until I slipped off a rock and my left leg went in up to my knee! Surprisingly my foot didn’t feel too wet but I’m sure it was.

Our route took us down to Milldale with numerous flooded sections. We had gotten quite good at negotiating the water and managed to find reasonable routes through.

The coffee shop in Milldale was closed sadly, but we stopped briefly for a drink a goodie bar before heading off in the direction of Stanshope.

Leaving the shelter of the valley we found ourselves being blown about by really strong wind and walking through really muddy fields. We’d swapped floods for muds.

Stanshope came and went. Next stop Wetton where I knew there was a pub. Julie had recounted an event earlier where she and fellow walkers had been refused service at a village pub. As we approached the pub in Wetton, she recognised it as the same one. Our patronage would not be given today!

Onward and down to Thors Cave. Along the way, we saw two walkers coming in the opposite direction absolutely filthy from head to foot. What was ahead of us? Observing their state, they replied that they had had a very bad day! The final section to the cave was indeed filthy and we careful picked our way across the field and through the mud. Declining to go inside the cave, we descended the steps to the river which started out very muddy but became cleaner as we got near the bottom.

Thankful to be down without incident we headed North to Wetton Mill where the lure of the coffee shop proved too much to resist.

Brief break over we were off again, following the right hand side of the river on the Manifold Trail and good dry walking, although we had the worst rain of the day for a while along this section. We followed this right the way up to Hulme End at the Manifold Valley visitor centre.

A quick check of the map gave our direction as to the right for 50m or so, then up a lane to a footpath and more muddy fields. Once again, the wind picked up and without the shelter of the valley was quite strong, combined with yet more rain made it hard going.

With a combination of lanes and paths we eventually came to Sheen, although I did take an early path off one of the lanes which bought us a little way from Sheen, requiring a ‘phone map’ check to correct. It was only a minor detour, or rather scenic route as I preferred to call it. By now it was approaching 5pm and dusk. There was still enough light to see by and we were only a mile or so from Hartington so nothing to worry unduly about.

Through Sheen and out on the path which led directly to Hartington, the weather had one final go at us with strong wind and hailstones. We could see the lights of Hartington and still had enough light to see the path but even so were quite relieved to arrive in the village.

Julies car was on the lane so we said our goodbyes and parted. She had been very good company for the day and it was nice to have someone to walk with who was every bit as capable. We’d chatted for most of the day about this and that, generally walking and mountaineering stuff and as I walked up to the Hostel I realised what a nice change it was to have a walking partner and how quickly the day had gone compared to a solo walk.

Total distance: 27.6km
Max altitude: 302m


Severn stroll 01/02/2022
Nice walk with the dog today down the river to the Haw Bridge via Deerhurst and back again on the Western side to the Mythe Bridge and Home. Good weather, sunny but very windy. 13 miles total so a healthy outing.

River meander 23/01/2022
Nice ten mile walk through the Wildlife Sanctuary at Coombe Hill and then along the River Severn to Deerhurst and cross country to Tewkesbury.

Plynlimon Completed 15/01/2022
An early start and a long drive bought me to the Car Park at Eisteddfa Gurig on the A44. Parking up and paying the £5 fee into the honesty box, Rosie and I headed off into the mountains. All Five 2,000' Peaks were conquered in just 3 1/2 hours and were (in order); Y Garn(684m), Pen Pumlumon Fawr(752m), Pumlumon Fach(664m), Pen Pumlumon Llygad-bychan(727m) and Pen Pumlumon Arwystli(741m). The weather was kind, although the higher peaks were in mist most of the day.

2022 Plans! 31/12/2021
Plans are already starting to take shape for 2022. I've got a cheeky day planned mid-January to bag all five of the 2000 foot peaks in Plynlimon on a single day, then at the end of February a four day raid into North Wales to attend to a straggler in the Arans and then take on the mighty Nantlle Ridge and a few in the Ogwen Valley.

St Kenelms Finished! 28/11/2021
On a cold November morning I completed St Kenelms Way with the final 10 miles from Dumbleton to Winchcombe taking just 3 1/2 hours. This time I had Rosie the dog for company.

Snowdonia success 27/11/2021
Three days in Snowdonia bagging peaks saw me claim three peaks on each of three days plus a notably peak of 605m (Foel Goch). I decided against the Nantlle Ridge as the weather was pretty poor. Thursday was the best day with only the occasional snow/rain shower. Wednesday was miserable all day with no views due to low cloud and Friday was the beginning of Storm Arwen which caused 90mph winds according to the weather reports and I can believe it!

Highest new peak was Lliwedd Bach at 818m but I also did the main peak of Y Lliwedd which is 893m. Brings my total number of 2000'+ mountains for the year to 52 and overall total to 190.


Snowdon from Lliwedd 25/11/2021
Snowdon from Lliwedd


North Wales 21/11/2021
Booked in at Pen y Pass YHA for a few days this coming week to do a spot of peak bagging. Moel Hebog and the Nantlle Ridge are top of the list, plus a nice three-peak bag from Llanberis. I'm hoping for good weather but expecting rain!

Severn stroll 17/11/2021
A nice walk down the River Severn from Tewkesbury on the Western side to the Haw Bridge, then back along the Eastern side. 22km of walking in just under 5 hours. Sun shone and no rain, perfect.

Rhayader Raid 15/11/2021
On a long day out in the Elan Valley area I bagged all three 2000' peaks. I did two walks, both in very poor conditions, with low mist all day, giving little in the way of views. The first to climb Gorllwyn (613m) and Drygarn Fawr (645m) and the second walk to climb Pen y Garn (610m). The two starting points were about half an hour apart by fast motorbike. It was a very long day, leaving home at 6:30am and not returning until 7:30pm.

Belas Knapp 06/11/2021
Unfortunately the final leg of St Kenelms Way got postponed so I decided on a walk from the Golf Club on Cleeve Hill to Belas Knapp and back, following the Cotswold Way on the way out and the Winchcombe Way on the return leg. Reasonable but windy weather made for a good leg stretch.

Lathkill stroll 22/10/2021
Final day of the mini break saw me walking down Lathkill Dale from Monyash and back again. It is a beautiful valley and quiet. Parking is easy at the head of the valley although it fills quickly.

High Peak and Limestone Trail 21/10/2021
Matlock to the High Peak Trail via High Tor, then up to Black Rocks and further up to Middleton Top. Return via Bonsall and the Limestone Way. A total of 25km with superb weather all day. Great day out again.

Dovedale and more 20/10/2021
Ashbourne to my favourite dale; Dovedale, then back over Bunster Hill and Thorpe Cloud back to Ashbourne. 22km of great Derbyshire walking.

Mountain Tables 04/10/2021
As a labour of love, I have added the Mountain Tables for England and Wales for all of the mountains over 2,000 feet. It will be possible to show them by Area, Mountain Name or Height and also the ones I have not yet climbed - challenges for the future! Check out the page and let me know what you think. (Mountain Log Book)

New gear review 02/10/2021
See my latest reviews on a couple of new items from Alpkit; a Griffon casual wear Top and a Gravitas super lightweight waterproof jacket. Also a review on Rohans Dry Frontier waterproof trousers.

Crummock to Derwent Water 01/10/2021
A proper peak bagging day with no less than 10 peaks in the Buttermere group, the highest being Grassmoor at 853m, the others were Whiteless Pike, Wandope, Sand Hill, Hopegill Head, Hobcarton Crag, Crag Hill, Sail, Scar Crags and finally Causey Pike. Very windy day with some serious showers but excellent views with no cloud.

Ullswater to Thirlmere 29/09/2021
A great day out in the Lake District with ascents of Catstycam, Helvellyn, Raise, Greenside, Hart Crag and the Dodds. 22.5km and over 1,000m of ascent. The weather was good but cold and windy all day. View was excellent.

Long Mynd 28/08/2021
A good day out on the Long Mynd. Some of the marked peaks were either not worth bothering with or so overgrown with undergrowth it wasn't worth it! There are some serious descents and climbs in and out of the valleys. Very few water opportunities on the top but plenty of streams down the valleys. Hot day. 18 miles walked in total!

St Kenelms Way Part 3 - Done 30/07/2021
Part three and actually we finished at Dumbleton which was further than expected. Just under 10 miles (despite the guide book claiming 10.5). The day was miserable, with rain all day, we were properly soaked at the end but it went well and we completed the walk in under 3 hours.

Leatherman Knives review 30/07/2021
Reviews of two knives I own, both excellent and both for very different purposes. Read my thoughts on the Review Page under 'Stuff'.

Berwyns Bagged 19/07/2021
An assault on the Berwyns netted a total of 16 peaks over 2000 feet. The weather was hot (too hot) and the visibility was excellent. Coupled with no rain, few other walkers and some excellent company; Chris for two days, Paul and Nicola for one day and dinner with Jodie, Adam and Abigail, what's not to love about that?

Cadair Berwyn Summit 17/07/2021
Cadair Berwyn Summit


St Kenelms Part 3 13/07/2021
Great Comberton to Ashton Under Hill via Bredon Hill summit is a mere 10 miles but does have the summit of Bredon Hill in the way. End of July is the date for that.

Berwyns Assault 10/07/2021
Three days of walking planned for the Berwyns next weekend. Four walks are needed to bag all of the peaks so for sure they won't all be done, but we'll have a good crack and get a good number ticked off. Look out for the report to follow.

The next challenge 14/06/2021
Looking for more unclimbed peaks, I'm moving my attention to the Berwyns, also in mid-Wales but East (ish) of the Arans I did a few weeks ago. Plenty to go at and with 20 over 2,000' and a few over 2,500' there are lots to bag.

Arans - Post Trip 01/06/2021
The trip was a great success and, apart from one solitary peak, everything on the list was done. Of course, that gives me a good excuse to go back and get the final tick in the box.

Thanks to Chris for great company and good humour throughout. I'll let you know when I've planned the next challenge!


Views to the Ogwen Valley 30/05/2021
Views to the Ogwen Valley


Day 2 : Another Seven Peaks 30/05/2021
The big day out with the main prize of the highest peak in the region; Aran Fawddwy standing at an impressive 905m. Fabulous weather, the sun shone all day and coupled with a breeze meant that we didn't overheat. Our bag for the day comprised 7 peaks in total; Glasgwm 779m, Gawain Llwyn 685m, Aran Fawddwy 905m, Erw y Ddafad ddu 872m, Aran Benllyn 885m, Gawain Lydan 632m, Pen yr Allt Uchaf 620m.

So, the plan was to climb every peak in the group, we managed all bar one! Oh well, something to go back for.


Ascent of Glasgwm 29/05/2021
Ascent of Glasgwm


Day 1 : Seven Peaks 29/05/2021
With a solitary outlier yesterday and seven peaks today, the trip is going well. The weather was considerably better, only raining for the first half hour and a little at the end of the day. Another big day tomorrow to look forward to and better weather forecast, I can’t wait! The bag had Moel y Cerrig Duon 625m, Foel y Geifr, 626m, Trum y Gwrgedd 612m, Foel Goch 613m, Foel Rudd 659m, Esgeiriau Gwynion 671m and Llechwedd Du 614m in it.

Day 0 : Arans Assault 28/05/2021
A quick stop on the way to the campsite saw me bag Pen y Bryn-fforchog (685m) in miserable weather to start my weekends peak bagging collection.

Arans Assault 27/05/2021
Bank Holiday weekend will see me bagging peaks in Mid Wales just East of Dolgellau. I've only ever climbed one peak in that area so lots of new ticks for the boxes!

The weather looks pretty good as well, so hoping for a good weekend.


St Kenelms Way Part 2 07/05/2021
St Kenelms Way Part 2


St Kenelms Way Part 2 07/05/2021
St Kenelms Way Part 2


St Kenelms Way Part 2 07/05/2021
At just under 15 miles (14 to be precise), stage 2 fell to us with ease. A glorious day out in the countryside with an excellent route through Pinvin, Wyre Piddle, Pershore and finally Great Comberton. No climbs of any note and mostly off road. Stage three will be different with a direct ascent of Bredon Hill, but that is to come.

Upton to Tewkesbury 01/05/2021
Upton to Tewkesbury


Upton to Tewkesbury - M50 01/05/2021
Upton to Tewkesbury - M50


Upton to Deerhurst 01/05/2021
A quick local walk from Upton to Deerhurst just South of Tewkesbury came in at 13 miles so not too bad. Easy walking of course along the River Severn, but a nice way to spend a Saturday morning. The dog of course, probably did double.

More gear going back! 29/04/2021
Well, the Salomon Ultra GTX shoes lasted about six months before they started leaking! Once again I find myself returning gear that fails to make it to even the manufacturers warranty period. Is there a Manufacturer out there that can deliver? I don't think there is.

St Kenelms Way Part 1 02/04/2021
Part 1 of the latest Long Distance walk now completed! From the start at Romsley to Himbleton. A good stretch at just under 20 miles. See the full report on the Previous Expeditions page.

Gloucestershire Way 27/03/2021
Walking from Tewkesbury to Winchcombe along the Gloucestershire Way is a fine day out and neatly avoids the crowds on Cleeve Hill. In fact I only saw about three or four other people during the entire walk which meant the dog could mostly run free and I could enjoy a peaceful quiet walk. 17.5km made for a good outing and the furthest I've walked for some time.

Rosie at Gotherington Station 13/03/2021
Rosie at Gotherington Station


On Oxenton Hill 13/03/2021
On Oxenton Hill


Looking to the Malverns 13/03/2021
Looking to the Malverns


Nottingham to Tewkesbury 13/03/2021
Well, Nottingham Hill to Tewkesbury anyway. Nottingham Hill is far less popular than its near neighbour; Cleeve Hill, but the views from it are every bit as good stretching over the Severn Valley to the Malverns. For this walk I was deposited at the top of the hill so it was flat and downhill for the first section although very slippery as there is a stream that carves its way down. The walk follows the Winchcombe Way initially, passing right next to Gotherington Station, a very pretty station on the Toddington Steam Railway Line and well worth the slight detour. From here, we crossed the road and followed the Winchcombe Way to the foot of Oxenton Hill, broke off to the left to the summit and then descend to Oxenton to pick up the Gloucestershire Way to Tewkesbury. It is pretty flat for the rest of the walk, but still has interest with many fields, passing small farms and crossing both the railway line and the M5 to finally pass through the very pleasant village of Walton Cardiff, expanded greatly by the nearby housing development and finally into Tewkesbury itself. I did 14km, Rosie, the dog did probably double that!

Bredon Hill 14/02/2021
An actual proper outing. Being quite close to home it was deemed 'okay'. Quieter than Cleeve Hill, it promised to be a good test of the legs, especially my knee which has been making steady progress over the last few months. I elected to walk up from Beckford which a steady climb on good tracks. Starting on a small lane, it soon becomes a farm track and then a track across a field to eventually join the route from Elmley Castle along a flat, but muddy path directly past the fire tower and up onto the Hill fort and the summit tower. It was bitterly cold and windy but so far dry. Pausing for a hot brew - I bought a flask of water and some tea bags - I soon started back, not wishing to chill. About now the heavens opened with driving rain coming at me from the right. This would be a good test of my Paramo jacket!

All the way along the path and onto the downhill section it rained, and whilst my legs got a good soaking, my upper half remained warm and dry. I was well impressed with the jacket.

Finally as I came down towards the farm, the rain stopped, but it was still cold and I was pleased to be back at the car.

My knee had held up well, giving me no pain or discomfort and with a total journey of just over 13km and 300m of ascent, I was pleased.

Can't wait to get out to bigger mountains and more mileage.


New kit review! 08/02/2021
Newly purchased Black Diamond Carbon Fibre walking poles have had their first review. Only on Cleeve Hill so not a proper test, but happy so far. Can't wait to get out on real mountains and put them (and me) through their paces.

Cleeve Hill canter 06/02/2021
Still in lockdown! The only hill of any note is Cleeve Hill. Of course every man and his dog was on there - including me and my dog so I can't complain. Actually it was her first time on a hill of any kind - we live in a very flat area. She loved it, but was desperate for more freedom - sadly she had to stay on the lead otherwise we would still be there! Great to be out though.

Another Cleeve Hill Day 11/12/2020
A fine day amongst many miserable days saw me out on Cleeve Hill again. This time I managed a reasonably respectable 10km over to the radio masts and back via an undulating route. On the way I found a set of car keys, which I eventually reunited with the owner, who was well pleased to receive them. Still using a stick for aid but going uphill presented no problems and downhill was no worse than it ever has been.

Easy Walking 04/12/2020
The knee surgery I had in August is taking longer to get right that I'd hoped, so walking has been curtailed. I did manage to get out last Friday for a couple of hours along the River Severn which was nice, then today I managed an hour or so on Cleeve Hill, not wanting to overdo it. Looking to the West I convinced myself I could see snow on the Black Mountains of Wales. If the weather forecast is right, it could be heading this way!

Completing the Skiddaw Area 01/10/2020
Today saw me complete (bar one) all of the Peaks in the Skiddaw region; Carrock Fell, High Peak, Hare Stones, Great Lingy Hill and an excellent finale of Knott, which at 710m was also the highest of the day. A 14km route in excellent conditions made for a great final day.

Skiddaw 29/09/2020
Skiddaw has been on my 'must do' list for a long time now. I had a plan a few years ago which included the Calvas but time and weather prevented me. A couple of days ago the initial plan included Skiddaw but again time was against me, so today it was the focus and I did it! Also climbed Longside, Carl Side, Little Man, Sale How and Lonscale Fell so an excellent day out.

Mountain Air 27/09/2020
Finally, I’ve managed to climb some mountains! A late Autumn trip to the Lake District saw some cheeky days out. Check out the blog for a quick summary and the Previous Expeditions Pages for full reports in due course.

Blencathra and Sharp Edge 26/09/2020
Day 1 saw four peaks and a Grade 1 scramble, with Blencathra at 868m being the highest. Also managed to climb Atkinson Pike via the fun Sharp Edge scramble. The full tally was Gategill Fell (851m), Blencathra (868m), Atkinson Pike (845m) and Bowscale Fell (702m).

Weather was superb, if a little cold and windy but no rain all day.


Severn Wanderings 20/09/2020
Another decent walk, this time along the River Severn. All is good with the knee so it's off to the mountains next!

Cleeve Hill stroll 06/09/2020
Finally got out for a walk after a frustrating summer of lockdowns and social distancing, then a knee injury required surgery meant that it was early September before I got out on the hills (albeit small ones) again. It was great to be out though!

Gloucestershire morning out 21/03/2020
A quick morning walk over Cleeve Hill, Nottingham Hill and Overton Hill, then back to Tewkesbury, combining the Winchcombe Way and Gloucestershire Way nicely. Total distance of 17km with a paltry 310m maximum altitude (Cleeve Hill)

St Kenelms Way reccee 06/03/2020
With a plan in place to walk the entire 60 miles of the St Kenelms Way, I took the opportunity of a fine day to have a look at the route. Getting to the start is the first challenge. I took the train to Hagley and then walked the few miles up to Hagley Park and onto Clent Hills, spying an excellent site for a first nights camp on the way. It took about 1 1/2 hours to get to Romsley and St Kenelms Church through very pleasant woodland and over Clent Hills, which, today, had excellent views. As it was an out-and-back walk, I made it over to Belbroughton about 15k in total, before turning back and retracing my route. The ground is still very wet but hopefully will have dried out by the time I do the full walk.

Dovedale dash 09/02/2020
With Storm Ciara in full force it was a wet and windy day in the Peak District - actually, ideal for a proper test of my new waterproofs. The results were, on the whole, very good. The Paramo jacket kept me dry all day, despite some very heavy downpours and the trousers did a good job with only a small amount of dampness where the water runs off the jacket so pleased with that. Dovedale was, of course, perfect, although it was too windy to ascend Thorpe Cloud and the Stepping Stones completey submerged. I pretty much had the whole place to myself, only seeing one small group of three lads all day!

Tissington and High Peak trail 07/02/2020
It’s not often I write about a cycling day out on this blog, but today I rode from Hartington to Ashbourne on the Tissington trail, then roads to Carsington Water, more trails around the lake then roads again down to the Cromford Canal to pick up the High Peak Trail past Black Rocks and Middleton Top to Parsley Hay and back on the Tissington again to Hartington and finish. All told 80km and a superb day out. An off-road bike is essential, with nobbly tyres but it’s easy riding with only a few serious climbs - mostly on the Black Rocks section.

Countdown to the Peak District 22/01/2020
Just over two weeks to go until my first Training Weekend of the year. Off to the Peak District for three days of cycling and walking. Friday is an epic ride around the disused railway lines of the High Peak and Tissington Trails, then Saturday a couple of new peaks around Buxton and Sunday a walk around my favourite part; Dovedale.

Malvern Hills Yomp 27/12/2019
A day out on the Malvern Hills is always welcome even if, like today, the views are almost non-existent due to the low cloud. From North Hill, I climbed up over the Malvern Beacon, dropping down to the Wyche Cutting followed by a circuit around to the British Camp, avoiding the tops for a change. From there down into Eastnor Park and a muddy walk to the park itself. Returning via the obelisk and the British Camp, I kept to the ridge line, finishing my climbing with a second ascent of the Malvern Beacon. 16.5 miles made a fine day out.

Paramo Waterproof Jacket 24/12/2019
Well, Santa has bought me a new waterproof jacket - the Paramo Alta III. I can't wait to try it out and if the hype is anything to go by, I won't be disappointed! Now, where have I heard that before? Initial reaction is a quality, well thought out jacket, a good fit, stowable hood and plenty of useful pockets. Of course, it needs to be waterproof, so the very next time it rains, I'll be out.

2020 Adventure booked! 24/12/2019
Well, the indecision is over - I've booked my trip for 2020. In a complete change to initial thoughts, I've decided to go back to Nepal next year. This time it will be the Dhaulagiri Trek with Dhamphus Peak (6,060m) as a climax to the three week trip. It's not until October so a long time to wait, but plenty of time for training.

Kraku Cooker and Buffalo Mitts 07/12/2019
My new lightweight cooker had its first trial - see how it got on. Plus, a pair of Buffalo mittens had an outing in the Brecons, read the full review on the reviews page.

Brecons Day Out - for real 06/12/2019
After the change of plan last time, I decided I would definitely go down to the Brecons this time and so it was. Well, it rained non-stop all day and proved to me that I definitely need a new waterproof jacket, and that possibly my new Rohan waterproof trousers are not up to the job! My usual route over Fan Fawr and Fan Llia then down to the Roman Road and back via Sarn Helen and Fan Frynych for the long walk above the A470. Around about 11 miles walked, all in the rain wasn't the best day out for weather but enjoyable nontheless. I got to try out my new cooker, an Alpkit Kraku which proved to be an excellent purchase - see my review.

Malverns Walk 22/11/2019
Slight change of plan to a day out on the Malvern Hills instead of the Brecons as the forecast was pretty poor and after damaging a leg muscle a few weeks ago I wanted a walk with some easy bale out options. I didn't need them which was good to know so can now start the fitness campaign for the 2020 expedition.

Rohan Waterproofs review 22/11/2019
Check out my review of the Rohan Vapour Trail waterproof trousers.

Stellar Equipment Base Layer 22/11/2019
Check out my review of the Stellar Equipment Base Layer.

Brecons Day Out 20/11/2019
Planning a day out in the Brecon Beacons on Friday. It seems like an age since I've been out in the hills so am really looking forward to getting out there. Who knows, I might even get to try out my new waterproof trousers!

New waterproofs 09/11/2019
Rohan are the latest company to join my ever growing list of waterproof leggings suppliers. Bought a pair of their Vapour Trail Overtrousers so we'll see how they perform. Of course, an honest review will follow in due course.

Waterproof clothing 07/11/2019
If you've read my Equipment Review page you'll know that I have had a lot of bad luck with waterproofs! Given the boasts of all these companies, why is it that I am having such difficulty purchasing a pair of waterproof trousers? Three pairs from different manufacturers all returned as unfit for purpose, two of them well over £100. I'll challenge any company to provide a pair of waterproof trousers that actually work!

Plans for 2020 07/11/2019
I'm considering my options for 2020, but the current favourite is an eight day climbing trip to Zermatt which would include Switzerlands' highest peak (Dufourspitze, Monte Rosa) at 4,634m. Nothing definite yet and it might all change!

Brecons Waterfalls 05/10/2019
Finding waterfalls in the Brecons is not exactly a challenge but there is a lovely walk near Ystradfellte through the woods passing four very impressive waterfalls one of which is possible to walk behind but gets very wet! Total distance is around five miles with the only climbing being down to and back from the waterfall view points. If you want an easy day or something different, it’s worth checking out. The shop in the car park even sells maps for a pound.

Ridgeway Day Six 28/09/2019
Early start as I had a train to catch. Today was divided into three sections; Wendover to Wiggington (6 miles), Wiggington to Ivinghoe Beacon (5.5 miles) and the return to the station (3.5 miles). Left just after 8am, Wiggington by 10:00am, Ivinghoe by mid-day and back to the station around 1:30pm. All done!

Ridgeway Day Five 27/09/2019
Watlington to Wendover through mixed walking with a few good climbs thrown in. Notables are Kop Hill with the excellent views and Coombe Hill with the Africa Campaign monument. Both are great but over too quickly. Final night in Wendover at the Red Lion.

Ridgeway Day Four 26/09/2019
Streatley to Watlington. Mixed terrain with lots of woodland and some long drags. Changing scenery so maintained interest. Half way point reached and passed. Now done about 65 miles.

Ridgeway Day Three 25/09/2019
Half way reached at Streatley. Easy walking with not much interest. Long day at 18 miles taking just under 6 hours. Nice pub next door to the YH!

Ridgeway Day Two 24/09/2019
Back up to the ridge and followed a steady path all day. The weather was not kind to me, hammering with rain for an hour then showers all day. Highlight of the day was Waylands Smithy an ancient Long Barrow. Good views across Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

Ridgeway Day One 23/09/2019
Train and bus to Avebury went without a hitch. Walked to the start via the Stone Avenue and about 400m of the busy A4. Nice easy walking along a well signposted route - impossible to get lost! Arrived at Ogbourne early so decided to follow the route around the village and finish on the other side reducing the distance tomorrow. Rain started about 10 minutes before I finished!

Ridgeway approaches 17/09/2019
Not long now until I'm off to walk the Ridgeway. Hoping for some nice weather for the walk, but who knows? As usual, the spare room is covered in gear. I'll start the 'do I, don't I' take it process in the next day or so, then sort out trains and buses.

Malvern Hills day out 06/09/2019
A quick trip over to the Malvern Hills for a days walking. Caught the train to Malvern Link, then followed a familiar route up North Hill, then the Beacon, Wyche Cutting, onto Perseverance and Jubilee Hills, British Camp and over to the Eastnor Obelisk, then return via Castlemorton Common and up onto the Eastern Balcony back to the Wyche Cutting and drop down to Great Malvern Station via the Wells Common. 15 miles done, excellent weather, great views and a great day out.

Ridgeway Booked 01/09/2019
The Ridgeway Long Distance Path has been on my Bucket list for years. Finally, I've booked six days in late September to walk it. Looking forward to getting on it. Watch out for the trip report!

Walk Out 21/08/2019
Base Camp walk out to be met by our driver and returned to Piatigorsk for a final meal and thanks to the Russian Guides. Trying to make the best of it, but everyone is suitably disappointed and spent a lot of time talking about the 'what if'.

Return to Base Camp 20/08/2019
Bags repacked and we headed back down to Base Camp, tired and disappointed.

Second Summit Attempt 19/08/2019
We came so close to going. Waking at 10:30pm and readying ourselves. By midnight it was clear nothing was going to happen so back to bed. So disappointed, it was our final chance.

First Summit attempt 18/08/2019
Tonight would have been our first attempt on the summit. Sadly the weather was against us so cancelled.

West Ridge acclimatization 17/08/2019
Walk up to West Ridge. Good walk up, but got caught in a thunder and lightning storm on the way down which freaked a few people out!

Rest Day 16/08/2019
Our first rest day.

Lenz Rocks 15/08/2019
Another acclimatization walk, this time to Lenz Rocks at 4,600m on the glacier. Good practise walking roped up. Some ice-axe arrest practise before descending.

Top Camp 14/08/2019
Bags weighed in for porterage. 10kg goes free, 200 Roubles per kilo after that. Mine weighed in at 17kg. Happy with that. Walked up to Top Camp at 3,700m in time for lunch. Dorm style accommodation again, although slightly more basic with no proper shower or washing facilities and the toilets some distance away.

Stone Mushrooms 13/08/2019
Acclimatisation walk up to Stone Mushrooms at 3,200m in 2.5 hours. Good views up to Elbrus itself. Easy day.

Off to Base Camp 12/08/2019
Bags repacked so I can leave gear at the hotel. Drive out to the mountains took around 4 hours, then the walk in to Base Camp, a further 3 hours or so. Dorm style beds, toilets and showers!

Flying Out 10/08/2019
Flew to Piatigorsk via Moscow. Long overnight journey. Arrived at the hotel just before lunch.

Two days to go 08/08/2019
With just two days to go, I am frantically checking and rechecking my gear. Rather than being packed and ready as is my normal operation, gear is all over the spare bed. The weight of gear is scary and I have ditched my Jagged Globe holdall in favour of my (bigger) Mountain Equipment bag...and I still need a suitcase!

Arans Outing 28/07/2019
After a tough couple of days I headed South to the Arans to check out the ridge. From the North I decided to just climb Aran Benllyn which was a good outing but hampered by not such good weather. Worth a return visit for sure with plenty to go at.

Moelwyns Magic 27/07/2019
The Moelwyns are a new area to me, and whilst not being as high as those around Snowdon, are every bit as tough! Six new Peaks bagged including Moelwyn Bach and Mawr, Allt-Fawr and my favourite of the day; Cnicht which features a lovely Grade 1 scramble near the summit.

Snowdon twice 26/07/2019
First ascent from Snowdon Ranger YHA via the Ranger Path and descent to Pen-y-Pass via the Miners Track, then after coffee and cake back over Snowdon via the Watkin Path and Lliwedd.

Final Training Weekend 21/07/2019
Looking forward to another trip to Snowdonia for some final mountain training. Staying at the Snowdon Ranger YHA I'm planning an ascent of Snowdon on the Friday, then follow the Watkin Path down to the lakes and return via either Crib Goch or the Miners Track. Saturday will see me in the Moelwyns for the first time and Sunday to the Arans, again for the first time. Plenty of new Peaks to bag and a tough weekend ahead!

Brecons Day out 28/06/2019
Finally some decent weather and I was off to the Brecons for a day out walking. The first part of the day saw me climbing Pen y Fan from the Storey Arms to try out my new double boots. Needless to say, they were totally unsuitable, my feet were too hot and I felt quite silly! After returning to the car, having lunch and changing into more sensible footwear I climbed Fan Llia and meandered around the far side before returning over the top and back to the car.

Jagged Globe Training Weekend 16/06/2019
I always leave JG knowing a bit more than when I arrive. This weekend was no different. Saturday we covered gear, safety and altitude related issues, then Sunday we split into two groups - I elected to join the rope skills group as I felt a little rusty on that. We covered general roping up, taking coils, crevasse rescue and walking as a roped team. Some of it I already knew, some of it I had forgotten, all of it was a useful refresher. Bring on the trip!

Kinder Reservoir 14/06/2019
Kinder Reservoir


Kinder Downfall 14/06/2019
Kinder Downfall


Kinder Scout new route 14/06/2019
Just when I thought I had walked everywhere around Kinder Scout I realise that I had never actually walked down to the reservoir! It is a lovely walk and a really nice approach directly up to Kinder Downfall with many final route choices onto the plateau. The waterfall was in force with so much rain and was very impressive from below. 22km walked which is not too shabby.

Elbrus Team Meeting 13/06/2019
Off to Sheffield this weekend to meet the Team for Elbrus. Going up a day early for a walk around Kinder Scout. After all the rain we've had, I expect it to be boggy so in a change of gear policy I'll be wearing gaiters (my most hated item of clothing).

Back home 27/05/2019
Back home drying the tent and stowing the gear after an exhausting but fantastic weekend in Snowdonia. Eleven Mountains climbed, but amazingly only one new one. Only a couple of weeks until I go to Sheffield for the Elbrus Team meeting weekend and only ten weeks until the trip itself!

Snowdonia Day Three 26/05/2019
Circled around from Capel Curig to the South side of Moel Siabod followed by a hard scramble on rock and heather to the summit. Easier descent back to Plas y Brenin for 18km distance and 800m of ascent.

Carneddau caper 25/05/2019
Ascent of Pen-y-ole Wen from Ogwen valley then onto Daffydd and Llewelyn and descent via Llugwy reservoir. 16km and almost 1,000m of ascent. Walked with Ken, Adam, Jodie and Nicola who I met in Nepal.

Welsh 3000s Epic 24/05/2019
Started at 6am, ascent of Tryfan followed by the Glyders; Fach and Fawr, then a descent to Pen-y-Pass for coffee and cake at the YHA. Suitably refreshed I tackled Crib Goch, Crib-y-Dysgyll and topping out on Snowdon for lunch. Descent following the railway line and a very steep descent to Nant Peris. A final hard climb of Elidr Fawr then circling round and dropping down to Ogwen just before Foel Goch. 24 miles and about 3,000m ascent and descent I finally finished just after 7pm.

Snowdonia approaches 23/05/2019
Driving up to Snowdonia this afternoon to camp at Swallow Falls near Betws-y-Coed. Tough weekend planned; long walk Friday over 8 peaks, Carnedds on Saturday and Sunday and maybe a scramble on Monday at the top end of Snowdonia.

Sneaky Friday 17/05/2019
A cheeky sneaky Friday afternoon walk on Cleeve Hill out to Belas Knapp in reasonably good conditions - some light rain for a quick 10 miles and 470m of ascent did me the world of good.

Snowdonia 13/05/2019
Plans are taking shape for a long weekend in Snowdonia over the Bank Holiday weekend. Friday will see a big day over the Glyders, Snowdon and back via Elidr Fawr and Y Garn, then Saturday meeting up with old friends from the Nepal Trip for a day on the Carnedds. Sunday and Monday still being planned...watch this space!

Malverns from the South 06/05/2019
Malverns from the South


Three Choirs Way - Done! 06/05/2019
Originally I'd pencilled in the end of June to finish this walk, but a cheeky Bank Holiday outing saw me finish the walk into Gloucester and I was home for lunch! Check out the Previous Expeditions page for a full report.

Boots failure 05/05/2019
After recently returning my Lowa boots due to leakage, I was very disappointed to have a failure with my Scarpa boots! This time one of the lace eyelets broke. I did consider repairs but having purchased them from Cotswold with a two year guarantee, decided to return them to see what they could do. Good as gold, they refunded me my money without question and I purchased another pair (Keen Karraig). we'll see how they get on!

Three Choirs Way 03/05/2019
From Worcester to the South end of the Malvern Hills was on very familiar terrain. Headed out of Worcester along the River Severn and along the Teme to join the alternative route at Powick. From there across the Old Hills and up to Malvern. The route allows a free route choice along the Malvern Hills and down to the South end. I encountered some rain at British Camp but thanks to some fast walking/slow jogging I got to the cafe before the heavens opened! 21 miles in total leaving a reasonably short final section into Gloucester.

Three Choirs Part 3 02/05/2019
The final section is from Worcester back down to Gloucester. Tomorrow I'm planning on doing about 2/3 of that on a cheeky day out. No camping this time, so travelling light. That leaves just one final section to squeeze in somewhere. The weather is not promising but hey ho.

Rhinogs Ramble 21/04/2019
Well the weather held for a fantastic day out in the Rhinog mountains of mid-Wales. There are some seriously steep ascents here with equally steep descents coupled with a lack of footpaths over some of the peaks made for a tough day out. Three new peaks bagged and one revisited with over 1,700m of climbing in 25km.

Rhinogs 20/04/2019
Looking forward to a day out on the Rhinog mountains tomorrow. If the weather holds it will be a great day out! Report to follow.

Cadair Idris 19/04/2019
Fabulous Easter weather saw me climbing several peaks in the Cadair Idris area including an exciting ascent of Cadair itself via a narrow gulley at the far end of Llyn Cau. A quick trek out to Mynydd Moel for a new 'bag' then back via Cadair again and I followed the ridge line with amazing views of the Barmouth Estuary bagging two more peaks right down to Barmouth itself. Four peaks bagged, three of them new ones, 23km walked and 1,305m of ascent.

Mid-Wales 17/04/2019
No sooner home than packing to go away again. This time to mid-Wales for a day out on Cader Idris, mid-Wales highest summit, then a day on the Arans which are a lovely group of mountains South West of Bala. Weather looks promising. Can't wait!

Helvellyn 15/04/2019
Helvellyn


Lake District Weekend 15/04/2019
Well, what an amazing weekend! The weather was incredible, the views from the tops just awesome and I managed to bag a few new peaks including Catstycam which is my new favourite mountain - why?, well, read the trip report and you'll find out! A few old friends also revisited. Over the weekend, 20 identified tops, 11 new peaks, 67km walked with a total ascent of 3,292m.

Lake District 03/04/2019
Starting to think about my trip to the Lake District in a week or so. Got lots planned to do over the weekend and am staying an extra day as it is so far to drive (over 200 miles each way). Some new Peaks to add to my list and some old friends. Currently compiling the huge list of 'stuff' to take. Let's hope for good weather.

Three Choirs Part 2 30/03/2019
Three Choirs Part 2


Three Choirs Part 2 30/03/2019
That's the second section of the Three Choirs Way completed. This time from Hereford to Worcester with an overnight camping in the garden at the very pleasant Pink Pub near Bromyard. Gammon and Chips to die for! Excellent weather both days. See the report in the Previous Expeds section.

Three Choirs 26/03/2019
I'm getting very accomplished at packing my rucsac for a weekend trip now and can mostly dispense with my endless lists although I must confess to having a quick peek to make sure there's nothing I've forgotten. Normally I have one of those 'oh yeah' moments when I realise I've forgotten the tent!

Three Choirs Part 2 20/03/2019
Hot on the heels of Part 1, I'm now preparing for part 2 - Hereford to Worcester. A similar distance and similar terrain with a slightly revised kit list to try and make the pack a little lighter - difficult when it was already almost as light as it could be, but some creature comforts are being dispensed with (i.e. my favourite camping seat!).

Three Choirs Part 1 16/03/2019
Three Choirs Part 1


Three Choirs Part 1 16/03/2019
Over Friday and Saturday I completed the first of the three sections of the Three Choirs Way. Electing to start at Gloucester, I walked to Hereford with an overnight stop around 18 miles in Much Marcle. Pleasant walking in nice countryside with good path markings. See the full report for all the details and photos.

Three Choirs 12/03/2019
Plans are in place for the first leg of the Walk this coming weekend. Gloucester to Hereford is 30 miles over two days with a wild camp around the 15-18 mile mark. Hoping for reasonable weather, but at the moment it is looking unlikely!

Three Choirs Part 1 05/03/2019
No sooner am I back from one trip than I'm planning the next. This time it's Stage One of the Three Choirs Way from Gloucester to Hereford which promises to be a very pleasant walk. I'm intending to do it over two days with a wild camp half way. No big mountains but good training with a heavier sac.

Dovedale Update 03/03/2019
I've updated the Dovedale Walk in the Previous Expeds section to reflect the changes and my experiences from the weekend. Take a look, it may inspire you to get out there and see it first hand.

Peak District Circular 01/03/2019
An excellent day out in the Peak District. My walk started from Ilam Hall Youth Hostel - which is in National Trust grounds and well worth a visit in its own right. I crossed over to Dovedale and found the steepest ascent of Thorp Cloud possible - direct from the middle by the River. Not content with that, I descended and climbed again from the stepping stones. From there, along Dovedale to Milldale where, disappointingly the Coffee shop was closed. As a change to previous walks, I followed the path back along the Dove but on the opposite side until Raven Tor, then ascended the side and crossed over to Stanshope - a really nice climb up, excellent views of the Dale and quiet. From there to Wetton where I finally got my coffee in the pub. A short walk down to Thors Cave and an explore then I dropped down to the Manifold Valley and followed that until the bridge where there is another good pull up to meet a footpath which runs parallel with the river but several hundred feet higher. Finally dropping down again to enter the Ilam Country park and back to the YHA. Sixteen miles covered and 2,200 feet of ascent. An excellent day out by any standards. Coffee and Gingerbread at the NT cafe finished it nicely.

Peak District Weekend 26/02/2019
Looking forward to another outing to the Peak District this weekend. Planning on staying at Ilam Hall Youth Hostel and walking Dovedale and back via the Manifold Valley. Probably my most favourite place in the world and somewhere I've been visiting almost all of my life.

Camera Clip and Cover Review 19/02/2019
Keen on outdoor photography? Why not take a look at my Review page where I've just added a review of the Peak Design Camera Clip and Rain Cover.

Black Mountains Roundabout 15/02/2019
I've always liked the Black Mountains and today was no exception. Clear blue sky and reasonable temperatures made for an excellent day out. The route took me from Crickhowell, over Table Mountain and Pen Allt Mawr to steeply drop down into the valley and a direct ascent of Waun Fach (the highest in the area) which gave me just over 1200' of direct ascent and several false summits, followed by a return route along the ridge and down to Llanbedr. A final couple of road miles back into Crickhowell were a little disappointing but other than that, a fine day out.

Black Mountains Report 15/02/2019
A full report of my Black Mountains walk from Crickhowell to Waun Fach and back is on the Previous Expeditions page - check it out under the 'UK Wales' tab.

Planning, planning, planning 10/02/2019
So, what to do on a weekend of no walking - answer, planning the next ones! Over this weekend I sorted out my routes for the Lake District weekend in April - Helvellyn area twice and Grasmere once, plus mid-Wales over Easter - Cadair Idris to Barmouth and a walk along the Arans Ridge. Plenty of new peaks to tick off in my Mountains Book - can't wait!

Return of the Three Peaks 03/02/2019
This time I walked from Winchcombe over Cleeve Hill, Nottingham Hill and Overton Hill in reverse of Fridays outing. Much of the wonderful snow had gone with Cleeve Hill now showing patchy grass and Overton Hill all but clear of it. 16 miles this time.

Oxenton Hill 01/02/2019
Oxenton Hill


Cleeve Hill Summit 01/02/2019
Cleeve Hill Summit


Gloucestershire Three Peaks 01/02/2019
A nice circuit from Tewkesbury following the Gloucestershire Way for a while until detouring to the summit of Oxenton Hill, then dropping down to pick up the Winchcombe Way over Nottingham Hill and Cleeve Hill. After locating the summit of Cleeve Hill in very wintery conditions which required my Black Diamond Gloves and new Fjallraven hat, I sought refuge in the Rising Sun for a welcome coffee before dropping down to Bishops Cleeve and returning via Stoke Orchard and Fiddington, retracing my steps on the Gloucestershire Way. 21 miles total distance with plenty of snow on the ground.

Full Calendar 31/01/2019
Well, the 2019 calendar is filling up with lots of training weekends in preparation for my Elbrus trip in August. So far, I've pencilled in the 3-Choirs Way, a long weekend in the Lake District, another Peak District weekend, North Wales for the Welsh 3000s and Easter in mid-Wales, not to mention a few cycling events to help with the Cardio Vascular fitness.

Kinder Scout 20/01/2019
Kinder Scout


Kinder Surprise 20/01/2019
One of my favourite areas of the Peak District is Kinder Scout. It is bleak at times, beautiful at others and this weekend a combination of both with a good snowfall and low lying cloud made for an interesting day out. My start point was Castleton, climbing out through Cave Dale then across to Mam Tor and the great ridge down to Hollins Cross. From there I made my way to Edale and up Grindsbrook onto the plateau then across to Jacobs Ladder and back over the great ridge to Castleton again. Around 15-16 miles in total.

I was amazed how many people I came across who asked for directions, especially on Kinder and how many were clearly unprepared, wearing thin clothes, jeans and trainers. Kinder is serious, getting lost is easy and in those conditions, the consequences could be dire. Take a map and compass and know how to use them!


Peak Cycling 19/01/2019
I’d intended to ride the High Peak Trail, cross over to the Monsal Trail and follow that back to Bakewell and a few road miles to Matlock. Climbing up to Black Rocks I encountered snow but pressed on in the hope it would clear. The next big climb up to Middleton Top was in even more snow and by the time I got to the top it was almost impassable so i abandoned, rode down to Matlock, then to Bakewell and rode the Monsal Trail out and back in muddy slushy snow then back to Matlock. Lots of rain, some light snow but 50 miles covered so happy with that.

Thorp Cloud 18/01/2019
Thorp Cloud


Dovedale dash 18/01/2019
A rain free but cold day out in Dovedale hit the spot just nicely. I walked from Ashbourne picking up the River Dove at Mapleton and followed it to the Stepping Stones, then an ascent of Thorpe Cloud followed by a descent and a second ascent. Well I am training for a big mountain in August. From there through Thorpe and back along the Tissington trail.

Peak District 10/01/2019
Looking forward to my first trip of 2019. Off to the Peak District in a week or so for a long weekend. Planning on some walking and some off-road cycling.

Malvern Extension 27/12/2018
Malvern Extension


Gloucestershire Way - Malvern 27/12/2018
A warm December day out linking the Gloucestershire Way, Severn Way, Three Choirs Way and Worcestershire Way. 15 miles of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire walking with the Malvern Hills as a finale. Nice day out.

Brecon Beacons 14/12/2018
Brecon Beacons


Brecons 14/12/2018
Brecons


Cold Day on the Brecons 14/12/2018
A very cold day out in the Brecon Beacons I climbed Fan Frynych (629m) before dropping down to cross the road and ascend Corn Du (873m) and onto Pen-y-Fan (886m). The forecast said -4 deg C, with the wind chill I reckon at least -10 deg C. So cold in fact, even taking a glove off for a few seconds made the hands really cold. I wore a thermal base layer, Stellar Mid-Layer, Stellar Down Jacket and yes, you guessed, a Stellar Windproof along with Rab winter gloves and my favourite Russian Hat, which, after many years service is going to be replaced as it is beginning to show its age.

2019 Expedition Booked 07/12/2018
After weeks of agonising over trip choices, I signed up to climb Elbrus in August 2019. The highest Peak in Europe at 5,642m, located in Russia it will be a challenge but one I am looking forward to.

Brecons Beacons 17/11/2018
Brecons Beacons


Brecons Day out 17/11/2018
A day out in the Brecons is always a good day out, today the sun shone all day and the cloud cleared quickly. As usual I parked up at the Storey Arms and headed West up Fan Fawr, followed by Dringarth and Fan Nedd, returning via the Roman Road to Sarn Helen and an ascent of Fan Frynych before walking following parallel to the A470. 12 1/2 miles with 1100m of ascent.

Finally... 04/11/2018
Finally flew out of Lukla this morning but not to Kathmandu, but a remote country airfield. Followed by a 5 hour bus journey which actually wasn't all that bad and we got to see rural Nepal.

Disaster! 03/11/2018
We were supposed to fly back to Kathmandu today but the weather took a turn for the worse and all flights were cancelled so we had to have an extra night in the Lodge.

Phakding to Lukla 02/11/2018
More easy walking bought us back to Lukla where we fly back to Kathmandu.

Khyamgjuma to Phakding 01/11/2018
Via Namche Bazaar for some final souvenirs and a coffee and cake it was pretty much all downhill to Phakding and very easy walking.

Dingboche to Khyamgjuma 31/10/2018
The trek passes through the Tengboche Monastery which is just beautiful and well worth the rather stiff climb to get to it. The cafe sold us cheese and tomato sandwiches which were a real treat. Just before we descended to the river again we could see Namche Bazaar and the Everest View Hotel in the distance.

Chukkung Ri and Dingboche Trek 30/10/2018
The final peak at 5,546m was another tough one with only a few members of the group attempting it. About two hours up and an hour down saw some great celebrations on the top of our third Peak. The trek to Dingboche was easy, being mostly downhill.

Chukkung via the Kongma La 29/10/2018
The Kongma La is hard! No question. I managed it but the legs were complaining most of the way. The start is over a glacier which is not too bad, but the path soon deteriorates into a bouldery scramble and ascents via some very small paths, often slippery. The summit is 5,528m.

Ascent of Kala Pattar 28/10/2018
Almost outside the door is the start to Kala Patthar rising as it does to 5,643m. It takes a couple of hours to reach the summit and a further hour or so to return. From there we trekked back to Lobuche for a second night in the same accommodation.

Lobuche to Gorakshep 27/10/2018
On the main Everest Base Camp trail the number of people increased dramatically. Gorakshep for lunch, which is a pretty small place, smaller than I thought but from here we visited the Everest Base Camp itself which is quite an undertaking to get to - I was pretty wasted and cold on the way back. EBC is quiet at this time of year for climbers but heaving with visitors.

Dzongla to Lobuche 26/10/2018
After yesterday, it was a pretty tiring day so took it reasonably easy. No major objectives to overcome.

Cho La Pass 25/10/2018
Dragnag to Dzongla is over the Cho La pass which is a real tough and long climb with a maximum altitude of 5,420m. An early start saw us walking in the dark for an hour or so. The sun never really shone on us, being masked by the surrounding mountains so it never really warmed up.

Gokyo Ri and Dragnag 24/10/2018
Gokyo Ri stands at 5,357m and is quite a climb so we had an early start and saw the dawn come up over the mountains behind us. The trek to Dragnag across the Ngozumba Glacier was tough going but once across it eased to a nice walk down to the lodge.

Renjo La and to Gokyo Lake 22/10/2018
Over the pass at 5,360m we descended to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes area. Beautiful views of Everest, Nuptse and Puomori from the top of the pass made the effort worthwhile.

Lungren to Renjo Lake 21/10/2018
Short trek in the direction of the Renjo La put us in a good position to tackle the pass tomorrow. Our one and only camping night.

Thame to Lungren 20/10/2018
Off the Everest route we trekked to the quiet hamlet of Lungren at 4,380m. Nice hamlet but only a few lodges and even fewer facilities, but great views!

Thame and our first Monastery 18/10/2018
Trekking out to Thame, we had the opportunity to visit a Monastery - in my case, three times! Also gained an altitude of 4,300m

Namche Bazaar 16/10/2018
Namche Bazaar is the stuff of legends! Featuring in many early mountaineering accounts, being there was awesome! We had a trek out to the Everest View Hotel which, as the name suggests, gave us excellent views of Sagmartha (Everest).

Trek to Phakding 15/10/2018
After flying to Kathmandu and taking an internal flight to Lukla, we trekked out to Phakding which sits at an altitude of just over 2,800m. The adventure has begun.

Nepal T-4 09/10/2018
Only four days to go before I fly out to Kathmandu for the trip of a lifetime! Everything is packed and ready to go and well within the weight limit!

Malvern Hills day out 30/09/2018
A change to the plan saw me walking from the Old Hills at Callow End to the Malvern Hills and the full length of the hills from North Hill to Chase End Hill. 14.5 miles total walking in five hours. All good with the boots, feet and legs so happy with the final training session before the big trip.

Final Training Day 26/09/2018
Planning a day out in the Brecons this weekend as a final training day before going to Nepal. Thinking about the Western side on Fawr, Llia and maybe Dringarth or perhaps head back and take in Pen-y-Fan. Hoping the weather will be kind.

Kinder Scout new route 09/09/2018
As part of the Jagged Globe training weekend, we had a walk up onto Kinder Scout from the Snake Pass. Interesting route along an old Drovers trail, then up pretty direct to the plateau. A new route for me, so most enjoyable. That's it now - countdown to Nepal! Only 33 days to go.

Dovedale dash 07/09/2018
Nice day out from Ashbourne over to the river Dove then follow that to the head of Dovedale. Ascent of Thorpe Cloud, return via Thorpe and out to Swinscoe Hill and back to Ashbourne. About 11 miles.

Nepal Training Weekend 30/08/2018
Looking forward to a training weekend in the Peak District with my future companions to Nepal. Planning to go up a day early for a cheeky day walking around Ashbourne or maybe Matlock.

Severn Way 27/08/2018
Severn Way


Severn Way - Done! 27/08/2018
On a wet and windy day in Wales I made my way up to the source of the River Severn from the car park in Hafron Forest some 3 1/2 miles away, then began the 12 mile walk back down again and onto Llanidloes to the bridge that would be the end of the day and also the end of the 210 miles that is the entire way. It has been an epic walk and a labour of love over the last few years but it is done now and I'm looking for my next challenge.

Severn Way 25/08/2018
Today’s section from Llanidloes to Caersws was a lovely section of Welsh countryside with some awesome views but not of the Severn! That is seen at the start then not again until almost the end of the day. At just under 10 miles it’s not far and leaves me just 15 miles to finish the entire way which I’ll either do tomorrow or Monday.

New Reviews 19/08/2018
See my review of the Telemark 2 lightweight tent on the Reviews page. Very pleased with it after a couple of days wild camping.

Gloucestershire Way 18/08/2018
Chepstow to Gloucester over 2 1/2 days completes the entire way. See the full report on the Previous Expeds page. Next weekend I'm completing the Severn Way all being well, so looking forward to that.

Final Gloucestershire Way 13/08/2018
Looking forward to a three day wild camping weekend to complete the Gloucestershire Way. I have 40 miles left from Chepstow to Gloucester to do. I've packed and repacked the gear several times but it still feels too heavy! Oh well, man up! The following weekend I'll be finishing the Severn Way but that's just 25 miles and I'll be staying in a hotel so quite a contrast.

Malvern Hills 10/08/2018
Malvern Hills


Upton to Callow End 10/08/2018
Fully loaded, almost! The 10 mile walk from Upton to Callow End went as well as it could. There are a few uphill sections which made me notice the extra weight but nothing I couldn't deal with. My old 90 litre Lowe Alpine 'sac is still as comfortable as ever and swallowed the gear with room to spare. We'll see how I get on with three days of wild camping next weekend.

Full Pack test 09/08/2018
Well, the rucsac is packed with most of the stuff I'm going to need for my camping trip next weekend so that tomorrow I can do a quick (or slow) 10 mile walk to see how it feels. I've put most of the things I'll be taking in apart from the food for three days so it should give me a good idea!

Malvern Hills 20/07/2018
Great day out walking on the Malvern Hills. Welland to Upton is still a bit iffy - there must be a really good way of doing it! 16 miles done. The icing on the cake was chilling out at the Upton Blues Festival for the afternoon before being chauffered home. Why can't all walks be like that?

Malvern Hills 19/07/2018
Looking forward to a cheeky walk on the Malvern Hills tomorrow. Get some steep stuff done as part of the Nepal build up which is now less than 100 days away!

Donnington Brewery 06/07/2018
Donnington Brewery


Gloucestershire Way 06/07/2018
It was a super hot day and a very long walk, but I completed the section from Stow to Tewkesbury so was well pleased with that. My legs were far from happy and the rest of the evening was spent feeling very sorry for myself. Total distance was 26 miles over nine hours.

Gloucestershire Way 05/07/2018
Looking forward to another section of the excellent Gloucestershire way tomorrow. Something of an ambitious section from Stow on the Wold (my last finishing point) all the way to Tewkesbury which is 24.5 miles! I do have a bale out at Winchcombe which is 13 miles. Weather looks good so we'll see. Full report to follow.

Sneaky Snowdonia 23/06/2018
Managed a sneaky afternoon climb of Crib Goch in glorious sunshine. A direct route out of Pen-y-Pass avoided the crowds to the foot of the climb but then I joined them. Luckily most were on the Miners or Pyg track so not too bad. Time limits meant I had to drop down before Crib-y-Dysgll which was a shame.

Gloucestershire Way 22/06/2018
Another section of the Gloucestershire Way completed today. This time from Coberley to Stow on the Wold which was 18.5 miles and means I have now completed the Way from Gloucester to Stow. Full report on the Previous Expeditions page.

Lake District Trip 07/05/2018
Three days of excellent walking in the Lake District with seven new peaks bagged and fantastic weather made for an awesome long weekends walking. See the full report on the 'Previous Expedition' page. Also see my review of the Stellar Equipment trousers recently purchased.

Lake District Weekend 29/04/2018
Looking forward to a few days in the Lake District next weekend. Hopeful 'bags' include Helvellyn via Striding Edge, Scafell and Symonds Knot via Lords Rake and Crinkle Crags via Bowfell. Can't wait!

Black Mountains quickie 14/04/2018
An ascent of Waun Fach from Cwmcadarn via an interesting scramble up a stream let to the summit ridge. Very steep in places and quite wet but a very rewarding route up. Along the ridge, then across to the Rhos Dirion ridge and back down. Short by my standards but a nice way to spend a sunny Saturday morning.

Cheeky morning 04/04/2018
Cheeky morning walk planned in the Black Mountains in a couple of weeks whilst the other half has her Christmas present - a Pony Trek. Early May is the next big one with a trip to the Lake District Planned; Helvellyn, Scafell and hopefully Lords Rake are on the list as will be some others as I will be there for four days.

Carneddau Day Out 01/04/2018
Starting out at the Northern end of the Carnedds initially following the North Wales path it was a steady climb to Drum, a new peak for me and a snowy one too. In fact snow would be a constant feature of the day. Luckily I wasn’t the first up here so could take advantage of a broken trail. From Drum onto the familiar peaks of Foel Fras, Garnedd Uchaf and Foel Grach and finally the big one; Llewellyn at 1064m. Four of the Welsh 3000s in about 13 miles of walking. Great day out!

Severn Way 25/03/2018
Two excellent days in the Welsh Countryside walking the Severn Way. Day 1 was from Caersws to Welshpool covering about 22 miles and Day 2 from Welshpool to near Shrawardine at about 18 miles which now only leaves the first 25 miles or thereabouts to complete the entire way. Check out the full report on the Previous Expeds pages.

Severn Way 18/03/2018
Looking forward to another section of the Severn Way next weekend. The plan is to camp at Caersws then walk to Welshpool on Day 1, then from there to Shrawardine on Day 2. That only leaves the first 25 miles or so to do to complete the entire route!

Gloucestershire Way 17/03/2018
A cancelled bike event gave me the chance of a sneaky section of the Gloucestershire Way. All in the Forest of Dean, I walked from Parkend for about four and a quarter hours and back, covering just over 12 miles. Excellent section, very well waymarked so happy with that. Much better than the section I did last time.

Severn Way 13/03/2018
Looking forward to another section of the Severn Way in a week or so. This time its from Caersws to (near) Shrewsbury over two days. It's just under 40 miles which will then only leave the first 22-23 miles to the source and I will have completed the entire 210 miles.

Coberley to Gloucester 09/03/2018
First stage of the Gloucestershire Way ticked off. It wasn't the start stage, but the first stage that I've done! It is an enjoyable walk, but suffers quite badly from poor signage and indistinct paths. I did it the 'wrong way' compared to the guide and I think it might be easier to navigate if done the correct way, but I lost the path several times and had to rely on my Ordnance Survey maps to relocate -
warning - take a full set! One useful tip - it follows the Severn Way, then the Glevum Way for a while, and also the Cotswold Way and even the Gustav Holst Way in places!


Gloucestershire Way 08/03/2018
With the Severn Way almost finished, I've turned my attention to the next challenge; the Gloucestershire Way. Tomorrow I'll be walking the section from Crickley Hill to Gloucester which is around 14-15 miles.

Severn Way Walk 09/02/2018
Oldbury on Severn to Severn Beach to finish the official way, then from there another 14 miles or so into Bristol City centre giving a total day of 22 miles! So now I've completed the route from about 10 miles West of Shrewsbury to the end. About 65 miles of the first section left to do with about 40 miles of that planned for the end of March - the entire route should be in the bag this year!

Severn Way 04/02/2018
Next Friday I'll be chipping away at the Severn Way with another section from Oldbury on Severn to Bristol - a short 5 miles but an additional link of 10 miles into the City Centre.

Peak District Weekend 28/01/2018
Three great days in the Mountains and trails of the Peak District. Day 1 was a 20 mile walk over the Great Ridge from Castleton to the far side of Kinder Scout and back. Day 2 the twin peaks of Win Hill and Lose Hill and Day 3 a Bike Ride along the Monsal Trail and High Peak Trail. See the full report in the Previous Expeds page - Peak District winter 2018.

Top Tip 18/01/2018
Preparing my gear for the next trip, I realised I didn't have a map case. Now I really don't like carrying a map so usually wear trousers with a map pocket, but what if it rains? I started to look around for a suitable map case. What struck me was that they seem to be inflexible so won't fit in my pocket and can be quite pricey for a good one. Most of them come with a lanyard which can be hung around the neck. Back in the day I had one of those - they are the worst thing ever in the wind, you constantly fight with them and get battered in the face! Solution; I purchased a box of medium sized freezer bags. Folding the map right I can fit it in the bag, it has a good waterproof zip lock and for £2.50 for 10 only needs to last a few trips and I am well ahead. My box of 10 should easily last me a year!

Peak District Weekend 08/01/2018
Another weekend planned in the Peak District. This time an ascent of Kinder Scout via the Edale Youth Hostel route and an ambitious trek across the plateau to Kinder Downfall and return. Then next day a route across the Great Ridge and around to Win Hill and back, then the final day a cycle ride along the Monsal Trail to check it out for a future group trip. Can't wait!

Peak District Weekend 03/01/2018
So, this weekend I am off to the Peak District again to check out some routes onto Kinder Scout in preparation for leading a group there in November.

Black Mountains Loop 31/12/2017
Llanthony Priory is an excellent starting point for a walk on the Black Mountains. There are toilets, free parking and a cafe - what more could you want? My New Years Eve route took me onto Hatterall Ridge which is actually Offas Dyke and the Welsh/English border. From here a good walk of about 2 1/2 hours to Hay Bluff, then across to Herefords Knob and return on the Darren Lwyd Ridge, dropping down into Capel-Y-Ffin for a short walk along the road before heading up again and following the line of Bal Mawr and back to Llanthony. About 16 miles and just over 5,000 feet of ascent. Weather was pretty awful but I got to test my waterproofs!

Malvern to Tewkesbury 15/12/2017
A cheeky day off saw me catching a train to Malvern and walking to Tewkesbury via the Malvern Hills, which still had a good amount of snow, then over to Welland and a sneaky route to Upton via some doubtful paths and a disused railway line. From Upton, down to the River and along that to Tewkesbury. Eight hours, 24 miles!

Snowing! 10/12/2017
Well, we had a big dump of snow today. Gear on and out for a walk! I dug out my old Rohan padded trousers and tried out the new Mountain Equipment waterproofs. All was good and I was toasty. I'm not ready to review the waterproofs just yet, I need some good rain to try them properly, but so far, so good.

Worcestershire Way 05/12/2017
Just came across a report I wrote way back of my successful Worcestershire Way run. 36 miles in 8 hours - I was fit in those days! Its on the Expeditions Page under 'Long Distance Walks' - go take a look, it might inspire you!

Brecons Walk 01/12/2017
Parked up at the Storey Arms. Beautiful clear day but with a bitingly cold wind. Four peaks bagged on the Western side and 16 miles walked. Didn't see a single person all day. Great day out and the bacon roll and coffee at the car park cafe finished the day off nicely!

Brecons Day out 23/11/2017
Currently planning a cheeky day out to the Brecons in a week or so. Hoping for some rain so I can check out my new Mountain Equipment waterproofs - I doubt I will be disappointed!

Equipment Reviews 20/11/2017
Slowly adding reviews of my favourite outdoor gear. Check it out and let me know what you think! I'm always looking for new stuff so if you have something you think is the business, contact me and let me know.

Peak District 11/11/2017
A group of seven of us, led by me made an ascent of Kinder Scout using the Jacobs Ladder route to walk via the summit cairn and Red Brook to Kinder Downfall where we scattered my Uncle's ashes. It was an emotional trip, but in his memory, we all had a Mars Bar and shared a hip flask of JD. The weather was reasonably kind to us - no rain, but a strong very cold wind meant that layers stayed on.

Severn Way 03/11/2017
A small section North of Worcester that I missed out on previously has now been walked (in both directions). I had a day to kill in Worcester waiting for a car service so took a cheeky walk out to Grimley and back. It is a lovely section and would make a great day out if arrival time at Grimley was around 12:30, lunch could be had at the Wagon Wheel. I got there at 10:00am!

Peak District 28/10/2017
Only a couple of weeks to go until we are off to the Peak District again. Mixed emotions as it is a family trip to scatter my Uncles ashes. Be great to go walking with everyone again though.

Severn Way 20/10/2017
You may have read that I am walking the Severn Way one stage at a time. There is a small section North of Worcester that remains unwalked but soon that will be rectified. I have a day in Worcester waiting for a car service so will be sneaking off to complete the section. Slight snag is that I need to walk it in both directions but as it is only 4 miles should not be a problem. Report to follow.

Website development 12/10/2017
Well, the website is coming on. I've converted it to a 'responsive' site and updated all of the reports with photos and layout changes. I hope you like it! Feel free to read the pages and let me know if you spot any spelling mistakes, inaccuracies or anything else.

Peak District Trip - Sunday 08/10/2017
An ascent of Mam Tor from the Edale valley and along the ridge to Hollins Cross and return. A good couple of hours in excellent weather.

Peak District Trip - Saturday 07/10/2017
Up onto Kinder Scout again, this time via Jacobs Ladder to see how it compares to the Grindsbrook approach. This will be the ascent route in November! Another good day with just a little rain for the final hour.

Peak District Trip - Friday. 06/10/2017
My trip to the Peak District was a great success. I walked up Grindsbrook from Edale to the top of Kinder Scout, then directly across to join the path that would lead me to the summit and onwards to Kinder Downfall. The weather was amazing and some great photos taken.

Success on Kilimanjaro 25/09/2017
On Monday 25th September 17, along with eight others and our four guides, we successfully ascended to the summit of Kilimanjaro via the Western Breach.

Ogwen Valley from the Arans
Hafod Estate Arch, Elan Valley

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