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Peak District September 2016 – a boggy first wild camp on Brown Knoll

It was a typical Sunday afternoon in the Peak District, my local hill playground. Cars, endless cars, and silvery traffic jams snaking their way through the almost unnavigable one way system in Chesterfield. I was stuck in said jam en … Continue reading

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The sad story of an old Victorian school in Newcastle under Lyme – can planners and councillors really be trusted to preserve our heritage ?

The Queens Gardens in Newcastle under Lyme. It’s a favourite place to relax in a suburban setting. A quiet place to sit and eat your lunch, and forget about the brown stuff raining down on you from above at work. … Continue reading

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Falling out of love with London ?

  Thirty years ago, I loved London. I loved the energy and vibrancy of the beating heart of the capital, which even back then never seemed to sleep. I felt the excitement of being young and alive, and for the … Continue reading

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September 2014 – Eskdale, Wasdale, and Langdale revisited

Impressions of Eskdale As the Northern Rail diesel slowly rattled over the bridge near Arnside, the sun blazed in the cobalt blue sky, sparkling on the water as I watched the wailing gulls. At Ravenglass I sat on the platform … Continue reading

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The sun, moon and stars – a wonderful autumn wildcamp on High Raise

A last minute flit to the Lakes For the last two years I’ve been lucky enough to be able to visit the Lake District around this time of year, but this time no such trip had been planned. So a … Continue reading

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‘It’s grim up North’… A windswept weekend for my first foray into the Northern Fells

This was the trip that had been on and off for what seemed an eternity. My first foray into the uncharted territory of the Northern fells, and for Matt a necessary trip to lay to rest some stragglers. Unable to … Continue reading

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Social Hiking Adventure on Dartmoor November 2014 – Haytor, Pew Tor, and Ponies

My first memory of Dartmoor dates back to the late 1980’s, on a university field trip. I can recall being cold, wet, and windblown, and there being many bogs of the peaty variety. And we visited Wistman’s Wood, an area … Continue reading

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