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Camping: To Pee or Not to Pee…. 

… in pee bottles? That is the question.  I’m not as young as I once was (an obvious statement) and, as I grow older, I find my physical attributes changing. For one thing I now need to wear reading glasses – something that is certainly taking some getting used too! Another, more pertinent example for […]

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Why I’m back(pack)ing the Cape Wrath Trail.

I’ve been backpacking for over 30 years now and walked half of the Pennine Way when I was just 15 years old. I have since walked many of England’s long distance trails as well as hiked in Europe over the years, but have done little backpacking in Scotland. I am now looking for more challenging […]

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Backpacking: Does it weigh heavily on your mind as well as your back?

“2.4 Pound Extreme Ultralight Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail” Source “Six Lessons From the Ultralight Backpacking Movement” Source It seems every week there is another article, blog post, tweet or forum debate extolling the virtues of ultralight (UL) backpacking written by self proclaimed experts, amateurs and experienced backpackers alike. From ‘common sense’ advice such as […]

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Loneliness and the Joy of Solitude: Thoughts of a Solo Backpacker.

Most of my backpacking and long distance walks have been done solo over the years, mainly because, in the early years at least, I didn’t know anyone else who wanted to hike for more than a day or two. Sure I knew of people who hiked long distances – in fact it was Chris Townsend […]

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Snow, Winds and Tightrope Walking in the #YorkshireDales

Before you read my latest blog post may I suggest you go put the kettle on? All will be revealed in a couple of minutes ☺ The First Snows It had forecast snow and indeed I could ‘feel’ it in the air on the afternoon of Friday 20th November. The temperature had dropped steadily over […]

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Gordale Scar to Malham Tarn in Video

On July 25th 2015 Stuart Greig (aka @LoneWalkerUK) and I went for a walk around Gordale Scar and Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales. Instead of me writing about it I thought I would create a video of the walk instead. Enjoy! It was a glorious day and we enjoyed our walk immensely. You can […]

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Standedge to Mankinholes: Day 3 of my 50th Anniversary #PennineWay hike

Date: Saturday 24 May 2015 Standedge to Mankinholes. Approx 15 miles.     What a difference a night makes! Only a few hours before I had been sitting with Silka and Annette outside The Carriage House enjoying drinks in the sunshine and here I am the following morning taking a picture of these two delightful ladies in […]