A few weeks ago I mentioned that my friend Chris (@PilgrimChris) and I would be walking the Cape Wrath Trail in Scotland. It is a stunning route starting in Fort William which weaves its way up to the most north western tip of Scotland at the Cape itself. As things often do in life, plans change, new ideas form and opportunities present themselves. So I’m writing this post to say that this coming April, Chris and I will be tackling the Pennine Way. Many reasons have promoted us to decide to postpone the CWT adventure and hopefully I’ll be able
The 8th episode of the Peak Routes podcast comes from a very famous location in the Peak District, Kinder Scout. Kinder is one of the Peaks most iconic hills and the starting point for this walk is from the historic Bowden Bridge Quarry. This episode follows the classic Hayfield Route, we visit great spots like William Clough, the Canadian Sabre Jet Wreckage, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Low and The cave at Kinder Low End.
If you would like to view pictures and read a report of this walk then click on over to Peak District – Kinder Scout from Hayfield.
I don’t usually have favourites but there is one place that I can never get out of my mind, that place is the forestry plantation in Lady Clough. I’m a sucker for a pine forest and this one in particular is one that I day dream about while at work. I know this type of forest isn’t native to the area, I know some say the pine is a blot on the landscape, I just can’t help falling for the serenity and the relaxing feeling down there by the river.
The weather in 2012 has been a real wash out at times, especially when it comes to walking days. We’ve walked in everything this year, drizzle, hail, torrential rain and the odd thunder storm. Luckily however I work continental shifts which means I work 4 days and then get 4 days off. Doing this sort of shift pattern means I have those 4 days off to select which day is going to be the most suitable, thankfully I chose well this week and managed to pick a non torrential day. There was only a very small weather window though and
I’ve been making videos while walking for some time now, They have been rather sporadically appearing and I realised that it was high time I made some more. This is an introduction to future videos i’m hoping to make in the Peak District. They will feature walking routes, places of interest and also the odd interview thrown in for good measure. I have gone for a very “Over The Top Epic” feel for this one but the future instalments will be of a more laid back nature
I’m having a great run at the moment it seems when it comes to walking weather, I had checked the advanced forecast and selected Thursday the 13th of December to have a wander this week. When the day finally arrived I still hadn’t chosen where I was going to walk, I quickly checked my Dark Peak Combi Map on ShareYourAdventure.com and had a look what gaps need filling in. I decided to go for a walk I have done before but I haven’t tracked it while Social Hiking. I got all my cold weather gear ready, set up my map
I had a great walk today starting from the historic Bowden Bridge Quarry. I took the classic route over Kinder from Bowden Bridge and recorded my exploits for the Walks Around Britian Podcast. I will come back and write more words here soon, for now why not have a look at the images and listen to the audio that I have embedded.
Bowden Bridge Quarry Plaque
Bowden Bridge Quarry Bench
listen to ‘#AudioMo – Day 27 – Kinder Scout Mass Trespass’ on Audioboo
There are some times when just one day out on the hills just isn’t enough.. well.. I suppose one day is never enough really when I come to think about it. I have been doing lots of day walks in the Peak District lately so I thought it was about time that I chucked my tent in my bag and headed out for 2 days. As luck would have it I had 2 days spare so I consulted my mate Andy and a plan was set.
Andy decided that he could join me for 2 days of walking and
Having looked at my Dark Peak Combi Map on http://www.shareyouradventure.com I decided I needed to fill in the last remaining space on Kinder Scout, it was the final piece in the jigsaw to make that area of the Peak District look explored. I have walked this way a handful of times in the past but it has been over a year. The last time I walked to this point was when I camped on the eastern edge of Kinder, so I thought it was high time I returned.
We set off at 10am from the Birchin Clough car park
I mentioned in a very recent blog post how I have a great passion for seeking out new routes in the Peak District. I really enjoy finding a spot on the map where I haven’t visited and then trying to plot a nice route to get to know that area a little better. Today’s route was plotted for that very reason, I have walked the Northern Edge of Kinder Scout a handful of times before but i have never approached from the Ashop Valley side. I decided it was high time that I paid it a visit so I plotted