Bushcraft – Chatsworth, Hob Hurst’s House & Forest Wild Camp

In this video I catch the bus to Baslow and then have a gentle stroll through the picturesque Chatsworth Estate. I follow the River Derwent down towards Beeley and then head up on to the moors to visit Hob Hurst's House which is a 3,000 year old burial mound. From there I make my way over to our usual forest camp location to meet up with Jay, Tiny and Mark. A great night was had by all and not even the rain was enough to dampen our spirits. Links Read more [...]

Peak District – The Great Ridge – Mam Tor & Lose Hill Walk

This weeks wander was a relatively short one but one of those classic Peak District routes, The Great Ridge. My partner Lisa and I met up with some of her friends from work at Hope before walking over towards Castleton, The Broken Road and up on to Mam Tor after a quick stop at the Blue John Cafe. We picked a great spot for lunch overlooking the Hope Valley before heading along the Great Ridge to Lose Hill via Hollins Cross and Back Tor. The sun came out as we were walking the ridge so the gentle Read more [...]

Peak District – Eyam Moor & Wet Withens Stone Circle

In this walk we take in some of the history and sights up on Eyam Moor and the surrounding valleys. Eyam Village is a fascinating place that saw an outbreak of the bubonic plague in 1665, there is a hall and museum there which house some very interesting stories and are well worth a detour. We began by parking up on Sir William Hill road at the layby near grid reference SK 2245 7803. We then headed south towards Eyam to the first point of interest on the route, Mompesson's Well. The well or spring Read more [...]

Peak District – The Roaches & Lud’s Church

This week I headed out to meet my friend Andy for another very wet and wild wander in the glorious Peak District. We parked up at Gradbach and made our way up and over the moors to the southern slopes of Hen Cloud, from there we battled through the wind and some heavy rain towards the top of the Roaches.  The next stop was the impressive Lud's Church which has a fascinating and colourful history. We then had a short wander following the River Dane back to the car..... Then as is customary, Read more [...]

Peak District – Chrome & Parkhouse Hill

In this video I head to Crowdecote to meet my friend Andy, we then wandered up and over Parkhouse Hill in the rain before the weather changed. It was rather windy and wild as we descended the northern route down Parkhouse but thankfully neither of us fell down the slippery limestone path. The next obstacle was Chrome Hill and as we reached the top the sun came out and it turned into a glorious afternoon. We then headed for Tor Rock and Stoop Farm before climbing up Hollins Hill and having a break Read more [...]

Peak District – Cressbrook Dale & Peter’s Stones

This week I decided to head out along a route I had walked in the past, this time armed with my DSLR to make a video of some of the great spots you pass along the way. The last time I walked this way I recorded an episode of the Peak Routes Podcast which you can also listen too if you wish.... anyway, that aside. The snow had cleared, I had all my warm clothes packed so off I went across Beeley Moor towards Monsal Dale to park up near the Monsal Head Hotel. After taking the obligatory Read more [...]

Peak District – Winter Tarp & Bivvy Wild Camp on White Edge

This video sees my friend Graeme (aka Black73Cat) and I head out for a windy and wintry wild camp on White Edge in the glorious Peak District. We had planned this overnighter around a week earlier but in the days leading up to it the UK was battered by high winds. I had my Terra Nova Adventure 2 Tarp again and it was the first outing for my Osprey Exos 48 bag that I purchased before Christmas. It was also the first outing for my new hand grip for the GoPro that my friend Matt kindly made for Read more [...]

Peak District – Wildboar Clough Scramble & Bleaklow

This week my friend Ray and I headed up on to Bleaklow via what is perhaps one of my favourite routes in the glorious Peak District, Wildboar Clough. It really is an excellent route and if you stick to the course of the river it can become pretty challenging in wet weather. We started the day by having breakfast in Hadfield, Ray and I always like going there as it was the filming location for perhaps one of the best British comedies of all time..... The League of Gentleman. Hadfield or should Read more [...]

Peak District – B-29 Superfortress Bomber & A Bothy

This weeks wander sees me return to a route that has become a firm favourite, it's one of those routes that I could quite happily do again and again as every time it feels different. Birchin Clough is a great place to start a walk, there are so many great options and you can sample long or short hikes from there. I set off from the car park and made my way down into the forest at the Snake Plantation in Lady Clough. I know that pine forests aren't really native to this part of the world Read more [...]

Peak District – Shining Tor & Goyt Valley

This week I headed out for a wander starting from the Cat & Fiddle Inn with my friends Jay & Matt. The day started off very overcast and as Jay and I arrived to meet Matt the cloud base was all the way down to the roof of the Inn. The weather was forecast to improve during the morning so we got kitted up and headed off into the mist. The first point of interest of the route was Shining Tor, in no time at all we had left the noise of the Cat & Fiddle road behind and were heading up the gentle Read more [...]