Peak District – Bivvy Wild Camp in the Dark Peak

In this video my friend Jay and I set out from Hope and head up the old Roman Road towards the forest surrounding Wooler Knoll. We had come to visit a spot that I'd camped at in my Wild Country Zephyros a few years ago but this time we had arrived armed with our bivvy bags. I was testing out my new Alpkit Hunka XL and Jay was in his trusty Army Issue Goretex bag. I've been very happy with the Hunka so far and I'm looking forward to seeing how long it lasts in comparison to my 10 year old 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 – The Broken Road & The Great Ridge

This week I headed out for a wander with a photography group who were tackling a classic route in the Peak District. I had been invited along by my friend Graeme aka @Black73Cat on twitter (and all good social networks), he can also be found at http://www.black73cat.co.uk. The route in question was the Great Ridge from Hope, how much more classic can you get than that. I'm always interested in making new friends and meeting new people so I accepted the offer and Graeme very kindly offered to give Read more [...]

Peak District – The Great Ridge & Hope Valley

The "Famous Gate" between Hollin's Cross and Mam Tor Today's walk saw me heading through heavy traffic to get to Hope for 09:30, It was one of those journeys where you seem to end up behind every slow moving vehicle possible. Tractors, Caravans and the odd horse, I'm not an impatient man so I just took my time as there was no rush. The reason there was no rush is because the weather early this morning was forecast to be terrible, I really do mean terrible...Rain, Sleet and Hail being blown sideways by some strong winds. Andy and I had decided to meet Read more [...]

Peak District – Wild Camping – Kinder Scout

A Wild Camp on Kinder Scout with my daughter. We parked the car in Hope and set off along the roman road towards Hope Cross, we then headed up to Crookstone Knoll on Kinder Scout for a relaxing night enjoying the views. We had a great night and the sunrise in the morning was amazing even if though it was a little cloudy. I was using a Wild Country Zephyros 1 Lite and my daughter had my standard Wild Country Zephyros 1. listen to ‘Peak District Wild Camping Read more [...]

Peak District – Wild Camping – Edale Skyline Route

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 I would Wild Camp alone inbetween as Read more [...]

Peak District – Edale Skyline Route

This is another one of those fantastic Peak District routes that I've been wanting to do for some time now, I had seen it on the map and while out walking I could see there was a clear route all the way around. I decided to name it affectionately after the “Ring of Steel” in the Mamores in Scotland.. It is the Peak District’s very own “Ring of Mild Steel”. I set off this morning from home and headed for Hope, I parked the car and got myself suited, booted and ViewRanger running Read more [...]