Pushing the Reset Button on Black Hill

I don’t particularly like the term ‘escapism’. It focusses too much on the negative, and by implying that there is something so constrictive from which one is trying to escape, it detracts from the benefits that are gained through spending time doing something enjoyable. When the temporary experience of ‘escaping’ comes to an end, the... Continue Reading →

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Walking: Goathland

Sunday nights in the 90s involved surviving the horror of Songs of Praise and the Antiques Roadshow (the theme tunes to which still send shivers down my spine), taking the weekly bath, then settling down to Last of the Summer Wine and whatever BBC One or ITV drama was currently snaring the millions of viewers with only four channels to choose between. A mainstay... Continue Reading →

Walking: Settle and the Three Waterfalls

The monitoring of weather forecasts has begun to take up a great deal of our time lately, with weather apps on phones and TV, plus of course the traditional Countryfile ‘week ahead’ forecast on a Sunday night where the presenters shun their formal attire for a pair of jeans and BBC approved pullover. On returning... Continue Reading →

Walking: Kilburn and Byland – Attack of the Big Bloody Bull

Sammy and I lived in Wiltshire for a while, and at one point we were located very near to the white horse at Westbury. There are sixteen of these enormous horses carved into hillsides around the country, mainly in the south of England (including eight in Wiltshire alone), so they are a sight that we... Continue Reading →

Walking: Rievaulx Abbey and Moor – Invasion of the Sheep

When I was at school studying GCSE Geography, I remember a technique for measuring distance on a map by using a piece of string to trace along the feature in question - a river or path, for instance - then unravelling the string and comparing it to the scale on the edge of the map.... Continue Reading →

Walking: Barden Moor

Following the success of last week’s walk, I was concerned that we may have peaked too soon – see previous blog post for terrible pun reference – in our northern walking adventures. How could anything come close to the beauty of Kinder Scout? Thankfully, it appears that the north of England is going to continue... Continue Reading →

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