June 2015

Carrying a compass: what’s the point?

I carried it on all my fledgling cycling adventures over the Sussex Downs and I seem to recall taking it on a family holiday to Cornwall "just in case".

I didn’t sleep with it under my pillow, but I did consider it part of my family's essential survival cache should Armageddon hit the South Coast unexpectedly. The thing was, I never actually knew how to use it. It wasn't until my University days and our regular trips out to the moors of the South West that I began to hone my skills. The fog can be thick down there at times and it didn’t take too many trips out to realise the wisdom of expanding my navigational repertoire - whether for the quick reassurance of heading in ‘roughly’ the...

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February 2015

A pick of the paths up Snowdon

Llanberis Path Llanberis is the kick-off point for its namesake path, and the town has many attractions.

One of these is the Electric Mountain, which pumps water from the lake up to a reservoir above at night (the off-peak period), then at times of high demand e.g. the end of Coronation Street or an international football match, it lets the water run down to turbines to generate enough electricity to cope with the extra demand. There are tours starting from the main visitor centre (these are very popular, and you may have to wait at busy times).  Other spots to take in include the slate museum, the lakeside railway, steam and motorboat rides on Llyn Padarn, Dolbadarn Castle, the miners' hospital...

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February 2015

Choosing between two Cairngorms colossi

Is Ben Macdui worth writing home (or a blog post) about?Many would say not; Scotland’s second-highest summit is merely the highest nubbin on a flattish plateau in the Cairngorms.

No wafer-thin ridge or heady climb to get the pulse racing, just a trudge along a wide, rock-strewn path. It may reach 1309 metres, but you can get a railway or ski lift up most of its height, if you walk over from Cairn Gorm. But while it lacks a certain drama for hillwalkers (it’s a very different proposition in winter conditions), this big beast does have one thing that counts – an unsurpassable location. Across the vast chasm of the Lairig Ghru lie the giant bite-mark valleys of Coire Bhrochain and An Garbh...

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