December 2014

Aiming low

Cat Bells.Dale Head.

Fleetwith Pike. Pillar. Scafell Pike, Illgill Head, Whit Fell and Black Combe. It’s a distinguished roll call of Lakeland tops. And over a windswept weekend in autumn, I didn’t climb any of them. It wasn’t exactly planned that way. I had tried to design a route that included some bits I hadn’t visited: the Newlands valley for one, then Mosedale and Wasdale Head. Then there was Ennerdale, and I had only passed through Eskdale on the miniature railway. Devoke Water, recently featured in a walking magazine, also looked enticing. A rough outline started to take shape.          The Newlands Valley But while the Lake District has a commendable bus network, these...

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December 2014

The lost village of Imber

We had finalised our plans the night before, sat in front of a blazing fireplace.

Up early next day, quick cup of tea, then boots on and straight up on to Salisbury Plain, a ten-mile stomp and back home mid-morning for breakfast. This schedule would allow us to enjoy Wiltshire’s vast chalk plateau in near solitude, before the hordes of walkers, cyclists and rangers arrived. Hopefully we would see plenty of the wildlife that abounds on the lush, undisturbed grasslands and copses. Standing outside at 6am on a freezing January morning, the flaws in our plan became apparent. My caffeine requirement correlates sharply with how early I rise, and the one cup of tea so far (cup, mind, not mug, and...

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September 2014

Pete's top five in North Wales

Llandudno – RSPB reserve, Conway  This is an easy walk that can be undertaken at any time of the year, by people and children of all abilities, as well as wheelchair users and cyclists (from the Llandudno west shore car park, follow the estuary cycle path, which should now be repaired after winter storms.

It’s 99.9% along level ground, with just 0.01% over a railway bridge (no steps, just a gentle gradient) into the large RSPB reserve at Conway. The RSPC offers free guided walks (usually 11.00am on Saturdays) and the birds change with the seasons. The route passes the sand dunes where the BBC logo with circling red kites was filmed, the Maesdu golf club, the North Wales golf club and Deganwy...

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