21. April 2014

A wild camp in Wales

Sometimes, you don’t need a fixed plan for a good walk. The only things required are a map, a backpack crammed with kit and food (and maybe some wine, if space allows) and a vague sense of which direction to start off in. With those essentials, the world is your oyster. Or the Brecon Beacons are, at least. The signs were promising as we hauled on our packs outside the Black Sheep Backpackers opposite Abergavenny station. Our hosts had provided a comfy bed and self-service breakfast for a very reasonable £16 a head, and the sun was warming the spring air as we ambled through the town. After picking up some last-minute essentials (jelly babies, wine gums and another bottle of red), we studied...

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05. March 2014

Snowdon - my favourite UK mountain

Snowdon is my favourite mountain in the UK. I don’t mean the best: that title goes to An Teallach, traversed on a long, sunny autumn day a few years back. But Yr Wyddfa (to give it its proper title) is the one I keep coming back to. It simply ticks so many of the right walking boxes. First of all, it’s a very handsome hill, especially from the east where the ridges of Crib Goch and Y Lliwedd encase the three cascading llyns. (It’s worth climbing Moel Siabod for that view alone.) And its endless variety demands repeated visits: there are eight well-established routes up, plus a few secret tracks to the summit. But as with anything you love, criticism can be felt personally. And Snowdon...

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30. January 2014

The mighty beeches of Berkhamsted

I’d never really thought about exploring Hertfordshire. The phrase ‘Home Counties’ drums up images of commuter towns, golf courses and… well, not much else. So when my sister suggested a walk on Berkhamsted Common with her 5-month old son, my instant reaction was that I’d actually rather be out in the Lakes or the Dales on a crisp winter’s day. But, being a dutiful uncle, I agreed and started to examine the OS map of the Chiltern Hills North. Contours looping across the land north of Berkhamsted: good, a few hilly bits. Some green patches scattered around, so there’s some woodland… and, best of all, the little PH symbol marking a public house. Perhaps Herts was worth a visit...

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