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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06. December 2013

Walking begins at home

As the years tick by, walking gets harder. Not in the physical sense, although the right knee is a bit stiff now and I do tend to reach the pub a bit earlier these days. No, the challenge is in finding the time to get out there.   Corrour in the snow Walking was previously a spontaneous, near-constant pastime, with few of life’s other chores getting in the way. Nice weather? Let’s go for a walk. Nothing planned for the weekend? OK, head for the hills. The pinnacle was one glorious summer working near Loch Lomond, when every evening was spent exploring the Trossachs hills, making the most of Scotland’s twilit evenings. Having reached middle age (I’m taking 35 as the marker), things are...

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