Return to Murton Pike

Murton Pike is magnificent. No matter how many times I climb this, the highest of the three pikes that seem to guard the Eden valley from the long ridge of the Pennines, I never fail to be impressed. We hadn’t been up the Pike since before lockdown and Sunday was a good clear day, withContinue reading “Return to Murton Pike”

Hands Off Wild Campers!

Wild campers are now being unfairly targeted by landowning interests and some public companies and local authorities. Like most people I’ve been appalled by the recent litter left in our wild places. But now it’s clear that some landowning interests are using this as an excuse to attack wild campers generally  – and these litterContinue reading “Hands Off Wild Campers!”

Walking the old railway at Kirkby Stephen

One of the loveliest short walks from Kirkby Stephen is along what was once a stretch of the line of the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway, devised in the 1850s to take coke over Stainmore from the North-East coalfields to the iron furnaces of Furness. The railway line closed around fifty years ago, andContinue reading “Walking the old railway at Kirkby Stephen”

Let’s Celebrate Lake District Trespassers

Lake District Trespassers Should Be Celebrated, says Cumbrian Author John Bainbridge The Victorian protestors whose mass trespasses led to the freedom to roam in the Lake District should be celebrated with plaques in Keswick and Ambleside and commemorative walks, says the walking writer and novelist John Bainbridge. “Everyone has heard of the Kinder Scout MassContinue reading “Let’s Celebrate Lake District Trespassers”

A North Pennine Ramble

For a while I could almost have thought I was back on northern Dartmoor in the old days when, apart from the ancient tracks, there were fewer paths. In recent years, paths have sprung up on Dartmoor, from tor to tor and from antiquity to antiquity etc. In those golden olden days we used toContinue reading “A North Pennine Ramble”

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