Category Archives: Drove roads

Days Like These, No 9: Clearing the Mind on the Cluanie Ridge

THERE are mornings I wake up with a head full of heaviness and pull the flysheet back to reveal an outside world full of more heaviness. Today is one of those mornings. Fog fills Strath Croe. Trees drip drumbeats of … Continue reading

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A Pennine Trek, Part 3 – Hell and High Walking

The concluding episode of McEff’s Pennine walk . . . Continue reading

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A Pennine Trek, Part 2 – A Night Beneath Hangman Hill

McEff continues his backpacking trip to Hexham . . . Continue reading

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A Pennine Trek, Part 1 – Moorland and Mustard Gas

The first stage of a three-day walk from Bowes to Hexham . . . Continue reading

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Day Return to Bloworth Crossing . . . and Beyond

A walk along the mineral railways of the North York Moors . . . Continue reading

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Hambleton Hills – A Walk and a Sonnet

I’VE been delving into Wordsworth again – and like last time I’m going to set him tentatively aside. Despite the pertinent fact he wrote a sonnet entitled Composed After a Journey Across the Hambleton Hills – and that’s where I … Continue reading

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Beinn Dearg – A Teenage Dream

I LIKE Beinn Dearg. It’s a mountain with character way out in the backcountry. And I like the sound it makes when people pronounce its name correctly. It’s like the call of a bird or the noise of a rock … Continue reading

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