Category Archives: Footpaths

Days Like This, No 10: Peaking on the Three Peaks

WHEN you walk 24 miles (39km) in one day the soles of your feet sting and your socks feel like Brillo pads. Your legs don’t bend easily at the knees, your body aches all over, and your skin feels tight … Continue reading

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Lindisfarne – A Pilgrim’s Progress

THERE are not many walks in Britain best undertaken barefoot – but crossing the two-and-a-half miles of mudflats to the island of Lindisfarne is one of them. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and today I have the chance. … Continue reading

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Cross Fell – Fiends, Rivers, Paths and Poets

A walk up Cross Fell and down the Tees and Tyne . . . Continue reading

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Old Roads, a Fallen Lady, St Jude and Thoughts for the Day

A walk through the lead mines of the North Pennines . . . Continue reading

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Feet of Cley on the Norfolk Coast Path

SHINGLE banks are not the easiest terrain to walk across. And between the north Norfolk village of Cley and the town of Sheringham they stretch for miles. It’s a matter of steer your prow into the wind and start plodding … Continue reading

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Wild Winds and the Wain Stones

FOR many years I lived under the misguided impression that Ewan MacColl’s iconic mountain song The Manchester Rambler included a mention of the Wain Stones in the Cleveland Hills. Only recently did I discover there is another set of Wain … Continue reading

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Blue Pie Thinking on Fremington Edge

THERE’S a village in the hills above Reeth that is an absolute pleasure to visit because the only people who go there are the postman, the coalman, and the villagers themselves. Forgive me for sounding sexist. I know there are … Continue reading

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Stamford Bridge: A Long Walk to the Last Battle

Walking from York to Stamford Bridge in search of Vikings . . . Continue reading

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Plodding over Pinnel – In the Rio Guadalfeo

THE Rio Guadalfeo flows from the Sierra Nevada mountains through steep-sided valleys to the Mediterranean at Salobreña. I’ve gazed down upon its course from the winding mountain road to Orgiva many times, and been shouted at from the passenger seat … Continue reading

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Paths, Goats – and Huenes to Pico de la Carne

THE joy of paths. There are indistinct paths that fade and confound; paths choked with nettles and brambles; malevolent paths that lead through mud and bogland; and paths that twist in the wrong direction. And there are paths that lift … Continue reading

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The Sierra Nevada: Two Peaks, Two Countries

SPAIN gets under your skin and fingernails. It dries your eyes and your mouth. You can feel it in your hair and on your brow when your boots kick the dust of its white mountain tracks. You smell its wild … Continue reading

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Walking up the Camino and Down Again

NOVEMBER in the Sierra Nevada. This camino runs from the rio Guadalfeo to Orgiva. It’s a back lane from a river to the centre of a small town. It is steep and long. Cars can be a problem. Goats can … Continue reading

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