Category Archives: Geology

Days Like This, No 5: Ireland’s Deep Secrets

DAWN breaks over Belfast. A van and a minibus rattle through the city and head down the main road towards Dublin, stopping only at the cross-border road block on the hills above Newry where a British squaddie peers at our … Continue reading

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Going to California . . . Via Teesdale

HISTORY has not been kind to the Pennine valley of Hudes Hope. On a sunny morning in March its lesser scars can be mistaken for natural wounds and warts on the landscape. But there is no disguising the greater disfigurements … Continue reading

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Arkengarthdale and the Hungry Hushes

IT’S midday and a storm warning has been issued by the Met Office. I’ve just set off across the northern spur of Reeth High Moor and can expect gale-force winds and up to 40mm of rain. The valley fields are … 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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The Long Surrender: Brandy Bottle Incline

THIS is an account of a short walk in the hills above Arkengarthdale – but it has a back story that begins in the early 1980s and involves a group of mine explorers and an elusive portal into the underworld … Continue reading

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Mourne Mountains: Slieve Binnian and Second Impressions

Northern Ireland’s best-kept secret – the mountains of Mourne . . . Continue reading

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Above Bethesda – Ancient and Modern

TO the south-west of Bethesda an open moor rises towards the clouded heights of Elider Fawr and Mynedd Perfedd. It’s a wild place dotted with occasional ruins and sheepfolds and crossed by indistinct trackways . . .

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Manod and Mysteries, Earth and Environment

Underground bunkers in the Welsh mountains . . . Continue reading

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Thirty Years On – Cwmorthin Revisited

From one side of a Welsh mountain to another – underground and overground . . . Continue reading

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Sutton Bank, Witches and Featherless Geese

A walk along the Cleveland Way from Sutton Bank . . . Continue reading

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Forever Changing – Broad Majestic Duddon

A walk along the shifting sands of the Duddon estuary . . . Continue reading

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Mud: It’s Alive and Sticking

MUD. Don’t go there except with your feet. Let it fill your boots and stick like it’s supposed to. But don’t delve any deeper unless you want a shovelful of acronyms . . .

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