Category Archives: Music

Days Like This, No 19: Pillar and the Rock

HOT sun on the back of the legs. Dust inside socks. Warm breeze drifting from the Irish Sea and stirring dry grasses. The magnificence of Pillar rising from the green of Mosedale into a flawless sky. Days like this were … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of Offa

CALL me a romantic, but occasionally I have been known to throw a load of camping gear in the back of the car and head off – on the spur of the moment – towards unknown mountains, with neither care … Continue reading

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Blencathra by the Back Door . . . Grudgingly

MUNGRISEDALE is a village where curtains twitch. Eyes watch your every movement from behind rhododendrons and clipped hedges. Security cameras are positioned above cottage doorways. And the parish council charges visitors £2 to park their cars on a tiny patch … Continue reading

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Climbing Cielo – as Swallows Come Back to Capistrano

A hot and dusty walk in the mountains of Andalucia . . . Continue reading

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