- BECAUSE THEY'RE THERE is about climbing mountains – nothing else. Well, actually, there are one or two other things. But it's mostly about climbing mountains. And fish and chips. And politics. And doing a bit of fell running. And wondering where the hell your life's gone – and where it might be going next. And cooking kippers in a wet tent. And people you bump into who do similar things. Actually, that last one doesn't happen very often . . .
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- The Environment is Positively Charged
- Days Like This, No 10: Peaking on the Three Peaks
- Black Combe – On the Edge of a Circle
- Days Like These, No 9: Clearing the Mind on the Cluanie Ridge
- What Does Adventure Mean to You?
- Lindisfarne – A Pilgrim’s Progress
- Days Like This, No 8: The Five Sisters of Kintail
- Cross Fell – Fiends, Rivers, Paths and Poets
- Old Roads, a Fallen Lady, St Jude and Thoughts for the Day
- Scaud Hill and Beyond – At My Leisure
- Days Like This, No 7: On a Ridge Above Glen Shiel
- Days Like This, No 6: Ciste Dhubh – a Highland Jewel
- Days Like This, No 5: Ireland’s Deep Secrets
- Days Like This, No 4: Before Night at Beacon Tarn
- Feet of Cley on the Norfolk Coast Path
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Category Archives: Quarrying
Memories of a backpacking trip from Cockermouth to Greenodd . . . Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
A day tramping over the Coniston fells . . . Continue reading →
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 . . .
Underground bunkers in the Welsh mountains . . . Continue reading →
From one side of a Welsh mountain to another – underground and overground . . . Continue reading →
THIS set out to be a hike to the Rosedale iron mines – but I got tangled in a fox hunt and that’s far more entertaining. It was also a day of bewildering signposts, dazzling sunlight, heather fire haze and … Continue reading →
IUSED to blow up huge chunks of Cumbrian hillside for a living. I stopped doing it not through any regard for conservation or the environment, but because I’d noticed that none of my more senior colleagues ever reached retirement age … Continue reading →
WEARDALE is a Pennine valley that has the footprints of industry stamped all over it. It has no pretentions and shows no inclination to tidy itself up. That’s why it appeals to me so much . . .
Even the best and the clearest of mountain memories cannot be relied on . . . Continue reading →
Swindale has grit, bog, remoteness and bed linen. It’s a valley with attitude but no railway wagons . . . Continue reading →