Category Archives: Railways

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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Blaenavon – How Serene is My Valley

TODAY unfolds back to front. It begins with ancient history, progresses to sausages, peas and chips with gravy, and terminates in a breezy walk in the mist. That isn’t how it was planned. The original intention was an exhilarating ramble … Continue reading

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Only a Rosedale, I give you . . .

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

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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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Rookhope: A Reminder of Who We Are

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 . . .

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South of the Border, Down Cheviot Way

A walk along the boggy border between Scotland and England . . . Continue reading

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Giving a Fig About Walking up Gorges

Walking on water . . . just for a change Continue reading

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The Howgills – and the Sound of the Wind

SOMETIMES it’s enough just to walk, to place one foot in front of another and allow the miles to slip by. What’s that old Irish saying . . . ?

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Stainmore Summit: Signs of the Times

THE last train steamed over Stainmore Summit in 1962. I missed it. It’s not my fault – I was only five-and-a-half at the time. But if I hang around there just might be another along shortly . . .

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The Dodds, the Coach Road and the Railway Wagon

North of Helvellyn, on the Old Coach Road, and the mysterious railway wagon . . . Continue reading

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Swindale – and this is Alvar Lidell . . .

Swindale has grit, bog, remoteness and bed linen. It’s a valley with attitude but no railway wagons . . . Continue reading

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Beinn na Lap and Creagh Dhu Spirit (Corrour – Part 2)

No sun. Just rain. False summits. Body odours. Tea. Glaswegian fishermen . . . Continue reading

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