Contents

The Munros and Scotland

Days Like These, No 9: Clearing the Mind on the Cluanie Ridge

Days Like This, No 8: The Five Sisters of Kintail

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 1: The Aonach Eagach Ridge

Memories – Misty, Water-Coloured and Unreliable (A’ Chailleach and Sgurr Breac)

In Praise of Scotch Pies and Carn á Chlamain

Beinn Dearg – A Teenage Dream

Marching as to War – on Beinn á Ghlo

First Class Ticket to Glas Tulaichean and Carn an Righ

Devils’ Points and Angels’ Peaks

Carn á Mhaim and the Wondrous Eco-Friendly Toilet

Driesh, Mayar and a Ruin in Glen Clova

Glen Roy – A Parallel World

Voyage of a Dawn Treader (Buachaille Etive Beag)

The Quest for Breakfast Above Loch Lochy

Farewell to Meall a Bhuiridh, Creise . . . and Fiunary

They Came in Search of Paradise (Corrour – Part 1)

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

Mount Keen, The Mounth, and a Pan of Polish Borscht

The Smell of Men (Monadh Mor and Beinn Bhrotain)

Snakes Alive on Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn

Sgurr Choinnich Mor and the Lost Clog

Bacon, Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg

Lip Service to Ben Klibreck (The Far North – Part 1)

A Nice Piece of Tongue (The Far North – Part 2)

Ben Hope and Glory (The Far North – Part 3)

Me and Carole King on Beinn Iutharn Mhor and Carn Bhac

The Yellow Brick Road to Geldie Lodge

Halfway House – Beinn Mheadhoin and Derry Cairngorm

Gleouraich, Spidean Mialach and the Belgian piper

The Old Dutchman of Lochnagar – And Other Stories

Lost Weekend in Glen Nevis

Glas Maol, Creag Leacach . . . and tank traps (Part 1)

An Socach and tank traps (Part 2)

Glenshee Munros, the Cowie Line and tank traps (Part 3)

Ice Cold on Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount and Tom Buidhe

Lonesome Pines – Beinn Bhreac and Beinn á Chaorainn

Strangers: Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan and Mullach na Dheiragain

Demons on the Forcan Ridge (The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine)

Something Special (Knoydart – Part 1)

An Urban Myth (Knoydart – Part 2: Luinne Bheinn and Meall Buidhe)

The Tragedy of Gwenddolau (Knoydart – Part 3: Ladhar Bheinn)

Perfect Dawn (Knoydart – Part 4)

The Eighth Samurai (Beinn a’ Chlachair, Geal Charn and Creag Pitridh)

The Grey Corries – And Spirit in the Sky

Lighten Our Darkness (Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin, Stob Coire Easain)

One in the Eye (On the Mullardoch Ridge)

An Socach (Horns of a Dilemma)

A Tank on the Lawn (The Strathfarrah Ridge)

Homage to the Fish Supper

A Right Shower (Creag Meagaidh and the Mysterious Dundee Cake)

For Peat’s Sake (Beinn a Chliebh)

Lake District Days

Black Combe – On the Edge of a Circle

Days Like This, No 4: Before Night at Beacon Tarn

Days Like This, No 3: Sunset on Caw

On the Tide Line – But Not Quite Washed Up

Coniston Fells: Highways, Byways, Narrow Ways

Green Remembered Woods

East of Ullswater – An Inland Voyage

Blencathra by the Back Door . . . Grudgingly

Forever Changing – Broad Majestic Duddon

A Blackpowder Blast From the Past

Lakeland-by-the-Sea: A Walk With a Border Collie

Causey Pike – A Country For Old Men?

Walking the Old Corpse Road – Mardale to Shap

The Dodds, the Coach Road and the Railway Wagon

Swindale – and this is Alvar Lidell . . .

From Gable’s South Traverse to the Breaker’s Yard

Kentmere – In the Footsteps of the Forgotten

Long Meg – Standing with the Stones

Yew Crag Incline and the Quarryman’s Bedstead

Martindale Fells and the Three-legged Pig of Prague

Soupless in Seattle (well, Mardale actually)

The Search for John Bolton’s Rock Hotel

Wet Sleddale and I

Bannerdale, Bowscale – and the Immortal Trout

Carrock: The Mine, the Fell, the Fort – and Nowt

Souther Fell, Blencathra – and the Ghost Army

Helvellyn with Ghosts (Part 1: Wythburn Mine)

Helvellyn with Ghosts (Part 2: The Waterfall)

Skiddaw. Permissively.

Robinson to Cat Bells, German miners and Czech cabbage soup

The Black Abyss (Grisedale Pike and Force Crag Mine)

Scafell Pike – And the Window of Discontent

Bowfell Revisited (Or Baldly Going)

Borrowdale – At the Close of Day

Hartsop Hell – And a Tribute to the Caudale Quarrymen

Send a Wind, Odin

Wild Wales

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The Glyders – And a Descent into Hell

Blaenavon – How Serene is My Valley

In the Footsteps of Offa (Black Mountains)

Above Bethesda – Ancient and Modern

The High and the Mighty – Carneddau

Manod and Mysteries, Earth and Environment

Thirty Years On – Cwmorthin Revisited

The Cape Wrath Trail

A Night on the Cluanie Ridge

Grunters (A Brew in Camban Bothy)

Swimmin With the Wimmin – in the Falls of Glomach

The Descent of Man (A Fire in Glen Elchaig)

Bog Wood (Setting History on Fire in Bearnais Bothy)

The Half-Naked Man (Bearnais Bothy to Achnashellac)

More Than 39 Steps (Another Country – Part 1)

And There’s Another Country (Another Country – Part 2)

A Failthful Heart (Another Country – Part 3)

Hail Storm Behind Conival

The Ghosts of Sandwood Bay

Strathchailleach Bothy – And the Spade Behind the Door

Cape Wrath – The Edge of the World

Irish Highs

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

Slieve Muck, Moal Chobha’s Fort, Veering, Visibility Good

Mourne Mountains: Slieve Binnian and Second Impressions

Above the Glens of Antrim

The Sierra Nevada Diaries
Including Sierra Tejeda y Almijara

Sierra de Lujar – And the Way to San José

Veleta – The Hard Way

Tozal del Cartujo – And the Road That Franco Built

Running Over Figs (Lujar: The Second Attempt)

Men at Work on Pico del Tajo de los Machos

The Call of Cerro del Caballo

Alquife: A Small Piece of Cumbria

Walking Over Acorns (Lujar: The Third Attempt)

Flag Day on Mulhacen – The Roof of Spain

Sierra Nevada: Some Helpful Notes

Among Mules, Mountains and the People of the Sierra

Giving a Fig About Walking up Gorges

Lucero – Where Old Hatreds Linger

And Finally, Lujar . . . Finally

In the Realms of Glory on Cerro del Trevenque

Climbing Cielo – as Swallows Come Back to Capistrano

Walking up the Camino and Down Again

Paths, Goats – and Huenes to Pico de la Carne

Plodding over Pinnel – In the Rio Guadalfeo

Untold Stories of High Haciendas

The Madeira Diaries

Madeira: Stairways to Heaven

Madeira: Walking with Water

Madeira: So Let Me Get Right to the Point . . .

Madeira: The High and Mighty (Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo)

Madeira: The Royal Road to Ruin (Pico Grande . . . nearly)

The Pyrenees

Tuc de Marimanha and the Twelve Amigos

Montardo – The Beast and the Beauty

Pic d’Anie – Following the Splodges

Pic d’Ansabere – and up the Wardrobe

The Howgill Fells

Haunts of Ancient Peace

The Howgills – and the Sound of the Wind

The Howgill Fells (Accentuating the Positive)

On White Horses (The Howgills Revisited)

The Pennines
Including the Cheviot Hills

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

Going to California . . . Via Teesdale

Blue Pie Thinking on Fremington Edge

Arkengarthdale and the Hungry Hushes

The Long Surrender: Brandy Bottle Incline

A Pennine Trek, Part 1 – Moorland and Mustard Gas

A Pennine Trek, Part 2 – A Night Beneath Hangman Hill

A Pennine Trek, Part 3 – Hell and High Walking

Stanwick Camp – A Thorn in the Foot

Rookhope: A Reminder of Who We Are

High Cup – And the Rise and Fall of Belfast Sinks

South of the Border, Down Cheviot Way

The Green Trod – A Walk Along a Drove Road

Counting the Stones on the Brough-Bowes Turnpike

Stainmore Summit: Signs of the Times

The Great North Road – Carved by Feet and Hooves

In the Bronze Age on Barningham Moor

Bronzed Off . . .

Still Walking in Circles

The Circles that You Find

Empty Skies, Empty Moors, Empty Head . . .

Long Meg – Standing with the Stones

Dances With Pigeons

East is East from Stainmore Summit

Bleath Gill: Whatever Happened to the Heroes?

A Pennine morning – red flags and guns

Up Nine Standards Rigg, Sheepishly

Lavatris – And Other Roman Toilet Jokes (Stainmore)

The Forty-Second Fox (Baugh Fell, Swarth Fell and . . .)

Spanish Eyes (Wild Boar Fell)

Phantom of the Fell (High Seat and High Pike)

North York Moors

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Wild Winds and the Wain Stones

Sutton Bank, Witches and Featherless Geese

Only a Rosedale, I give You . . .

Day Return to Bloworth Crossing . . . and Beyond

Circling the Wagons Beneath High Noon Hill

Hambleton Hills – A Walk and a Sonnet

Lost in the Rucksack

What Does Adventure Mean to You?

Lindisfarne – A Pilgrim’s Progress

Feet of Cley on the Norfolk Coast Path

Days Like This, No 2: In the Tatra With Bears and Nuns

Blog on the Tyne

Starry, Starry Night

Mud: It’s Alive and Sticking

It’s Time to Migrate

A Long Slow Walk Through Durham City

A Final Voyage – A Tribute to My Father

London 1: Old Roads, Karl Marx, Two Dicks

London 2: Casting Bells, Fighting Fascism, Hanging Pirates

London 3: A Cold Wet Walk for Pie and Mash

London 4: William Morris and a Wander Through Walthamstow

London 5: Butchers, Saints and Sinners

Tide In, Tide Out – A Thirty-Year-Journey

A Long Short Walk for Jam Tomorrow

A Mountain Ritual – Czech Cabbage Soup

The Optimistic Man from North of la Mancha

The Thwarted Man and the Little House in the Wood

The Haunted Man and the Field of Jewels

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