Tag Archives: transportation

Blog on the Tyne

A walk down the Tyne to Tynemouth – and back . . . Continue reading

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Posted in History, Life, Rivers, Ruins, Tyneside, Walking | Tagged , | 28 Comments

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

Posted in Allotments, Archaeology, Caving, Environment, Geology, Hiking, History, horse gins, Industrial archaeology, Mountains, Potholing, Railway goods wagons, Recycling, Walking | Tagged , , , , | 22 Comments

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

Posted in Belfast sinks, Environment, Food, Hiking, History, Industrial archaeology, Life, Mountains, Offa's Dyke, Politics, Railway goods wagons, Railways, Ranting, Recycling, Walking | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

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

McEff continues his backpacking trip to Hexham . . . Continue reading

Posted in Camping, Climbing, Death, Drove roads, Environment, Footpaths, Ghosts, Hiking, History, Mountains, Railway goods wagons, Walking, Writing | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

Coniston Fells: Highways, Byways, Narrow Ways

A day tramping over the Coniston fells . . . Continue reading

Posted in Climbing, Environment, Footpaths, Hiking, History, Industrial archaeology, Mountains, Quarrying, Ranting, Slate quarries, Walking | Tagged , , , , , , | 25 Comments

East of Ullswater – An Inland Voyage

THE steamer Lady Wakefield chugs down the lake with its cargo of day-trippers. This is the way to embark on a walk. Throb-throb of engines; white light shimmering on water; the scent of fresh-cut hay and its reminders of childhood; … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, Climbing, Environment, Hiking, History, Life, Mountains, Ranting, Walking, William Wordsworth | Tagged , , , , | 36 Comments

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

Posted in Archaeology, Climbing, Environment, Footpaths, Hiking, History, Hunting, Industrial archaeology, Mountains, Quarrying, Railways, Walking | Tagged , , , | 27 Comments

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 . . .

Posted in Archaeology, Climbing, Environment, Geology, Hiking, History, Industrial archaeology, Mountains, Quarrying, Railway goods wagons, Railways, Ranting, Walking | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

Giving a Fig About Walking up Gorges

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

Posted in Climbing, Environment, Hiking, Levadas, Mountains, Railway goods wagons, Railways, Walking | Tagged , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

First Class Ticket to Glas Tulaichean and Carn an Righ

A LAND-ROVER track runs all the way to the summit of Glas Tulaichean. Purists would lash themselves with nettles rather than contemplate such a route. My cherished Scottish Mountaineering Club guidebook suggests an ascent up a neighbouring ridge through tussocky … Continue reading

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London 2: Casting Bells, Fighting Fascism, Hanging Pirates

A walk through the East End in search of the unusual – and a good pint . . . Continue reading

Posted in Battle of Cable Street, Beer, Food, Hiking, History, Industrial archaeology, Politics, Prospect of Whitby, Ranting, Walking | Tagged , , | 19 Comments

London 1: Old Roads, Karl Marx, Two Dicks

The best thing to do on a visit to London is get the hiking boots out . . . Continue reading

Posted in Beer, Dick Turpin, Environment, Great North Road, Hiking, History, Karl Marx, Politics, The Spaniards Inn, Walking | Tagged , , | 18 Comments