Category Archives: Ghosts

A Christmas Walk: With Ghosts on Baysdale Moor

I AM wary of the North York Moors because they are more than a little bit sinister. They are wild and empty, peppered with the scratchings of forgotten people, laced with legends, and punctuated with the stumps of ancient crosses … Continue reading

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Black Gold, Tan Hill Tea

THERE was a loose plan fluttering about this morning like a threadbare flag above a roadside burger bar. But the wind changed and the plan got blown across fields and was last seen snagged on a fence alongside a ragged … Continue reading

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Cross Fell – Fiends, Rivers, Paths and Poets

A walk up Cross Fell and down the Tees and Tyne . . . Continue reading

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A Pennine Trek, Part 3 – Hell and High Walking

The concluding episode of McEff’s Pennine walk . . . Continue reading

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

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

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Causey Pike – A Country For Old Men?

NEAR the summit of Causey Pike, where the heathery track gives way to steep rock, an elderly man sits on a boulder. He’s wearing a wide-brimmed hat and his white hair wisps about his ears. I get the impression he’s … Continue reading

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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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Walking the Old Corpse Road – Mardale to Shap

THE last person to leave Mardale feet first for Shap was John Holme, in June 1736. Poor old John was as dead as they come. Whether he was strapped to a packhorse or nailed in a coffin and carried on … Continue reading

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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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East is East from Stainmore Summit

Walking the trackbed of a Pennine railway into the east and a changing world . . . Continue reading

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Souther Fell, Blencathra – and the Ghost Army

HEAVY rain and high winds on the fells. Not ideal weather for walking – but good enough for hunting ghosts on Souther Fell and Blencathra . . . Continue reading

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