Don’t ever, ever, ever, say the slog from Cow Green to High Cup is devoid of interest . . . Continue reading
Posted in Barry Bucknell, Belfast sinks, Charles Darwin, Climbing, Environment, Geology, Hiking, History, Industrial archaeology, Life, Mountains, Ranting, Walking
Tagged Mining History, outdoors, The Pennines
Walking with 80 banners, 50 bands and the Durham miners . . . Continue reading
THERE are little doorways in our perception of the world and they open and close unexpectedly to keep us on our toes. I???m walking through Teesdale, across a plateau of bog and heather above the river Tees, when I behold … Continue reading
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 . . . ?
Posted in Bronze Age, Climbing, Cup and ring carvings, Environment, Hiking, History, Mountains, Railway goods wagons, Railways, Walking
Tagged Lake District, outdoors, The Howgill Fells, The Lakes, The Pennines
BELDOO Moss is not the most spectacular hill in the north Pennines. Few people have heard of it; even fewer have tramped across it. But it does harbour one or two surprising features that make it worth a visit. I???ve … Continue reading
Posted in Archaeology, Bronze Age, Cup and ring carvings, Great North Road, Hiking, History, Mountains, The Romans, Walking
Tagged Lake District, outdoors, The Lakes, The Pennines
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 . . .
Posted in Environment, Hiking, History, Industrial archaeology, Mountains, Politics, Railway goods wagons, Railways, Walking
Tagged outdoors, The Pennines, transportation
I LIVE on an ancient highway. It???s called the Great North Road. For many hundreds of years it???s been the main arterial link between the capital cities of two countries ??? England and Scotland. It is woven into history, folklore … Continue reading
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I HAVE a plan. Tomorrow is my day off because I worked Sunday. I???ll drive across the icy Pennines to the Lake District, abandon the car on a rough piece of land at a charming cross-roads above Dockray, climb Birkett … Continue reading
IT???S 7.45am on Friday morning and I???m standing on the flight deck of HMS Invincible, watching the sun rise over a scarlet Morecambe Bay. I shouldn???t be up here; I should be down in the aircraft carrier???s aft engine room … Continue reading
A final trip back into the Bronze Age in search of rock carvings . . . Continue reading
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Tagged Lake District, Mining History, The Lakes, The Pennines
Exploring the Bronze Age rock art of Barningham Moor . . . Continue reading
Another walk in search of Bronze Age rock carvings high on Barningham Moor . . . Continue reading