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A 7km night walk in The Yorkshire Dales to try to find the Northern Lights and truly appreciate our ‘Northern Delights’

Last Sunday afternoon (25 April 2021) an amber Aurora alert pinged up on my phone. For the uninitiated an amber alert is very good news. It means that the famous Aurora Borealis, better known to many of us as the Northern Lights, could be visible to the eye in Scotland and the north of England.Continue reading “A 7km night walk in The Yorkshire Dales to try to find the Northern Lights and truly appreciate our ‘Northern Delights’”

Long Strides towards ‘Freedom’. A 44 km walk from Holmfirth to ‘The Yorkshire Sculpture Park’ ……. and back!

There’s a wise saying that has been around for as long as I remember: ‘Save the best till last’.  It’s a saying I’ve often resorted too and smiled at in doing so. An example: as a child, I clearly remember saving the best part of my tea till last. So, it was at the startContinue reading “Long Strides towards ‘Freedom’. A 44 km walk from Holmfirth to ‘The Yorkshire Sculpture Park’ ……. and back!”

Derbyshire and Back: A 33 km Circular Walk in the Holme Valley

Last week I enjoyed the pleasure of meeting Terence the Turkey as I headed out on my latest walk in the hill country made famous by the BBC in it’s ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ series of yesteryear. This week I met ‘Laurence’. ‘Laurence’ is probably not this rooster’s name, but it is the nameContinue reading “Derbyshire and Back: A 33 km Circular Walk in the Holme Valley”

‘Terence and the Daffodils’ A 16 mile circular walk in the Holme Valley

11 days after my last big walk and blog, it was wonderful to get back outdoors and into the superb landscape that is known as ‘Summer Wine Country’. The scenery is simply stunning in these parts. I knew it was going to be a fabulous day of walking. My start gave an immediate endorsement toContinue reading “‘Terence and the Daffodils’ A 16 mile circular walk in the Holme Valley”

A Slip and a Slide with the Snowdrops: a 16 mile walk from Holmfirth to Greetland

After a self-enforced 3 week absence from the hills of West Yorkshire, it was time to once again lace up my boots and head out: this time into a new landscape and from a new direction. The reason for all this novelty? Last Friday, we moved out of our much loved house of 26 yearsContinue reading “A Slip and a Slide with the Snowdrops: a 16 mile walk from Holmfirth to Greetland”

Motorway Madness: a Snowy Walk to the Farm in the Middle of the M62

“Freedom” Over the last 2 weeks, since the new year, my thoughts have been dominated by that evocative single word immortalised in the cinematic world of ‘Braveheart’. This is the captivating film starring that famous ‘Aussie-Scot’ Mel Gibson as William Wallace and his fight for Scottish Independence in the 13th century. I am the firstContinue reading “Motorway Madness: a Snowy Walk to the Farm in the Middle of the M62”

Long Strides to Stoodley: a Hopeful Message on New Year’s Eve 2020

Wednesday 30 December: the penultimate day of a year none of us will ever forget. The local, national and international news was loud: full of Doomsday talk of tiers, rules, lockdowns, “do this’ and “do that!” Listen too long and it depresses. I wanted a breather: a temporary escape. I wanted peace and quiet andContinue reading “Long Strides to Stoodley: a Hopeful Message on New Year’s Eve 2020”

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