I headed up to Appleby last Saturday with ‘Butterley Booters’ walking mates Taru, Jenny and Karl to meet (or not, as it happened) other folks taking part in one of the ‘Grand Day Out’ events in Cumbria taking place that day. The initiative was a volunteer run thing, focussed on a county-wide fundraising day on January 16th. There were various fell walks, runs and other bits and bobs happening. All with the intention of raising funds for the Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Appeal, Mountain Rescue and other voluntary rescue services who were active over the recent winter floods.
I was prompted to write this post by the recent inundation of communities in this part of the world and my own (modest) experience of flooding. So whilst it’s not a post about hiking it is still about the oft wet moors that surround me and where I often walk. I’m conscious it’s a bit ‘rambling recollection meets essay’.
This was indeed a jaunt as opposed to a ‘big hike’ but the destination and intent where more the (festive) focus than views and miles covered. On a foggy but warm night last week, a few outdoorsy mates either walked or ran from the Isle of Skye road above Marsden and … Keep reading >
As those of you who are outdoors bloggers will know, you are sometimes asked to review outdoors / hiking kit and occasionally books. This was a first for me: staying at a great hotel in a lovely part of the world – and it was dog friendly too!
Last weekend I walked fourteen of the sixty four miles of the Northumberland Coastal Path with friends Jenny, Karl and Taru. Jenny and Taru both have family holiday connections to the area and love it. So they cooked up the plan to visit for a weekend which would involve a good day’s walking. Taru sorted out the accommodation for us (the very cosy and well equipped Shepherd’s Nook cottage in North Charlton). Our group also included Anita and Bob – both not currently that well to do the walk itself, but thankfully well enough to enjoy the cafes and bookshops in Alnwick We also had Brodie and Scout along for the weekend. Eight go mad in Northumberland.
I was contacted at the end of the summer by outdoors brand Grisport and asked if I wanted to review a boot from their range. I went for the Grisport Quatro Backpacking Boot: based on the spec, the looks and some online reviews. Now, I’m actually very happy with the Altberg Tethera boots that I have, they’re solid boots that have stood up to anything the moors around me (and more mountainous trips) have thus far thrown at them. But they can almost be a bit too ‘solid’ in summer or autumn and for ‘lighter’ trail walking, feel a little inflexible (which is the point, I know).