Millstone Edge Close Moss Marsden Moor hike

Tree Hunting on Marsden Moor

I stumbled across a tree stump a couple of weeks ago, which was remarkable, as the higher parts of the Marsden Moor estate are now a treeless landscape. That wasn’t the case 6000 or 7000 years ago. I know that because peat is everywhere; testament to the fibrous disintegration of tree trunk and branch, leaf and root as well as grasses and moss.

I’ve seen bits of wood sticking out of some of the peat channels and cloughs during my wanderings over various parts of the moor. Some of it so well persevered through lack of oxygen, buried feet below the surface, that you can tell it’s birch by the still-visible white bark. Those branches or roots are occasionally exposed through the action of water and peat bog creep. Continue reading

Brimham Rocks Nidderdale Way Yorkshire Dales Hike

Kit Review – Regatta Softshell Jacket from Outdoor Look

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by someone who had been searching for guides on how to connect and engage with bloggers (as part of the marketing mix for their business). Sara had found my digital marketing blog (my day job) and by happy coincidence she realised I was also an outdoors type – so she gave me a shout.

She was looking to connect with walkers who might want to try out both some kit ( a softshell jacket) and also the online shop and fulfillment service from her company Outdoor Look. The disclaimer part here of course is that I went through the search and browse/ selection process and had a good look around the site but the softshell was then sent out FOC to me to review and keep. Continue reading

Nidderdale Way Yorkshire Dales Hike

Brimham Rocks Circular along the Nidderdale Way

I went on a walk last Sunday with my ‘Butterley Booters‘ compadres which was remarkable for two reasons:

(1) Brodie came in the car with me / us on the 90 minute journey to get there. Which is a personal best for her, as her younger ‘barf zone’ limit was around 45 minutes. I’d stopped trying longer trips with her but I’m glad to say she made it there and back with her dignity (and stomach contents) intact.

(2) We started from (and ended at) Brimham Rocks. Somewhere I’ve never been. “Really? Never? Really?” Jenny and Taru both asked when they first mentioned a walk there. The Rocks are a real geological magnet for tourists and walkers alike. They had passed me by though. I’m glad to say I’ve seen them now. Continue reading

Hiking on the Yorkshire hills and further afield

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