Hi, I’m Mark and this blog is mostly about hikes I’ve done both in my beautiful corner of the West Yorkshire hills and moors.
And further afield: North Wales, Scotland, Cumbria, The Ridgeway Path, Italy and USA, to differing degrees.
I got back into longer walks / hikes as a way of getting fit, and mitigating the hereditary high blood pressure (hypertension) that I had started to develop. And also to make the most of the hills that I’ve been surrounded by for the last 30 years: the Marsden and Saddleworth moors area of northern England.
My love for the outdoors started as a boy and in very different countryside, in Buckinghamshire. We would head out with our two dogs, on to the nearby Ridgeway Long Distance Path, or up in the Chiltern forest or along the grand union canal.
Bucket-listy challenge type things.
I’d love to do a high mountain trek but I’ve been kinda ice-and-rock-phobic since I fell down a mountain many years ago. Which is a real shame but it was a big fall to be fair, 300 metres / 900 feet of snow, ice and thankfully, not so many rocks. I still vividly recall the toboggan run that was, err, me. Buy me a drink and I’ll tell you the whole story but in essence, it put me off climbing or hiking high, snowy places. It is on my bucket list though to go skiing again and also to do some alpine treks.