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About Me

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.

Brodie Dog near Pule Hill Marsden
My local hills and moor walks were for many years with our lovely dog, Brodie. She died in March 2019, age 16 and was still mooching about on the hills until quite late on (just not so far from home and at a more leisurely pace). Man, I miss her.
Walker and dog on marsden moor
Moors Walkers: me and my walking buddy – I set the camera on self-timer for this one as we never got to be in the same photo

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.

If you have a Twitter or Instagram account feel free to follow me and say hi here  and here

6 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. I love this blog, please keep up the good work! I especially enjoy your photos. I’ve enjoyed reading about the Yorkshire countryside in books by James Harriot but I have never had the opportunity to see photos until finding your blog.

    • That’s nice feedback thanks Hettie, it can be pretty bleak with the mist and rain but also really green or at times purple with the heathers in season and some amazing sweeping vistas.
      I may add some more photos of my part of Yorkshire at some point. I had a look at your blog and liked it – bookmarked to read in more depth 🙂

  2. Lovely blog and great photographs. Wold you like to be involved in the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival – you could give a talk/workshop about blogging? Or you could do something else that you’d like to do?


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