Kit review Snugpak SJ3 jacket

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 25 years  – the Marsden and Saddleworth moors area of northern England.

My love for the outdoors started as a boy with our two dogs, out on the nearby Ridgeway Long Distance Path, the Chiltern forest and along the grand union canal.

Mark Kelly - Hiker on the Marsden moors in the snow
Me, up on the snowy moors, with my winter plumage and serious head on.
Brodie Dog near Pule Hill Marsden
My local hills walks are with my lovely dog, Brodie.


Walker and dog on marsden moor
Moors Walkers – me and my walking buddy – I set the camera on self timer as we never get to be in the same photo


Kit Reviews

I’m not an expert hiker so hopefully the things I review are the kind of things that people starting out, or who don’t have huge technical knowledge, would want to know about.

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.

I also set myself a couple of fundraising challenges each year – The Yorkshire 3 Peaks etc. And most years I go to the top of Snowdon with a bunch of mates.

If you have a twitter account feel free to follow me and say hi 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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