The dodgy achilles limp-along post..

Warkworth beach boat wreck

A recent ultrasound provided me with a new label to add to the middle-aged collection of ailment badges.

Achilles Tendinopathy.

So that’s what the painful bulge on the back of my ankle was.

The pain is exacerbated by the off-piste moors yomps I love with the dog. And hilly / mountain hikes (I ignored the signs over the last year or more, doh). And the stop: start driving on the M62.

So all the above are being avoided where at all possible.

I don’t miss the M62, I do miss the moors and mountains.

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2 days on the GR221 – Mallorca’s Dry Stone Route

Tossals verds hostel GR221 Serra de Tramuntana

We had a recent holiday in lovely Mallorca and for a couple of days of that I headed into the mountains, to walk two days / two sections of the Serra de Tramuntana, along the GR221 ‘Dry Stone Route’.

It was really hot for both days. That probably sounds obvious but it was actually hotter than usual, according to a couple of folks I talked to on the trip: around 36 degrees or so on both hikes.

Pretty hard work on the long stretches above the tree line. That lone spottedĀ vulture riding the thermals above me just added to the sense of adventure.

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An old mates meander – Greenfield to Marsden

Greenfield Marsden Hike

There’s a saying something like ‘life is what happens when you’re making plans.’Ā (John Lennon?) For my walking compadres and I this weekend, life certainly happened whilst we weren’t looking. It snuck up and whisked away lots of years from us. You might know that feeling too? Yikes. How could this be the firstĀ hike out together in around 22 years? I … Keep reading >