Offa’s Dyke challenge walk for The Red Cross

Offa's Dyke Clwydian Hills red Cross Hike Challenge walk

Hot on the heels of the recent Yorkshire 3 Peaks hike, I just completed the Offa’s Dyke challenge as a Red Cross fund-raiser. Credit where it’s due: the vast majority of the money raised in my case was actually by my walking compadres on challenges like this: Taru, Jenny and Karl (a.k.a “The Butterley Booters’ … Keep reading >

Walking part of the Kirklees Way – training for @NSPCC North HACK challenge

Dogs Brodie and Scout on Kirklees Way

We (myself, Jenny and Taru) haven’t been able to get out that much recently to get in the zone for the looming NSPCC North HACK (Hike Against Cruelty to Kids) challenge but we nearly constituted a full team this weekend, with Taru and I hitting the rain-sodden hills. This was … Keep reading >

Walking The Kirklees Way – part of the NSPCC HACK training

Kirklees Way Huddersfield Hike

I walked a big chunk of the Kirklees Way on Sunday with friends Taru and Jenny. We’re jointly doing the NSPCC ‘HACK’ challenge in June and this was one of several training walks we’re doing.  And this time we had Carl, an Iron Man participant, along with us. So no pressure then 😉

I was going to call this post ‘Five go mad on the moors’ or similar; as we had the destination (Taru’s old family house – an ancient hall) and the home-cooked tea we knew was waiting for us, fixed in our minds. And the 2 boy, 2 girl and a dog combo lent the day an Enid Blyton feel.  Can’t remember who came up with the theme but it kept us amused, chatting across the misty moors up to Cupwith Reservoir and then on to Scammonden.

We started at Marsden and walked 16 or so miles at an average of 2 miles an hour. So not a heads-down rush but with occasional steep inclines and a bit of mud and slurry to navigate, it was a sociable but purposed pace.

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3 Peaks, 2 with added views – The Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge for Simon On The Streets

Yesterday (Friday) I completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge for the 3rd year in a row. It was initially the hardest slog of all, despite the fantastic sunshine and a really nice bunch of folk to walk with. The sunshine was third time lucky for me – the previous two challenges have been misty, rainy and sleety affairs with no views to reward a knackered man at the top of a peak. Actually, the views applied to Pen-Y-Ghent and Whernside only, by the time we got up to the Ingleborough trig point it was shrouded in cloud. Two out of three aint bad though 🙂

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