Peak Bog Christmas Jaunt 2016

peak Bog Men on Marsden Moor

This was the third year that I’ve joined the Peak Bog Men Runners on their nighttime christmas jaunt to the middle of the moors, to decorate a previously selected fir tree (or trig point, as was last year).

The name is a misnomer for these jaunts as (a) some of the group a walkers (b) Peak Bog Women are in attendance (c) Peak Bog Canines are in attendance (d) strictly speaking we were on Marsden Moor – although at the very northern edge of the Peak District.

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Marsden Adventure Outdoors Day – 10th Sept

Marsden Moor hike - Marsden Adventure Outdoors - Meet The Ranger

I have been helping to organise an outdoors themed day – Marsden Adventure Outdoors.

And thought I’d share it here for any readers in the West Yorkshire / Saddleworth / Peak District region (or further afield!) who wanted to come along.

This will be part of the Pennine Prospects Walk and Ride 2016 Festival.

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The Grand Day Out Cumbria fundraiser – Appleby walk

Appleby Cumbria Grand Day Out Walk

I headed up to Appleby last Saturday with ‘Butterley Booters’ walking mates Taru, Jenny and Karl to meet (or not, as it happened) other folks taking part in one of the ‘Grand Day Out’ events in Cumbria taking place that day. The initiative was a volunteer run thing, focussed on a county-wide fundraising day on January 16th. There were various fell walks, runs and other bits and bobs happening. All with the intention of raising funds for the Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Appeal, Mountain Rescue and other voluntary rescue services who were active over the recent winter floods.

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Save Butterley Spillway crowdfunding appeal

Butterley Spillway Marsden October 2015

I write a lot about the hills and moors around Marsden and sometimes about the heritage of the area. That heritage has literally shaped those hills and moors, in the form of quarry, road, rail, canal and reservoir.

One of the most obvious examples is the daisy chain of reservoirs that fill the Wessenden valley. What was once a brook used by hunter-gatherers to corral prey, has become a series of reservoirs created in Victorian times. Culminating in Butterley reservoir at the foot of the valley. And that is ‘crowned’ by an impressive spillway. The spillway was given Grade II Listing status on 11th July 1985. If you have ever walked along the Wessenden valley to or from the Peak District or across to Black Hill, or looked around that side of Marsden, as a visitor – you’ll have stopped to look at this impressive structure.

The spillway is under threat and the High Court representation needs funds: https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/beautiful-butterley/

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Inaugural #OutdoorBloggers Weekend

Pheasant on Kinder Scout

A short post this time round.. low on time but high on blog write-up angst. I went along to an #outdoorbloggers weekend a couple of weeks ago and had a great day of walking (up and around Kinder Scout / Downfall) and a nicely social evening, camping in Nether Booth (Edale area).

There are times when I prefer to be solo out on the hills / trails but I’m gregarious at heart so when I spotted an outdoor bloggers weekend / meet-up being organised, I signed up.

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Mountain Warehouse boot recycling #MWreboot

I was contacted by the folks at Mountain Warehouse HQ a week or so back about the ‘Re-boot’ charity campaign they are currently running. If you have an old pair of (serviceable) boots and want to hand them in you can get a discount on a new pair. And if you share that on social media along with your story about what those boots have seen, you have a chance of winning a free pair of boots each week.

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