A snowy hike .. nearly (nearly) the Black Hill circular

I set off on a newly planned out a walk a week ago and had to abandon it. And I did the same today – but clocked up about 9 miles of snow fest fun in the attempt. Along the way we flushed out about 30 Grouse (they didn’t half grumble about it), 1 beautiful winter-coated Hare and lost the route under … Keep reading >

What’s up there then? a detour up March Hill

I planned a walk on Saturday to get vaguely in the zone for a hike up Scafell Pike on 26th Nov (vaguely, as in one walk won’t get me as fit as the other guys doing the walk!). And it turned out to be the best day of the weekend with blue skies all the way. My sketch of a route, planned a couple … Keep reading >

Marsden Moor Heritage Trail – what’s with the stones?

Ask Google about the ‘Marsden Moors Heritage Trail’ and you get a range of links but none that definitively explain why there are a number of stones dotted around the valley and moors.. and why they are in those specific locations. Or what the specific number on each relates to. I had a lovely morning walk out up the hills … Keep reading >

A walk to New Lancashire – the Standedge Trail

On saturday I headed off across to New Lancashire for a circular walk that was about 10 miles in total. New Lancashire is that part of Saddleworth that used to be Old Yorkshire before some chaps in brown suits commandeered it as part of a metropolitan area shake up, back in the 1970s. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saddleworth) Anyway, they annexed off as many … Keep reading >

A walk over to my Dads and back to my youth

I don’t see as much of my dad as I could so last Sunday I went that extra mile – and a few more – and walked 6 hours or so from home over the moors to his house. I actually joined the Pennine Way up at the Rochdale Road, having cut across the moors from Eastergate down in Marsden. … Keep reading >

More a walk than a Hike – I wandered lonely, as no cloud computing

This was definitely a walk with a small ‘w’ not a Walk or even a Hike – This weekend was meant to include a day up Scafell Pike but that was postponed so I could attend the management meeting for Mikron Theatre Company. So to keep my hand in (and my vague sense of healthiness up) I did an early … Keep reading >