A Christmas jaunt to Black Hill

Black Hill festive meetup

This was indeed a jaunt as opposed to a ‘big hike’ but the destination and intent where more the (festive) focus than views and miles covered.  On a foggy but warm night last week, a few outdoorsy mates either walked or ran from the Isle of Skye road above Marsden and Meltham and up to Black hill.  The walkers went via … read more >

Greenfield to Marsden via Laddow Rocks – a Halloween hike

Wimberry Rocks Saddleworth

Phantom planes, occult activities and ghostly figures have been allegedly heard or spotted over the years around the saddleworth moor area. Perfect then for an eighteen mile hike across part of them, on Halloween, as devised by friends Jenny and Mac. And a chilli at Jenny’s had been planned for afterwards, making it even more of an event to look forward to.

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Le Hike to Le Grand Depart

between Holme Moss Black Hill Yorkshire Moors

The Tour De France Grand Depart, as anyone with a TV or radio will know, started from Yorkshire this year. And whilst I’ve never had more than a passing interest in watching bike races; it seemed crazy not to be part of such an enthusiastically embraced event, living so close as I do to part of the route. By close, I mean … read more >

Black Hill and back – a sunny, boggy, grouse filled hike

Yesterday I finally did a route I’d looked at a while back but for various reasons not fully completed. And I had the best of the weekend weather as it turned out .. witness my slightly red forehead now 🙂 The route starts and ends in Marsden, taking in the Wessenden Valley and part of the Pennine Way into the Peak District and up … read more >

On top of 3 counties.. a schlep up Black Hill

I’ve tried to walk from my house to Black Hill a couple of times but weather has stopped play on both occasions. There isn’t anywhere grimmer (or potentially dodgy) than the moors when the snow is falling or the land is wrapped in fog and heavy rain. And I’ve been a sensible (lone) hiker on those occasions. But today I … read more >

Reservoir Round Trip

I knew it was going to be a bright, frosty morning so despite having over-Guinnessed (oh dear) from the night before, I headed off up onto the moors with the dog. I’m joining some others in february to walk up Snowdon – so any and all exercise at this stage has got to be good 🙂 I had a vague plan to head … read more >