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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Crinkle Crags

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Crinkle Crags

ROUTE STATS (including map) Crinkle Crags My favourite rollercoaster is The Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It’s a classic wooden attraction which has been thrilling riders for almost 100 years. Unlike modern rollercoasters, there are no loops. You don’t go backwards or wear virtual reality goggles. It’s hardly a smooth ride either, as your train clatters along the dips and bumps of the rickety track at what feels like warp speed. It’s the simplicity of the experience I like….

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Tiptoe Woods

Tiptoe Woods

ROUTE STATS (including map) Tiptoe Woods Northumberland is perhaps best known for its fantastic coastline. With beautiful beaches, incredible wildlife and magnificent castles, it’s arguably Britain’s finest county for those who like the sea. But apart from its rugged coast, Northumberland has its fair share of tremendous walks inland. And while the crowds seeking peace and quiet flock to the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Peak District, those in the know head to Northumberland. While there are some truly wild…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Great Gable

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Great Gable

ROUTE STATS (including map) Great Gable Speed. It’s a way of life these days. Getting things done quickly is the name of the game. Racing around to achieve as much as we can in as short a time as possible. Life in the fast lane. The corporate world is partly to blame. Management’s answer to the more-for-less conundrum often being to push their staff to breaking point with ever increasing targets and tighter deadlines. Sustainable only for a short time…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Coledale Round

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Coledale Round

‘The valley of Coledale is without charm but will be remembered with affection by those who walk around the mountain skyline of its perimeter and by so doing enjoy one of their most rewarding days on the tops.’ Alfred Wainwright ROUTE STATS (including map) Ups and Downs Many walkers instinctively know whether they prefer going uphill or downhill. Perhaps you like the prolonged thrill of the climb. Your lungs screaming out for air. Legs burning. The slow, simple, rhythm of putting…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – High Street and Harter Fell

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – High Street and Harter Fell

ROUTE STATS (including map) High Street and Harter Fell Arriving at Haweswater feels like stepping into another world. A world far removed from the trappings of modern life. One where the balance is shifted in favour of nature and where humans aren’t necessarily in charge. Even on the greyest of days, it’s like someone has turned up the intensity dial. The diversity of flora and fauna jumps out with a vivid clarity. You might see deer and red squirrels. The…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Haystacks

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – Haystacks

ROUTE STATS (including map) Haystacks I became a bit obsessed with the weather in February. Reading different forecasts. Reading between the lines of different forecasts. Trying my best to see the positives in a month of storms battering the mountains. Everyday I hoped for a break in the weather. And one which fell on a day I didn’t have work commitments. But it didn’t come. And I really started to miss the mountains! Just as my patience was starting to…

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Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Newlands Round

Wainwright’s Favourite Walks – The Newlands Round

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Newlands Round I love the night before a trip to the hills. The well-rehearsed routine of planning the route, checking the weather, making a sandwich, packing the rucksack, cramming pockets full of snacks, lining everything up by the door, early night. Ready to go. A dress rehearsal for the following day’s adventure. And it continues afterwards too. The debrief. Jotting down thoughts in my notebook. Cleaning dirty boots and reproofing gear. Packing it all away….

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2020 – A new challenge

2020 – A new challenge

This time last year, I set about thinking of a resolution for 2019. I’d stumbled across a list of the 18 major lakes in the Lake District and decided to walk around all of them. Part of me thought it’d fizzle out after a few months. It wasn’t the walks but committing the time to make regular trips to the Lake District that fazed me. I’d tried (and failed) in the past to fulfil my vague promise to “get up…

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Lakes of the Lakes : The Awards

Lakes of the Lakes : The Awards

2019. What a year it’s been. The culmination of a decade in which I’ve rediscovered a non-negotiable need for regular outdoors time. The missing piece of the puzzle after battling with anxieties pursuing a career I didn’t enjoy. Getting back outside was like finding that piece down the back of the sofa and slotting it into place. The jigsaw is now complete and it’s given me a clarity I’ve not felt for a long time. It’s as if the mist…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Crummock Water

Lakes of the Lakes : Crummock Water

Rounding off the year’s challenge with this walk around Crummock Water. Include Buttermere for an exciting figure of eight loop! ROUTE STATS (including map) Crummock Water I’ve spent the past year getting mighty familiar with lakes. Small ones, big ones, busy ones, quiet ones, peaceful ones, remote ones, natural ones, man-made ones. And lots of other ones as well. It’s been a wonderful way to experience all four corners of the Lake District. But before I start getting sentimental about…

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