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Hammock time - always say thank you Here's a little video of my hammock and I swinging gently in the trees. It was so peaceful at Hole Station Adults Only Campsite that I dozed off and, apparently, could be heard doing some Sunday morning snoring in my glade.
Not much snow left in the Cairngorms Last of the snow in Coire Domhain, a popular spot for snowholes in the winter How much snow is left in the Cairngorms after the heatwave? When I was last there, nearly three weeks ago, there wasn't very much. There's far less now. A walk over Stob Coire an t-Sneachda and Cairn Lochan only revealed a few tiny patches.
Brandon Mountain Standing proud towards the end of the Dingle Peninsula in the far southwest of Ireland is Brandon Mountain. It's the most westerly of Ireland's 900 metre 'munros', in County Kerry.
364pm Bellanoch to Crinan From up here the sea is a soft blue, and as flat as a piece of silk. Only a few waves - and the wake of a tiny ship, turning in circles far below - ruffle the water. I soon spot a footpath going down the slope to my left. Thinking it must head down to the shore, I follow it.
Wildflowers in July on San Bruno Mountain Our hiking destination last week was San Bruno Mountain, which is a San Mateo County Park. For us, this was peak #46 of the Bay Chapt…
Gear For An Overnight Summer Camp On The Cairngorm Plateau At the height of the heatwave I had an overnight trip on the Cairngorm Plateau, which I wrote about here. Afterwards I posted a picture of all my gear laid out at my camp, noting that being able to do this was extremely rare. People then asked me questions about items of gear - what it was, what it weighed, how it performed, and more.
247 - Sgurr na Stri and the Cuillin Mountains of Skye Despite having almost perfect weather on our May Scottish trip, our first foray onto Skye produced one of the wettest days of the month. After a day of rain we bailed out, with the option of diverting back there on the way back home - there were two good mountain days in the Cuillins planned, and I wasn't about to give up too quickly.
Tuesday's Ten - Things to find when walking on Dartmoor One of the things that we Blondes love about map and compass navigation is the ability it gives you to explore your favourite places off the map. Navigating is, to us, like a two way treasure hunt; you can set off to see what things you have found on the map look like and you can find out what things on the ground actually are.
Most beautiful trails you should see in Australia An old abandoned 40-kilometer railway tunnel known as the Glowworm Tunnel, located in Wollemi National Park is the perfect trail to explore if you want to experience something really special.
South West Coast Path Section 15 Port Isaac to Padstow Another fabulous day of weather in store for this section and not too early a start on account of it being a Sunday and therefore no early morning buses. I set off from my base in Tintagel with plenty of time to spare and drove down to Rock. I had time to look at parking options before finding a space close to the bus stop and ambled over to it.
Campfire recipes - sausage ratatouille I think sausages and ratatouille are usually different dishes but one pot cooking is ideal when you are cooking over a campfire and combining ingredients in slightly unusual ways can result in some great flavours. This particular dinner was cooked at Hole Station Adults Only Campsite and during its cooking, no adults were harmed.
Whitbarrow-the-awkward Richard and I have been having a bit of a campaign on Whitbarrow on the south Lakes road. We've generally started from Beck Head but, while on one of the walks, we found another carpark near a farm halfway along the fell - depends on which paths you want to use… Photos a mix of my manual film camera and Richard's digi point-and-shoot.
Classic Gear:Lowe Alpine Expedition Pack Last year I wrote a series of pieces on classic outdoor gear for The Great Outdoors. Over the next few months I'll post them here. Thr first one is about a pack that changed how we carry big loads. Fifty years ago a new company launched its first product - an innovative pack that would revolutionise load carrying.
Dragør - An Outstanding Skipper Town Dragør is a great place for a stroll. The environment is unique with the old and extraordinary well-preserved town. Furthermore the harbour is very Hyggelig with a great view to the Øresund Bridge. Lots of things to explore!! Dragør was founded in the 12th century, and grew quickly as a fishing port.
Gear Review - The Robens Rapturous 120 Airbed I have lost count of the number of camping nights I have spent on my ThermaRest camping mat but I know that it has seen me through freezing Ten Tors wild camping nights, over warm DofE nights and wet Dartmoor nights.
Camping recipes - a churros treat DofE camp is an unpredictable affair, when the weather is poor and teams are late in, it is all hands to the deck to help make sure that everyone has eaten, warmed up and got themselves ready for the next day before going to bed.
South West Coast Path Section 10 Hartland Quay to Morwenstow It was with much relief that I woke to find that the fog had lifted overnight and replaced by a fresh sunlit day. This meant I could proceed with the plan I had yesterday to walk the section between Hartland Quay and Morwenstow.
Woodman Lane from the Highwayman Looks as though you have unearthed the northerner amongst them. Maybe amongst the broad acres and looming heights of the north, they might be less prominent - but it still makes one wonder 'why' ! Do the horses care ? Or is the real objective the breaking in of other fillies ?
A Sad, Damaged Landscape The heather moorland landscape I walked through on the walk described in my last post typified what is happening in much of the Eastern Highlands. I hadn't visited this area before, but I suspected it would be similar ones in terms of environmentally damaging developments and, sadly, it was.
On A Hot Summer Day Messing about in boats is a meaningful occupation on a hot summer day. All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered. Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows.
How to avoid midges when camping - bivvy inside a mosquito net Watch out, there's a midge about! Or rather, in the UK 500 different species of biting midges and, in Scotland, an estimated 21 billion in the Highlands and Islands alone. Sadly midges bite all over the UK and, unless you are prepared for them, these annoying little critters have the potential to spoil an outdoor adventure.
A Sweltering Dales Backpack, 24th–26th June 2018 Messrs Rye and Walker had planned this little jaunt and foolishly invited me along….probably knowing I'd bring them beer. Which I did. Obv. The Plan was to meet up at Hebden near Grassington on Sunday around 2pm.
"Nifty Ninety Peak" challenge takes us to Almaden Quicksilver County Park At the end of June, Ralph and I and our good friend Patricia Schaffarczyk headed for Almaden Quicksilver County Park, part of S…
Take Your Hiking Habit On Holiday: 4 Top Tips There are plenty of places to walk in the UK, but once you have the bug you might also want to try a walking holiday abroad. Help is at hand with these top tips from our friends, Lanzarote experts Optima Villas… Hiking can form an integral part of an unforgettable holiday if incorporated correctly.
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