Whether you’re a confirmed country walking enthusiast, just dabble a bit or are totally new to the pastime I hope you enjoy my scribblings, walk descriptions and ‘photo’s, limited as they are to my amateur status. There are areas that I’ve revisited more than others. Some places I’ve been to only once. Others have become firm favourites, such as :-
• The Lake District.
Anywhere really! but the Ullswater, Borrowdale & Grasmere areas seem to pull me back time and again.
• The Yorkshire Dales.
Swaledale is Special, Malham Spectacular, 3-Peaks Brill’, etc. etc.
• The Peak District.
I tend to head to the White Peak, rather than the Dark Peak, although I kind of lump the Gritstone edges around Baslow in the East and the Roaches in the West as part of the White Peak because of their southerly positions and the OS map they are on.
It’s really quite impossible to say what my favourite area or place is. I suppose the best answer is :-
• where-ever I happen to be at the time …
• or … where I’ve just been
• or … “where I’m planning on going next”
• not to forget … “all those places I’ve visited before”.
Having said that, when I’ve been walking on my own with full choice of where to go, more often than not, I’ve headed north.
Joined up walking.
Over the years I’ve done lots of day-walks, quite often geographically close to each other, but pretty much in isolation from each other. Each walk in its own right is perfectly fine. However, when I’ve done multi-day routes, (“back-packing” between Youth Hostels generally), then I’ve found previous walks join-up & overlap and the landscapes merge and make sense, somehow it’s very satisfying.
• When I did The White Peak Way [Sept. 1987] all of a sudden the Peak district seemed to shrink in size.
• The same happened in the Lake district, a couple of long ridges, a rise over a saddle and all of a sudden you can find yourself in Southern Lakeland rather than the North of the region.
• In the Yorkshire Dales each valley can have it’s own character; for example Swaledale is different from Wensleydale (even the cheese tastes different) although they are only a few miles apart. Walking between these adjacent locations over several days can give a sense of time and place that a ten-minute drive just can’t achieve.