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The Twin Peaks of Crianlarich

On Several occasions whilst heading north towards Ben Nevis and Glencoe I have passed the twin peaks of Ben More and Stobinian and decided I must climb them at some stage though It wasn’t until ecently that I put my … Continue reading

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Summer at Glencoe Mountain

The Plateau Cafe – despite being closed – served as a kind of advanced base camp today; its walls giving some shelter from the rain bearing westerly winds that swept across the Highlands from the North Atlantic. I had walked … Continue reading

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A Moment on the Trail to Engelberg

The early evening air is calm and the weather benign as I rest on the soft turf by the summit of the pass. Across the valley jagged mountains rise through the billowing clouds that seem almost as solid as the … Continue reading

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Views of the Lake District – Hard Knott and the Roman Fort

During a recent visit to the Lake District to climb Scafell Pike with my eldest son Josh; we were fortunate enough to be out on one of those perfect spring days that we’ve seen precious little of lately. The day … Continue reading

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Hiking From Grindelwald to Zermatt – A Long Walk in the Alps Revisited

During the summer of 2007 I hiked through the Swiss Alps from Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland to Zermatt in the Valais and wrote A Long Walk in the Alps about my experiences along the way. The story’s been out … Continue reading

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Dreaming of a White Christmas? Here’s Skiddaw in November Instead…

There were a few flakes of snow just now – well sleet but I guess it’s close – falling outside or rather being blown in ahead of yet another of the heavy rain showers barrelling in from the North Atlantic. … Continue reading

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Walking in Wales – Y Lliwedd and Snowdon

Mountain hiking has always been one of my favorite activities so it’s also perhaps a good thing that the weather is also an interest as the one certainty with venturing into the hills is that you will encounter lots of … Continue reading

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Views of Iona and Mull

Here are some views of the small but beautiful island of Iona from this summer. Iona is situated in the Western Isles of Scotland or the Hebrides just off the west coast of  Mull and is best known as the … Continue reading

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The Lake District by Bike – the Wilds of Ennerdale

In the far west of the Lake District, two valleys stand out for their wildness and natural grandeur; the mountain glen of Wasdale beneath England’s highest peaks and lonely Ennerdale; just over the mountains to the North. In the case … Continue reading

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The Jura Mountains of Northern Switzerland – le Chasseron

One of the most enduring memories of childhood holidays to the alpine regions  was that wild and relatively unpopulated area of forested, mist shrouded hills that we passed through on leaving the lowlands of France and before sighting the high … Continue reading

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