• Hallin Fell, Lake District

    Terrain: Easy

    Time: 30 minutes to summit and 15 minutes return

    Pound for pound Hallin Fell on the South-eastern side of Ullswater, gives one of the best views in The Lake District, for so little effort!

    Beginning at St. Peter's Church (The 'New church' of Martindale) the route is straightforward, leading towards the summit where 3 separate routes diverge along emerald green paths winding their ways through the bracken. Each finds their way to the summit with none having a greater recommendation than the other. My own preference is to keep left where views of Boredale and Martindale are most prominent.

    These views into two remote valleys remain a constant until the summit obelisk is attained revealing a suprb view along Ullswater from the crook in the lake.

    Return by any route descending towards the church.

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  • College Valley, Cheviots

    When the winds of Fall rend Autumn's cloak and hillside bracken browns to a dormant curl, tracks soften underfoot and the air hangs heavy with mist. The foretaste of the oncoming Winter provides a late Autumnal display of decaying leaves and fading light.

    The College Valley feels remote owing to it having private access limited to just 12 cars per day. As this has a charge associated with it, weekdays feel quiet and the walker slows the pace commensurate with the flow of natural time. The only thing that pushes time is the fading light.

    Read more in the Northumberland section of the website

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  • Maoile Lunndaidh from Glen Strathfarrar

    Remote Munros remain for me now (Just six after this one)... Maoile Lunndaidh has sat on the distant horizon for too long!

    From Glen Strathfarrar in the east (A prvate glen with restrictions of access), drive the 14 miles to the Loch Monar dam from where a straightforward, yet delightful, ascent can be made to this very Cairngorm like mountain.

    The view from the summit is stunning with fine sourrounds of mountains on all skylines.

    Read more on the 'Scottish Highlands' page of the website.

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  • Sgurr na Ciche, Glen Dessary

    Wednesday 2nd August 2017

    Terrain: Difficult

    Distance: 14.5 miles approx

    Having missed this Munro first time round (Owing to staying in a Spean Bridge B&B and stating I would return by X ) I was determined to complete this on a good weather day as the views across the Inner and Outer Hebrides would be of note.

    Leaving the car park at the end of the twisting narrow road to Strathan from Gairlochy, the bike was invaluable. New signage indicates a desire by the Glendessary estate to use the Southern approach through the forestry blocks rather than the route past the lodge. This was of no consequence, having travelled up the glen previously by means of the path. The forest track was well-maintained and meant for a quick access past A'Chuil bothy to a point where he bike could be left shortly after the second bridge. The remainder on foot is straightforward.

    Read more in the 'Scottish Highlands' section of the website.

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  • Dales Highway and Dales Way circular from Millthrop, Cumbria

    Distance: 11.5 miles

    Terrain: easy

    Leaving the small laybay at the bridge over the River Rawthey (in spate), the route takes the road into the hamlet of Millthrop opposite the town of Sedbergh. Turning left at a T -junction and then right at a further one, the road concludes up a small rise giving way onto the open fell at Side farm.

    Beyond this gat take the onward route rather than turning right. Negotiating streams and marsh to a point where the walker turns south east and rises to a wall stretching along Long Rigg. At a further gate the route onwards is obvious and drops down immediately before joining a green lane that becomes a tarmac road at Lunds.

    Now in the dip of beautiful Dentdale, follow the River Dee upstream. Once the main road at Barth Bridge has been crossed, by means of a delightful riverside walk, this leads to Church Bridge and here the road is regained once more, turning uphill to the village of Dent.

    For full walk, read more in the Yorkshire Dales section of the website

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