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6 May

Fantastic day’s walking in the Lake District.

A last minute whim lead us to Glenridding to walk up Helvellyn via Striding Edge, and back again down Swirral Edge. The weather was good for walking: still, clear, and for the most part sunny and cool (although we did have about 40 minutes of snow!) We think the walk was about 8.5 miles, and fairly easy going, apart from the scramble along Sharp Edge and up onto Helvellyn.

Most of DD&H were in Skipton for a weekend of walking, but a select group of us that hadn’t been able to head off to Skipton enjoyed today’s walk. Definitely a fantastic day!


Long Run Saturday

6 May

Yesterday I ran 7 miles.

This is the longest that I have ever run, and I am so pleased with myself. In addition to that, I felt really good, and could probably have done a mile or more on top of this distance, but decided to call it a day at 7 because that was Saturday’s goal distance.
On top of that I did a PB on my 6 miles (62 minutes), which really pleased me too.

The next time I do a long run I would like to see if I can make it to 8 miles. However, I am meant to be going to London next weekend to attend the World Burlesque Games and generally have a fun girly weekend, so it will probably be a fortnight before I get a chance to do this.

Today I am off to the Lake District with some of the Darlington Dales and Hills for a little ramble. I have no idea what the plan is, it is all very ad hoc as the majority of DD&H are in Skipton for a walking festival, but the mountain weather forecast suggests that it is perfect walking weather in the Lakes today (cold, still and clear), so it bodes well for a superb day’s hiking.

Teesdale Way: Stapleton to Gainsford

22 Apr

Lovely 11.5 mile walk along the Tees from Stapleton to Gainsford today. We were very lucky with the weather and only had one bad downpour, with the weather staying fair for the rest of the day.


We walked into Piercebridge and spent some time exploring the Roman fort there, which had been built to protect and manage the crossings over a wooden bridge over the Tees.

A lovely walk, and a nice post-walk drink in the pub too. 🙂

Cauldron Snout

15 Apr


Today’s walk with Darlington Dales and Hills was an easy 6.5 miles to Cauldron Snout. We had a really good turn out, including 6 people walking with us for the first time. The weather, however, was pretty unpleasant. We had a bit of sun, but a lot of strong, cold northerly wind, and at times snow! In April?! I know!

The pace was fairly leisurely, but that suited me as my achilles was a bit sore after yesterday’s run.


A week in the Lakes

16 Mar

I’ve just got back from a lovely week’s walking in the Lake District. I have the post holiday blues now. I don’t really want to be back thinking about all the things I need to do before heading to Canada next week Imagefor work.

So, after a delightful weekend with the Darlington Dales and Hills, and magnificent weather, I moved into the fabulous vegan B&B at Fox Hall, Kendal. I always enjoy staying there: Chris and Sylvia are lovely and friendly, can’t do enough to make your stay comfortable, the accommodation is lovely, food amazing, and the place is immaculate. I can’t fault it. 🙂

Mum and Dad were in the caravan about 10 miles away so on Monday morning I drove down to join them and took them on a moderate 8 miler near Ambleside. This was a bit too much for the two of them (and the Imagedog) and by 2/3 of the way around they were pretty worn out. However, they plodded on and were rewarded at the end of the walk with a trip to Chesters by the River at Skelwith Bridge. They do the best coffee, and the cakes (I am reliably informed) are delicious, although sadly not vegan so I didn’t get to sample them.

The rest of the week I took them on rather easier walks, and we always finished the day at Chesters so that I could have a coffee (or 2) and they could eat a huge slab of cake! Every day except Wednesday when fellow DD&H-er Sean drove over to the Langdales and we did Crinkle Crags in unbelievably thick cloud (which was a massive shame because we didn’t get to enjoy any views after all our hard work). I did take Sean to Chesters though so he could demolish a massive slab of Battenburg cake, so even though the views were non-existent, the walk was enjoyable and the post-walk treats made up for it. 🙂

This morning I decided to have a day off walking. The weather was poor, it had started to rain after it being dry all week, the visibility was awful, and after 6 days walking I figured I deserved to have a day off, so I drove from Kendal to Keswick rather slowly enjoying the rainy views and stopping for a mooch or a coffee and the whim took me.

I’m now home, with the washing machine on it’s third cycle, and the holidays seem a long way away already. They were ace though.


4 Mar


The Darlington Dales and Hills Ramblers headed north today to take in a circular walk from Alwinton in Northumberland. Now, whilst this was an Alwinton Round it wasn’t THE Alwinton Round (I did all 20 miles of that a couple of years ago on a stinking hot day and it nearly did me in!) This was a 10 mile circular taking in 3 hills and a lot of gorgeous Cheviot hillside.

The weather, however, was vile. We arrived and within 5 minutes of starting the walk we were walking in a blizzard. So we had snow in our faces, and snow under foot, which was slippery, and for some reason seemed to want to ball up underneath my gaiters.

It stayed like this for most of the walk, particularly on the higher hills, but it made the views pretty spectacular. Coupled with this we had the sound of explosions from time to time as the red flags were flying and the military were out practicing on the hills on the other side of the Coquet River.

By the time we were heading back to Alwinton, the weather had decided to stop snowing, and it felt a little warmer. The views were lovely of the hills with their icing sugar tops.

I think Northumberland is picking on me. It’s SO SO beautiful up there, on sunny days, with faultless views for miles and miles, yet whenever I lead a walk up there the weather turns nasty. I thought, with the glorious weather this past week, that we were sure to have a fabulous day for walking today. Who could have expected snow in March?! Crazy: I thought spring had already arrived seeing as it was 17 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.

Still, it was a fantastic walk. Perhaps next time I lead a walk up there for Darlington Dales and Hills the sun will shine.


Glaisdale, Egton Bridge & the River Esk

19 Feb

We had a glorious day for walking today, taking in just over 8 miles in the North Yorkshire Moors. The weather was dry and sunny, but there was a pretty cold wind blowing, which was quite biting when you got up on to exposed moorland, but in the valleys the weather was really very clement for February.


The walk was great because there was lots of different terrains: some climbing, some forest walking, some road walking, some moorland walking, and walking through fields. Plenty to keep everyone interested.