A Scramble to Alport Castles

Thursday 25th July 2019

So far, we’d managed to explore a fair portion of the Peak District without attempting a single group scramble. In July 2018, we were all over it in Snowdonia… Up and down the Gylderau, Tryfan and we each survived the length of Crib Goch.

On what was set to be the hottest day of the month, we drove east towards the Derwent Valley with the intention of conquering one of the Peak District’s most infamous scrambles.

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Stanage Edge

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Following three days of walking in the Peak District, this was decided to be our communal ‘rest day’. Two of our party took this literally, while Jenny and I were keen to get another walk in. We each went our separate ways and, as she headed east to climb Win Hill, I would breach the outskirts of Sheffield to follow a route inspired by The Walking Englishman.

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A Return to Dovedale

Monday 22nd July 2019

In preparation for this ‘Week in the Peaks’, I’d drawn up a private shortlist of walks I might be interested in leading with our small group. From memory, I believe there were nine entries. Some of which I’d walked alone within my two previous trips to Derbyshire.

An opportunity to revisit Dovedale was on the cards – quite literally, a sub-ten mile route was among the AA Walks route cards in our possession. I wasn’t leading this one but I believe we extended the length a bit.

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Exmoor and Dunkery Beacon (February 2019)

Saturday 17th February 2019

I’m sure I’ll have written previously that I don’t walk on Exmoor often enough. In 2018, I can only think of two occasions where I visited this quite local National Park and each of those days was with Brunel Walking Group.

Here we are in only the second month of 2019 and I’ve recently complete my second walk on Exmoor for the year!

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Tarr Steps, Withypool Common and Winsford Hill (Exmoor)

Sunday 6th January 2019

It’s not that often that I get to walk with friends from outside of the Ramblers group. Between working hours, days and our independent lives, our schedules don’t always align for convenience.

But it was great to be able to being 2019 on a walk with two friends I hadn’t walked with since the end of September. Furthermore, we would be travelling down to Exmoor for the day.

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Severn Way: Elmore, Gloucestershire

Saturday 3rd November 2018

My previous walk of making progress in my walk along the Severn Way was all the way back in April, would you believe! I’d never intended to leave it this long in between. A ‘busy’ summer played its part in that.

So far, I’ve followed the trail north from Bristol and, at the time of writing, I’m about to enter Gloucester in my next walk. Beyond that, I’m only looking to trek as far as Tewkesbury, while the Severn Way continues for another 150 miles or more.

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Braving Pen Y Fan (September 2018)

Saturday 15th September 2018

Pen Y Fan, as you may well know, is the highest mountain in the southern half of the UK. It resides within the central Brecon Beacons of South Wales and is a popular place for all sorts of people, with a car park situated around 400m beneath the summit in terms of elevation.

I don’t often venture here, for the likely possibility that it is going to be bust. Perhaps not ‘Snowdon busy’ but, still. In fact, I’d not been to this particular mountain top for almost two whole years.

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