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A Walk and a Sailing Myth The small ferry sailing around Frederiksborg Castle resembles undeniably a little boat from Legoland. However, many people are having a joyous day on the lake with a different view to the castle. Recently I heard on the radio that the little boat is a rebuilt lifeboat from one of the most famous vessels in Danish history:.
Cheap outdoor gear… How to kickstart your outdoor life on a budget There can be no doubt about it, the outdoor industry is a competitive one. This is good news when it comes to the economy but perhaps not such good news when it comes to encouraging people to get outside in a safe and enjoyable way.
The need to reduce deer numbers in Scotland That deer numbers in the Scottish hills are far too high to allow forest regeneration has been known for many decades. The extermination of predators followed by the rise of deer stalking as a leisure pursuit of the wealthy are the causes. Stalking estates require large numbers of deer for their clients.
Bore da… How's your Welsh? Last weekend I spent a lovely couple of days in the midst of the Cambrian Mountains in mid-Wales. My sister and I both enjoy languages and we spent a fair amount of our travelling time trying to pronounce and understand some of the Welsh place names.
An Icy Ordeal Do you think he intends to take a swim, I asked dubious. We stood as frozen, literally.An old man wearing a bathrobe came walking towards us. He limped heavily and had difficulty keeping his balanc…
Alex and Bob`s Blue Sky Scotland ALL PHOTOS CLICK FULL SCREEN A female goosander with reflection on the River Almond walk in…
Colorado Rockies: More Pictures Stuck inside with a bad cold for the last week and tired of doing my accounts I've been looking through my photos from last year's long walk on the Continental Divide Trail in the Colorado Rockies. Reliving a walk this way is always relaxing.I've also been reminded of the variety scenery and the changes in the weather.
September in Norway When I think of Norway, I think of September. The smell of marshland. A wonderful clear blue sky between rain showers. In September, the mosquitoes are usually on retreat, and that makes the walk into low-lying areas much more pleasant. If you are lucky you can experience the birch trees changing dress from green to yellow to fiery red.
Clear, clear waters… Winter outdoor swimming in Snowdonia Between Christmas and New Year Mr B2 and I escaped in our newly converted camper van to Snowdonia where we enjoyed some wild nights, a few walks and some beautiful clear water. In truth it was only I who indulged in outdoor swimming, and consequently only I who shivered at night.
35 years ago I was planning my Continental Divide Trail thru-hike Thirety-five years ago I was preparing for the longest walk I've ever undertaken, the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail that runs from Canada to Mexico down the Rocky Mountains. In 1985 this trail was in its infancy. There was no official route, virtually no waymarking, in many places no actual trail.
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Not just sandy beaches: Walking in the Caribbean When you want to plan a trip to the Caribbean, you should consider where you want to go, what you want to do, and how long you would like to stay in each location. There are some amazing beaches listed below that offer you amazing photo spots, great places to walk, and nice coast towns that you should visit.
A New Year, A New Decade: the challenge for nature A few trees cling to the sides of a burn, out of reach of deer. There should be a forest here. Last year saw a sudden upsurge in concern about the intertwined problems of climate change and wildlife extinction. This is heartening but only if it leads to action.
My Photography in 2019: Favourite Pictures Sunset from Meall a'Bhuachaille, Cairngorms, January. Sony NEX 7, Sony E 16-50mm @ 34mm, 1/250 @ f8, ISO 100 Last year I took 3,500 photos. As always many were of gear, camps or for reference. Less than half were taken to capture a beautiful or spectacular scene.
Lots to explore at Drizzlecombe Want a fascinating place to visit to start the new year off with a bit of history? You can do no better than a visit to Drizzle Combe on the south moor. It has lots to offer and is easily accessible along some easy going tracks from Princetown.
Ice Fun in the Evening Glow We grasp a few apples from a wooden box, on our way down the stairs. The snowy roads are quiet, and the snow sparkles in the low sun. We park our bikes up against the trees leaning over the frozen lake. There are all kind of people out skating. Old and youngsters and those in between.
263 - Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag Over the years, I've frequently returned to the Coniston Hills in the Lake District. I've posted a few of the more recent trips in this blog and have also had a couple of Coniston routes published in Walking World, both of which sold fairly well over the years.
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An accidental visit to Venton Chapel "It's amazing what you discover when you're out in the Devon country lanes" says Two Blondes frequently. Our recent visit to Widecombe in the Moor allowed us to explore some of the lanes that we don't usually use. We discovered the tiny area of Venton and admired the fabulous dwellings that we found there.
Exploring Never saw him again despite using the line and station at the same time of day for years. So 'stick it' to the usurpers of one's privacy and right to anonymity - anyone caught posting images taken without permission should be taken out and… - chose your punishment… Lives of great men will remind us.
The Day After… When the day grew dark, a rosy glow coloured the sky. A subdued but beautiful fireworks.
Resolutions but not for this new year… The usual manner of new year's resolutions is to make them for the year ahead. However, when Blonde One and I found ourselves with tent time to spare during our Dartmoor wild camping Christmas party, our thoughts turned to getting older and how we might like to approach that happening when it eventually arrives.
Farewell to 2019 with a favourite walk on Meall a'Bhuachaille The last day of the year. After a week of rain, clouds and hidden hills, a frost and sunshine. A New Year's Eve walk. Wanting time to think and reflect a familiar favourite seemed wise. Meall a'Bhuachaille beckoned. Setting out I took little footpaths through the woods rather than the main track.
Travels with Conrad But there was always a vein of sentimentality that ran through the later work and in compiling my recent hundred books I mentioned a preference for the earlier stuff like Cannery Row.
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