Chrome Hill, Peaks; April 2017

A walk on a glorious day through the environs of Buxton, which, whilst out of the national park, is nestled in the Peaks. The sun was shining and it felt more like summer than an early spring day which kept me going through the early dull sections of the walk. It's always a bit tricky … Continue reading Chrome Hill, Peaks; April 2017

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Porto, Portugal; March 2017

I can't quite remember why we picked Porto, but it was deemed a good place to get away for a long weekend in the late winter/early spring of the UK - to be honest there is not much to distinguish seasons here anymore anyway. I'm sure there were seasons when I was young and that … Continue reading Porto, Portugal; March 2017

A BrewDay: Coffee Imperial Stout

My friend Simon, one of my favourite brewers, has been showing me the ropes of how to brew for the last five or six months or so. He's accumulated a large amount of knowledge in the last few years so it's really interesting to pair this knowledge with my substantial experience of drinking it! I've … Continue reading A BrewDay: Coffee Imperial Stout

Black Sheep Brewery & Middleham Brewery, Yorkshire Dales; November 2016

My friend from university organised a trip to the Dales to stay in a cottage around a trip to the Black Sheep Brewery which is in Masham (Mas-Ham) a pleasant market town with many avenues to add to your waistline! I was a little anxious about the beer as my tastes have moved on since … Continue reading Black Sheep Brewery & Middleham Brewery, Yorkshire Dales; November 2016

Athens, Greece; October 2016

Athens took me a little by surprise or maybe just occupied a void of imagination. It doesn't fit into the pattern of London, Paris, Rome etc. It's a much smaller, intimate city which has much more in common with likes of Leeds and Manchester. Sure, for the most part it's not an architectural wonder, it's … Continue reading Athens, Greece; October 2016

A few shots around Aomori and Sapporo, Japan

I didn't have very long in these places, they were stopovers to break up long train journeys. I did manage to fit in a trip to the Sapporo Beer Museum. It was here that my tolerance for the Japanese using the word premium pretty much everywhere snapped when I was given a pretty poor dairylea cheese … Continue reading A few shots around Aomori and Sapporo, Japan

The Cape Wrath Trail, North West Scotland; July 2015

“It’s at this point I learnt that the CWT is the Buckaroo of long Distance Paths; you know for sure that the path is going to turn to a boggy, hellish quagmire – you just don’t know when!” Route Unfortunately there was not enough time to cover the entire trail as we only had 7 … Continue reading The Cape Wrath Trail, North West Scotland; July 2015

A Hike Across the Peak District from Sheffield to the Buxton Brewery Tap!

Well I'm a bit behind here as I was busy preparing for and then walking along the Cape Wrath Trail (that's coming) and thought I better put a quick post up about this walk I did the week before Scotland. The walk crossed the park from Sheffield, across the Mam Tor Ridge and eventually Buxton … Continue reading A Hike Across the Peak District from Sheffield to the Buxton Brewery Tap!