On a brighter morning than the forecast suggested we sailed to Brodick, the small port on the East of Arran. The ferry was absolutely packed and it seemed there was a memo for all and sundry to spill forth onto the little island, the so called Scotland in miniature. The plan was to walk the Arran Coastal … Continue reading Arran Coastal Path, Scotland; 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
This is a walk I've done a few times now and normally very early in the year running out light. However, this time the weather was absolutely perfect and it was an absolute joy from beginning to end. This quite a long walk and a tough one, not like the walk in the Lakes a … Continue reading Marsden to Edale, Peaks; 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
Day 1 - Corridor Route of Scafell Pike to Eskdale My friend invited me along to a hike with his colleagues from work last weekend and since I had planned to go away hiking somewhere it seemed like a great opportunity. We had a really early start to get up to the trailhead and I … Continue reading Scafell Pike & Eskdale, Lake District; March 2017
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
It's been a while since I've done this walk - in fact around 18 months or so when testing gear before heading to the Pyrenees. The route is about 32 miles over two days which, on good footpaths is a fairy easy undertaking. However, it's that "good footpaths" part that provides the interest - and … Continue reading Appleby to Langwathby via Greg’s Hut, Cumbria; January 2017.
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 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
This is the largest citadel in Europe. We didn't have a lot of time, but it was worth exploring. Lots of empires have been here: Athenians, Spartans, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans etc.