A gentle four mile walk from Grasmere to Ambleside

A gentle four mile walk from Grasmere to Ambleside

Starting in the centre of Grasmere, head for the church and then turn right. Your route skirts around the southern edge of Grasmere lake, and you now see the water clearly in front of you.     Stay on the

A spectacular murmuration in North Wales …

A spectacular murmuration in North Wales …

Murmuration… What a great word. Distant memories of English lessons at school (or a recent pub quiz) might remind you that it’s the collective noun for starlings and other birds. It describes how they fly together – sometimes in their

Seal gazing on the North Yorkshire Coast

Seal gazing on the North Yorkshire Coast

  I have to admit I was sceptical. I mean, just walking along the beach and seeing hundreds of seals up close just didn’t seem possible. When you do see seals, they are usually on their own bobbing away in

Circular walk from from Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Pen Y Ghent and Plover Hill

Circular walk from from Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Pen Y Ghent and Plover Hill

Distance: 9 miles Time 4 to 5 hours   At 694 metres Pen Y Ghent may be the smallest of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks  (the other two being Ingleborough and Whernside), but with its distinctive shape and dominant presence,

Reflections on Climbing Mont Blanc

Reflections on Climbing Mont Blanc

Climb it Range’s Jim Langley has just returned to the UK after climbing Mont Blanc. Below he describes the experience and gives a few tips and pointers to anyone considering this challenge.     I’ve spent the last two summer seasons working

A day out at Loughrigg and Skelwith Bridge

A day out at Loughrigg and Skelwith Bridge

Wild swimming, breathtaking high and low level views, waterfalls (and incredible vegetarian food) … all in one day at Loughrigg in the Lake District. We parked our car at the Silverdale car park, which is located just outside the village

Mid-summer Sunrise walk to the Summit of Goat Fell, Isle of Arran

Mid-summer Sunrise walk to the Summit of Goat Fell, Isle of Arran

Richard Langley describes his dawn ascent of Goat Fell (874 metres), the highest point on the Isle of Arran, Scotland.   Setting off from the cottage in Blackwaterfoot at 3.00AM the drive along the String to Brodick took me to the

Camping at Nicholaston Farm of the Gower Penninsula

Camping at Nicholaston Farm of  the Gower Penninsula

Camping at  Nicholaston Farm is a perfect way to discover the beauty and wonder of  the Gower Penninsula, that finger of land that sticks out into the Bristol Channel just south of Swansea, in south Wales. Of course, many people only visit the

Are wolves coming back to Scotland?

Are wolves coming back to Scotland?

The last wild wolf in Scotland was shot dead in 1680. Now there are plans to bring wolves back. What do we think of that? Well, it’s a fascinating issue and one that gets to the heart of what the

A lovely, varied circular walk from Alstonefield, taking in the river Dove and Narrowdale Hill

A lovely, varied circular walk from Alstonefield, taking in  the river Dove and Narrowdale Hill

Alstonfield is pretty as a picture with two  campsites  and a  pub at its heart.   There’s a car park though near the centre of the village, next to the church and public toilets. After parking up turn right, heading