Category Archives: Hiking

A Hint of Spring

On this week’s walk I saw two butterflies and a large bee. Not certain if there is enough nectar for them yet. It is not clear if this is a hint of spring or an indication that winter never really … Continue reading

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The importance of a halfway pub

My last walk involved 4 hours of unrelenting rain. It was surprisingly enjoyable and provided a test for my newest kit. I think one of the reasons it wasn’t a bad experience was the promise of a pub halfway along … Continue reading

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Walking Prerequisites: Trekking Poles

I have been hiking for 8 years but have only just started using trekking poles. Slow on the uptake but with the evangelism of a recent convert I now consider them essential, increasing walking speed and stability and easing the … Continue reading

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Walking in Winter

For the last 8 years I have been a fair weather walker. Not just to avoid the cold and rain but also because I like to enjoy the countryside by having a picnic during the walk. From the beginning of … Continue reading

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Walking Prerequisites: Navigation

I prefer paper maps and a compass, not just because they don’t require a phone or GPS signal but for the viewable distance a map provides. I have never seen a hand held mapping device that displays a sufficient readable … Continue reading

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