I’ve been and gone and walked the Pennine Way again, for the fifth time! This time as well as completing my summit camps I was on a mad mission to write a poem a day. These were well received on my social and I was implored to put them together into an actual book, so […]

heacham norfolk dune camp

I stumbled with unusual optimism off my own front doorstep and onto the first long distance hike I’ve ever devised myself. It was to be my best and most unique adventure yet…

gritstone rock at sunset on kinder peak district england

The Purposeless Pennine Way – a third, more philosophical, journey along Britain’s premier long distance hiking trail…

scarista beach on island of Harris

Who wouldn’t want to hike 190 miles along a chain of astonishing islands to the UK’s windiest wild camp?

My itinerary and complete trail journals from the SNT, 470 miles of surprisingly manageable and fascinating hiking…

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The Perverse Pennine Way – walking the ‘wrong’ way, north to south, and largely spurning indoor accommodation.

pennine way national trail hiking england

The Pleasant Pennine Way – a challenging but enjoyable hike along England’s oldest and best National Trail.

When I first ventured into Snowdonia, fortunately under experienced leadership, there were rules…

How would I survive a bivy in this? I began to cry out loud to the forest Gods for shelter, oh please, any shelter…

I just plonked the bivy down rather informally on the towpath. A couple of dog walkers said hello, but after that I had the place to myself…

On my Cosmic Solstice Rebirth Pilgrimage across Britain I now found myself slinking like a damp rat from pub to petrol station, scrounging brownies off innocent residents and slurping instant coffee from cardboard with desperate enthusiasm…

What a heritage, what a country. And what better way to appreciate it than to blunder through the whole accumulation, the whole palimpsest of it all, on foot…

bivvy bag micro tarp home made from silnylon

My first venture into the murky and laborious world of MYOG – Making Your Own Gear…

You may be surprised to hear anyone might casually stroll onwards into Scotland…

windy gyle bivvy view over cheviot hills

I sorted myself out and hunkered down, it started to get dark…

I am running out of expressions for ‘it started to rain really quite heavily’…

I’ll show you! Who needs to allegedly ruin your ‘private party’…

Everything was very wet and everywhere was very quiet…

pennine way hiking trail england

They’d put the flags out for me…

summit to eat camp foods

Am I converted to freeze-dried camp food? Hmm…

I can’t decide whether the Hebridean Way will become a classic trail…

A much more fitting end to a long trail…

In the Outer Hebrides these things often turn out not to be problems at all…

northton bay harris outer hebrides

You’re about to step onto one of the most beautiful, moving and remarkable treasures of the UK’s built heritage…