An Oldie Outdoors

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Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m no tough guy and no expert, just an ordinary oldie who likes the outdoors. I hope you find my modest exploits interesting and I’ll be very for grateful for any advice.

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The Schil, my favourite wild camp.

I’m Andrew Cannon, I’m fifty-seven years old. Some say that doesn’t make me an ‘oldie’ but I think, as with everything we name, it depends on viewpoint. I don’t consider ‘oldie’ pejorative but celebratory, especially as for me it encompasses the incredible first world luxury of retirement.

I live an outdoorsy life in rural Norfolk but perversely, considering I hate heights and the cold, I’m also fond of blundering up hills. Intermittently I leave unhilly Norfolk on unambitious adventures. During these I reflect on my inability to choose the right gear for the job, and wish I could get better information. I also muse on the slippery philosophy of outdoor life. Nothing extreme or life-threatening. A slight emphasis on food.

Among other things, my blog documents two of my three completions of the Pennine Way, England’s oldest and best National Trail. To help you plan your own Pennine Way, these posts are organised into Resources, Navigation and Journal. You don’t have to sift my journal for the useful stuff, but if you would like to read it, just scroll down. I’d be grateful for any comments, thanks again for your visit.


Sunrise over Blackton Reservoir from Clove Lodge, Pennine Way.