Author: Paul Steele

A Yorkshire Walk Through Malhamdale

It was the first walking day of a weekend break in Malhamdale with HF Holidays. Looking out the window first thing was rain and sleet but as many of you know, the Yorkshire Dales is a fabulous place to get the boots on and walk and hike, whatever the weather. Plus, they have a range of walks to choose from daily. Today’s choices ranged from 6 to 9.5 miles. I chose the latter… bring on the miles to enjoy. Plus, with the walk being through Malhamdale it was done straight from out the door of the accommodation at Newfield...

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Newfield Hall – The Walking Retreat of Malhamdale

It was time to go have a weekend of walking, and yes, it was time to go do some great walking in the wonderful Yorkshire Dales. No matter the season, no matter the weather, this area never lets you down for amazing miles of walking. I had been kindly invited to spend a weekend on a walking holiday with HF Holidays. The base and accommodation for the weekend was a remarkable building. The impressive Newfield Hall in Malhamdale. I was looking forward to getting some great walks in but must say that the accommodation can also help make or...

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Pots and Pans, Saddleworth – A Memorable Walk

This must be one of the very first walks my father took me when a young child. I am Oldham born and bred and if you have ever passed through Saddleworth you will perhaps not have missed the sight of Pots and Pans. A hill that stands amongst the valleys and above the villages of the Saddleworth area, standing out as well to the fact it has a war memorial standing proudly at the summit. Pots and Pans is not the largest hill in the land by any account, but, extremely memorable. For me I have lost count how...

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More GoPro Animals On My Travels and Walks

Another year has passed and many more walks done. As I have said before I do love to get out a lot and enjoy a walk for all that it too, not just specifically with a more cumbersome big camera. The small and compact GoPro fits in any pocket and can be used for many a surprising moment. Wherever I am, anywhere in the world. Last year I did an article showing many of the animals I had met on my travels. All impromptu, all in the moment. I didn’t stop there, I carried on throughout the last months...

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Durham Castle – The Palace of The Prince Bishops

The year is 1072, only six years after the Norman conquests, and William the Conqueror had moved the Normans northwards requiring a castle where Durham Castle now stands. The main aim to defend from the Scottish but increasingly also, a place to govern from with a rebellious peoples of North England. Construction began in 1076 under the Earl of Northumberland, Waltheof, but alas he rebelled against the King and was executed. What came next was a complete change of the way the area was governed, specific to the area. County Durham has numerous signs saying the ‘Land of The Prince...

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Launderette Sessions, Durham – A Unique Gig Venue

On a recent weekend break in Durham I was looking at some unique and great things to enjoy in the evenings. I was pointed in the direction of The Launderette Sessions at the Old Cinema Launderette. Now then, that is totally unique indeed, of course I went for it and a wonderful evening it was too. Yes, it is a launderette by day, a very good one by all accounts, but in the evenings it becomes a venue for music gigs of all kinds of tastes. It is not often you get a quirky place where you get a...

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