A popular local race for the hardy fell runners is the Hebden 15/22 which is run each year at the end of January. Having not attempted a fell race before, this one is just about as brutal as they get with a 15 or 22 mile option over some very undulating terrain (almost 3000ft of ascent in 15 miles) in usually bad weather. A friend of mine who is training for a ultra-marathon later in the year suggested that I enter to run the course as a good introduction to fell running, so, on the 21st of January I...Read More
I was lucky enough to have lived in the hills above West Yorkshire for a few months. Not far over the tops from my hometown of Oldham and overlooking the Colne Valley from Slaithwaite towards Huddersfield. Even more lucky having dogs to walk and being out early for a stroll, some strolls giving the most exquisite scenes fresh and early in the morning. I do find the early mornings my favourite of the dog walks. So quiet, so still, often refreshing and whatever the weather it inspires me for the day ahead. In this particular place I was up...Read More
Since my move to York I never wasted any time seeking out some great local walks. It never has to be mountains and valleys to satisfy. Walks that enable you to get some wonderful fresh air and scenery, on a whim, you know the kind I mean. Not only is it the locality that drives me back time and time again to these walks but the variety en route around. One minute you are strolling by the River Ouse, then the next you are passing by beautiful meadows. Hidden pondscapes, panoramic views of the hall itself and gorgeous woodland...Read More
Sunny evenings, the most wonderful time I find to take the dog out on a walk and run around. The sun is setting and the sky is turning wonderful colours with oranges, blues and purples. It has been a relatively dry Summer so we were treated most days to this colourful marvel. The outskirts of York has been my home a while now and my gosh do I enjoy wandering all around. From the City to the countryside. The view from Lendal Bridge (both above) stops many people in their tracks if they are passing over during a nice...Read More
Ok, it was my birthday and we wanted somewhere special to stay and get away from all the hustle and bustle. Somewhere to wind down, relax, and enjoy some wonderful time. This was the place and wonderful it was. Frenchgate House apartment, Richmond. Richmond being a perfect spot to enjoy in itself plus also in the heart of the countryside of North Yorkshire. The Frenchgate apartment is within Richmond just a stones throw from the historic centre and market place. What’s more it is huge! Large comfortable living spaces plus 4 bedrooms, you could quite easily accommodate 2 to 8...Read More
If you have been following my wanders lately you may have seen I have spent plenty of time wandering the River Ouse, camera in hand. Occasionally these walks take me into the City of York, where I have acquired a new coffee stop, at York Railway Station. York Railway Station is one of those buildings that gets overlooked by thousands daily. The hustle and bustle of travellers and commuters not taking the time to look up and around to see how remarkable the station is. There is plenty of detail to be admired and photographed. Coffee, sit, look around....Read More
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