Tag: walk

A Derwent Dam Circular Walk in the Peak District

The Peak District for me is a constant love and magnet that is fascinating and rugged in any season, I’ve enjoyed walking in Derbyshire for most of my life and spent many happy times here with my family for well over 28 years, whether going the distance or a gentle stroll, it is all an adventure and always fun. The Derwent dam circular was again one of those memorable family days strolling along the shore of Ladybower reservoir in the Derbyshire Peak district. A short intro and a little history of the Derwent Dams; first and foremost known for its part in developing the bouncing bomb used during the second world war, the pilots of 617 Squadron used the Derwent dams to practice low level flights...

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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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Walking in Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park

In the far north western corner of Catalunya lies its best kept secret; Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. It is a land of enchanted mountains, sparkling glacial lakes, and some of the best walking routes in Spain. The park takes its name from the network of nearly 200 mountain lakes and waterfalls scattered throughout, and it is these water features which help make the park so beautiful. Aigüestortes translates from Catalan as twisted waters and Lake Sant Maurici dominates the eastern end of the park and is enjoyed by most day trippers. However, those willing to...

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Calke Abbey Ancient Parkland Walks Through the Seasons

My family and I love to return to Calke Abbey in Ticknall, time and time again, we seem to find ourselves discovering more trails to walk each time and uncovering more of its secrets on every visit. The house is wonderful, in fact, my favourite stately home simply because of its quirky eccentricities which show through the reclusive, quirky character of the Harpur-Crewe family.  Sir Vauncey Harpur-Crewe 10th Baronet especially so, he was an avid collector, his main collection, among many other things and his main compulsion was with his collection of stuffed animals, of which there are hundreds! Calke Abbey in Ticknall, Derbyshire is not actually an Abbey...

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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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