Features

The Features section is an ever so exciting collection of thoughts and stuff on long distance walking.

Alternatively, it is where we shove all the stuff that simply doesn't fit anywhere else, like some sort of horrible leaking bucket.

Take your pick.

Is the YHA still a friend to walkers?

Published 8 March 2017

With YHA deciding to withdraw a number of rural bunkhouses and camping barns from its network recently, does it still want to be somewhere supporting the great outdoors?

Which walking trail is the least direct one you can walk?

Published 1 March 2017

We’ve done the calculations, so if you want to know which the most, or indeed least walking route is, you can find out.

How far would the crow have to fly to get from one end of the Thames Path, to the other?

Published 22 February 2017

Finding out just how direct – or not – the Thames Path actually is.

When is a walking trail “done”?

Published 15 February 2017

When do you class walking route as “done”? It’s a question that was firmly on my mind as I sat on a train heading home a few hours after arriving at the western end of the Thames Path,

Welcome to 2017

Published 1 January 2017

One can only hope that ‘After Clouds, Sunshine’ stands true for 2017.

2016: A Year In Walking

Published 21 December 2016

It’s December and that can only mean one thing: a walking related review of the year.

A bad year for Wainwrights?

Published 14 December 2016

By pointlessly plotting the number of Wainwrights I have walked per year, I have spotted a link in the years I have bagged the least,

16 Cracking Sights You’ll Never Forget About Walking the London LOOP

Published 7 December 2016

Forget what you think walking in London may be like, for walking the London LOOP will give you experiences like no other walking trail.

At the start of the Cumbria Way

Published 30 November 2016

A small sign, a bin, oh and a large sculpture. Great sights at the start of the Cumbria Way in Ulverston.

Updating the Planning a Walk section for 2016

Published 19 October 2016

Links, buses, pubs, shops and more; everything gets a full check in the annual review of the Rambling Man ‘Planning a Walk’ section.

The Coast to Coast National Trail

Published 12 October 2016

There’s a campaign to upgrade the Coast to Coast to National Trail status, and it probably can’t come too soon.

Is it safe to walk alone? (The answer is yes!)

Published 21 September 2016

It’s a question that gets asked a lot. Is it safe to go walking on your own? The answer is an absolute emphatic yes!

Who would sit on a bench like this?

Published 14 September 2016

Sometimes you just want to rest on a bench. But are all benches actually designed for sitting on?

At the start of the Pennine Way

Published 7 September 2016

What will greet you when you arrive at the start of the Pennine Way in Edale.

The Rambling Man Summer Break

Published 20 July 2016

There’s not going to be much happening here over the summer of 2016, and this is why…

Aching feet

Published 1 June 2016

If you see someone hobbling down the street, it might be be after a recent trip on the Trespass Trail.

Beware the flying sausage

Published 18 May 2016

A walk on the London LOOP gives an excuse to pay homage to Grange Hill.

Another 15 Things You’ll Never Forget About Walking the Pennine Way

Published 27 April 2016

Because the Pennine Way is an amazing walk, and this is a list of reasons why.

The mysterious tale of Kallebu

Published 24 February 2016

Or, when going on a walk allows you to randomly discover something utterly magical that you wouldn’t otherwise have seen.

15 Things You’ll Never Forget About Walking the Pennine Way

Published 17 February 2016

It’s easy to think of the Pennine Way as 268 miles of drudgery, yet there are some fine moments on the walk and some great memories. Memories such as these…

A Snowy Scene for Christmas (sort of)

Published 23 December 2015

Christmas is almost here, so let us celebrate with a photo of snow.

2015: A Year In Walking

Published 16 December 2015

It’s December and that can only mean one thing: the compulsory ‘review of the year’ post.

The Commando Memorial

Published 8 November 2015

In the highlands of Scotland stands a statue dedicated to the Commandos.

The Wainwright State of Play 2015

Published 7 October 2015

With a summer of hill climbing, it’s time to do some charts and find out the Wainwright bagging stats.

Photographing and sharing: 10 years of using flickr

Published 24 June 2015

It’s been ten years since I purchased a digital camera, and uploaded the results online.