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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.

The ultimate hiking fantasy?

Published 16 October 2013

Bill Bryson and his amazing ability to make you want to walk the Appalachian Trail.

Exclusive: the original Southern Upland Way book cover

Published 9 October 2013

What the Secret Coast to Coast book cover could have been.

More maps!

Published 2 October 2013

Get your online maps of the Ridgeway and more, here!

Will the real length of the Dales Way, please stand up?

Published 25 September 2013

Does anyone actually agree on how long the Dales Way actually is?

VideoSam’s First Fell

Published 12 September 2013

Baby, meet fell. Fell, meet baby.

VideoThe Great Wall of Low Pike

Published 15 August 2013

Walk on the Fairfield Horseshoe and you’ll find a wall. A big wall. A great wall in fact.

Bagging the Wainwrights whilst visting the Lakes

Published 16 July 2013

Is it possible to do twenty Wainwrights in a trip to the Lakes?

A new advertising and commercial policy

Published 14 July 2013

A new policy on what we do and what we won’t do

VideoThe Search for Scafell…

Published 10 July 2013

…and a saunter up Slight Side

Packed lunches – not the best thing about walking

Published 3 July 2013

In France packed lunches can be truly amazing. So why in Britain do we get soggy sandwiches and a packet of crisps?

The Tan Hill Inn – the best pub on The Pennine Way

Published 26 June 2013

A duck resting in a tin bath next to a roaring fire? What’s not to love about this pub?

Walking a straight line up the country?

Published 12 June 2013

What would walking 273 miles of the Greenwich Meridian reveal about Britain?

Walking: a wealth of signs

Published 3 April 2013

There’s just no standards when it comes to signs on walks.

Walking with the Last Prince and other book news

Published 19 March 2013

Buy buy buy! My Glyndŵr’s Way and Ridgeway books are available now. Exciting eh?

Walking Plans 2013

Published 12 March 2013

It’s time to determine what long distance walking to do for the year

The Rambling Man books now on Kobo

Published 27 December 2012

Got a Kobo? Get a book!

Reviewing the walking of 2012

Published 18 December 2012

Every year, some point in the Spring, I like to make a plan of walks I’m going to do in the year ahead. I call them my Grand Walking Plans, or – as in the case of this year – the (Not So) Grand Walking Plans.

Spot the Pennine Way map error

Published 14 December 2012

Take a look at the map from Simon Armitage’s book, Walking Home, on the top of the page and see if you can see what the error is.

The ultimate way to safely transport wine: the hiking boot

Published 6 December 2012

You don’t have to just to put your feet in a pair of hiking boots. Oh no. In fact they can be used for multiple things. Such as flower pots. And, err, somewhere for keeping your socks at night… But the other night I saw a use of a hiking boot that even surprised me. As a wine carrier.

Improvements to the Planning a Trip section

Published 20 November 2012

Changes and improvements to make planning your own walking trip even easier.

(Half of) the Glyndŵr’s Way in Wordle

Published 23 October 2012

April 2011. I’m in Wales. I’m walking the Glyndŵr’s Way. And I have a notepad. Every night I diligently write down extensive notes. Notes that will make a series of articles for this website; maybe even a book. Who knows.

Motivational signs all walkers want to see

Published 21 September 2012

The long distance walker will sometimes come across little signs when out on their travels.

Completer Finisher

Published 6 September 2012

Got to finish that walk

VideoA New Ending: Re-finishing the West Highland Way

Published 19 July 2012

Checking out the new ending to the West Highland Way.

Kirk Yetholm Hostel saved

Published 17 July 2012

Whilst I was off galavanting around Scotland, a piece of good news was announced – the news that Kirk Yetholm hostel is to re-open.

A trip to Scotland – where everything had to change

Published 16 July 2012

The holiday walking that didn’t seem to want to go to plan. At all.

All Aboard to Eskdale!

Published 19 June 2012

For me, travelling to a walking trip is as much fun as the actual walking. It’s part of the trip. Full of memories.

Wandering around Eskdale

Published 12 June 2012

Over the elongated bank holiday weekend I went on one of my periodic trips to the Lake District.

Joining the dots in Wainwrights

Published 15 May 2012

Like many walkers, I have a set of Wainwright’s guides on my bookshelf. Seven in total. As well as Wainwright’s Pennine Way Companion and his A Coast to Coast Walk, there’s five pictorial guides to the Lake District.

Choosing between three walks

Published 10 May 2012

I recently had an email that posed me an interesting question. They were hoping to do a long distance walk in 2013 but weren’t sure which to do.

Changes at Rambling Man

Published 7 May 2012

If you’re a regular visitor here then you might notice some changes to the website. On the other hand, frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t.

I’ve sunbathed on Kinder, been burned to a cinder

Published 24 April 2012

80 years ago, on a Sunday in 1932, 400 people went for a ramble. The Kinder Trespass was defining moment in British walking history.

(Not So) Grand Walking Plans 2012

Published 12 April 2012

It’s become a bit of a tradition that at this point in the year, I blog about all my amazing walking plans for the year to come. I say a tradition. I did it in 2010 and again in 2011, so that’s how traditions start, yes?

Five Years of Walking

Published 3 April 2012

There are times when you can look back and spot a life changing moment. And who would have thought that, for me, it would involve a day and a half on the Pennine Way during a particularly soggy part of March in 2007?

There’s no good walking in the South East? Hang on whilst I slap you with this wet fish

Published 21 March 2012

There’s this massive thing that some people have that there’s no proper walking in the South East of England. And that’s nonsense.

VideoBehind the Scenes at Rambling Man

Published 25 February 2012

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get a walking/hiking website online? Well frankly there’s less walking involved than you may think!

And so it began…

Published 25 January 2012

Now that my Southern Upland Way series is on the way, I can finally catch up on all the rest of the stuff I’ve got backed up for this website.

The best Lake District video… ever!

Published 7 December 2011

If you want to watch perhaps the finest film ever recorded in the Langdales of the Lake District well you’ll just have to watch Herdy Heads for the Hills.

The Secret Coast to Coast is here!

Published 6 December 2011

Today is the official launch of my latest e-book, The Secret Coast to Coast.

Updates to the Planning a Trip section

Published 29 November 2011

There’s a new look and lots of updates to the Planning a Trip section