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.

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

And that’s the end of summertime for another year

Published 31 October 2011

Well that’s that then. British Summer Time is gone for another year and the UK is back to Greenwich Mean Time. And whilst the change is (apparently) very good for the Scottish farmer who has lots of nice light in the morning, it’s a terrible one for the walker.

VideoThe Battle of Bow Fell

Published 26 September 2011

In his Pictorial Guide to the Southern Fell Wainwright told his readers to consider Bow Fell one of the best half dozen fells in Lakeland but after failing to ascend it on a visit in May, on the the 16 September 2011 Catherine and myself headed to the Lake District in order to have another go!

Grand Walking Plans 2011 – an update

Published 20 September 2011

And as the autumn begins to creep towards us I thought I’d give a quick overview of what I’d been up to. So here goes…

Alternative Route

Published 9 September 2011

Whither or whether to take an “alternative route”?

Petition to legalise wild camping in England and Wales

Published 8 September 2011

Wild camping is fine in Scotland, so why don’t we have the same rights in England and Wales?

Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should – how not to promote Trailblaze

Published 25 August 2011

Just because you can use an online cartoon generator doesn’t mean you should.

Southern Upland Wordle

Published 23 August 2011

I’m half way through writing up my Southern Upland Way posts, so I’m celebrating with a Wordle on the text so far.

VideoRocky Wildlife with David Attenborough (honest)

Published 7 August 2011

In a break with normal Rambling Man protocol, here’s a video that’s not really anything to do with long distance walking, but instead compares the kind of wildlife you see on walks in Britain, with what we saw in Canada.

A Lakeland Adventure – Days 5 and 6

Published 30 June 2011

In my final instalment of my Lake District hike/walk frenzy, the weather finally gets me beat… It’s Day 5, Thursday…

A Lakeland Adventure – Day 4

Published 27 June 2011

Day four and I manage to actually do some fells! Good ones too!

A Lakeland Adventure – Day 3

Published 23 June 2011

In the third part of my Lake District wanderings, I fail to do a whopping three fells. Instead I have three beers.

A Lakeland Adventure – Day 2

Published 20 June 2011

It’s the second day of my Lakeland camping/hiking adventure, where things don’t always go anywhere near plan.

A Lakeland Adventure – Day 1

Published 16 June 2011

Although Rambling Man is about my long distance walking, funnily enough I do do other kinds of walking, which usually consists of wandering round the delights of the south east of England on a Saturday due to me being based in London. And recently I spent a few days in the Lake District.

Glyndŵr’s Way: the Photos

Published 5 June 2011

It’s taken me nearly a month to upload my photos from walking the Glyndŵr’s Way in April, and the last ones went up this morning.

The hiking boot flower pot

Published 31 May 2011

I recently retired yet another pair of hiking boots. I’d barely had them two years but in that time I reckon I’d done 800 miles in them, and done some pretty big stuff.

VideoThe first cup of tea

Published 29 May 2011

I recently went on a camping/walking trip to the Lake District. There will be some more blog posts on that, however before that it’s time to enjoy a Rambling Man first. First vlog. And first cup of tea.