Souther Fell

Published 22 March 2017

All good tours of the Blencathra range should start with a fell that has a rather ghostly tale to tell.

Rambling Man walks the Thames Path

Published 22 March 2017

In 1996 the Thames Path National Trail opened up; a walking trail that would take the walker between the source of the Thames in rural Gloucestershire, and the Thames Barrier on the eastern side of London.

Planning a Thames Path walk

Published 15 March 2017

Fancy a stroll up, or down, one of the longest and most important rivers in the United Kingdom? Plan your own walk on the Thames Path with our guide.

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,

At the start of the Thames Path

Published 8 February 2017

At its eastern end, the Thames Path finishes up at the mighty Thames Barrier. But what’s at the western end? Well it’s a field in Gloucestershire. A field from where the Thames’s journey really begins…

Thames Path Gallery

Published 1 February 2017

From rural Gloucestershire, through the suburbs to the gleaming metal of the Thames Barrier, the Thames Path follows the story of what is perhaps the UK’s most famous river.

Thames Path Epilogue: Southend-on-Sea

Published 25 January 2017

After visiting the source, it was time to visit the place where the river Thames finished its journey.

Thames Path Stage 19 (Part 2): Inglesham to the Source

Published 18 January 2017

The final push. By bus and by train. A soggy field. And a stone saying that it was all very much over.

Thames Path Stage 19 (Part 1): Lechlade to Inglesham

Published 11 January 2017

A man and two dogs jumping through flooded fields, a discarded bra by the side of the road, and absolutely no chance of getting near the Thames at all.

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.

Thames Path Stage 18 (Part 2): Buckland to Lechlade

Published 23 November 2016

Back to the river, a promising return, hailstones the size of golf balls, a problem, and another, and another.

Thames Path Stage 18 (Part 1): Newbridge to Buckland

Published 16 November 2016

Flood, flood, glorious flood. There’s nothing quite like it for soothing the blood.

Thames Path Stage 17 (Part 2): Pinkhill Lock to Newbridge

Published 9 November 2016

Away from the river, a mysteriously absent ferry, flooding, mudding and then, finally, some drinking.