A Northumblerland castle by the sea

Published 23 January 2022

We haven’t needed to worry about invasion in this country for some time now. Now castles remain only to provide a bit of history. And to look nice as well.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 4 (Part 2) – Belford to Fenham

Published 16 January 2022

It’s a wet afternoon walking through the trees. A cave is missed. Still, at least there was a cupcake waiting at the end.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 4 (Part 1): Bamburgh to Belford

Published 9 January 2022

Lighthouses, a mysterious tower, and the crossing of the East Coast Mainline as the trail heads inland.

The Rambling Man Trail Walking and Wainwright Bagging Review, 2021

Published 19 December 2021

It’s the end of the year. Time to look back and see what happened. Or didn’t happen. Or both.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 3 (Part 2): Seahouses to Bamburgh

Published 12 December 2021

After a morning of rain, the weather was looking up for castles, grass, wildlife and a car park.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 3 (Part 1) – Embleton to Seahouses

Published 5 December 2021

Castles, picturesque villages, lots of seabirds, and a good soaking on the way to Seahouses.

A bird of the Northumberland coast

Published 28 November 2021

Thought provoking public art on the Northumberland Coast Path

Northumberland Coast Path Day 2 (Part 2): Alnmouth to Embleton

Published 21 November 2021

Spooky goings on in the fog as we pass castles and kippers.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 2 (Part 1): Amble to Alnmouth

Published 14 November 2021

A long day of walking starts off with a gentle stroll by castles, dunes and estuaries.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 1 (Part 2) – Druridge to Amble

Published 7 November 2021

A visitor centre with no leaflets, it’s the wrong bed, and an unfortunate slippage. Day one on the Northumberland Coast Path continues.

Coquet Island

Published 31 October 2021

Because photos of coastal walks looking out to sea tend to look more interesting if there is an island and a lighthouse in them.

Northumberland Coast Path Day 1 (Part 1) – Cresswell to Druridge

Published 24 October 2021

To the start and beyond, for beautiful beaches, a ruined hospital, and a rather tasty ice cream. What a start to the Northumberland Coast Path.

Northumberland Coast Path – Introduction

Published 17 October 2021

Two people, one plan to go walking over five days. But which walk to do? Well why not the stunning Northumberland Coast?

The Closest Bit of the Peak District National Park To My House

Published 10 October 2021

Whilst out on walking the GM Ringway, I took a slight detour about half a mile off the route. Why? Because if I did I could cross into the Peak District National Park at a point that is the closest bit of the National Park to my house.

Need to stop dreaming of the Lake District.

Published 3 October 2021

n we decided to move out of London in 2014, I spent some time wondering whether I could somehow get a job somewhere like Kendal and live a lot closer.

Rucksack covers vs rucksack liners – which is better?

Published 26 September 2021

I’ve always dutifully used the raincover that came with my rucksack. But recently when the heavens opened, I found I didn’t have it. But with my belongings all wrapped in drybags, was it even needed at all?

Use Hand Sanitizer

Published 19 September 2021

If there was ever a sight that sums up the age we’re living in, it’s a sign on a gatepost next to a path imploring you to clean your hands.

An epic adventure just to get to the start of a walk?

Published 12 September 2021

When getting to the start of a walk, and back home from the end of the walk, can be almost as much of an adventure as the walk itself.

When walking a coast path, don’t forget to visit the beach

Published 25 July 2021

A picture of the beach can only mean one thing. Yes it’s time for the traditional Rambling Man Summer Break.

My advice for long distance walking trips in the summer of 2021? Book your table for the pub before you go

Published 18 July 2021

This one simple trick can save you from going hungry!

GM Ringway Stage 5: Middlewood to Strines

Published 11 July 2021

An old chimney, a lovely clock, an unexplained Dovecot and a National Trust park as seen on TV

GM Ringway Stage 4: Bramhall to Middlewood

Published 4 July 2021

From Bramhall, the GM Ringway continues its journey along the Lady Brook, along the Greater Manchester boundary to Middlewood.

GM Ringway Stage 3: East Didsbury to Bramhall

Published 27 June 2021

The GM Ringway joins Micker Brook – a waterway that would the focus of many miles of walking.

A fine view on the South Downs Way

Published 20 June 2021

You can keep your Severn Sisters and your Beacon Hill. This view at Amberley is what it’s all about.

The National Trails Register

Published 13 June 2021

How many trails have you done? The LDWA’s National Trail Register wants to know.

The battered, isolated red phone box

Published 6 June 2021

In celebration of the fact I’ll hopefully be meeting a friend for a good walk soon, here’s a photo of a phone box!

GM Ringway Stage 2: Sale Water Park to East Didsbury

Published 30 May 2021

Setting off from Sale Water Park station, the GM Ringway now gets into its orbital route properly.

GM Ringway Stage 1: Manchester to Sale Water Park

Published 23 May 2021

An orbital walking trail it may be, but the GM Ringway starts in the heart of Manchester City Centre.

GM Ringway: Introduction

Published 16 May 2021

Welcome to Greater Manchester’s quite new but very own orbital walking trail.

Three days of walking I’d rather forget about

Published 9 May 2021

When you’re out doing a walking trail you have to be prepared for the rough as well as the smooth. But that doesn’t mean you’ll want to remember every single bit of it.

The Children’s Inn

Published 2 May 2021

Nestling on the edge of the Peak District is an old coaching inn that now houses children, and that has a link to a certain mass trespass.

Oxford Crag and a lovely view of Ullswater

Published 25 April 2021

There are many times when I have been climbing a fell in the Lake District that I come to a point that has an amazing view. And quite often that point is nowhere near the summit.

Five things I like about walking

Published 18 April 2021

A recent interview for a podcast made me think about what I like about walking.

Hard Knott

Published 11 April 2021

A small but distinctive fell that’s rather awkward to get to.

Rossett Pike

Published 4 April 2021

My final fell in Langdale turned out to be one that liked to hide in the cloud.

Crinkle Crags

Published 28 March 2021

Five crinkly rocky summits, maketh one rather long fell.

Cold Pike

Published 21 March 2021

It’s not cold and there’s no fish on it.

Pike O’Blisco

Published 14 March 2021

One of Langdale’s lesser known fells. But that’s no reason not to give it a visit.

Tarn Crag (Easedale)

Published 28 February 2021

Sitting alone overlooking Easedale Tarn is Tarn Crag, a fell that offers splendid views, glorious scenery, and so much more.

Planning for 2021

Published 21 February 2021

I was asked recently if I had any walking plans this year. It’s a fair question. It’s usually this time of year that people start making plans for the year ahead. Planning holidays is the obvious on. But for lovers of trail walking, the mind may also think about what walks they are going to do.