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About MART IN THE HILLS

Hillwalker with dodgy knees and dodgier sense of humour. Lover of the outdoors, Lakes, Highlands, Cheviots, nature, good food, real ale and leaf tea.

A Night on the Toon – Newcastle Late Shows May 2015

An evening in Newcastle at the annual Late Shows. Fantastic free shows hosted at many venues usually closed in the evenings. There’s a fascinating diary of events with an atmosphere like a mini Edinburgh Festival. It all started in 2007 yet I … Continue reading

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The Cheviot from Langleeford via a northern detour – Lambden Burn, Dunsdale and the Bizzle – (Cheviots 12 miles)

Long ago the Cheviot was an exciting volcano which unfortunately evolved into today’s peaty boggy upland plateau. Summit views are disappointing and there’s few features, yet at 2,674ft this is England’s highest point outside the Lakes & Pennines so a draw for … Continue reading

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A Whitley Bay Walk – 5 miles around the coast- Seaton Burn, Seaton Sluice and St Marys Island

A 5 mile circular walk which starts from Whitley Bay crematorium then follows the Seaton Burn to Seaton Sluice, heading back south along the coastal cliffs to St Marys Island (check the tide times). You’ll see plenty of sea, lots … Continue reading

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Fun on the Fiddler! Ben More Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir from Culnacraig, NW Highlands

An interesting walk in an area of outstanding scenery just north of Ullapool. Approaching from the west gives an entertaining scramble with beautiful blue sea views across the Summer Isles and distant Outer Hebrides. Even more inspiring are vantage points to the wilderness of Assynt … Continue reading

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A wintry weekend walk up Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap – (Cheviots 9 miles)

Another weekend Windy Gyle walk, a slightly new route and a chance to play in the snow! What could go possibly wrong, well actually nothing, it was an excellent adventure. Also the chance to show a friend the Upper Coquet … Continue reading

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The Far Northern Wainwrights – back of Skiddaw in the snow – Longlands Fell, Brae Fell, Great Sca Fell, Meal Fell and a Great Cockup (8 miles)

Lowly and unassuming they may be but this little group of hills north of Skiddaw are well worth a wander. There’s five easy tops for Wainwright baggers, lovely views of the Solway Firth and far fewer people around – oh … Continue reading

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The Quiraing and Sron Vourlinn, Isle of Skye (6.5 miles)

Day two of a week’s walking holiday in the north west highlands. After a night of heavy rain and gales we were in no rush to leave our Plockton guesthouse, so instead enjoyed a leisurely breakfast chatting with the owners … Continue reading

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A Walk up the Cold Hollow of Fuar Tholl, an impressive Glen Corran Corbett – 10 miles

Day one of a week’s walking holiday in the wonderful north west highlands. After a long period of settled weather Autumn had finally arrived, and with it the gales. The Met Office suggested Skye would be cloudier and windier than the mainland, which at least … Continue reading

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A Tour of Skiddaw From Millbeck – Lonscale Fell, Burnt Horse, Skiddaw House, Bakestall, Skiddaw and Dodd (14 miles)

Some routes need no explanation, but this one certainly does. It goes like this;- my mate Alan has done more Wainwrights than me, but he’s never been happy that I’ve done three that he hasn’t. The offending three are Souther … Continue reading

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Kirk Fell Circuit from Seathwaite, via Green Gable, Great Gable, Sty Head and a pint at Wasdale Head

Second attempt to finally bag Kirk Fell after last years bad back failed expedition. Plan A was to park again at Seathwaite, head up Sour Milk Gill, along Gillercomb, over Green Gable, Windy Gap, skirt around Great Gable across Beck Head … Continue reading

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