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Probably the best route up the Cheviot from Langleeford – via Lambden Valley, College Valley and the Hen Hole – (13 miles)

For many of us the Cheviot often seems a big boring lump of soggy Northumberland peat. But at 2,674ft this is England’s highest point outside the Lakes & Pennines. It’s few interesting features are hidden away on the remote north western edges (best accessed … Continue reading

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The Cheviots in winter – a walk in the snow

A quick return to the Cheviots after last weekends return to hillwalking. I’d hardly seen any snow this winter, but now the hills were glistening brightly. Whilst others were enjoying epic days in the Lakes and Highlands, this might be my … Continue reading

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A return to hillwalking, featuring the Cheviots, new gloves and 50 men trained to kill

Ten weeks ago whilst driving back from the Cheviot hills my trusty old Mondeo lost power up the steep road out of Rothbury. Repair would be expensive especially with an impending MOT, so the hills were out of bounds until a replacement was found. … Continue reading

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An Afternoon on Ben Wyvis – the Social Mountain

Expect little and you may be surprised, that was our experience on Ben Wyvis. Intended as a diversion on a drive to Ullapool, it became a surprisingly satisfying afternoon. And we weren’t alone, many others were tackling the hill in … Continue reading

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An extended Winter Hill and Rivington Pike walk from Lower House – 10 miles

Having done this excellent walk a few times I can’t find a way to improve it. But how do you make a short feature-filled route longer? One option is simply to walk round it twice. And that’s what I’ve been doing … 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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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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