UK Mountains

About me

I've been enjoying the great outdoors since at the tender age of nine, my Uncle and Cousin took me on a Youth Hostelling weekend to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire where we stayed at St Briavels Castle, which is still a Youth Hostel. I've been walking and climbing in all areas of the UK and Europe from as far north as the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye through the Lake District, North Wales to Devon and Cornwall. Overseas I have organised and participated in successful expeditions to Switzerland, the French Alps and South America. In 2017 I was part of a team that climbed Kilimanjaro by the difficult Western Breach route. We also ascended Meru Peak as an aclimatisation route. 2018 saw me satisfy a lifetime ambition to visit Nepal and climb some well known peaks and passes. See the 'Previous Expeditions' for a full report of both of these expeditions.

In August of 2019 I made an attempt on Mount Elbrus (5,642m) which is the highest mountain in Europe, located in the Caucasus mountains in Southern Russia near the border with Georgia. It was a two week expedition but due to persistent bad weather we failed to summit, reaching a maximum altitude of 4,650m. A full report is on the Previous Expeditions (Europe) page.

During October and November 2020 I am off to Nepal again, this time to Trek the Dhaulagiri Circuit with an ascent of Dhamphus Peak (6,020m) as a culmination. The initial trek outline is on the Previous Expeditions page. It will be only my second climb over 6,000m, the first being Aconcagua back in 2001. To say I am looking forward to it is an unserstatement!

Rock Climbing

I am an SPA Instructor and have climbed in many areas of the UK & abroad, particularly at Symonds Yat, North Wales, the Peak District, Mid-Wales, Cornwall & Scotland. I have many hundreds of logged climbs in my log book and during my time, have climbed many more than I have recorded.

Climbing the Hexenstein, Dolomites


There are many beautiful mountain ranges in the world, many within easy reach of the UK. I am fortunate to have been to a large number of them. Below are the best.

Mountain (Range)Description
AconcaguaHighest Mountain in South America at 6,960m
KilimanjaroThe highest mountain on the continent of Africa at 5,895m
NepalTrekking in the Himalaya to a maximum of 5,643m
Mont BlancHighest Mountain in Western Europe at 4,807m
TeideHighest Mountain in Spain (Tenerife) at 3,718m
DolomitesNorthern Italys' most famous range.
MatterhornMost famous Mountain in Switzerland at 4,405m
Alesch GlacierIncluding the Hexenstein in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland
Pennine Way 1976


From single day to several weeks, I have walked many of Britains long distance footpaths. Below are some of the more well-known routes.

Pennine Way270 milesEdale to Kirk Yetholm (Scotland)
Severn Way210 milesFollowing the River Severn
Coast to Coast180 milesYorkshire Coast to St Bees in Cumbria
Gloucestershire Way100 milesFrom Chepstow to Tewkesbury
Three Choirs Way100 milesGloucester to Hereford to Worcester to Gloucester
Cotswold Way96 milesBath to Chipping Campden
The Ridgeway87 milesAvebury to Ivinghoe Beacon
Limestone Way60 milesRocester to Castleton in Derbyshire
Winchcombe Way42 milesAround the Cotswolds
6 Shropshire Peaks40 milesEast to West Shropshire
Lyke Wake Walk40 milesYorkshire Moors
Worcestershire Way38 milesWyre Forest to Malverns
Welsh 3000s28 milesAll 3,000' mountains
Cuillins Ridge, Skye

UK Mountains Blog

Gloucestershire morning out 21/03/2020
A quick morning walk over Cleeve Hill, Nottingham Hill and Overton Hill, then back to Tewkesbury, combining the Winchcombe Way and Gloucestershire Way nicely. Total distance of 17km with a paltry 310m maximum altitude (Cleeve Hill)

St Kenelms Way reccee 06/03/2020
With a plan in place to walk the entire 60 miles of the St Kenelms Way, I took the opportunity of a fine day to have a look at the route. Getting to the start is the first challenge. I took the train to Hagley and then walked the few miles up to Hagley Park and onto Clent Hills, spying an excellent site for a first nights camp on the way. It took about 1 1/2 hours to get to Romsley and St Kenelms Church through very pleasant woodland and over Clent Hills, which, today, had excellent views. As it was an out-and-back walk, I made it over to Belbroughton about 15k in total, before turning back and retracing my route. The ground is still very wet but hopefully will have dried out by the time I do the full walk.

Dovedale dash 09/02/2020
With Storm Ciara in full force it was a wet and windy day in the Peak District - actually, ideal for a proper test of my new waterproofs. The results were, on the whole, very good. The Paramo jacket kept me dry all day, despite some very heavy downpours and the trousers did a good job with only a small amount of dampness where the water runs off the jacket so pleased with that. Dovedale was, of course, perfect, although it was too windy to ascend Thorpe Cloud and the Stepping Stones completey submerged. I pretty much had the whole place to myself, only seeing one small group of three lads all day!

Tissington and High Peak trail 07/02/2020
It’s not often I write about a cycling day out on this blog, but today I rode from Hartington to Ashbourne on the Tissington trail, then roads to Carsington Water, more trails around the lake then roads again down to the Cromford Canal to pick up the High Peak Trail past Black Rocks and Middleton Top to Parsley Hay and back on the Tissington again to Hartington and finish. All told 80km and a superb day out. An off-road bike is essential, with nobbly tyres but it’s easy riding with only a few serious climbs - mostly on the Black Rocks section.

Countdown to the Peak District 22/01/2020
Just over two weeks to go until my first Training Weekend of the year. Off to the Peak District for three days of cycling and walking. Friday is an epic ride around the disused railway lines of the High Peak and Tissington Trails, then Saturday a couple of new peaks around Buxton and Sunday a walk around my favourite part; Dovedale.

Malvern Hills Yomp 27/12/2019
A day out on the Malvern Hills is always welcome even if, like today, the views are almost non-existent due to the low cloud. From North Hill, I climbed up over the Malvern Beacon, dropping down to the Wyche Cutting followed by a circuit around to the British Camp, avoiding the tops for a change. From there down into Eastnor Park and a muddy walk to the park itself. Returning via the obelisk and the British Camp, I kept to the ridge line, finishing my climbing with a second ascent of the Malvern Beacon. 16.5 miles made a fine day out.

Paramo Waterproof Jacket 24/12/2019
Well, Santa has bought me a new waterproof jacket - the Paramo Alta III. I can't wait to try it out and if the hype is anything to go by, I won't be disappointed! Now, where have I heard that before? Initial reaction is a quality, well thought out jacket, a good fit, stowable hood and plenty of useful pockets. Of course, it needs to be waterproof, so the very next time it rains, I'll be out.

2020 Adventure booked! 24/12/2019
Well, the indecision is over - I've booked my trip for 2020. In a complete change to initial thoughts, I've decided to go back to Nepal next year. This time it will be the Dhaulagiri Trek with Dhamphus Peak (6,060m) as a climax to the three week trip. It's not until October so a long time to wait, but plenty of time for training.

Kraku Cooker and Buffalo Mitts 07/12/2019
My new lightweight cooker had its first trial - see how it got on. Plus, a pair of Buffalo mittens had an outing in the Brecons, read the full review on the reviews page.

Brecons Day Out - for real 06/12/2019
After the change of plan last time, I decided I would definitely go down to the Brecons this time and so it was. Well, it rained non-stop all day and proved to me that I definitely need a new waterproof jacket, and that possibly my new Rohan waterproof trousers are not up to the job! My usual route over Fan Fawr and Fan Llia then down to the Roman Road and back via Sarn Helen and Fan Frynych for the long walk above the A470. Around about 11 miles walked, all in the rain wasn't the best day out for weather but enjoyable nontheless. I got to try out my new cooker, an Alpkit Kraku which proved to be an excellent purchase - see my review.

Malverns Walk 22/11/2019
Slight change of plan to a day out on the Malvern Hills instead of the Brecons as the forecast was pretty poor and after damaging a leg muscle a few weeks ago I wanted a walk with some easy bale out options. I didn't need them which was good to know so can now start the fitness campaign for the 2020 expedition.

Rohan Waterproofs review 22/11/2019
Check out my review of the Rohan Vapour Trail waterproof trousers.

Stellar Equipment Base Layer 22/11/2019
Check out my review of the Stellar Equipment Base Layer.

Brecons Day Out 20/11/2019
Planning a day out in the Brecon Beacons on Friday. It seems like an age since I've been out in the hills so am really looking forward to getting out there. Who knows, I might even get to try out my new waterproof trousers!

New waterproofs 09/11/2019
Rohan are the latest company to join my ever growing list of waterproof leggings suppliers. Bought a pair of their Vapour Trail Overtrousers so we'll see how they perform. Of course, an honest review will follow in due course.

Waterproof clothing 07/11/2019
If you've read my Equipment Review page you'll know that I have had a lot of bad luck with waterproofs! Given the boasts of all these companies, why is it that I am having such difficulty purchasing a pair of waterproof trousers? Three pairs from different manufacturers all returned as unfit for purpose, two of them well over £100. I'll challenge any company to provide a pair of waterproof trousers that actually work!

Plans for 2020 07/11/2019
I'm considering my options for 2020, but the current favourite is an eight day climbing trip to Zermatt which would include Switzerlands' highest peak (Dufourspitze, Monte Rosa) at 4,634m. Nothing definite yet and it might all change!

Brecons Waterfalls 05/10/2019
Finding waterfalls in the Brecons is not exactly a challenge but there is a lovely walk near Ystradfellte through the woods passing four very impressive waterfalls one of which is possible to walk behind but gets very wet! Total distance is around five miles with the only climbing being down to and back from the waterfall view points. If you want an easy day or something different, it’s worth checking out. The shop in the car park even sells maps for a pound.

Ridgeway Day Six 28/09/2019
Early start as I had a train to catch. Today was divided into three sections; Wendover to Wiggington (6 miles), Wiggington to Ivinghoe Beacon (5.5 miles) and the return to the station (3.5 miles). Left just after 8am, Wiggington by 10:00am, Ivinghoe by mid-day and back to the station around 1:30pm. All done!

Ridgeway Day Five 27/09/2019
Watlington to Wendover through mixed walking with a few good climbs thrown in. Notables are Kop Hill with the excellent views and Coombe Hill with the Africa Campaign monument. Both are great but over too quickly. Final night in Wendover at the Red Lion.

Ridgeway Day Four 26/09/2019
Streatley to Watlington. Mixed terrain with lots of woodland and some long drags. Changing scenery so maintained interest. Half way point reached and passed. Now done about 65 miles.

Ridgeway Day Three 25/09/2019
Half way reached at Streatley. Easy walking with not much interest. Long day at 18 miles taking just under 6 hours. Nice pub next door to the YH!

Ridgeway Day Two 24/09/2019
Back up to the ridge and followed a steady path all day. The weather was not kind to me, hammering with rain for an hour then showers all day. Highlight of the day was Waylands Smithy an ancient Long Barrow. Good views across Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

Ridgeway Day One 23/09/2019
Train and bus to Avebury went without a hitch. Walked to the start via the Stone Avenue and about 400m of the busy A4. Nice easy walking along a well signposted route - impossible to get lost! Arrived at Ogbourne early so decided to follow the route around the village and finish on the other side reducing the distance tomorrow. Rain started about 10 minutes before I finished!

Ridgeway approaches 17/09/2019
Not long now until I'm off to walk the Ridgeway. Hoping for some nice weather for the walk, but who knows? As usual, the spare room is covered in gear. I'll start the 'do I, don't I' take it process in the next day or so, then sort out trains and buses.

Malvern Hills day out 06/09/2019
A quick trip over to the Malvern Hills for a days walking. Caught the train to Malvern Link, then followed a familiar route up North Hill, then the Beacon, Wyche Cutting, onto Perseverance and Jubilee Hills, British Camp and over to the Eastnor Obelisk, then return via Castlemorton Common and up onto the Eastern Balcony back to the Wyche Cutting and drop down to Great Malvern Station via the Wells Common. 15 miles done, excellent weather, great views and a great day out.

Ridgeway Booked 01/09/2019
The Ridgeway Long Distance Path has been on my Bucket list for years. Finally, I've booked six days in late September to walk it. Looking forward to getting on it. Watch out for the trip report!

Walk Out 21/08/2019
Base Camp walk out to be met by our driver and returned to Piatigorsk for a final meal and thanks to the Russian Guides. Trying to make the best of it, but everyone is suitably disappointed and spent a lot of time talking about the 'what if'.

Return to Base Camp 20/08/2019
Bags repacked and we headed back down to Base Camp, tired and disappointed.

Second Summit Attempt 19/08/2019
We came so close to going. Waking at 10:30pm and readying ourselves. By midnight it was clear nothing was going to happen so back to bed. So disappointed, it was our final chance.

First Summit attempt 18/08/2019
Tonight would have been our first attempt on the summit. Sadly the weather was against us so cancelled.

West Ridge acclimatization 17/08/2019
Walk up to West Ridge. Good walk up, but got caught in a thunder and lightning storm on the way down which freaked a few people out!

Rest Day 16/08/2019
Our first rest day.

Lenz Rocks 15/08/2019
Another acclimatization walk, this time to Lenz Rocks at 4,600m on the glacier. Good practise walking roped up. Some ice-axe arrest practise before descending.

Top Camp 14/08/2019
Bags weighed in for porterage. 10kg goes free, 200 Roubles per kilo after that. Mine weighed in at 17kg. Happy with that. Walked up to Top Camp at 3,700m in time for lunch. Dorm style accommodation again, although slightly more basic with no proper shower or washing facilities and the toilets some distance away.

Stone Mushrooms 13/08/2019
Acclimatisation walk up to Stone Mushrooms at 3,200m in 2.5 hours. Good views up to Elbrus itself. Easy day.

Off to Base Camp 12/08/2019
Bags repacked so I can leave gear at the hotel. Drive out to the mountains took around 4 hours, then the walk in to Base Camp, a further 3 hours or so. Dorm style beds, toilets and showers!

Flying Out 10/08/2019
Flew to Piatigorsk via Moscow. Long overnight journey. Arrived at the hotel just before lunch.

Two days to go 08/08/2019
With just two days to go, I am frantically checking and rechecking my gear. Rather than being packed and ready as is my normal operation, gear is all over the spare bed. The weight of gear is scary and I have ditched my Jagged Globe holdall in favour of my (bigger) Mountain Equipment bag...and I still need a suitcase!

Arans Outing 28/07/2019
After a tough couple of days I headed South to the Arans to check out the ridge. From the North I decided to just climb Aran Benllyn which was a good outing but hampered by not such good weather. Worth a return visit for sure with plenty to go at.

Moelwyns Magic 27/07/2019
The Moelwyns are a new area to me, and whilst not being as high as those around Snowdon, are every bit as tough! Six new Peaks bagged including Moelwyn Bach and Mawr, Allt-Fawr and my favourite of the day; Cnicht which features a lovely Grade 1 scramble near the summit.

Snowdon twice 26/07/2019
First ascent from Snowdon Ranger YHA via the Ranger Path and descent to Pen-y-Pass via the Miners Track, then after coffee and cake back over Snowdon via the Watkin Path and Lliwedd.

Final Training Weekend 21/07/2019
Looking forward to another trip to Snowdonia for some final mountain training. Staying at the Snowdon Ranger YHA I'm planning an ascent of Snowdon on the Friday, then follow the Watkin Path down to the lakes and return via either Crib Goch or the Miners Track. Saturday will see me in the Moelwyns for the first time and Sunday to the Arans, again for the first time. Plenty of new Peaks to bag and a tough weekend ahead!

Brecons Day out 28/06/2019
Finally some decent weather and I was off to the Brecons for a day out walking. The first part of the day saw me climbing Pen y Fan from the Storey Arms to try out my new double boots. Needless to say, they were totally unsuitable, my feet were too hot and I felt quite silly! After returning to the car, having lunch and changing into more sensible footwear I climbed Fan Llia and meandered around the far side before returning over the top and back to the car.

Jagged Globe Training Weekend 16/06/2019
I always leave JG knowing a bit more than when I arrive. This weekend was no different. Saturday we covered gear, safety and altitude related issues, then Sunday we split into two groups - I elected to join the rope skills group as I felt a little rusty on that. We covered general roping up, taking coils, crevasse rescue and walking as a roped team. Some of it I already knew, some of it I had forgotten, all of it was a useful refresher. Bring on the trip!

Kinder Scout new route 14/06/2019
Just when I thought I had walked everywhere around Kinder Scout I realise that I had never actually walked down to the reservoir! It is a lovely walk and a really nice approach directly up to Kinder Downfall with many final route choices onto the plateau. The waterfall was in force with so much rain and was very impressive from below. 22km walked which is not too shabby.

Kinder Reservoir 14/06/2019

Kinder Downfall 14/06/2019

Elbrus Team Meeting 13/06/2019
Off to Sheffield this weekend to meet the Team for Elbrus. Going up a day early for a walk around Kinder Scout. After all the rain we've had, I expect it to be boggy so in a change of gear policy I'll be wearing gaiters (my most hated item of clothing).

Back home 27/05/2019
Back home drying the tent and stowing the gear after an exhausting but fantastic weekend in Snowdonia. Eleven Mountains climbed, but amazingly only one new one. Only a couple of weeks until I go to Sheffield for the Elbrus Team meeting weekend and only ten weeks until the trip itself!

Snowdonia Day Three 26/05/2019
Circled around from Capel Curig to the South side of Moel Siabod followed by a hard scramble on rock and heather to the summit. Easier descent back to Plas y Brenin for 18km distance and 800m of ascent.

Carneddau caper 25/05/2019
Ascent of Pen-y-ole Wen from Ogwen valley then onto Daffydd and Llewelyn and descent via Llugwy reservoir. 16km and almost 1,000m of ascent. Walked with Ken, Adam, Jodie and Nicola who I met in Nepal.

Welsh 3000s Epic 24/05/2019
Started at 6am, ascent of Tryfan followed by the Glyders; Fach and Fawr, then a descent to Pen-y-Pass for coffee and cake at the YHA. Suitably refreshed I tackled Crib Goch, Crib-y-Dysgyll and topping out on Snowdon for lunch. Descent following the railway line and a very steep descent to Nant Peris. A final hard climb of Elidr Fawr then circling round and dropping down to Ogwen just before Foel Goch. 24 miles and about 3,000m ascent and descent I finally finished just after 7pm.

Snowdonia approaches 23/05/2019
Driving up to Snowdonia this afternoon to camp at Swallow Falls near Betws-y-Coed. Tough weekend planned; long walk Friday over 8 peaks, Carnedds on Saturday and Sunday and maybe a scramble on Monday at the top end of Snowdonia.

Sneaky Friday 17/05/2019
A cheeky sneaky Friday afternoon walk on Cleeve Hill out to Belas Knapp in reasonably good conditions - some light rain for a quick 10 miles and 470m of ascent did me the world of good.

Snowdonia 13/05/2019
Plans are taking shape for a long weekend in Snowdonia over the Bank Holiday weekend. Friday will see a big day over the Glyders, Snowdon and back via Elidr Fawr and Y Garn, then Saturday meeting up with old friends from the Nepal Trip for a day on the Carnedds. Sunday and Monday still being this space!

Three Choirs Way - Done! 06/05/2019
Originally I'd pencilled in the end of June to finish this walk, but a cheeky Bank Holiday outing saw me finish the walk into Gloucester and I was home for lunch! Check out the Previous Expeditions page for a full report.

Malverns from the South 06/05/2019

Boots failure 05/05/2019
After recently returning my Lowa boots due to leakage, I was very disappointed to have a failure with my Scarpa boots! This time one of the lace eyelets broke. I did consider repairs but having purchased them from Cotswold with a two year guarantee, decided to return them to see what they could do. Good as gold, they refunded me my money without question and I purchased another pair (Keen Karraig). we'll see how they get on!

Three Choirs Way 03/05/2019
From Worcester to the South end of the Malvern Hills was on very familiar terrain. Headed out of Worcester along the River Severn and along the Teme to join the alternative route at Powick. From there across the Old Hills and up to Malvern. The route allows a free route choice along the Malvern Hills and down to the South end. I encountered some rain at British Camp but thanks to some fast walking/slow jogging I got to the cafe before the heavens opened! 21 miles in total leaving a reasonably short final section into Gloucester.

Three Choirs Part 3 02/05/2019
The final section is from Worcester back down to Gloucester. Tomorrow I'm planning on doing about 2/3 of that on a cheeky day out. No camping this time, so travelling light. That leaves just one final section to squeeze in somewhere. The weather is not promising but hey ho.

Rhinogs Ramble 21/04/2019
Well the weather held for a fantastic day out in the Rhinog mountains of mid-Wales. There are some seriously steep ascents here with equally steep descents coupled with a lack of footpaths over some of the peaks made for a tough day out. Three new peaks bagged and one revisited with over 1,700m of climbing in 25km.

Rhinogs 20/04/2019
Looking forward to a day out on the Rhinog mountains tomorrow. If the weather holds it will be a great day out! Report to follow.

Cadair Idris 19/04/2019
Fabulous Easter weather saw me climbing several peaks in the Cadair Idris area including an exciting ascent of Cadair itself via a narrow gulley at the far end of Llyn Cau. A quick trek out to Mynydd Moel for a new 'bag' then back via Cadair again and I followed the ridge line with amazing views of the Barmouth Estuary bagging two more peaks right down to Barmouth itself. Four peaks bagged, three of them new ones, 23km walked and 1,305m of ascent.

Mid-Wales 17/04/2019
No sooner home than packing to go away again. This time to mid-Wales for a day out on Cader Idris, mid-Wales highest summit, then a day on the Arans which are a lovely group of mountains South West of Bala. Weather looks promising. Can't wait!

Lake District Weekend 15/04/2019
Well, what an amazing weekend! The weather was incredible, the views from the tops just awesome and I managed to bag a few new peaks including Catstycam which is my new favourite mountain - why?, well, read the trip report and you'll find out! A few old friends also revisited. Over the weekend, 20 identified tops, 11 new peaks, 67km walked with a total ascent of 3,292m.

Helvellyn 15/04/2019

Lake District 03/04/2019
Starting to think about my trip to the Lake District in a week or so. Got lots planned to do over the weekend and am staying an extra day as it is so far to drive (over 200 miles each way). Some new Peaks to add to my list and some old friends. Currently compiling the huge list of 'stuff' to take. Let's hope for good weather.

Three Choirs Part 2 30/03/2019
That's the second section of the Three Choirs Way completed. This time from Hereford to Worcester with an overnight camping in the garden at the very pleasant Pink Pub near Bromyard. Gammon and Chips to die for! Excellent weather both days. See the report in the Previous Expeds section.

Three Choirs Part 2 30/03/2019

Three Choirs 26/03/2019
I'm getting very accomplished at packing my rucsac for a weekend trip now and can mostly dispense with my endless lists although I must confess to having a quick peek to make sure there's nothing I've forgotten. Normally I have one of those 'oh yeah' moments when I realise I've forgotten the tent!

Three Choirs Part 2 20/03/2019
Hot on the heels of Part 1, I'm now preparing for part 2 - Hereford to Worcester. A similar distance and similar terrain with a slightly revised kit list to try and make the pack a little lighter - difficult when it was already almost as light as it could be, but some creature comforts are being dispensed with (i.e. my favourite camping seat!).

Three Choirs Part 1 16/03/2019
Over Friday and Saturday I completed the first of the three sections of the Three Choirs Way. Electing to start at Gloucester, I walked to Hereford with an overnight stop around 18 miles in Much Marcle. Pleasant walking in nice countryside with good path markings. See the full report for all the details and photos.

Three Choirs Part 1 16/03/2019

Three Choirs 12/03/2019
Plans are in place for the first leg of the Walk this coming weekend. Gloucester to Hereford is 30 miles over two days with a wild camp around the 15-18 mile mark. Hoping for reasonable weather, but at the moment it is looking unlikely!

Three Choirs Part 1 05/03/2019
No sooner am I back from one trip than I'm planning the next. This time it's Stage One of the Three Choirs Way from Gloucester to Hereford which promises to be a very pleasant walk. I'm intending to do it over two days with a wild camp half way. No big mountains but good training with a heavier sac.

Dovedale Update 03/03/2019
I've updated the Dovedale Walk in the Previous Expeds section to reflect the changes and my experiences from the weekend. Take a look, it may inspire you to get out there and see it first hand.

Peak District Circular 01/03/2019
An excellent day out in the Peak District. My walk started from Ilam Hall Youth Hostel - which is in National Trust grounds and well worth a visit in its own right. I crossed over to Dovedale and found the steepest ascent of Thorp Cloud possible - direct from the middle by the River. Not content with that, I descended and climbed again from the stepping stones. From there, along Dovedale to Milldale where, disappointingly the Coffee shop was closed. As a change to previous walks, I followed the path back along the Dove but on the opposite side until Raven Tor, then ascended the side and crossed over to Stanshope - a really nice climb up, excellent views of the Dale and quiet. From there to Wetton where I finally got my coffee in the pub. A short walk down to Thors Cave and an explore then I dropped down to the Manifold Valley and followed that until the bridge where there is another good pull up to meet a footpath which runs parallel with the river but several hundred feet higher. Finally dropping down again to enter the Ilam Country park and back to the YHA. Sixteen miles covered and 2,200 feet of ascent. An excellent day out by any standards. Coffee and Gingerbread at the NT cafe finished it nicely.

Peak District Weekend 26/02/2019
Looking forward to another outing to the Peak District this weekend. Planning on staying at Ilam Hall Youth Hostel and walking Dovedale and back via the Manifold Valley. Probably my most favourite place in the world and somewhere I've been visiting almost all of my life.

Camera Clip and Cover Review 19/02/2019
Keen on outdoor photography? Why not take a look at my Review page where I've just added a review of the Peak Design Camera Clip and Rain Cover.

Black Mountains Roundabout 15/02/2019
I've always liked the Black Mountains and today was no exception. Clear blue sky and reasonable temperatures made for an excellent day out. The route took me from Crickhowell, over Table Mountain and Pen Allt Mawr to steeply drop down into the valley and a direct ascent of Waun Fach (the highest in the area) which gave me just over 1200' of direct ascent and several false summits, followed by a return route along the ridge and down to Llanbedr. A final couple of road miles back into Crickhowell were a little disappointing but other than that, a fine day out.

Black Mountains Report 15/02/2019
A full report of my Black Mountains walk from Crickhowell to Waun Fach and back is on the Previous Expeditions page - check it out under the 'UK Wales' tab.

Planning, planning, planning 10/02/2019
So, what to do on a weekend of no walking - answer, planning the next ones! Over this weekend I sorted out my routes for the Lake District weekend in April - Helvellyn area twice and Grasmere once, plus mid-Wales over Easter - Cadair Idris to Barmouth and a walk along the Arans Ridge. Plenty of new peaks to tick off in my Mountains Book - can't wait!

Return of the Three Peaks 03/02/2019
This time I walked from Winchcombe over Cleeve Hill, Nottingham Hill and Overton Hill in reverse of Fridays outing. Much of the wonderful snow had gone with Cleeve Hill now showing patchy grass and Overton Hill all but clear of it. 16 miles this time.

Gloucestershire Three Peaks 01/02/2019
A nice circuit from Tewkesbury following the Gloucestershire Way for a while until detouring to the summit of Oxenton Hill, then dropping down to pick up the Winchcombe Way over Nottingham Hill and Cleeve Hill. After locating the summit of Cleeve Hill in very wintery conditions which required my Black Diamond Gloves and new Fjallraven hat, I sought refuge in the Rising Sun for a welcome coffee before dropping down to Bishops Cleeve and returning via Stoke Orchard and Fiddington, retracing my steps on the Gloucestershire Way. 21 miles total distance with plenty of snow on the ground.

Oxenton Hill 01/02/2019

Cleeve Hill Summit 01/02/2019

Full Calendar 31/01/2019
Well, the 2019 calendar is filling up with lots of training weekends in preparation for my Elbrus trip in August. So far, I've pencilled in the 3-Choirs Way, a long weekend in the Lake District, another Peak District weekend, North Wales for the Welsh 3000s and Easter in mid-Wales, not to mention a few cycling events to help with the Cardio Vascular fitness.

Kinder Surprise 20/01/2019
One of my favourite areas of the Peak District is Kinder Scout. It is bleak at times, beautiful at others and this weekend a combination of both with a good snowfall and low lying cloud made for an interesting day out. My start point was Castleton, climbing out through Cave Dale then across to Mam Tor and the great ridge down to Hollins Cross. From there I made my way to Edale and up Grindsbrook onto the plateau then across to Jacobs Ladder and back over the great ridge to Castleton again. Around 15-16 miles in total.

I was amazed how many people I came across who asked for directions, especially on Kinder and how many were clearly unprepared, wearing thin clothes, jeans and trainers. Kinder is serious, getting lost is easy and in those conditions, the consequences could be dire. Take a map and compass and know how to use them!

Kinder Scout 20/01/2019

Peak Cycling 19/01/2019
I’d intended to ride the High Peak Trail, cross over to the Monsal Trail and follow that back to Bakewell and a few road miles to Matlock. Climbing up to Black Rocks I encountered snow but pressed on in the hope it would clear. The next big climb up to Middleton Top was in even more snow and by the time I got to the top it was almost impassable so i abandoned, rode down to Matlock, then to Bakewell and rode the Monsal Trail out and back in muddy slushy snow then back to Matlock. Lots of rain, some light snow but 50 miles covered so happy with that.

Dovedale dash 18/01/2019
A rain free but cold day out in Dovedale hit the spot just nicely. I walked from Ashbourne picking up the River Dove at Mapleton and followed it to the Stepping Stones, then an ascent of Thorpe Cloud followed by a descent and a second ascent. Well I am training for a big mountain in August. From there through Thorpe and back along the Tissington trail.

Thorp Cloud 18/01/2019

Peak District 10/01/2019
Looking forward to my first trip of 2019. Off to the Peak District in a week or so for a long weekend. Planning on some walking and some off-road cycling.

Gloucestershire Way - Malvern 27/12/2018
A warm December day out linking the Gloucestershire Way, Severn Way, Three Choirs Way and Worcestershire Way. 15 miles of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire walking with the Malvern Hills as a finale. Nice day out.

Malvern Extension 27/12/2018

Cold Day on the Brecons 14/12/2018
A very cold day out in the Brecon Beacons I climbed Fan Frynych (629m) before dropping down to cross the road and ascend Corn Du (873m) and onto Pen-y-Fan (886m). The forecast said -4 deg C, with the wind chill I reckon at least -10 deg C. So cold in fact, even taking a glove off for a few seconds made the hands really cold. I wore a thermal base layer, Stellar Mid-Layer, Stellar Down Jacket and yes, you guessed, a Stellar Windproof along with Rab winter gloves and my favourite Russian Hat, which, after many years service is going to be replaced as it is beginning to show its age.

Brecon Beacons 14/12/2018

Brecons 14/12/2018

2019 Expedition Booked 07/12/2018
After weeks of agonising over trip choices, I signed up to climb Elbrus in August 2019. The highest Peak in Europe at 5,642m, located in Russia it will be a challenge but one I am looking forward to.

Brecons Day out 17/11/2018
A day out in the Brecons is always a good day out, today the sun shone all day and the cloud cleared quickly. As usual I parked up at the Storey Arms and headed West up Fan Fawr, followed by Dringarth and Fan Nedd, returning via the Roman Road to Sarn Helen and an ascent of Fan Frynych before walking following parallel to the A470. 12 1/2 miles with 1100m of ascent.

Brecons Beacons 17/11/2018

Finally... 04/11/2018
Finally flew out of Lukla this morning but not to Kathmandu, but a remote country airfield. Followed by a 5 hour bus journey which actually wasn't all that bad and we got to see rural Nepal.

Disaster! 03/11/2018
We were supposed to fly back to Kathmandu today but the weather took a turn for the worse and all flights were cancelled so we had to have an extra night in the Lodge.

Phakding to Lukla 02/11/2018
More easy walking bought us back to Lukla where we fly back to Kathmandu.

Khyamgjuma to Phakding 01/11/2018
Via Namche Bazaar for some final souvenirs and a coffee and cake it was pretty much all downhill to Phakding and very easy walking.

Dingboche to Khyamgjuma 31/10/2018
The trek passes through the Tengboche Monastery which is just beautiful and well worth the rather stiff climb to get to it. The cafe sold us cheese and tomato sandwiches which were a real treat. Just before we descended to the river again we could see Namche Bazaar and the Everest View Hotel in the distance.

Chukkung Ri and Dingboche Trek 30/10/2018
The final peak at 5,546m was another tough one with only a few members of the group attempting it. About two hours up and an hour down saw some great celebrations on the top of our third Peak. The trek to Dingboche was easy, being mostly downhill.

Chukkung via the Kongma La 29/10/2018
The Kongma La is hard! No question. I managed it but the legs were complaining most of the way. The start is over a glacier which is not too bad, but the path soon deteriorates into a bouldery scramble and ascents via some very small paths, often slippery. The summit is 5,528m.

Ascent of Kala Pattar 28/10/2018
Almost outside the door is the start to Kala Patthar rising as it does to 5,643m. It takes a couple of hours to reach the summit and a further hour or so to return. From there we trekked back to Lobuche for a second night in the same accommodation.

Lobuche to Gorakshep 27/10/2018
On the main Everest Base Camp trail the number of people increased dramatically. Gorakshep for lunch, which is a pretty small place, smaller than I thought but from here we visited the Everest Base Camp itself which is quite an undertaking to get to - I was pretty wasted and cold on the way back. EBC is quiet at this time of year for climbers but heaving with visitors.

Dzongla to Lobuche 26/10/2018
After yesterday, it was a pretty tiring day so took it reasonably easy. No major objectives to overcome.

Cho La Pass 25/10/2018
Dragnag to Dzongla is over the Cho La pass which is a real tough and long climb with a maximum altitude of 5,420m. An early start saw us walking in the dark for an hour or so. The sun never really shone on us, being masked by the surrounding mountains so it never really warmed up.

Gokyo Ri and Dragnag 24/10/2018
Gokyo Ri stands at 5,357m and is quite a climb so we had an early start and saw the dawn come up over the mountains behind us. The trek to Dragnag across the Ngozumba Glacier was tough going but once across it eased to a nice walk down to the lodge.

Renjo La and to Gokyo Lake 22/10/2018
Over the pass at 5,360m we descended to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes area. Beautiful views of Everest, Nuptse and Puomori from the top of the pass made the effort worthwhile.

Lungren to Renjo Lake 21/10/2018
Short trek in the direction of the Renjo La put us in a good position to tackle the pass tomorrow. Our one and only camping night.

Thame to Lungren 20/10/2018
Off the Everest route we trekked to the quiet hamlet of Lungren at 4,380m. Nice hamlet but only a few lodges and even fewer facilities, but great views!

Thame and our first Monastery 18/10/2018
Trekking out to Thame, we had the opportunity to visit a Monastery - in my case, three times! Also gained an altitude of 4,300m

Namche Bazaar 16/10/2018
Namche Bazaar is the stuff of legends! Featuring in many early mountaineering accounts, being there was awesome! We had a trek out to the Everest View Hotel which, as the name suggests, gave us excellent views of Sagmartha (Everest).

Trek to Phakding 15/10/2018
After flying to Kathmandu and taking an internal flight to Lukla, we trekked out to Phakding which sits at an altitude of just over 2,800m. The adventure has begun.

Nepal T-4 09/10/2018
Only four days to go before I fly out to Kathmandu for the trip of a lifetime! Everything is packed and ready to go and well within the weight limit!

Malvern Hills day out 30/09/2018
A change to the plan saw me walking from the Old Hills at Callow End to the Malvern Hills and the full length of the hills from North Hill to Chase End Hill. 14.5 miles total walking in five hours. All good with the boots, feet and legs so happy with the final training session before the big trip.

Final Training Day 26/09/2018
Planning a day out in the Brecons this weekend as a final training day before going to Nepal. Thinking about the Western side on Fawr, Llia and maybe Dringarth or perhaps head back and take in Pen-y-Fan. Hoping the weather will be kind.

Kinder Scout new route 09/09/2018
As part of the Jagged Globe training weekend, we had a walk up onto Kinder Scout from the Snake Pass. Interesting route along an old Drovers trail, then up pretty direct to the plateau. A new route for me, so most enjoyable. That's it now - countdown to Nepal! Only 33 days to go.

Dovedale dash 07/09/2018
Nice day out from Ashbourne over to the river Dove then follow that to the head of Dovedale. Ascent of Thorpe Cloud, return via Thorpe and out to Swinscoe Hill and back to Ashbourne. About 11 miles.

Nepal Training Weekend 30/08/2018
Looking forward to a training weekend in the Peak District with my future companions to Nepal. Planning to go up a day early for a cheeky day walking around Ashbourne or maybe Matlock.

Severn Way - Done! 27/08/2018
On a wet and windy day in Wales I made my way up to the source of the River Severn from the car park in Hafron Forest some 3 1/2 miles away, then began the 12 mile walk back down again and onto Llanidloes to the bridge that would be the end of the day and also the end of the 210 miles that is the entire way. It has been an epic walk and a labour of love over the last few years but it is done now and I'm looking for my next challenge.

Severn Way 27/08/2018

Severn Way 25/08/2018
Today’s section from Llanidloes to Caersws was a lovely section of Welsh countryside with some awesome views but not of the Severn! That is seen at the start then not again until almost the end of the day. At just under 10 miles it’s not far and leaves me just 15 miles to finish the entire way which I’ll either do tomorrow or Monday.

New Reviews 19/08/2018
See my review of the Telemark 2 lightweight tent on the Reviews page. Very pleased with it after a couple of days wild camping.

Gloucestershire Way 18/08/2018
Chepstow to Gloucester over 2 1/2 days completes the entire way. See the full report on the Previous Expeds page. Next weekend I'm completing the Severn Way all being well, so looking forward to that.

Final Gloucestershire Way 13/08/2018
Looking forward to a three day wild camping weekend to complete the Gloucestershire Way. I have 40 miles left from Chepstow to Gloucester to do. I've packed and repacked the gear several times but it still feels too heavy! Oh well, man up! The following weekend I'll be finishing the Severn Way but that's just 25 miles and I'll be staying in a hotel so quite a contrast.

Upton to Callow End 10/08/2018
Fully loaded, almost! The 10 mile walk from Upton to Callow End went as well as it could. There are a few uphill sections which made me notice the extra weight but nothing I couldn't deal with. My old 90 litre Lowe Alpine 'sac is still as comfortable as ever and swallowed the gear with room to spare. We'll see how I get on with three days of wild camping next weekend.

Malvern Hills 10/08/2018

Full Pack test 09/08/2018
Well, the rucsac is packed with most of the stuff I'm going to need for my camping trip next weekend so that tomorrow I can do a quick (or slow) 10 mile walk to see how it feels. I've put most of the things I'll be taking in apart from the food for three days so it should give me a good idea!

Malvern Hills 20/07/2018
Great day out walking on the Malvern Hills. Welland to Upton is still a bit iffy - there must be a really good way of doing it! 16 miles done. The icing on the cake was chilling out at the Upton Blues Festival for the afternoon before being chauffered home. Why can't all walks be like that?

Malvern Hills 19/07/2018
Looking forward to a cheeky walk on the Malvern Hills tomorrow. Get some steep stuff done as part of the Nepal build up which is now less than 100 days away!

Gloucestershire Way 06/07/2018
It was a super hot day and a very long walk, but I completed the section from Stow to Tewkesbury so was well pleased with that. My legs were far from happy and the rest of the evening was spent feeling very sorry for myself. Total distance was 26 miles over nine hours.

Donnington Brewery 06/07/2018

Gloucestershire Way 05/07/2018
Looking forward to another section of the excellent Gloucestershire way tomorrow. Something of an ambitious section from Stow on the Wold (my last finishing point) all the way to Tewkesbury which is 24.5 miles! I do have a bale out at Winchcombe which is 13 miles. Weather looks good so we'll see. Full report to follow.

Sneaky Snowdonia 23/06/2018
Managed a sneaky afternoon climb of Crib Goch in glorious sunshine. A direct route out of Pen-y-Pass avoided the crowds to the foot of the climb but then I joined them. Luckily most were on the Miners or Pyg track so not too bad. Time limits meant I had to drop down before Crib-y-Dysgll which was a shame.

Gloucestershire Way 22/06/2018
Another section of the Gloucestershire Way completed today. This time from Coberley to Stow on the Wold which was 18.5 miles and means I have now completed the Way from Gloucester to Stow. Full report on the Previous Expeditions page.

Lake District Trip 07/05/2018
Three days of excellent walking in the Lake District with seven new peaks bagged and fantastic weather made for an awesome long weekends walking. See the full report on the 'Previous Expedition' page. Also see my review of the Stellar Equipment trousers recently purchased.

Lake District Weekend 29/04/2018
Looking forward to a few days in the Lake District next weekend. Hopeful 'bags' include Helvellyn via Striding Edge, Scafell and Symonds Knot via Lords Rake and Crinkle Crags via Bowfell. Can't wait!

Black Mountains quickie 14/04/2018
An ascent of Waun Fach from Cwmcadarn via an interesting scramble up a stream let to the summit ridge. Very steep in places and quite wet but a very rewarding route up. Along the ridge, then across to the Rhos Dirion ridge and back down. Short by my standards but a nice way to spend a sunny Saturday morning.

Cheeky morning 04/04/2018
Cheeky morning walk planned in the Black Mountains in a couple of weeks whilst the other half has her Christmas present - a Pony Trek. Early May is the next big one with a trip to the Lake District Planned; Helvellyn, Scafell and hopefully Lords Rake are on the list as will be some others as I will be there for four days.

Carneddau Day Out 01/04/2018
Starting out at the Northern end of the Carnedds initially following the North Wales path it was a steady climb to Drum, a new peak for me and a snowy one too. In fact snow would be a constant feature of the day. Luckily I wasn’t the first up here so could take advantage of a broken trail. From Drum onto the familiar peaks of Foel Fras, Garnedd Uchaf and Foel Grach and finally the big one; Llewellyn at 1064m. Four of the Welsh 3000s in about 13 miles of walking. Great day out!

Severn Way 25/03/2018
Two excellent days in the Welsh Countryside walking the Severn Way. Day 1 was from Caersws to Welshpool covering about 22 miles and Day 2 from Welshpool to near Shrawardine at about 18 miles which now only leaves the first 25 miles or thereabouts to complete the entire way. Check out the full report on the Previous Expeds pages.

Severn Way 18/03/2018
Looking forward to another section of the Severn Way next weekend. The plan is to camp at Caersws then walk to Welshpool on Day 1, then from there to Shrawardine on Day 2. That only leaves the first 25 miles or so to do to complete the entire route!

Gloucestershire Way 17/03/2018
A cancelled bike event gave me the chance of a sneaky section of the Gloucestershire Way. All in the Forest of Dean, I walked from Parkend for about four and a quarter hours and back, covering just over 12 miles. Excellent section, very well waymarked so happy with that. Much better than the section I did last time.

Severn Way 13/03/2018
Looking forward to another section of the Severn Way in a week or so. This time its from Caersws to (near) Shrewsbury over two days. It's just under 40 miles which will then only leave the first 22-23 miles to the source and I will have completed the entire 210 miles.

Coberley to Gloucester 09/03/2018
First stage of the Gloucestershire Way ticked off. It wasn't the start stage, but the first stage that I've done! It is an enjoyable walk, but suffers quite badly from poor signage and indistinct paths. I did it the 'wrong way' compared to the guide and I think it might be easier to navigate if done the correct way, but I lost the path several times and had to rely on my Ordnance Survey maps to relocate -
warning - take a full set! One useful tip - it follows the Severn Way, then the Glevum Way for a while, and also the Cotswold Way and even the Gustav Holst Way in places!

Gloucestershire Way 08/03/2018
With the Severn Way almost finished, I've turned my attention to the next challenge; the Gloucestershire Way. Tomorrow I'll be walking the section from Crickley Hill to Gloucester which is around 14-15 miles.

Severn Way Walk 09/02/2018
Oldbury on Severn to Severn Beach to finish the official way, then from there another 14 miles or so into Bristol City centre giving a total day of 22 miles! So now I've completed the route from about 10 miles West of Shrewsbury to the end. About 65 miles of the first section left to do with about 40 miles of that planned for the end of March - the entire route should be in the bag this year!

Severn Way 04/02/2018
Next Friday I'll be chipping away at the Severn Way with another section from Oldbury on Severn to Bristol - a short 5 miles but an additional link of 10 miles into the City Centre.

Peak District Weekend 28/01/2018
Three great days in the Mountains and trails of the Peak District. Day 1 was a 20 mile walk over the Great Ridge from Castleton to the far side of Kinder Scout and back. Day 2 the twin peaks of Win Hill and Lose Hill and Day 3 a Bike Ride along the Monsal Trail and High Peak Trail. See the full report in the Previous Expeds page - Peak District winter 2018.

Top Tip 18/01/2018
Preparing my gear for the next trip, I realised I didn't have a map case. Now I really don't like carrying a map so usually wear trousers with a map pocket, but what if it rains? I started to look around for a suitable map case. What struck me was that they seem to be inflexible so won't fit in my pocket and can be quite pricey for a good one. Most of them come with a lanyard which can be hung around the neck. Back in the day I had one of those - they are the worst thing ever in the wind, you constantly fight with them and get battered in the face! Solution; I purchased a box of medium sized freezer bags. Folding the map right I can fit it in the bag, it has a good waterproof zip lock and for £2.50 for 10 only needs to last a few trips and I am well ahead. My box of 10 should easily last me a year!

Peak District Weekend 08/01/2018
Another weekend planned in the Peak District. This time an ascent of Kinder Scout via the Edale Youth Hostel route and an ambitious trek across the plateau to Kinder Downfall and return. Then next day a route across the Great Ridge and around to Win Hill and back, then the final day a cycle ride along the Monsal Trail to check it out for a future group trip. Can't wait!

Peak District Weekend 03/01/2018
So, this weekend I am off to the Peak District again to check out some routes onto Kinder Scout in preparation for leading a group there in November.

Black Mountains Loop 31/12/2017
Llanthony Priory is an excellent starting point for a walk on the Black Mountains. There are toilets, free parking and a cafe - what more could you want? My New Years Eve route took me onto Hatterall Ridge which is actually Offas Dyke and the Welsh/English border. From here a good walk of about 2 1/2 hours to Hay Bluff, then across to Herefords Knob and return on the Darren Lwyd Ridge, dropping down into Capel-Y-Ffin for a short walk along the road before heading up again and following the line of Bal Mawr and back to Llanthony. About 16 miles and just over 5,000 feet of ascent. Weather was pretty awful but I got to test my waterproofs!

Malvern to Tewkesbury 15/12/2017
A cheeky day off saw me catching a train to Malvern and walking to Tewkesbury via the Malvern Hills, which still had a good amount of snow, then over to Welland and a sneaky route to Upton via some doubtful paths and a disused railway line. From Upton, down to the River and along that to Tewkesbury. Eight hours, 24 miles!

Snowing! 10/12/2017
Well, we had a big dump of snow today. Gear on and out for a walk! I dug out my old Rohan padded trousers and tried out the new Mountain Equipment waterproofs. All was good and I was toasty. I'm not ready to review the waterproofs just yet, I need some good rain to try them properly, but so far, so good.

Worcestershire Way 05/12/2017
Just came across a report I wrote way back of my successful Worcestershire Way run. 36 miles in 8 hours - I was fit in those days! Its on the Expeditions Page under 'Long Distance Walks' - go take a look, it might inspire you!

Brecons Walk 01/12/2017
Parked up at the Storey Arms. Beautiful clear day but with a bitingly cold wind. Four peaks bagged on the Western side and 16 miles walked. Didn't see a single person all day. Great day out and the bacon roll and coffee at the car park cafe finished the day off nicely!

Brecons Day out 23/11/2017
Currently planning a cheeky day out to the Brecons in a week or so. Hoping for some rain so I can check out my new Mountain Equipment waterproofs - I doubt I will be disappointed!

Equipment Reviews 20/11/2017
Slowly adding reviews of my favourite outdoor gear. Check it out and let me know what you think! I'm always looking for new stuff so if you have something you think is the business, contact me and let me know.

Peak District 11/11/2017
A group of seven of us, led by me made an ascent of Kinder Scout using the Jacobs Ladder route to walk via the summit cairn and Red Brook to Kinder Downfall where we scattered my Uncle's ashes. It was an emotional trip, but in his memory, we all had a Mars Bar and shared a hip flask of JD. The weather was reasonably kind to us - no rain, but a strong very cold wind meant that layers stayed on.

Severn Way 03/11/2017
A small section North of Worcester that I missed out on previously has now been walked (in both directions). I had a day to kill in Worcester waiting for a car service so took a cheeky walk out to Grimley and back. It is a lovely section and would make a great day out if arrival time at Grimley was around 12:30, lunch could be had at the Wagon Wheel. I got there at 10:00am!

Peak District 28/10/2017
Only a couple of weeks to go until we are off to the Peak District again. Mixed emotions as it is a family trip to scatter my Uncles ashes. Be great to go walking with everyone again though.

Severn Way 20/10/2017
You may have read that I am walking the Severn Way one stage at a time. There is a small section North of Worcester that remains unwalked but soon that will be rectified. I have a day in Worcester waiting for a car service so will be sneaking off to complete the section. Slight snag is that I need to walk it in both directions but as it is only 4 miles should not be a problem. Report to follow.

Website development 12/10/2017
Well, the website is coming on. I've converted it to a 'responsive' site and updated all of the reports with photos and layout changes. I hope you like it! Feel free to read the pages and let me know if you spot any spelling mistakes, inaccuracies or anything else.

Peak District Trip - Sunday 08/10/2017
An ascent of Mam Tor from the Edale valley and along the ridge to Hollins Cross and return. A good couple of hours in excellent weather.

Peak District Trip - Saturday 07/10/2017
Up onto Kinder Scout again, this time via Jacobs Ladder to see how it compares to the Grindsbrook approach. This will be the ascent route in November! Another good day with just a little rain for the final hour.

Peak District Trip - Friday. 06/10/2017
My trip to the Peak District was a great success. I walked up Grindsbrook from Edale to the top of Kinder Scout, then directly across to join the path that would lead me to the summit and onwards to Kinder Downfall. The weather was amazing and some great photos taken.

Success on Kilimanjaro 25/09/2017
On Monday 25th September 17, along with eight others and our four guides, we successfully ascended to the summit of Kilimanjaro via the Western Breach.

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