Strathblane Circular Walk, Stirlingshire

Strathblane Circular route - view of Campsie fells

Strathblane Circular Walk, Stirlingshire HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews Views, new plants and a lunchtime dip We have a bit of an ongoing joke between us that when I choose the route we end up without a footpath and when Peter chooses the route it is much longer than intended. As it was a hot day in…

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Scottish Trail Running

Scottish Trail Running HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews Scottish Trail Running by Susie Allison What a fantastic Christmas present to receive just before our move over the border. Scottish Trail Running contains descriptions, route maps, elevation profiles and images of 70 great running routes in Scotland, ranging from simple 4km loops near Glasgow up to 48km routes…

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Walk at Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

Lochmaben walk sculpture

Walk at Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews A Walk that Packs a Punch We discovered this walk from Lochmaben by pure accident – and what a happy accident. This walk has it all: a variety of ecosystems, local history, sculptures, excellent interpretation boards, easy navigation and good access – oh yes and willow…

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Beningbrough Hall Walk

tansy beetle

Beningbrough Hall Walk HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews In Search of the Jewel of York A favourite walk in the York area is around the perimeter of Beningbrough Hall. This is a lovely route for either a summer evening stroll or a winter trail run, not too long (approx 5km) and finishing at a lovely pub. We…

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Howsham Bluebell Woods and a Favourite Walk

bluebell wood

Howsham Bluebell Woods and a Favourite Walk HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews May is the time for walks in bluebell woods. Around York there are a number of beautiful bluebell woods to enjoy as the weather gets warmer. We made the most of a warm mid-week day by leaving work slightly early and heading to a favourite…

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Bishop Wilton Re-visited

meadow near Bishop Wilton

Bishop Wilton Re-visited HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews This is a lovely 5km walk from the pretty village of Bishop Wilton, 15 miles to the East of York. As the start is from the village pub, this is a perfect way to walk off the calories after a pub lunch or to build up a thirst on…

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Curlew Call Lifts Spirits


Curlew Call Lifts Spirits HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews On World Curlew Day (21st April) I thought it appropriate to write about my encounters with this beautiful bird. This year I fear I will not hear it’s evocative call, the call of the wild moorland. one of my harbingers of spring. This 2020 spring has me stuck…

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A Mausoleum and Many Monuments

A Mausoleum and Many Monuments HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews Yesterday we returned to Castle Howard parkrun for the second time. This is one of the toughest courses I know, with the last kilometre or so uphill. Yesterday it was also into a biting wind. The course designers have done a really good job in showing off…

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Our 500th parkrun

New Earswick parkrun

Our 500th parkrun HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews From 0 to 250 in 9 Years Yesterday I celebrated my 250th parkrun and Peter his 200th. In the last 8 years parkrun has become “what we do” on a Saturday morning – we don’t even consider missing one unless there is a very good reason. It has given…

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Dollar Glen in Winter

Osha as a puppy

Dollar Glen in Winter HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews We were visiting family up in the central belt of Scotland last week. The area doesn’t look very promising to outdoor enthusiasts, particularly on a wet and windy winter weekend. Naturally we did our weekly parkrun, on this occasion a return to Callendar Park in Falkirk. It was our second…

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