Our first date, over 30 years ago, was a walk up the hills above Osmotherley in North Yorkshire. The hedges were full of sloes and elderberries, so we ended up foraging. Our second date was pricking the sloes for sloe gin and stripping the elderberries for wine making. That was the start of our outdoor adventures together.

This blog has come about because we are both interested in nature and want to share our experiences of beautiful routes, stunning places and knowledge of wildlife.

Whether we are walking, trail running or wild swimming we do it at a steady pace, appreciating the wildlife around us. We do not go in for long distance challenges, just activities that anyone with reasonable fitness should be able to do.

Our articles include some of the wildlife we have seen on the route, so that you know what to look out for and when. The "what to look out for boards" will be updated as we repeat routes. We would love it if people who follow our routes share their sightings with us via our instagram feed.

Enjoy reading.


Lochmaben walk sculpture

Walk at Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway

By Sam | August 6, 2021

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 tits. This 4 mile…

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tansy beetle

Beningbrough Hall Walk

By Sam | August 5, 2021

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 most…

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bluebell wood

Howsham Bluebell Woods and a Favourite Walk

By Sam | May 20, 2021

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 walk round Howsham Woods. You…

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meadow near Bishop Wilton

Bishop Wilton Re-visited

By Sam | July 28, 2020

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 a…

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Curlew Call Lifts Spirits

By Sam | April 20, 2020

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 in suburbia,…

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A Mausoleum and Many Monuments

By Sam | February 28, 2020

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 all that Castle…

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New Earswick parkrun

Our 500th parkrun

By Sam | February 9, 2020

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 us…

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Osha as a puppy

Dollar Glen in Winter

By Sam | January 7, 2020

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 time at…

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