Hope and blue skies

25 Sep

Yesterday I picked up my good friend Sue to drive out to Hope, due east of Castleton, south-east of Edale. We parked up near the school and within minutes were on the steep ascent to Lose Hill. Here, more or … Read More »

Whitney Bridge to Ross on Wye

24 Jul

The border Wye is in some ways similar to its smaller namesake in Derbyshire’s White Peak, the Wye that rises west of Buxton to enter the town then turn southwards through Millers Dale and Monsal Dale, Ashford and Bakewell, to … Read More »

Glasbury to Whitney Bridge

20 Jul

Many sections of the Wye are still as a mill pond, a fact begetting two unfortunate errors on my part. The first and least consequential was that, after putting in at Glasbury Bridge mid afternoon yesterday, I paddled a mile … Read More »

Stourport via Kidderminster

4 Jul

Jackie is presenting for Nottingham Uni at a HE Learning Conference in Brum. I came for the ride, catching a string of local buses (Sheffield … Bakewell .. Derby … Burton-on-T … Sutton Coldfield …)  to a city not known … Read More »

Pictures from a Lakeland Kayak

28 Jun

I used to look down on Windermere as not for the serious outdoorsman; rather, a playground for water sport fiends, party animals and wannabe Campbells. That changed years ago when, having driven up for a spot of camping in Borrowdale, … Read More »

Meditations from a Lakeland Kayak

26 Jun

Monday morning around seven-thirty the sun is already strong. Windermere’s more serene west bank, four metres from the shoreline on my right, is gin clear. A school of tiny perch – our handsomest freshwater fish, and thirsty for learning with … Read More »