Me and My Site
I am now past my 5th decade and
I discovered the pleasure of walking in my late teens thanks to an
enthusiastic father-in-law to be.
Most of my walking has been and
will continue to be in the Yorkshire area, especially the Dales because that is close to my home
but I also love the Lake District, The North Yorkshire Moors and The Peak
It was only in 2011 that I
decided to put this site together partly to make use of the prolific number
of photographs I have started to take since the dawning of digital cameras
but also because of the number of times I have seen see walkers struggling
to find routes using books. I have also lost count of the number of times I
have been the victim of friends' attempts to lead walks this way. Almost
without exception, relying on a book alone has resulted in uncertainty about
the correct route and led to delays and backtracking. I wanted to see if I
could do better.
There are hundreds of walking books
on the market and many have interesting information about the areas in which
the walks are situated. However, they are often not a practical resource for
use in the field. Direction instructions are often immersed in a multitude
of other information. Some contain very attractive drawings or sketch maps
but are difficult to relate to reliably on the ground.
Books are heavy to carry,
awkward to use and easy to spoil in adverse weather.
Some of the directions are so
poor that I seriously wonder if the authors have actually walked the routes
at all. I can assure you that I have walked every inch of the walks I
describe. I make detailed notes on my mobile phone as I go and try to ensure
my directions are logical and make a practical back-up to maps.
I am a big believer in using
maps to guide walks and my walks have been worked out directly from maps
rather than from books. Britain is very fortunate in having the best mapping
resource in the world, namely maps produced by the Ordnance Survey (OS). The
best resource you can have for walking is a 1:25000 scale OS map. See the Finding
You Way page. They give information on many more routes in an area than
any book of equivalent cost. They can be folded to show the area of your
walk and protected inside a map case. Some think they are
expensive but in reality they cost less than a couple of rounds of drinks
for two. Looked after they can last years and are very good value for money.
A possible exception in terms of
books is the Pathfinder
Guide series where at least you get a section of the Ordnance Survey map
relevant to the walk.
By all means, use books to
find a walk which sounds attractive to you but work out the route on a map
then use this whilst actually doing the walk. I never cease to be surprised
by the number of people who seem reluctant to get to grips with maps and
compasses. They seem to think they represent some mysterious dark art beyond
the comprehension of ordinary mortals. Believe me, if I can use a map and
compass, anyone can!
My hope is that visitors to the
site will be able to quickly find walks to their liking based on distance
and severity and will be able to use the directions I have provided
preferably in conjunction with an OS map to avoid the annoyance and
potentially the dangers of getting lost. For copyright reasons, I cannot
reproduce sections of OS maps (other than the dynamic OS maps using the
Ordnance Survey Open Space facility) but I have included sketch maps which will
enable you to easily identify the same routes on them. I have also included
a direct link to the relevant maps at Amazon where you can order them on
I have included in the site
advice on using maps and compasses in the Finding
Your Way section and various other areas related to walking - see the
links in the panel down the left hand side.
I hope visitors find this site
of use and I would ask you to tell your walking friends about it as I would
like to think the effort I am putting in (which is not inconsiderable) is
If you have any interest in the
technical issues about the site itself, click - Technical
All information on this site
is given in good faith and no liability is accepted in respect of any damage,
loss or injury which might result from acting on it.