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Blog 2017

12 December 2017

Cannot believe where this year has gone. I have not been doing much walking lately partly due to a hamstring injury and partly due to a non-walking related project which has occupied a lot of time. Hope to get back to it after Christmas/New Year. However I did squeeze in "a quickie" in November from Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey..

On the walking front though, a user of one of my walk routes emailed, suggesting a change, as he went wrong. After exchanging two or three emails, I made a small change. He now said that if he had had a map, the route would have been obvious! Er yeah! That's the point of maps.

Please always take maps on walks. Although my route descriptions are quite detailed and I like to think pretty accurate, they are not intended as map substitutes. Having a map to refer to will clarify any occasions whene there is any doubt over my (or anybody elses) directions.

Finally for 2017, I would like to wish all visitors to my site Seasons Greetings and thank you for your support and lovely emails.

29 August 2017

I was recently asked for a contribution to an article for the Raven Hall Hotel, at Ravenscar on the East Coast of Yorkshire. The results can be seen here http://goo.gl/U7fG4d. There is a circular walk on my website which takes you to Markenfield Hall - the Markington Circular Walk

7 August 2017

Along with others, I was recently asked by the company Gala Tent to contribute to this article entitled "8 Breathtaking Walks in Yorkshire". . It contains some useful information, in conjunction with links to the walks themselves.

7 August 2017

On 6 August 2017, Grough Magazine reported on a call out for the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, to rescue a number of walkers on the summit of Helvellyn who were suffering hypothermia. Because of worsening weather and the number of walkers involved, the rescue mushroomed to involve Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Team, plus a helecopter - and this is AUGUST! It demonstrates that even in summer at even the relatively modest altitude of Helvellyn, the weather should never be taken for granted and warm clothing, waterproofs etc should always be carried.

13 May 2017

Last Friday, I joined a walk led by a friend of mine. There were four of us in the party. The walk involved quite a long trek across moorland, with no clearly defined path, following a line of boundary stones, when we could see them! Unfortunately, our leader twisted his knee. Initially he elected to carry on but the chosen route involved continuing this terrain to the top of a low hill then down eventually to a track In effect, two sides of a triangle. The walking proved very tiring and extremely boggy.

I suggested that as we were walking over this sort of ground anyway, given the knee, it might make sense to "walk the hypotenuse" over the moor to reduce the overall distance. This was agreed but meant finding our way across pretty featureless terrain in the hope of finding the end of the proper track.

Although I had my Garmin receiver, the route was not programmed but of course it did permit an accurate determination of where we were. Having got that far, I decided to get out the compass and use that to navigate for a change. I could probably have triangulated our position with the compass as there were some identifiable rocks and the hilltop to take bearings from but not wanting to mess about given the knee, I used the GPS to identify our position. Taking a bearing from there on the OS map, we proceded to walk the direction indicated. Finding markers to maintain the line was not easy, it being heather clad moor. It was a case of selecting lighter coloured bits of grass or particular tufts of heather and making sure I did not lose sight of them. Each item probably 100 yards apart

After lots of wet feet, we hit the track spot on. I don't know why I was surprised but I am always amazed such a simple bit of kit can be so accurate. It is some time since I used a compass in earnest, as I use the GPS mostly but it proves the worth of carrying a map and compass.

The knee seemed much recovered after a pint!

1 May 2017

Just returned from Shropshire. This is my second visit there and once more I was impressed by the area. Beautiful countryside with innumerable hills to walk. It is also a very quiet, peaceful place. If you are looking for somewhere a bit different to walk, without the crowds, it is well worth a visit. Expect some more Shropshire walks on Happpy Hiker soon.

3 April 2017

As the walking season starts to get seriously under way it is worth a reminder about the fast approaching 2026 deadline, when public Rights of Way which are not recorded on the Definitive Map held by each local authority, will cease to be Rights of Way, in accordance with the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (the 'CROW' Act). Although 2026 seems a long time away, in reality, relative to the importance of ensuring all historically used ROW are recorded, it is tomorrow!

Although it is perhaps expecting a lot for people to check the local authority maps at random, it is important at least that if you know of, or come across, any historically used paths which are not recorded on an Ordnance Survey map, that you check the Definitive Map. Once we get past 2026, it will be too late and any unrecorded paths will be lost forever!

More information on The Ramblers website plus what to do if you know of such a path.

3 March 2017

I have lost count of the number of mountain rescues which have occurred this year due to people getting lost because they did not have a map or compass and/or were relying on navigation with a mobile phone which failed for some reason, or were caught out by bad conditions. The latest were a couple stranded on Sharp Edge because ice conditions were worse than expected. They were too scared to continue and phoned for rescue.

Please remember all the Mountain Rsecue Teams are volunteers and their lives shpould not be put at risk just because you choose to venture to risky places, or in bad weather conditions, without the right skills and equipment. Always - as in really always - have a 1:25000 Ordnance Survey map with you and a compass and know how to use them. If there is snow and ice on high peaks, do not venture on to them without crampons and ice axes. Do not take silly chances. The mountains will still be there another day.

10 February 2017

Just returned from a holiday in Chile. It was somewhat "full on" as including the flights there, we had 9 flights in a fortnight! The country is over 2,600 miles long, so in a limited time, flying is the only practical way of seeing iis best parts. The scenery ranges from glaciers and the most amazing mountains in the south, a more temperate climate, similar to England, with green pastures etc in the Lake District to the Atacama Desert in the north. The latter is exceptionally arid but has a large geothermal area with spectacular geysers. The capital Santiago is in the centre, a huge city. On the coast is Valparaíso, a somewhat dilapidated city following a massive earthquake in 1906 and virtual abandonment following this and its decline as a port after the Panama Canal opened. However it has had something of a revival after the historic quarter of Valparaíso was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Chile definitely worth a visit!

22 January 2017

Now completed all the ascent/descent figures to help assess walking times for the Cumbria and Shropshire walks plus some other popular walks.

7 January 2017

Slowly progressing with the addition of ascent/descent figures to help assess walking times on my Walking Time Calculator.

Ramblers Scotland are mounting a campaign to get Ordnance Survey to properly map the main footpaths of Scotland. If you have ever looked at an OS map for Scotland you will know that marked paths are few and far between yet on the ground there are lots. You can add your support by visiting http://goo.gl/a6N1MQ

2 January 2017

The New Year got off to a good start with the following lovely email from James, on 1st January.

Hey John, I wanted to thank you for the information on your website.  We are here in Lanzarote for the second time and found your website. 

It’s a fantastic resource and we have walked about 4 of the walks. 

Thanks very much.

If you are ever up in Scotland drop me a line.

Cheers

James

Although it has been suggested to me more than once that I should have a "Testemonials" page, I do not post them, as it smacks too much of conceit. However as this was at the very begining of the year, I thought I would make an exception. I have replied directly (as I always do) but thanks again James.

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