Destinations

Hiking Health: staying fit and safe on the trails

Keeping yourself fit and healthy on your hikes can be hard. Countless dangers await and, if you’re not prepared, you could end up a casualty or worse! Don’t worry, this page is for you. Below, you’ll find the most informative resource for every possible environment: from long hikes at sea level to high altitude pursuits. Your health and safety are …

Read More »

The Yorkshire Three Peaks – an almost perfect one-day hike

A few weeks ago, while on holiday in Cumbria, I was after a bit of a challenge and a fun day hike so we decided to hike the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Taking in the Pennine peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, it’s a roughly 24-mile route with some spectacular views and some glorious landscapes. Alongside the national Three Peaks Challenge, …

Read More »

Lake Baikal: Crossing The Worlds Largest Lake

Beautiful and remote, Baikal’s frozen surface contorts into many shapes. This year I decided to go the next step up from my long distance UK hikes and travel the length of Lake Baikal. And what a journey it was – this is one destination you have to add to your expedition bucket-list. So, if you’re planning a trip to Baikal, …

Read More »

Ashridge to Ivinghoe Beacon Circular Walking Route

Bridgewater Monument on the Ashridge estate Before we dive into this post, I’d like to say that the Ashridge to Ivinghoe Beacon circular route is not one I created. The original was posted on the Chilterns AONB site and is 5 mile walk along some pretty substantial trails and tracks. At 8 miles, the route you’re about to follow is …

Read More »

Dartmoor Hiking: North to South Route

Are you looking for a challenging hike that will test both your navigation skills and your hill walking fitness? If so, you need to try some of the Dartmoor hiking routes that criss-cross this beautiful and very wild place. A National Park, Dartmoor is nestled in the south-west of England and is an ideal destination for hikers. Covering about 300 …

Read More »

Mini Camino del Norte: Irun to Bilbao

The Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) is an unusual beast. A near infinite fractal network of long-distance hiking routes across France and Spain (mostly), it’s also an ancient historical pilgrimage to the town of Santiago de Compostela, and a modern phenomenon that often changes the lives of people who undertake the full journey. I’ve been interested in it …

Read More »

Wild camping in England and Wales – Laws and Advice

I recently came across a campaign on twitter, trying to promote ‘legal wild camping’ by facilitating arrangements with landowners where you book and pay to camp on their land in a designated location. Now, some might say that if you book and pay to camp on a landowners land in a designated location then that’s called… a campsite. But let’s …

Read More »

Pulpit Hill to Coombe Hill Circular Walk

This route from Pulpit Hill to Coombe Hill is a circular walk covering about 9.5 miles in length and uses part of the Ridgeway. The trail is a mix of mud track and, in a few places, gravel. As hiking routes go, it’s mostly easy going. Be warned: there are a couple of very steep hills (I’ve noted each one …

Read More »

5 of the Best Long Distance Walks: UK Destinations

The UK is criss-crossed by a network of trails, tracks and public footpaths that take you on some pretty magical journeys. If you let them. I’ve had the pleasure to hike and trek all over the world, but nothing gives me more pleasure than a walking long distance through the wilds of the UK. I’m equally at home taking walks …

Read More »

Long Crendon to Chearsley Walking Route

Distance: 4.3 miles Rating: easy Time: two hours Long Crendon is a large village located about 1 ½ miles from Thame. The village is in Buckinghamshire, just over the county border with Oxfordshire. Unlike Thame, which is a small town, Long Crendon isn’t a hive of activity (and that suits many of the residents and visitors). I love the countryside …

Read More »