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The Walks

Rainbow in Swaledale
Rainbow just outside the village of Muker in Swaledale, Yorkshire
Blencathra
Looking back along the ridge from the summit of Blencathra, Lake District
Carmarthen Fan
Carmarthen Fan in the western Brecon Beacons
Great Gable and Sprinkling Tarn
Great Gable and Sprinkling Tarn, Lake District
Carn Bica, Pembrokeshire
Storm approaching over Carn Bica on the Preseli ridge, Pembrokeshire
Arrochar and Ben Lomond
Arrochar, Loch Long and Ben Lomond, Scotland
Red Pike, Buttermere
Red Pike and the Buttermere Fells, Lake District
The Mamores
The Mamores from the West Highland Way south of Fort William, Scotland

Area Index

In the attached pages are a selection of walks that we have done in the past and enjoyed for one reason or another.

Each walk has a small summary with information such as the starting point, map required, distance, ascent, any navigational problems and an idea of how hard it is. There is also a brief outline of the walk itself and links to downloads of a pdf version of the walk description and, for the newer routes, a gpx file.

There is also some information on the suitability of this walk for dogs. Please bear in mind that this is written from our personal experience with two Jack Russell Terriers (see the Jack Pack page) and that the terrain may make the suitability different for other breeds. In all cases though please take care to keep your dog(s) under control when other animals are near especially in the spring when there may be young about.

The walks are sub divided by geographical location so please click on the link below for the area you are interested in for a list of walks in that area. More will be added as we do them so please revisit. If you should notice any errors (perish the thought !) please contact us and we will correct them.

Clicking on any of the links below will toggle the list of walks in that area to appear or disappear.


England

The English walks are situated in three areas:

  • Cumbria and the Lake District.
  • Derbyshire and the Peak District
  • Yorkshire

Our trips to the Peak District have been, regretfully, rare. It is true that we now live a lot closer to the Peak Distict but we have a tendency not to head that far south when we can stay in the Lakes or head into Yorkshire. To Peak District afficianados all we can say is "Sorry about that" !

Our visit rate to Yorkshire, principally the Yorkshire Dales has now picked up quite significantly so more Yorkshire walks should start to appear here. We also hope to visit the North York Moors and Northumberland a lot more often than we used to !

There are, however, quite a few walks in the Lake District. The Lake District is a place we have visited so often because we like it so much there and that is the major reason why we decided to move there. We are not going to apologise for that and, if you go there, we hope you get as much enjoyment from the walks and from the Lake District as we do.

Note: Although the Howgills are in Cumbria they are part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park so I have included walks in the Howgills in the Yorkshire section.


Scotland

I have split the walks in Scotland into 6 areas:

  • Southern Scotland (SMC Corbett Group 0)
  • Central Scotland (SMC Corbett and Munro Groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9)
  • Eastern Scotland (SMC Corbett and Munro Groups 6, 7 and 8)
  • Western Scotland (SMC Corbett and Munro Groups 10, 11, 12 and 13)
  • Far North (SMC Corbett and Munro Groups 14, 15 and 16)
  • Islands - (SMC Corbett and Munro Group 17)

Scotland really is a beautiful country and, anywhere north of the Glasgow/Edinburgh corridor, is a mecca for the mountain walker.

In the past our trips to Scotland have not been as frequent as we would have liked mainly due to the distance from Pembrokeshire. As we now live much closer we hope to remedy that and visit much more often.


Wales

The Welsh walks have been seperated into five groups:

  • Brecon Beacons
  • Mid Wales
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • Snowdonia

The Brecon Beacons National Park actually comprises of three ranges, the Brecon Beacons themselves in the centre, the Black Mountains in the east and the Black Mountain in the west. These mountains are the highlands of South Wales and they are characterised by their sharp, northern escarpments and deep red coloured rocks. They are quite close to where we used to live and so we have spent a fair bit of time there in the past. Unfortunately they are now a long way away from where we live so there is unlikely to be many new walks added any time soon.

Snowdonia is the roof of Wales and, as it's the nearest major mountain area to Pembrokeshire, it is an area we have walked quite often. It is truly mountainous and, in places, wild. At it's best it bears comparison to parts of Scotland.

Mid Wales is an often overlooked area as it lacks the high peaks of Snowdonia or the Beacons. The walking there is more rolling and the scenery is very easy on the eye but there is a wealth of walking and, often, it is a lot quieter.

Pembrokeshire (and nearby areas too) is where we used to live and, so, these are walks that we used to do fairly often. There are some that are (mainly) circular but might use sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path but you will find descriptions of walks along sections of the coast path in isolation. As these are all linear you will need some form of transport to get to your start point unless you are happy to walk the section in both directions. Timetables for public transport can be seen by clicking on the Pembrokeshire Greenways link.

News

17th September 2017

Two new walks in the Angus Glens of Scotland, four new walks on the eastern side of the Lake District and five new walks on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.