Training Walk 5th Dec 2021

After the completion of my Lowland Leader Qualification the excitement and enthusiasm is still here so I decided to go full force into a training walk, and see what I can do in 2 hours. I was also trying out… Continue Reading…


Lowland Leader Assessment

After nearly 2 years of waiting since my training, I’ve finally completed my Lowland Leader assessment. I passed it! Travel The assessment took place over 2 days based out of Allendale Town near Hexham in Northumberland. It was about 1… Continue Reading…


Deerness Valley Railway Path – Winter Relay Walk

Dawn over Deerness Valley

On Sunday 13th December 2020, I was able to walk the Deerness Valley Railway Path from where I joined it in Ushaw Moor to the end at Crook, and back again. The Deerness Valley Railway Path follows the disused railway… Continue Reading…


What is a long distance walk anyway? A guide for beginner walkers and hikers.

Hiking in Mountains

The definition of a long distance walk is any walk that is completed over most of a day or over 20 miles in length. Another way to look at it is a walk that will take multiple days to complete.… Continue Reading…


Gear Review – Combat Boots for Walking

Review of my Haix High Liability Army Surplus Combat Boots for long distance walking and bushcraft. Timeline Purchased 2018-Still in use. Review When I started out walking and adventuring I had no boots, only trainers. I wanted some boots that… Continue Reading…


Bearpark to Lanchester Walk, County Durham

Winter Walking in County Durham Preparation for the Walk in County Durham In preparation for this I planned a route in OS Maps that was a circular route that would have taken me from Ushaw Moor around Bearpark, back into… Continue Reading…


What is the Winter Solstice?

Have you ever hear of the longest night, midwinter, hiemal solstice, hibernal solstice, toji, yule or the winter solstice? These are all terms to describe the midpoint of the year, when the night lasts the longest and the day is… Continue Reading…


Lowland Leader Training

Lowland Leader Training In November 2019 I started the process of completing my Lowland Leader Training with Mountain Training. The Lowland Leader Qualification will to allow me to lead groups on day walks in lowland country and woodland in summer… Continue Reading…


Where I am now – Update

Time for an update To help you understand my journey I need to update you on some of the progress I have made this year and where I am now. I’ve started to complete my Lowland Leader qualification which will… Continue Reading…


Recce of Stage 1

I decided to start some of my preparations for the Durham Round by exploring the first few miles of the route.  A Recce of Stage 1, you would say. I had arranged to call my wife, and give her my… Continue Reading…