After snowfall and frozen water came the ever lasting rain, leaving everything a permanent damp. That unmistakable smell, much like open moorland but without the fresh air and wide open spaces. Sadly in a large city in January lockdown it is not as easy to escape to these wild spaces. One has to look much closer to home to observe nature and be rejuvenated by its all encompassing presence. It is something that I miss much indeed but perhaps the real trick of life is being in the mountains and moors whilst confined indoors. Master this and the world is yours.Read more
With a new year upon us it was only fit to make a goal for 2019. I really wanted to see the seasons through, from winter to winter once again. With lots of mushy weather there was a little break in conditions and I headed to my beloved Dartmoor in winter to seek wide open space and that unmistakeable damp moor air.Read more
With the colder weather around the corner why not get ready for it now?
Clothing is always a little bulkier and heavier in winter, this is something you have to accept. Even if you can spend a lot of money on the lightest and warmest items you will still be carrying more weight than when in warmer conditions.Read more
For many, the pull of seeing the Northern Lights is the only reason to venture this far north. In Finnish Lapland that was to be an unspoken wish that I was keen to have fulfilled, but was certainly not the only desire on my list and nor would it matter one bit if it didn’t come true.Read more
Hiking through crisp glistening powder, forging your own path through the unbroken blanket of white ahead. A never ending delight when walking in full on winter conditions. For me it’s a happy mix of nerves and sheer delight. The former produced by the knowledge of never exactly knowing what is lying beneath your feat! I was making use of the excellent MSR Lightning Trail Snowshoes. Read our full review.Read more
Arriving in Stockholm the first task was to find and locate the map I needed to purchase for Skuleskogen National Park.
The shop Kartbutiken (www.kartbutiken.se) proved a very useful store and indeed stocked maps of pretty much everywhere it seemed.Read more
There’s this strange feeling I get when carrying luggage through a train station. Something about the noises and sensations that remind me of my past travels and it fills me with wanderlust. It was this, combined with nervous excitement that stirred my heart as I climbed onto the escalator, ascending out of London’s Underground into the early morning light at Euston. What awaited me at the top was not just Sunny and a greasy breakfast but a high speed train north, towards Snowdonia in winter.Read more
Dartmoor in winter presents a familiar landscape with an alien covering. A couple of days spent hiking and one night out wild camping.Read more