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Why learn about using a compass?

I was recently climbing one of my favourite hills – Ingleborough – and struck up a friendly conversation with a fellow walker. He was following a downloaded route from a website and I was happy to provide him some of my knowledge about the route he was taking. However, he admitted that in spite of walking in the hills for 20 years he did not know much about reading a...

Ancient Navigation on Ilkley Moor

I often find myself on an extended stroll on Ilkley Moor  (or Rombalds Moor for non-locals looking at the OS Map).  This area has the second largest collection in Europe of ancient engraved stones, the markings dating to the Neolithic and early Bronze ages. In spite of this most of the many visitors to the moors never see any markings more ancient than the carved graffiti adoring the Cow and Calf rocks...

10 Minute Natural Awareness Walk

Choose an area you know well – it may be your route to work, a local park or a favourite hill or wood. If possible, try to choose somewhere that connects with the natural environment or has elements of nature in in. It may be worth timing the walk without doing any of these exercises so you know where your end goal is (if you are doing it in a...

The Howgills

The Howgills are a wonderful combination of accessible hills that are not too busy and offering some great hillwalking. Most people will recognise them as the hills you pass though just before Tebay services travelling north up the M6 – nice rounded, inviting hills that say lets explore.  The walk in January started in the lovely town of Sedbergh which has some great cafes and lots of bookshops (it calls...

Beating Yesterday

In 2015 over 3million activity trackers were sold in the UK and predictions are that over 30million will have been sold by 2020. That’s around half the UK population all counting steps and being electronically motivated. The advertising says it all:  “Motivates you to reach your health and fitness goals” “Make every minute count. Capture your steps, active time, calories burned, sleep time and heart rate, throughout the day and night”...