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Hey everyone.


This area of the forum seems to be a little quiet so in an attempt to get some hiking chat going I thought it would be a good idea to share some reviews of some of the walks/hikes we've been on, with some photos.  Because, who doesn't love lovely pictures of the countryside/city/woods/beach/wherever!


So how about we have to post np more than 5 pictures from a walk with a review of the distance, type of walk and general cool things you saw?


I'll go first in the next post..



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WALK:  Malham Cove, The Yorkshire Dales, England




Time: 1hour40.


This was a really short walk which is close to my home.  I wanted to go somewhere that was close by and that I could do in a couple of hours as I had to get home and get some work done in the afternoon.  the walk encompasses a woodland area leading to a small waterfall, through to a gorge which normally you can scramble up (but not today, see later on!) and onto a Cove which was created by a waterfall which no longer flows as the steam now finds its way into an underground cave system and spits out at the bottom.


It was a very rainy day and it had rained for weeks pretty much non-stop in the lead up to the walk so the streams and waterfalls were much more dramatic than they had been in the past when I'd done this walk which made things very different!



First I went through a woodland area which was amazing as we progress into Autumn.  The colours and contrast was out of this world. The path was very well kept on this walk and it felt like a bit of a cheat to be honest!  I like to off road a little!



I followed the stream through the woods to Janets Foss where it is rumoured a fairy called Janet lives in cave behind this waterfall.  I didn't see her but it was a bit rainy for faries!  Normally there is only a trickle over the top of this small waterfall but today it was a different story, it was raging!



As I came out of the woods the weather started to brighten a little and it was lucky because I came to the Gordale ravine which looked stunning as it got brighter, in the next photo you will see the path you can normally scramble up to get to the final part of the walk but it wasn't accessable today because of the amount of rain about!





So I had to take a detour to get to the cove itself which meant backtracking a little but i didn't mind as it gave me another opportunity to see some of the scenary.  Finally the route got a little bit more off roady and I could open out my legs a little into a decent stride, although it did get a bit steeper as I approached the cove itself.  I got some really good photos from the top of the cove and played on the broken stones at the top of the cove alittle although I was super cautious as it was wet and high up!  I think I'd like to come back in dryer weather to explore this area a little more.


I then walked down the side of the cove and got a great picture of it as I was walking away - It reminded me of a mini Helms Deep!






And then it was a short hike back down through the village to the car and home!  A really rewarding short walk and so different from previous time I've been because of all the water!




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That hike looks amazing!  As much as I hate the cold back in England, the scenery was always spectacular.


I can't contribute very many hike reviews personally, but I am so here for this thread!  I developed a mean grass allergy a few years back that has made most of the hiking around me impossible without a few days of burning itchy discomfort afterwards, so I shall be living vicariously through these!

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There's a little 1.5km hike around Lake Thetis near Cervantes in Western Australia that's pretty awesome.  Went there a couple of years ago with my Dad.  




Starts out pretty green and all this desert-like underbrush which is always pretty cool to look at.  Then you hit the edge of the lake proper and it's just awesome.




The crazy part about it is it's all alive.  The entire lake bed is a massive microbial hive of different communities all hanging out.  You're not allowed to actually step on the lake bed itself because of it, they've built platforms all the way around to keep people off, which you can see a tiny bit of here.




And no matter what cool thing I go to, if it's got informational signs I get pictures, because knowledge is awesome.





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16 hours ago, Zaethe said:

That hike looks amazing!  As much as I hate the cold back in England, the scenery was always spectacular.



There's no such thing as cold weather, only unsuitable clothing!


16 hours ago, Zaethe said:

I can't contribute very many hike reviews personally, but I am so here for this thread!  I developed a mean grass allergy a few years back that has made most of the hiking around me impossible without a few days of burning itchy discomfort afterwards, so I shall be living vicariously through these!


This sucks, I think I've been quite lucky not to be affected by allergies.  I hope that there's enough activity in here to slake your thirst for adventure!



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16 hours ago, Zaethe said:

The crazy part about it is it's all alive.  The entire lake bed is a massive microbial hive of different communities all hanging out.  You're not allowed to actually step on the lake bed itself because of it, they've built platforms all the way around to keep people off, which you can see a tiny bit of here.





That is cool!  Everything in Australia is alive and most of it is trying to kill you!

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Walk 21/11/19


So you know when there is something that you see everyday, think "yeah, I'll do that" and then never actually do it?  Today I did that thing.


There is a hill at the back of my town which makes up one of the three large hills which surround my town.  My work schedule today invovled sitting and listening to a Skype call for the whole morning, rather than doing that sat at a desk I thought I'd do it whilst in the hills!


My walk started at the car park of a reseviour at the bottom of the hill, it was bracing cold and the wind was coming across the water so I got going strainght away at quite a march..




The aim was to get up to the crag, but there was no obvious path at this point so I followed the stream I could see which semed to be coming from the general direction of the top of the hill.




As I followed the stream up the hill I ended up having to scramble up the bank a little which was quite fun, once I got to the top of the ridge the path up the hillside became clearer.




And then it was a fairly straight forward jaunt up the side of the crag to the top, on the top it was cold and windy but the view was pretty decent, even in the clouds..




And then I followed pretty much the same path back down, with a nice picture from the bottom, an enjoyable if fairly short walk and did I mention it was fairly cold out today?




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I went back to tackle the parts of last weeks hike that I didn't get chance to do yesterday!  The conditions were totally different, whereas last week it was dry cold and windy, this week it was wet, misty and not quite as cold.  It's amazing the difference that the weather makes to a hike!




So my basic idea was that I would head up the left hand side of the hill, through the wooded area there and traverse across the top of the moor to the hill on the right and scale that again to finish off the walk.  I got there, but I'm sure that my route wasn't the most direct.  As you will see in the next few photos the mist ontop meant that I could see only about 50mtrs or so infront of me at any time and I just kind of meandered from one interesting landscape to another!




I'd been told that there was a whole bunch of bouldering routes up ontop of the moor and, yes it turns out there was!  As I traversed up the side of the hill and came away from the wooded areas there was loads of outcroppings like this one.  Not that I have any climbing skills but it was cool to explore these types of things.




As I got onto the tops the visibility went way down, as I said, I just kind of wandered around looking for interesting things that were in the general direction I was looking for.  This tree standing all alone in the mist was about 50 yards infront of me.  At this point I'd also lost the path so I was walking through heather and boggy land.  I nearly lost shoes once or twice!


I wandered in a general direction and eventually came across some sets which the grouse shooters use during the season for hiding in and then some huts for congratulating each other afterwards, luckily it's not the season right now so neither me or the grouse were in danger of getting shot!


After an hour or so of just ambiling in a general direction I stumbled acros my destination, more from luck than good judgement I think, and headed off towards it.




And then within a minute of seeing the crag and heading towards it the mist cleared!




I then traversed across to the top of the crag and the walk back down followed pretty much the same route as last weeks walk so I wont post a bunch more pictures of the same thing.  I did take one picture from the top of the crag which I want to share because I think there is something quite beautiful about it, but i am not quite sure exactly what it is that makes it so..






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So this weekend I was in The Lake District near Windemere.  We had gone up with some friends and were staying in a holiday house in the villiage.  I had a few hours to kill Sunday morning so afetr attempting to get some of the team to joing me and failing miserably (a combination of snow and hangovers)  I set off for a short walk up the hill we could see from the house where we were staying.


The start of the walk invovled heading across a park at the end of the street we were staying in.  There was a significant amount of snow oon the ground which I hadn't expected. it was cold but made for some amazing views




After crossing the park and heading through some streets I headed up a marked path, passing a few dog walkers on the way.  All of a sudden the route made itself blatently obvious I would follow a stream of running water all the way up the hill marked really well in the snow.




From there I headed up the hill and made it to the top fairly quickly in a steep but short ascent.  The view from the top was spectacular, it's hard to do it justice with a phone camera but looking down over the lake with the rolling hills of the Lake district views.  




I headed down the back side of the hill, to add a bit more distance to the walk, knowing that I could loop back around and refind the path at the bottom of the hill, as I did so I came across a little pond,c overed in ice with the sun coming up over the hill behind, it was a lovely site!




I looped around the back of the hill walking for another half an hour or so just exploring the beautiful surroundings and eventually came upon a path I guessed would lead me back to the original path I took and luckily it did!  Not before taking me past the house with maybe the most pristine looking hedge I have ever seen, as a man with a unruly hedge to tend for at home I could relate to the skills invovled in having these types of hedge goals!




And that was taht, I followed the path home and made it back in about 1.5 hours, a short, fun walk in the snow which certainly blew off the cobwebs from the night before!


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I walked up a hill over Christmas, it's called Pendle Hill and has a history https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendle_Hill of Quakers and Witches!


It is 149ft short of being a mountain and I think it suffers from little man syndrome.  It was steep up one side and was a fun climb!  We got some great weather and the views were spectacular.




*Disclaimer - Not my photo!


I didn't get a picture of the hill in all it's glory so I thought I'd find one on the net, this is a good one.  The route we tookwas up the steep side on the right in the photo and then across the top and down the slight side on the left.


It was busy on the hill, I think a lot of people had the same idea of us, wanting to blow off some Christmas cobwebs, the path was good though, it was well laid out and had steps hewn into the hillside.



As I mentioned the weather was good, the views were ace, in the valley at the bottom of the hill there are three reservoirs, here's two of them..




The route to the top was fairly short but very steep, it took about an hour getting up, we did have a few rest breaks waiting for my uncle who had joined us, but to be fair to him he is 71!


At the top we had a look around and a short double back on ourselves to get to the trig point




And then it was back down again, along the less steep ridge and circling back along the reservoirs above back to the car park - the walk took about 3 hours and we stopped at at an awesome cafe for a bite to eat at the end which was nice, sometimes walking with other people has it's benefits!  Near the reservoirs we walked past a 1930's water works which had been converted into houses, Monopoly style, and I would move in tomorrow, it was super nice..




So a ncie walk to see out 2019, in 2020 I'm looking forward to getting a bit more structure into my hiking plans and getting out for some longer tropes.  I'm alos looking forward to seeing some of your reviews so please don't feel shy!



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The weather so far this year has been terrible.  I have been itching to get out for a walk since the middle of Jan but life and storms have gotten in the way.  So I was super excited when a gap in my schedule and the weather opened up on Friday and I had some time to get in my first proper walk of the decade.  (I know I thought we’d all gotten over this joke too).


I decided I would tackle Whernside, the tallest hill/mountain (depending on your definition of a mountain) in the Yorkshire Dales (736mtrs) and one of the peaks in the notorious Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge.  I’d researched a couple of routes and decided that I also wanted to see the Ribblehead Viaduct, which is where the particular route I took started from.


I going to save the pictures of the viaduct until the end though because the views on the way back down were better...


So I set off at a good pace, the running I had been doing recently had really had an effect and I motored across flat at the start of the walk, there were quite a few people about and I wanted to get ahead of them and enjoy some solitude.  After walking under the arches of the viaduct I continued along the side of the train track until I reached a Victorian signal box which was very quaint and is apparently still in use (although not manned anymore!)




Once I passed the signal box I went over a bridge across the railway line as it disappeared off into a tunnel under the hill - the Victorian’s really were an industrial lot - I then crossed some stepping stones over a little stream and started accenting the hill, it was fairly steep at the start and the path followed the stream up the hill, the stream then veered off the the left and opened up into a waterfall called Force Gill..




After stopping and enjoying the waterfall (I have a strange affinity for a good waterfall) I then got started and the accent started in earnest when I got up over about 500mtrs I started hitting the snow line, at this point it started getting really beautiful.  There was no wind, it was sunny (but not warm) and there was hardly a cloud in the sky.




I continued the accent and it started to get tough in snow, it was nicely packed and was ok for walking on top of but there was the odd time that my foot went through the crust and I went up to my thigh in snow!




And from there it was a straight forward pull to the top, I stopped at the top for a quick drink and enjoyed a little chat with a couple of other people who were up there and then set off in the other direction on the way back down.  The path back down was really steep stone and I was kind of bounding down, I was glad that the snow was less prevalent on this side of the hill - it would’ve been difficult to get down those in snow.  About halfway down I found a suitable spot and stopped for some lunch.


I then headed back off and hit the bottom of the hill and there was about 3 miles of walking back to the viaduct, through a couple of farms and fields and got some great views over the dales and of the viaduct





And then it was back to the car, satisfied with a great Friday and with one final picture to give the scale of the whole thing!




A really great walk and a throughly enjoyable day!  I cant wait to get out again very soon!










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Right now I should be starting my quest to tackle some of the highest mountains in Scotland with my Munro challenge.  Unfortunately the current crisis means that wont be possible for the foreseeable future.  In fact getting out for walks at all is a challenge.  The rules here are that although we are allowed once per day to exercise we should not get in the car to go for that exercise and any exercise should be done in a way that allows appropriate social distancing.


So I decided that I would devise a walk that would allow me to tackle some hills that I've seen everyday from my (home) office window these last few weeks.  I would need to find a route that I could take without getting in the car and that would quickly take me out of the town and into the countryside..


The view from my office window.IMG_1506.thumb.jpg.8cbe3320d53c6b4240cb1572197c508a.jpg


So I set off at 7.45am aiming for around 5 hours for the 14mile route I'd decided on.


The first part of the walk involved a quick traipse through the center of town.  Luckily it was early so there were few people about and then I headed into the woodlands at the bottom of town.  Which were looking spectacular in the early spring sunshine.




From there I exited the forest onto the public footpath through the golf course at the bottom of town, the view of my targets was much better from there without the town in the way.




I followed the Dales Way public path which I knew picked up both of these hills on its way through the Dales to the Lake District - It's 80 miles long in all but the rest will have to wait for another day.  I actually made it to the top of the first hill in pretty good time it was about 9.30 when I stood at the trig point at the top and called MrsQ and LQ on a video call looking down at the town knowing that they were looking up at the hill and waving back!


I then headed back down and up the second hill (the one on the left of the picture above) which didn't quite have the views of the first but was a more interesting climb.


From there I decided to head for a third hill I knew of about 2 miles further around on my loop, the weather was good and I felt good being out in the open air.


At the top of this hill there is not a trig point as you find at the top of most hills in the UK but a cross built by the monks from the nearby abbey.  




I headed around, making a detour around a forest where I saw what I think was a hawk flying through the trees.  The wildlife out and about was brilliant - I love this time of year for that type of thing.


Once I made it to the top of the third hill I was ready for a rest and decided to stop and eat my lunch which I'd brought with me under the cross at the top of the hill. 




After lunch I headed back to complete my circle across the moor and back down the other side, back through the golf course stopping to take a picture of the back of the route which I'd come down.




A lovely walk, not quite where I wanted to be but the best I could do in the current situation.  Long, with decent elevation and beautiful scenery right on my doorstep.  A walk I will do again at some point!



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As the lockdown restrictions have started to ease a little and we are now allowed to head out in the car to get somewhere to exercise I decided it was time to go and climb some hills in the lake district.  I did a little research and wanted to go somewhere that was a lot of walking, covered a lot of elevation but was quieter than some of the highest hills in the lakes.  


I decided to do the Fairfield Horseshoe, which is a 10.5 mile hike around a valley at the head of Lake Windemere.  It goes over 8 peaks and invovles over 1000mtrs of climbing.


I wanted to get out early and enjoy the early morning sunshine. I knew it was going to be a hot day and I didn't want to be out in the mid afternoon sun, I'd planned to take about 5.5 hours so at 4.45 I was up and out of bed, by 6.45 I was setting off on my walk..


I parked the car in Ambleside and headed off in the direction my instructions for the walk had given me, they mentioned a quick left turn onto a side street which of course I missed so I spent the first 15 mins of this walk going up the wrong hill!  Not a great start!  But when I realized my error and doubled back on my self I quickly knew I was going the right way, the start of the walk was steep!




I made pretty good time up the first hill and the views were breathtaking, I had to stop a couple of times for more pictures although my phone camera and my skills don't give justice to the views on display - I think I need to go on a course!




I then followed the top of the ridge around and went over the various peaks as the came up and back down again.  A few involved some scrambling which made the walk that little bit more interesting, although it could distract from the views.  By this time it was reaching 9 in the morning and it was just starting to get warmer.  I continued around the loop, I was getting a little hungry but wanted to get at least half way before stopping.  I did pause for some water and looking back over Windemere was another excuse for a photo!




I continued around and finally about 11.30 I stopped for a early lunch or second breakfast depending on your view on this type of thing.  I'd reached half way and sat down to enjoy the most spectacular view whilst eating my sandwiches!




And after some food I headed around the other side of the ridge and made it up the tallest hill on the route Fairfield itself.  From there it was all down hill, although coming down is often the most tricky parts for me on some of these walks.  It was steep coming down and I was looking at the floor more than I was looking out in front of myself!


But when I did look up the views were still there!





As I was coming down off the hill the tranquility was somewhat disturbed by two Tornando jets which come from the local airforce base to practice low flying manouveours in the area. Unfortunately I was not quick enough to get a picture but there is something disconcerting about a being higher up than a couple of jets flying past at 500 miles per hour!


And then I came off the hill and headed back to the car it was 11 miles after my little detour at the start.  It was about 1pm and I was home for 2.30!


Lovely walk and great training for when I can get into Scotland and claim some Munroes!





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