We really wanted to experience the best of what the Peak District had to offer and decided that while staying at the Hayfield Caravanning and Camping site, we would head up to the highest point in the Peaks – Kinder Scout. After a bit of research to determine our route, we found the perfect one. This was a scramble up Red Brook Ravine, a good ascent between the River Kinder and the plateau above. This grade 1 scramble proved to…

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  When we were camping up in the Peak District recently, we went on many walks; one of the most memorable was definitely the Monsal Trail… So what is it? The Monsal Trail follows part of the route of the former Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway, which was built by the Midland Railway in 1863. It’s purpose was to link Manchester with London but unfortunately, the line was closed in 1968 by the Minister for Transport, Barbara Castle.…

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  With these trekking Tights, Fjallraven have combined the comfort and flexibility of leggings with the ruggedness and technical features and fabrics of serious trekking trousers. I’ve not seen this type of legwear before and think Fjallraven have definitely created something new with their Abisko Trekking Tights!   A couple of times I have seen men hiking on the coastal path and in the mountains wearing tights. They were more like sports base layer style tights than these meaty, durable…

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  During packing for my long distance, fast walk of the Cornish North Coastal Path (the North Coast of Cornwall in six days), I had to think quite a lot about the gear I’d be taking. In particular, I had to consider how to keep the weight as low as possible. Even though gram counting doesn’t sound very cool, you’re going to have to lift every excess gram you bring, with every step. During our walk, we passed 60,000 steps…

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  Helly Hansen HP Fleece Jacket Review For our hike along the North Cornish Coastline, I bought some new clothing for the trip. As the trek was quite intense and involved walking over 140 miles of pretty severe terrain over just six days, I wanted some kit that was really going to help. I’ve worn Helly Hansen clothing during mountain walking in the past and have always found it really good gear. As part of our plan we had also…

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  Day Six St Ives – Lands End Via Zennor Head, Gurnard’s Head, Pendeen Watch, Cape Cornwall and Sennen Cove. 24 Miles / 38.6 Kilometres 54,770 Steps Start Time: 9:30 End Time: 18:30 Total time: 9 hours Average speed (including all stops): 2.67mph Click here to read about the whole trip.     The final day! Wahoo! We were stoked to be on the last leg. We had 24 miles left to complete the whole of the North Coast of…

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  Day Five Perranporth – St Ives Via St Agnes, Chapel Porth, Porthtowan, Portreath, Godrevy Point, Gwithian, Hayle and Lelant. 30.2 Miles / 48.6 Kilometres 60,273 Steps Start Time: 9:00 End Time: 18:10 Total time: 8hrs 10mins Average speed (including all stops): 3.7mph Click here to read about the whole trip.     Today was going to be an epic journey. Just the sound of it sounded long and daunting – Perranporth to St Ives. That’s a fair old distance…

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  Day Four Trevone Beach – Perranporth Via Treyarnon Bay, Porthcothan, Mawgan Porth, Watergate Bay, Newquay, Crantock, Porth Joke and Holywell. 30 Miles / 48.2 Kilometres 54,386 Steps Start Time: 9:00 End Time: 17:00 Total time: 8 hours Average speed (including all stops): 3.75mph Click here to read about the whole trip.     Day four was the first of two big days. As this stretch from Trevone beach (aka Trev-one or Trev1) to Perranporth was considerably flatter than the…

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  Day Three Port Issac – Trevone Beach Via Portquin, Pentire Point and Polzeath. 17 Miles / 27.3 Kilometres 35,381 Steps Start Time: 9:00 End Time: 16:00 Total time: 7 hours Average speed (including all stops): 2.43mph Click here to read about the whole trip.     We stayed the night in the Port Isaac Slipway Hotel, which obviously wasn’t as amazing as the previous night’s Trevigue B&B but was still really nice. In the morning, we had planned to…

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  Day Two Crackington Haven – Port Issac Via Boscastle, Tintagel, Trebarwith Strand and Portgaverne. 20.5 Miles / 32.9 Kilometres 45,763 Steps Start Time: 9:00 End Time: 17:30 Total time: 8hrs 30mins Average speed (including all stops): 2.41mph Click here to read about the whole trip.     I woke up in bed, after a cracking night’s sleep, feeling totally great again. I then got out of bed and realised that my feet and legs still ached – although not…

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