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A blog about Hiking and Walking from Mark Kelly
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As I wrote about recently, I’m part of the new steering committee for Marsden Walkers Are Welcome..
As I wrote about recently, I’m part of the new steering committee for Marsden Walkers Are Welcome. We’re in the process of organising things like a survey of all the PROW (rights of way) paths in the area, in conjunction with Kirklees Council.
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The last few years have seen me join a trip to Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa (traditionally called ‘Snowdon In the Snow’) with a group of friends – some old, some new..
The last few years have seen me join a trip to Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa (traditionally called ‘Snowdon In the Snow’) with a group of friends – some old, some new. I’ve organised it a couple of times too, if my unreliable memory serves me well. The trip this…
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It feels a bit odd writing ‘Pendle Hill’, now I know (thanks Wikipedia) that Pendle is a tautological word. A mix of cumbric (Pen) and old english (Hyll), with a modern ‘Hill’ added for good measure. ‘Let’s climb Hill Hill Hill!’. Which feels…
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When friend Jenny suggested a trip to the Cairngorms, I jumped at the chance. She had been out with Cairngorm Treks previously and really enjoyed the experience. So she liaised with Simon (Lead Guide and owner) to arrange a trek for a few of us (myself,…
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I haven’t been as far afield as I’d like since my recent Scotland trip. An already painful knee problem was acerbated during the moors trekking we did. One X-ray (you need an MRI) and an eight week (and counting) wait for a specialist consult later – and…
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The last (and only time) I had been in Dufton was as part of a flood relief fundraiser walk last year. Actually, we had only glanced the edge of the village before circling back to Appleby. So when I realised that the hostel that friends Ali and Steve had…
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The guys at Go Outdoors contacted me a few weeks back and after some friendly email exchanges they sent me a couple of Rab jackets to try (and write up about, of course). I have been looking at a down jacket for those cold, drier days on the hills. In…
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Training for the Offa's Dyke Challenge #Y3P #hike #RedCross #OffasDyke

I’m doing the Offas’s Dyke Challenge on September 12th for the Red Cross, along with walking compadres Taru, Jenny and Karl (‘The Butterly Booters’). It’s 26 miles of mountainous hike. So what better way to prepare for that than.. 26 miles of mountainous…
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New on my hiking blog> Walking in #AcadiaNationalPark

Time has defeated me since we got back from the States so this will be mostly a picture post. As well as great walk out with an old friend in the Catskills, I had the chance to walk a small part of the various trails in Acadia National Park, up on the…
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Kit Review - TotalOxygen Softshell Jacket

TotalOxygen asked me if I’d like to try their ‘Softshell Jacket Lite’, this was just before I headed off to the States. Which was great timing as I didn’t want to take any heavy outerwear but would be out and about and it could be cool in evenings at the…
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