Category Archives: Walks

Fire, water and slate. A week in Wales

Gwynedd, August. An old cottage, walls an arm-depth thick, hidden in the dappled sunlight of a wood at the foot of a mountain. Gold crests, nuthatches and treecreepers fly over the roof. Through the windows comes the sound of the … Continue reading

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Walking to the Mine: A hike to Rhosydd Quarry, Snowdonia.

The mist had come in the night. As we had climbed higher the grey damp had all but swallowed us, transporting us through time. No roads, power lines or houses visible, just us and the path beneath our feet, cut … Continue reading

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Hike-u*

Guadarrama Mountains, Spain, late October. Hiking the forest section of the trail to the peak of Penalara, we stopped to watch as a group of vultures rose up on the thermals. Later I remembered the excellent Wing Beats – a … Continue reading

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Singing Seals and Shifting Sands. An Autumn Day on Blakeney Point.

Blakeney Point: millions of tonnes of sand and shingle slowly pouring from the sea to form a four mile long spit, moving northwards year by year, century by century. *** A little boat full of rain coats, cameras and binoculars. … Continue reading

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The birth of a new day, dawn on the East Coast.

Sizewell, Suffolk. 28th September. There are few things more beautiful than a coastal dawn. Above the waves, a glow on the horizon. Then a spark of light that becomes a globe of fire, pulling itself free of the sea.  All … Continue reading

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The House on the Bank of the Maiden’s Pool. A night in an abandoned hamlet.

High in Southern Snowdonia lies a forgotten plateau. It’s a beautiful, wild place. It rains hard and often. The wind bends trees. There are footpaths shown on the map but in reality they are lost, covered in heather or swallowed … Continue reading

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Midnight in the reeds.

June 15th, Minsmere, Suffolk.   Walking through Minsmere nature reserve, I found myself alone amongst the reeds at midnight, watching the moon’s reflection sit in the still waters of Island Mere. A light breeze, a few rustles but otherwise complete … Continue reading

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