Category Archives: Cookery

Robinson to Cat Bells, German miners and Czech cabbage soup

THERE’S a knack to reading a map in the Lake District. It’s important not to convey the impression you are momentarily lost or, worse, absolutely and totally lost. You should unfold the map in a manner that does not suggest … Continue reading

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One in the Eye (On the Mullardoch Ridge)

LOCH Mullardoch is not the prettiest expanse of water. It is held back by a concrete dam. And this morning there is a ferocious wind gusting over the parapet, choppy grey waters and a heavy sky.

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The Descent of Man (A Fire in Glen Elchaig)

IN Glen Elchaig I trudge west along a rough road to a stone bridge over a stream that I’ve pinpointed on the map as a potential place to camp. This is called forward planning – a concept I am not … Continue reading

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A Faithful Heart (Another Country – Part 3)

JOHN PRESCOTT is still the main topic of conversation at breakfast. The outrage is tangible. Meanwhile, after enjoying a second bath to discourage any remaining deer ticks (I find another behind my right knee), I strike up a conversation with the … Continue reading

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And There’s Another Country (Another Country – Part 2)

I’M in a dislocated place, somewhere that’s been shifted by forces stronger than gravity. I appear to have strayed onto a planet similar to our own and into a land similar to our own – only it’s a land that’s … Continue reading

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Homage to the Fish Supper

GRANADA has the Alhambra, Athens has the Acropolis, Fort William has Nico’s Fish and Chip Restaurant. Do not underestimate the power of fish and chips over a hungry man returning from an exhausting day in the mountains. Do not dismiss … Continue reading

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Grunters (A Brew in Camban Bothy)

Camban Bothy I WHIP off my boots and socks to ford the River Affric just west of the Alltbeithe YHA – the remotest youth hostel in Britain, and, from where I’m standing, just the sort of shed that would fit … Continue reading

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