Category Archives: Geology

Forever Changing – Broad Majestic Duddon

A walk along the shifting sands of the Duddon estuary . . . Continue reading

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Mud: It’s Alive and Sticking

MUD. Don’t go there except with your feet. Let it fill your boots and stick like it’s supposed to. But don’t delve any deeper unless you want a shovelful of acronyms . . .

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A Blackpowder Blast From the Past

IUSED to blow up huge chunks of Cumbrian hillside for a living. I stopped doing it not through any regard for conservation or the environment, but because I’d noticed that none of my more senior colleagues ever reached retirement age … Continue reading

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Rookhope: A Reminder of Who We Are

WEARDALE is a Pennine valley that has the footprints of industry stamped all over it. It has no pretentions and shows no inclination to tidy itself up. That’s why it appeals to me so much . . .

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High Cup – And the Rise and Fall of Belfast Sinks

Don’t ever, ever, ever, say the slog from Cow Green to High Cup is devoid of interest . . . Continue reading

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And Finally, Lujar . . . Finally

McEff climbs Sierra de Lujar. It’s his fourth attempt . . . Continue reading

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Glen Roy – A Parallel World

GLEN Roy is the place that thwarted Darwin. That’s Charles Darwin – the man who turned conventional knowledge on its head with his revelation that our ancestors emerged from the sea, not the Garden of Eden. Glen Roy is a … Continue reading

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The Circles that You Find . . .

A final trip back into the Bronze Age in search of rock carvings . . . Continue reading

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Madeira: The High and Mighty (Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo)

The most spectacular walk in the Atlantic . . . Continue reading

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Madeira: So Let Me Get Right to the Point . . .

A clifftop path through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world . . . Continue reading

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Madeira: Stairways to Heaven

McEff discovers the mountains of Madeira. It’s more than a piece of cake . . . Continue reading

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Kentmere – In the Footsteps of the Forgotten

Looking for history in the abandoned quarries of the Lake District Continue reading

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