Category Archives: Politics

Stainmore Summit: Signs of the Times

THE last train steamed over Stainmore Summit in 1962. I missed it. It’s not my fault – I was only five-and-a-half at the time. But if I hang around there just might be another along shortly . . .

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The Walker With No Ticket to Ride

YOU’VE had a long day walking and intend to catch a train home. The station ticket office is closed and there’s no conductor on the train you’ve caught. You alight at your destination without a ticket. Do you explain your … Continue reading

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The Inglorious 12th – It’s a Riot

IT’S not a good day for walking the moors. There are looters about. And they’re carrying guns . . . CLICK HERE FOR FEET FIRST to continue reading.

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On the Road from Dundee

YOU drive for hours along weary roads to quiet mountains. And as midnight strikes you chance upon a remote lay-by in the middle of nowhere – a place to snatch some sleep. But officialdom has left its mark in the … Continue reading

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Soupless in Seattle (well, Mardale actually)

Eric Pickles and an empty billy can spoil an otherwise flawless day on the fells above Haweswater . . . Continue reading

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Rules Exist to be Broken

I’M sitting on my allotment in the darkness by a glowing pile of embers that were last year’s pea sticks. The night is still and cool. There are no sounds except the crackling of dying flames and the distant rumble … Continue reading

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East is East from Stainmore Summit

Walking the trackbed of a Pennine railway into the east and a changing world . . . Continue reading

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A Long Short Walk for Jam Tomorrow

A walk with no mountains and 400,000 people. And a lot of noise. Continue reading

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Bleath Gill: Whatever Happened to the Heroes?

A Pennine walk through railway history in the company of heroes Continue reading

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The Inglorious 12th (Keeping your head down)

KEEP your heads down and watch your backsides. It was the Glorious 12th yesterday and there are dangerous people walking the moors, most of them armed to the teeth and looking for blood. At this time of year it’s very important … Continue reading

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