UK

It’s At an Stuc That Lawers Shrugs off Perthshire and Gets All Alpine

The best bit of Alpine Adventure in Perthshire? Some may think this is a contradiction in terms, but actually it’s Meall nan Tarmachan. However, the Tarmachan starts from a high-level car park; since the demolition of the National Trust visitor centre, the cosy shelter there consists of a low...

Winter Turns ‘Easy’ Into ‘Interesting’ On Ben Lomond

 Ben Lomond is easy: easy to get to, right at the edge of the Highlands; and easy to get up, on a wide, well-built path. Except that winter turns ‘easy’ into ‘interesting’. Leaving aside any challenge of the roads to get here (it’s the edge of Glasgow, surely they’ll...

Great Langdale from Chapel Stile

Nowhere in Britain is the blizzard/bar meal interface as pleasingly immediate as Great Langdale. The Langdale Pikes and the Crinkle Crags have all the snowslopes and icy rocks you could ask for. On a day of freezing air but sun-warmed rocks at Stickle Tarn, a couple of young men...

Cramponing above Great Gable, Base Brown, Fleetwith Pike

Smear it with snow and ice, and anywhere in Lakeland becomes a winter climbing experience. Lower slopes grow lumps of seepage ice; scrambly steps on paths become interesting snow-’n’-rock pitches. Upper slopes become go anywhere playgrounds for the chap in crampons and even if they don’t, because a lack...

Severe weather in the UK

British weather isn’t as benign as some believe, explains the Met Office’s Dan Williams The more hardy, well-traveled among us might argue that the UK doesn’t get severe weather and it’s all pretty tame here but they’re wrong. While we may not see some of the most severe conditions...

The Hillwalkers Library

A friend of mine he was for many years one of Britain’s outstanding all-round climbers, and like most of that breed is a difficult and curmudgeonly character  dismisses most mountaineering exploits as “just fellwalking, man!” Well, if mountaineering is simply a higher version of fell walking, I’m happy with...

Family Camping at Lake District, Born to be wild

My personal definition of the word ‘camping’ seems to be on the move. Not too long ago it meant loading a small pack with the lightest essentials tent, sleeping bag, and stove set, Kit Kats – and heading into the hills alone. Then along came Steph. The trips became...

Secrets of Great Britain’s 15 National Parks

In 1864, John Muir, The Scottish-Born conservationist, orchestrated the creation of the world’s first National Park, California’s Yosemite Valley. Since Snowdonia, the Lake District, Dartmoor and the Peak District were all designated as National Parks in 1951, the UK now has 15 of its own. The fact 9.3 per...

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