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Guestbook Entries in 2009:
Message 568:

Hello Mike, What a great site - great to look at and read on bitterly cold. windy winter nights like tonight! Appreciate your work - it is not easy creating and running these sites - not to mention getting out there to do it - so well done old boy and perhaps a "nod" when we pass on the fells!

From: Das
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 30 December 2009
Message 567:

Hi Mike. I enjoyed your account of the Hawnby - Easterside Walk, not least because when I took a similar route, only the other way round, Hawnby Hill and Easterside were "out-of-bounds" and had to be circumnavigated. I too lost my way - I discovered afterwards that Jack Keighley's wonderfully clear route directions were out-of-date, as a footbridge had been swept away by flash floods and had been replaced by one about 100m upstream - so a left turn had become a right turn. I draw to your attention a recent innovation - a seasonal Moorsbus route from Helmsley to Osmotherley via Hawnby, which opens up a number of lineal walks along the valley of the Rye. One route runs from Cold Beck Reservoir via Whorlton Moor, Swainby Shooting House (495931, adjacent to the source of the Rye), Dalehead Farm, Lower Locker Farm, Harker Gates, to Hawnby; another goes from Hawnby, up Murton Bank, through Cliff Wood, to Barnclose Farm, Tylas Farm, Rievaulx, and thence to Helmsley (about 7 miles). Keep up the good work.

From: Seamus Campbell
Town/City: North Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 29 December 2009
Message 566:

Thanks for a really clear and well set out report on Pavey Ark and Jack's Rake. I really enjoyed reading it. It was one of the reasons we chose to have a go at Jack's Rake recently. I linked to it from the blog I did of my walk. Please have a read of it at Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

From: Richard Down
Town/City: Liverpool, Merseyside Country: England
Date: Monday 28 December 2009
Message 565:

Mike, a great site. I have often downloaded the gpx files. Have you tried Ellerkin Edge from Askrigg, Wensleydale? Askrigg, Worton Bridge, Nappa Mill, old railway route to West End farm, Woodhall, follow bridal-way past Beldhaw Hill to 974918 which is the start of the edge. Superb walking and views of the dale and Semer water all on access land, you can stay right next to the edge as you can get past all the walls, leave edge at 959925 and head NW downhill to corner of wall then make for road. Walk down road and take Low Straights Lane and head for Whitfield Gill Force and Mill Gill back to Askrigg. I have a Memory file/gpx if you would like it.

'I asked Alan to send me the file so I can do the walk he recommends'

From: Alan Sturges
Town/City: Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 08 December 2009
Message 564:

Hi, my mother and grandparents moved to Burnley from Kent a few years backs and as I result of my last visit in Mid November I have just spent my first couple of weeks out walking the Yorkshire Dales around Malham & Ribblesdale. Your site was an invaluable source of information and inspiration and now I am hoping to get back at least once a month and continue the adventure.

From: Adam Coleman
Town/City: Canterbury, Kent Country: England
Date: Tuesday 08 December 2009
Message 563:

Thank you for the beautiful website! It is such a good place to dream of someday walking in the moors...

From: Danika
Town/City: Rockie Mountains, Colorado Country: USA
Date: Monday 07 December 2009
Message 562:

Hi Mike. I have been walking for a year thanks to your website and the maps, statistics, etc. Keep up the great work you do. I would like to ask you one question though. I have 2 pairs of North Face boots, a pair of Scarpa and two pairs of Salomon boots, all Goretex lined and every pair I have let water in. Do you think anyone does actually do a waterproof boot that really does not let water in? Or is it just a myth? Maybe you would need a full rubber type to be 100% waterproof.

'I posted Glen's question at Walking Forum which generated lots of discussion which he now has'

From: Glen Standish
Town/City: Leeds Country: England
Date: Sunday 06 December 2009
Message 561:

Thanks for a wonderful web site, it's fabulous! I am able to send the memory map files direct to my Garmin GPS and that's a real godsend. Do you accept routes from contributors?

Yes I do accept routes which I will add to my database.

From: Ray Stocker
Town/City: Sheffield Country: England
Date: Friday 27 November 2009
Message 560:

Hi Mike, I am still walking and loving it! Another big thank you to you for your website. It really is a great source of information and inspiration to me (and countless others.) I have used it to do a few walks recently and I am now planning the Coniston Fells as soon as we get a few decent days of weather. Have you tried the cushioned insoles for boots? - I bought a pair a couple of months ago called 'Cush "n" Step' from Millets at £4.99 and they are brilliant! I was a bit sceptical at first but thought I would try them and after a few long walks in the lakes I can say what a difference to walking comfort, especially walking downhill on stone paths as they do absorb some of the shock and the knees do not appear to suffer so much. Maybe you can pass this on to your website readers with your comments?

'Mike recommends you all try 'Cush 'n' Step' insoles for boots'

From: Mike Mcquade
Town/City: Redcar, Cleveland Country: England
Date: Tuesday 24 November 2009
Message 559:

What a fabulous site this is, especially to new walkers such as ourselves. We are planning and training for our first distance walk, the Dales Way in 2010 - Newly "Retired Early" we have lots of energy to channel and we will let you know how we get on with our first distance walk. I am an ex-pat of Market Weighton, and was schooled in Beverley so the Wolds Way will probably be our walk number two.

From: John (and Pat)
Town/City: Worcester Country: England
Date: Tuesday 24 November 2009
Message 558:

My friends and I are planning to scale Blencathra (probably not this year due to the probability of inclement weather) and having looked at various sites your review has inspired me to do it even more. I have completed Striding Edge in very cloudy conditions and also Crib Goch in similar conditions (what is it with me and the weather?!) but I would like to complete at least one climb/scramble and have a clear view from the top.

From: Wanda Cupik
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 17 November 2009
Message 557:

Great website, I have done a few of your walks and did the Harewood House walk today which was very enjoyable.

From: Seán Diver
Town/City: York Country: England
Date: Tuesday 10 November 2009
Message 556:

This has to be one of the very best websites available for the walker. It is so well put together and simple to navigate. Well done and thanks for your hard work!!

From: Jonathan Green
Town/City: Cambridge Country: England
Date: Saturday 07 November 2009
Message 555:

Mike, your site is a wonder. A real service to us who like a day (or two) in our green and pleasant land. To selflessly share your experience and adventures will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of fell walkers and hikers. I am a recent convert myself and find your site and video's priceless. Keep up the good work and enjoy!

From: Martyn
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 04 November 2009
Message 554:

At 68 years old and an avid walker when I am in England (I am a working expat still) I am so pleased to have landed on this site by accident. I was brought up in Yeadon and walked and cycled the Dales until I joined the Army in 1957, I haven't stopped travelling since then but do have breaks of a year or more in UK and am now Harrogate-based when in UK. Here in Qatar it is too hot to walk, it's 4 November today and at 2.00pm we are in the mid 30s but by midnight the temperature will have plunged to 25, not much walking here!. You have an absolutely fantastic site and I look forward to doing many of the walks next year when we return to Harrogate. I may even have time then to send you a few details of some of our favourite walks in the Dales. More power to your elbow (and leg muscles).

From: Arnold Dearing
Town/City: Country: Qatar
Date: Wednesday 04 November 2009
Message 553:

Hi, Just done your Crinkle Crags and Bowfell walk using the GPS waypoints on the route description and wanted to say how spot on they were as the walk was done in appalling conditions with poor visibility and GPS was the only safe way of navigating. So thanks for a great website and a great dy out! :)

From: Dave
Town/City: Mossley, Lancashire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 03 November 2009
Message 552:

Great website. Picking up a few ideas here. I must do your Cote Gill walk again as it must be 20 years since I walked the Mastiles Lane. I like your top 30 Yorkshire waterfalls It is something I am getting more interested in exploring. A couple I have done recently and part of my top 30 would be Park Scar (Stalling Busk) and an unnamed fall under the viaduct in Mossdale Gill (Wensleydale west of Hawes).

From: Colin Gregory
Town/City: Richmond, North Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Saturday 31 October 2009
Message 551:

Hi Mike you have a brilliant site, every time I view it I want to go walking. As I live down south I have not managed many of your walks, however I have done the Beddgelert walk, albeit I started from point C on your map. I must say we were lucky with the weather after days of heavy rain with sunshine and fast flowing rivers providing fantastic views over Llyn Dinas and making it one of the best walks I have done. Keep up the good work.

From: Ray Gregory
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Friday 30 October 2009
Message 550:

Hi - I have just climbed Haystacks and Helvellyn for the first time and have returned with ideas for other walks. Your website has further whetted my appetite and given me much to consider. Thanks for your efforts - I wanted you to know they're appreciated.

From: Chris Barltrop
Town/City: Reading, Berkshire Country: England
Date: Wednesday 28 October 2009
Message 549:

This is a great website, very interesting. I did walks in the Peak District from Lose Hill and the Great Ridge this summer and also the Win Hill summit with great views over Ladybower.

From: John D Bailey
Town/City: Mexborough, South Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 25 October 2009
Message 548:

This is a fantastic website. I like browsing here for inspiration and ideas for walks. Quite Brilliant.

From: Amanda Corner
Town/City: Blackburn, Lancashire Country: England
Date: Wednesday 21 October 2009
Message 547:

Hello, I came across your website a few weeks ago, and I just want to comment to say how good I think it is. I know the Castleton area in the Peaks a bit, and have wanted to go for a walk there. Well, I used your route from Hope > Castleton > Mam Tor > Losehill Pike on Saturday - and what a great walk it is! I recommend the walk to other users of this site. It is a very varied walk - from the valley floor near Hope, then an ascent up the Limestone Way, followed by the heights of Mam Tor and the ridge to Losehill Pike. It is a moderate walk, with no real climbing (well, compared to what I have walked in the Yorkshire Dales or the Lakes anyway)

From: Cliff Wade
Town/City: Cranfield, Bedfordshire Country: England
Date: Monday 19 October 2009
Message 546:

Hi Mike. I have just returned from a few days walking near Todmorden, stayed at Mankinholes Hostel. I write a blog which includes all aspects of my life including walking. I found your site whilst researching the Calderdale area. I can see I will be spending some time reading about your walks, and maybe giving some of them a try myself. Thanks.

From: Ilona Richards
Town/City: North Lincolnshire Country: England
Date: Thursday 15 October 2009
Message 545:

Hi, I completed Coast to Coast, west to east, on 28/9/09 in 11 days with three friends. Timescale was ambitious but it was the best thing I have ever done. Some great B&B's and met some lovely people on route. The weather could not have been kinder, other than day 4 over Kidsty Pike. Found your website when writing my journal of the trip. It is excellent and has given me a host of walks to have a go at in the future. Keep up the good work. Richie.

From: Richard Webster
Town/City: Liverpool Country: England
Date: Wednesday 14 October 2009
Message 544:

If anyone gets to read my email on this brilliant web site, I would like to ask all of you about Satnavs for walking. Do all of you think they are any good or of use to you. I have been walking for many a year now and use all sorts of guides/ maps. I keep looking at them but are reluctant to buy at the moment until I can get some views on them. For my part I walk in the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Lake District, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, Cornwall and parts of the West Country as well as places in Southern Ireland. I would like to hear from any of you.

From: A Carratt
Town/City: West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 13 October 2009
Message 543:

Hi, Many thanks for your excellent and informative site. I particularly liked the directory of footpaths and the links page, which in turn led me to a treasure trove of further sites. You might be interested in our site Four Blokes Who Do Walks. Certainly not as adventurous as some of your examples, but then we generally limit ourselves to an hour or so from our base in Cambridge. Nevertheless we wander round a bit, take photographs, visit pubs and it might be useful. Thanks again!

From: Duncan Grey
Town/City: Cambridge Country: England
Date: Monday 12 October 2009
Message 542:

Greetings from another Walking Englishman fan from the Netherlands.I was looking for walks in the North York Moors and found this site. Wonderful ! It is very good, detailed, and well organised. Very nice pictures, and even OS maps are included (it is not allowed to do that in Holland !). You are helping me very much, thank you ! Since I have family in Germany in a very quiet area called "The Hunsrück" I have made a site on walking there. Just look at www.hunsrueck.nl and click on the Dutch flag (right). Unfortunately not in English, but just take a look (e.g. at the "Specials", which are the walks). Best wishes from Ferry.

From: Ferry Ballhaus
Town/City: The Hague ('s Gravenhage) Country: The Netherlands
Date: Sunday 11 October 2009
Message 541:

I love your website. it is really helpful, clear and interesting.

From: Chris McIlwaine
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 11 October 2009
Message 540:

Hi again Mike, Every month I do a walk with my friends from Yorkshire Water (working and 'retired'!). Last month it was Kentmere Horseshoe and this month (Oct 2009) it will be Scar House Reservoir from Ramsgill. We have been doing them now for 7 years and I hope they go on for many more. In a year we do 2 in the Lakes, one in the Peak District, one in North Yorkshire and the rest in the Yorkshire Dales (with a special outdoor feast and mulled wine in December, usually vicinity of Grassington) I love walking with friends but also enjoy the odd walk on my own. The nice think about walking with friends is the 'crack' (Irish term but describes in one word the banter, humour, comradship etc that happens amongst like minded people who get on well, enjoy the same things and don't take themselves too seriously!). Of course when someone else leads you don't have to worry about navigating and then there's the pub/meal after! The nice things about walking on your own are that you can go at your own pace, stop when you want and for as long as you want and do a bit of 'thinking', though I would not enjoy being 'Billy-no-mates' in a pub so go straight home after. It can be a bit lonely if you do a walk and never meet a soul all day, which has happened to me a couple of times. It can instill in you a slight feeling of uneasyness knowing you are miles from anywhere with no phone signal. I do keep looking for weekday walking companions for walks in Yorkshire but without much luck as most people work Monday to Friday. If I had one suggestion for your site it would be that you date the walks you put in here, so that we know which are the newly added ones.

From: John Friskney
Town/City: Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Saturday 10 October 2009
Message 539:

Dear Mike, A big thank you - you must have put an enormous amount of work into this site. We have just completed our first visit to North Yorkshire and whilst we did not do as much walking as we would have liked (knee problems from a charity run in September!) we did visit many of the places that you have highlighted. Hopefully we will soon be back to walking. We have spread the word about your site and your generosity at making your knowledge so freely available.

From: John Philip
Town/City: London Country: England
Date: Friday 09 October 2009
Message 538:

Yesterday I did your route "Wild Boar Fell and Uldale Waterfalls Walk", a most excellent hike. The first 5 miles to the top of Wild Boar were easy, after that it was tough going. Uldale waterfalls are well worth the scramble and enjoyed seeing all the little ponies in Grizedale. Took us 8 hours in reasonable conditions, was mist on the tops above High Dolphinsty. Thanks for sharing your routes.

From: Bern
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Thursday 01 October 2009
Message 537:

My dad and I have just started walking and I can't believe we have never done this before now. The UK has such beauty we never thought existed. Thanks to your wonderful website, I am able to see such amazing and beautiful sites and we are enjoying every second! We have a little Springer Spaniel called Phoebe, who is also loving the running through streams and fields. Thank you so much for all your hard work in putting this website together and taking the time out to do so. Best Regards, Laura, Graham and Phoebe

From: Miss Laura Connor
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 30 September 2009
Message 536:

Wish I'd come across your site years ago - it's excellent!

From: Lee Stockton
Town/City: Crowland, Peterborough, The Fens Country: England
Date: Tuesday 29 September 2009
Message 535:

Hi, I have just recently discovered the pleasure and satisfaction that walking can bring and am looking to try and get out a lot more in the future. I find this site interesting reading and love trying to visualise the places you document so well. Next year my fiancee and I are going to try and walk the 33 peaks over 2000ft in the Yorkshire Dales in a 33 week period which we have imaginately titled "33 peaks in 33 weeks" and wondered if anyone had any routes or advice. We intend to do more than one peak per walk if possible to enable us to have a week or two off. I have noticed today that you did 50 peaks in 50 weeks and wondered what they were and if you documented it in any way? I would like to conclude by saying what a fantastic site this is and how much I enjoy reading your tales of adventure. Kind Regards, Dave

'I sent Dave my log of the 50 peaks in 50 weeks I did in 1999'

From: Dave Ingham
Town/City: Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Thursday 17 September 2009
Message 534:

Thanks for this brilliant website! So far we have just begun with Malham Cove and Gordale Scar and then this weekend we walked Hathersage Moor and Padley Gorge. On both days we have had lovely weather and it's really inspired us to go walking regularly, with our eye on one of the long walks maybe next spring. I come back to the site every couple of days looking for where to go next, and look at your stunning pictures.

From: Sandra and Ian
Town/City: Doncaster, South Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 15 September 2009
Message 533:

Dear Mike, We just got back from walking the Wolds Way. We took your guide with us and enjoyed reading it every night in the pub.

Can I make a suggestion to Gordon from Leeds (message 521). Why not have a look at 'A Dales High Way'. At 90 miles it will take less time than the Coast to Coast but it's just as challenging with some spectacular high points. Keep up the good work with the website. I really enjoy it.

From: Chris Grogan
Town/City: Shipley, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 13 September 2009
Message 532:

You have no idea how much I have enjoyed your website over the past year or so. As a Brit living in Texas, I have walked vicariously with you during these dreadful months of hot weather and drought in Austin. Now I am planning a trip to York over the Christmas period and plan to walk at least two of the walks you have described. Thank you so much for bringing the incredible beauty of Yorkshire to me all the way across the Atlantic!! (ps thanks also for including critically important information about tea shops at journeys end....ahhhhh tea!)

From: Maggie Bowman
Town/City: Austin, Texas Country: USA
Date: Saturday 12 September 2009
Message 531:

I and two friends have just completed the Dalesway but broke it into 6 sections and we did it over two long weekends. Changes were made to accommodate a dog and our ageing legs. Some detours taken also (Dib Scar and Great Khoutberry Hill). Your route descriptions were particularly helpful in our planning. Thank you.

From: Robert Goodall
Town/City: Halifax, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 07 September 2009
Message 530:

A fantastic web site which I have viewed for sometime now - We are looking at doing the Wolds Way next year and wondered if you have any information regarding accommodation on this route - I notice that there does not seem to be much at the start of the walk and wondered if there are camp sites available as we prefer to stay in tents and hope to do this as much as possible along the route.

'I never saw any camp sites on the Wolds Way so I advised Andrew to try contacting the local ramblers for any information. Alternatively he could try contacting some local farmers'

From: Andrew Gillard
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Monday 07 September 2009
Message 529:

Cracking website Mike. Pleased I found this via Google. I have spent literally hours looking at your different walks. You are now firmly ensconsed in my Favourites.

From: Darrell Brown
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Saturday 05 September 2009
Message 528:

Fantastic website, so useful and given us lots of inspiration for our day in the Dales tomorrow, Thank you for all your hard work on this site. Happy walking!

From: Jemma and Lawrence Basham
Town/City: Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Saturday 05 September 2009
Message 527:

Hi Mike, This week I have had the pleasure of walking the Ripon Rowel which is a 50 mile circular walk starting in Ripon and branching out to take in the surrounding villages to the south and Studley park to the West. It winds round to follow the river towards Masham before following the river Southwards back to the start at Ripon cathedral. It's a great walk and I would recommend it to other walkers in Harrogate.

From: Richard Hebblewhite
Town/City: Harrogate Country: England
Date: Friday 04 September 2009
Message 526:

I moved to Manchester 3 years ago and since then it has become my Friday evening ritual after work to check the weather forcast for Saturday then go to your website to plan my days walking. Thank you so much for setting up this site it has led me to seeing so many amazing places and got me out of Manchester every weekend !! A great Website :o)

From: Rob Plane
Town/City: Manchester Country: England
Date: Friday 04 September 2009
Message 525:

This website has been a real inspiration for our three weeks holiday in the North of England. Despite the relentless rain we really had a great time doing several walks from the site. We loved the Mam Tor walk, the Bride Stones were lovely too. High Cup Nick was awesome and we enjoyed Malham Cove and Gordale Scar immensely. Thanks for sending us all the walks, Mike !!!

From: Kurt and Linda
Town/City: Schoten Country: Belgium
Date: Thursday 03 September 2009
Message 524:

Hi, I stumbled across your website having Googled best walks in the Lakes. My wife and I are going to the Lakes on Sunday the 7th September, this will be our second trip this year, we have been going for many years now and love it rain or shine. We viewed your slide show of Blencathra, it's been quite a number of years since we have been up there but the memories came flooding back, I recall it being quite scary at the time but I loved climbing up there. One thing that I am struggling with is your route maps, being in .mmo files, do you have a link for some free software that I can download to enable me to open these files? Been around lot's of your Yorkshire Moors walks and in my distant youth have completed the Lyke Wake Walk four times, mind you I packed in one time with bad blisters!! I know wimp! Keep up the good work, great site.

'I sent David the Blencathra walk in .mmo and in .gpx format for him to try'

From: David (and Linda) Wright
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 02 September 2009
Message 523:

Hi Again, Just had a great week in the Lake District and once again used some of your routes as the basis for our walks. We did Coniston Old Man but cut down an earlier path than you suggested (off "Prison Band" i.e. missing out Wetherlam) as the weather was closing in. It was a sharp and fairly drab descent and I think your route is worth the extra miles if the weather will allow it. The walk on the top is fabulous though and once you leave the Old Man the crowds disappear rapidly. We ascended Helvellyn using the path that you descended on. It was quieter and a far nicer walk than the other ascent to the Hole in the Wall and gives the option of doing Striding Edge first (by taking the path east from Red Tarn to Hole in the Wall) or doing Swirral Edge then Striding Edge. Also, there is a good path that goes from Glenridding Car Park through the woods to Lantys Tarn (South East) that then joins the path near Grassthwaite Howe to ascend Helvellyn. Again, just a slight deviation, but gets you away from many of the people. N.B. I would recommend the ascent this way for anyone who is going trekking. There are long bits of the path where it's paved/ stepped etc which is far more like Nepali trekking paths than most UK's ascents. Again thanks for your site - really appreciate it !

From: Nigel Kenward
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 01 September 2009
Message 522:

I came across your website while looking for some route ideas for walking in the Lake District. The website is truly fantastic with great photos and descriptions. The addition of the scan of an OS map is also really helpful when planning. Great Job.

From: Nathan Parry
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 01 September 2009
Message 521:

Just found your website. It looks like a valuable mine of information. My wife and I (both retired) are planning to do the Wainwright Coast to Coast walk at some time in the next 2 years. We are doing the Liverpool/ Leeds canal walk as a bit of a practise. Do you have any hints on how to prepare well to reduce injury risk. Because of our age (and my weak knees) we are hoping to strectch the walk over 21 days rather than 13 like you did (you must have been going some!!). Do have a recommended day by day route if we did it over that time with any ideas of where to have stop overs. Anything would be appreciated. Rest assured we will chronical it and then put it up on the web. I also noticed all your other walks and may well try some of those.

'I have offered to help Gordon with his Coast to Coast planning'

From: Gordon Mayne
Town/City: Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 01 September 2009
Message 520:

Looking for pictures of the Cuillins I entered your site and was so pleased to see the pictures (and the walk) of Coire Lagan. Did that walk two times and it is such a rewarding climb to do! That was 15 years ago so it was a treat to see your beautiful pictures. If you ever go back to Skye Glenbrittle, you should also do an easy walk on the peninsula, which you saw by looking towards the islands. You also start at the camp site, but go to your right. You can walk there all day, never getting tired of the Cuillins which are watching over you while you are walking. Thanks for your beautiful site.

From: Janneke Kloos
Town/City: Hoogezand Country: The Netherlands
Date: Tuesday 01 September 2009
Message 519:

Having just watched Wuthering Heights I thought I would look up Top Withens. I loved your story of the sheep. My experience goes back to 1956, out there in blinding snow with the Youth Club from St. Bede's in Stanningley Road. I took the top off my flask, emptied out a cup of tomato soup, felt a nudge on my right knee and there was a sheep, identical to your photograph, licking the top of my flask!! They have been well fed over the years. Excellent site, Thank you, Val.

From: Val Freeman
Town/City: Leeds Country: England
Date: Monday 31 August 2009
Message 518:

My name is Kelleigh and I am from Virginia. I will be participating in Study Abroad Program in England from September 20-26. Yeah, I know. too quick. I will be getting into Manchester around noon on the 20th and was hoping to rush out to the Peak District (if at all possible) for a quick 2 hour hike (if possible) and was wondering if you could recommend a moderate hike/walk? I live the mountains in Virginia, so I am not afraid to take on some heights. It may not be possible to pull it off in the short amount of time I have. Any advice? Any recommendations? Thank You.

I sent Kelleigh two short walk suggestions; one for Stanage Edge and the other for Pendle Hill

From: Kelleigh Moyer
Town/City: Virginia Country: USA
Date: Thursday 27 August 2009
Message 517:

Hi Mike, hope you are well. Completed the Dalesway on the 10th Aug set out from Ilkley on the 6th Aug. What a test with all the camping gear on the back. Your accommodation guide was very helpful, especially for Burnside on the night before the last leg, stayed at Burnside Hall Farm, let us pitch on the back lawn next to the vegetable patch for only £3. By the way there was two of us and Shorty the Jack Russell, we both had a tent apiece, apart from the dog. Had to wild camp the second night at the side of the river at Hubberholme across from the pub; asked farmer first. Other two nights were at proper campsites one in Dent and the other at Threshfield. The one in Threshfield is about two miles from the Dalesway, and about a mile to the pub, covered some miles on the first day good job it was relatively flat. You can get the bus from Grassington but it still leaves you a mile to walk to the campsite. The first four days were fantastic weather, last day drizzle brightened up later. Reached Bowness at half twelve, signed the book in the pub. My highlight was when we came from cam houses and the 3 peaks came into view bathed in glorious summer sun, did not take your short cut to Dent but followed the official route on the road, wished I'd had the energy as we did not reach Dent until 8pm. Can you send me an mmo file of the diversion please. A fantastic experience will do B&B next time as it is too much with 14 kilo's on your back.

From: Adrian Lunn
Town/City: Rotherham, South Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Thursday 27 August 2009
Message 516:

Dear Walking Englishman, I just had to write after I used one of your routes to do the Pavey Ark walk via Jack's Rake. We copied the route from the site and did it verbatim. The step by step instructions were brilliant and we never put a foot wrong. Great site and a very useful and we'll be visiting again to get suggestions and routes. Many thanks again and keep up the good work.

From: Mark Dunn
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 26 August 2009
Message 515:

Mike, First, thanks for a great site. I am a transplanted Englishman (to the US) and am bringing a group of friends to walk in England this Summer. Your site has been a valuable resource in planning this -- reviving memories of some great walks I have done -- and for planning some new ones. I am not sure if your offer to compile route maps still exists (or if I have interpreted it correctly), but we intend to do: Malham and Goredale; Penyghent and Hull Pot; Helvellyn and Striding Edge; Newlands Horseshoe; Crinkle Crags and Bowfell; Kinder Scout. If you do have additional route maps / information they would be appreciated. Again, thanks for a great resource!

I sent Gavin the route maps he required

From: Gavin Woods
Town/City: Tempe, Arizona Country: USA
Date: Tuesday 25 August 2009
Message 514:

What a very useful site. Information about everything. However, could you please advise me how to get started. I am a regular walker. I want to walk the Lake District and in particular Wainwright's walks. The easy walks on your site definitely sound the place to start but I am not able to read Ordnance Survey Maps. Do you know where I might learn how to read them. Do you know any courses that are available? In the meantime, do you know of local groups in the Lake District that might do regular walks that I might be able to join now or next year. Thank you in anticipation of your help.

I have pointed Phyl in the direction of his local ramblers group to get started.

From: Phyl Higgins
Town/City: Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands Country: England
Date: Sunday 23 August 2009
Message 513:

Hello, and just to reiterate all the complimentary comments about this lovely website,ended up browsing instead of getting on with the real reason for contacting you. I am leading a walk for my group in March 2010 and want to do your Cowling/Wainman's Tower one. It states the walk is 7 miles long but I have tried with my opisometer and make it 10 miles every time. It does not really matter except that if we put the incorrect distance in our syllabus, either too long or too short, we may get lynched and as I have far too many unwalked walks to do I want to avoid being lynched.After discovering your wonderful website I am seriously considering disposing of the mountain of walk books and guides I have!

Following Joan's query I am providing a detailed route guide for her planned walk.

From: Joan Lumb
Town/City: Bradford, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 23 August 2009
Message 512:

What a fantastic site! We are plotting next vacation and we're both interested in walking in England. This site is so very helpful, thank you.

From: Lora Szloh
Town/City: Parma, Ohio Country: USA
Date: Thursday 20 August 2009
Message 511:

Just desperate to do the Coast to Coast before the knees give in. I would like to plan for autumn 2010 or spring 2011, have walked in the Dales and Peaks, but I just want to do this walk, just can't decide whether east to west or west to east. Great site by the way.

From: Peter Davies
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Monday 17 August 2009
Message 510:

I have been using this site for a while now and still find it very useful for deciding which walks I will do. Yesterday I did the Crinkle Crags and Bowfell walk - a good walk with fantastic views. If anyone is a peak bagger there are opportunities to do a few more with short detours to this route - I added Esk Pike after Bowfell and the whole walk took me 7 hours including stops to admire the views.

From: Mike McQuade
Town/City: Redcar, Cleveland Country: England
Date: Friday 14 August 2009
Message 509:

This is an excellent web site and useful guide to others considering walking or taking the Coast to Coast challenge. We are currently opening our new map store for coast to coast walkers at Coast to Coast map and will be adding a link to this web site for others to take a look. Keep walking :-)

From: Tony
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 12 August 2009
Message 508:

I stumbled upon this site when looking for things to do while we were camping in the Lake District, and it was definitely a great find! We're not regular walkers, but were keen enough from the description to try "Helvellyn from Wythburn". What an amazing walk! I have to admit that my calves are definitely hurting from the experience, but the view at the top was completely worth it. You've even inspired us to try out more walks closer to home. Thanks!

From: Erin Rayment
Town/City: Loughborough Country: England
Date: Monday 10 August 2009
Message 507:

I love your website, it's great, and living in Leeds there so many routes so close to home. I have seen you provide route guides in .mmo format, I wondered if you would also be able to upload them in .gpx format, which seems to becoming the industry standard? If you have the latest version of memory map, the is a function that lets you save as gpx. Many thanks, and thanks for the great work.

I told Paul I will consider uploading map routes in GPX format.

From: Paul Elk
Town/City: Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 03 August 2009
Message 506:

Hi, thanks for the route up Ingleborough. I had done Ingleborough before but this route with the caves, stream's and ravine's was by far the best. I am still a novice at this new hobby I have discovered and find your site very good for information about what you will see on the walk, especially the caves and pot holes.

From: Sue Moores
Town/City: Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 03 August 2009
Message 505:

Hi Mike, We have done two or three of your walks and we have just returned from Thruscross after attempting to go across Rocking Moor. In general this was a good walk however can we recommend that you make note on the walks page that dogs are not allowed on Rocking Moor, or on any of Duke of Devonshire's land. The part of the walk we were most looking forward to us had to be abandoned at Spittle Ings House because although our two poodles are good, we appreciated that the right thing to do was to turn back so we retraced our steps and dropped down to the reservoir a few miles early. This is not a criticism, but a suggestion that may be helpful to other walkers. By the way, the walled bridleway at Redshaw Hall is as wet and boggy still as you described it. But it still is a lovely walk and we will be taking your advice on other walks in the future. Cheers.

'I advised Cathy and Nick that if I am sent details of 'dogs not allowed' sections of any of my walks then I will add the relevant details'

From: Cathy, Nick, Magic and Chance
Town/City: Cookridge, Leeds Country: England
Date: Sunday 02 August 2009
Message 504:

Hello, Excellent website, I often refer to it when looking for inspiration, particularly as we are probably close in term of fitness hence your timings are neither for grannies nor superfit athlete. The Jake's Rake scramble looks ace, I just need to convince my wife that is she can go up Kinder Scout via some of its steep gullies by Snake Path, she can do it... To reply to your query on the Ling Gill video, I have seen that sign a few times around Dumfries & Galloway although the carriage seemed slightly different.

From: Yuri Goffinet
Town/City: Country:
Date: Sunday 02 August 2009
Message 503:

What a great site, and thank you for all the effort you have gone to in providing all the information necessary to get started. Keep up the good work. it is nice to see sometimes in life things are free........

From: Kim Smith
Town/City: Woodford Green, Essex Country: England
Date: Friday 31 July 2009
Message 502:

To my delight I stumbled across your website while looking for information on Yorkshire - a wonderful resource you have provided. I am taking my two kids (19 and 14) to Yorkshire for a few days, from the States (Washington DC area) and we will be staying in York, and if we are not in a deluge will be doing a North Yorkshire or Yorkshire Dales walk - I assume those are the best options from York.

From: Bob Hunter
Town/City: Washington DC Country: USA
Date: Friday 31 July 2009
Message 501:

Regular visitor to The Lakes with my daughter, originally from the Home Counties, which I do not miss as I have the most amazing scenery on my doorstep. Booked to hike end of August around Ambleside/ Grasmere and Ullswater area. I so want to do the Coast to Coast; maybe next year...but I WILL DO IT!!

From: K Brown
Town/City: Fallowfield, Manchester Country: England
Date: Thursday 30 July 2009
Message 500:

I am planning a fairly impromptu trip to the Lakes and found your site while googling. Very inspiringly written, I can't wait to get there and put into practice some of the information. Not sure if my fourteen year old will agree.

From: Neil McDowall
Town/City: Bookham, Surrey Country: England
Date: Wednesday 29 July 2009
Message 499:

Hi, I love the site. My son and I are off to the Lake District, walking for the first time. Cannot find any information on the Caves and Waterfall walk at Settle and Ingleton, I would love some info on it if possible.

I advised Paula to take my walk report and back it up with the route card I atttached.

From: Paula Goldstraw
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 28 July 2009
Message 498:

Pretty cool site. I just stumbled upon your site and wanted to say that I have really liked reading your informative pages. Anyway I'll be revisiting your superb site and I hope to post again to it soon!

From: LND Miles
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 26 July 2009
Message 497:

We found your site before traveling to this area in May 2009. So useful! However, the day we arrived at Castleton and the car park there at the caves before Winnats Pass, we were socked in with a freezing, bucketing downpour of rain! Never mind. We set out but found it quite slippery, even with trekking poles. We turned around and admired the area from the car windows! Hope we can make it back someday.

From: Kath & Thomas
Town/City: Colorado Country: USA
Date: Saturday 25 July 2009
Message 496:

What an amazing site. Recently retired and new to walking I am considering Coast to Coast, next year, for my chosen charity. The very detailed information tells me that I have a lot of work to do to prepare but also convinces me that I can do it. Will keep referring to your pages for advice and inspiration. Thank you.

From: Brian Fowler
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 22 July 2009
Message 495:

Hi there, I am thinking of climbing Scafell Pike in September time. I have followed numerous of your walks in the past and thoroughly enjoyed them all which is why I consistently return to your site when in search of a new one! So first of all thank you so very much for this excellent site - I have not got lost once!!! I wanted to ask your advice about Scafell because I have never taken on such a challenge to date ... firstly I notice you say 7-10 hours for the walk, I have noted following previous walks I have followed that I do take longer than you suggest!! Is there any advice about how to maybe reduce the mileage and therefore keep it to around 8 hours for me!! i.e maybe around 6/7 miles ... I don't want to get to the top and have no time or energy to get back down before dark!!! Secondly, I always go walking with my dog who is a great companion and usually ends up doing 10 times the miles I do ... he has been on some pretty challenging walks with me, however I wonder if you could advise how dog friendly it is on the mountain, I am concerned obviously for his safety and whether he will be able to complete some of the scrambling? He is very agile indeed but some of pictures show climb big rocks and I am uncertain whether he would be able to manage it without seeing it?! I thought you might be able to give me some advice as to whether I shouldn't take him! I hope you dont mind me asking! And thank you once again for giving me hours of enjoyable walks, especially around Yorkshire (where I live) - I believe you have the best walking guide website out there! Thank you in advance for any assistance. Kind regards, Helen

I told Helen (and companion) to start the Scafell Pike walk from Wasdale Head due to her time constraints.

From: Helen Chilvers
Town/City: Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 20 July 2009
Message 494:

Hi. Fantastic site - so pleased to have found it. I have been visiting the Lake District for many years but this summer my family and I (husband, two kids aged 10 and 8) will be walking our first fell. I have been advised that Catbells is a great family fell. Will I need to buy the map or will it be clearly marked routes? I am also hoping to do the Ingleton Waterfalls Walk, as it has come highly recommended. Is there any advice you can give me? Many thanks in advance.

I advised Michaela that both these walks are straightforward.

From: Michaela Broughton
Town/City: Skegness, Lincolnshire Country: England
Date: Friday 17 July 2009
Message 493:

Monday 13th July (My Birthday) Top Withens walk completed !! No sheep attacks ! This is a fantastic site (now added to favourites!) Very useful for someone from South London, now living in Preston, Lancashire. Thank you, I can't wait to try out more.

From: Paul Gun
Town/City: Preston, Lancashire Country: England
Date: Wednesday 15 July 2009
Message 492:

I have used your website before and can particularly recommend the Norber Erratics/Austwick (although I have done this from Clapham in the past to make it longer, but oh that long lane is hard on the feet on the way back). I am off to the Dales again in August. I have just about surrendered to an arthritic hip that does not really like me doing walks over 6 -7 miles. Can I make a plea for more walks of this length. I have got other references so I won't be lacking this year, but some new ideas would be great. Keep up the good work, your website is really good.

From: Ros Tyrrell
Town/City: Country: Wales
Date: Tuesday 14 July 2009
Message 491:

Hi, Some work colleagues and I have just spent a great weekend in Austwick. The idea of the weekend was so we could do the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge. I had also seen the walk on your website. I have only been walking for a couple of years but when it was suggested we do a sponsored walk then who could refuse. The 3 peaks set out in the splendour of the Yorkshire Dales made for a great days walking. I know I am not saying anything new here but it was tough, challenging, and there were sore feet and some tears. And as for Whernside...! I hated you. But when it was all over and we were having our B.BQ and a few beers with time to reflect on what we had achieved then there was only one word for it..Fantastic..and most importantly we had raised lots of money for McMillan Cancer Support.

From: John Harrigan
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 12 July 2009
Message 490:

A very good site. enjoyed viewing, very useful - now I have to try some of the walks.

From: Tim White
Town/City: Bradford, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Wednesday 08 July 2009
Message 489:

Having used this wonderful website for walks on countless occasions over the past 4-5 years, I wonder if I may now use it to put forward a desperate plea regarding an item of lost property? On Tuesday the 30th June I set off walking from Chapel le Dale (GR738774), North up the footpath towards Whernside. Somewhere along that path I dropped my watch (an article of great sentimental value, very dear to me). It is a gents' Seiko watch with a green fabric strap and a pale green luminous face. If any kind soul can give any information about it, please contact me on either 01943 831333 or 07983 239109. Thank you!

From: Nick Pennington
Town/City: Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 07 July 2009
Message 488:

Hello, I just have to say how great your site is! Returning to Yorkshire for a visit from Scotland. I want to show my partner the best of Yorkshire; with the help of your site this will be easy, enjoyable and fun. Many thanks.

From: Liz Jenkins
Town/City: Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 06 July 2009
Message 487:

My wife and I did the waterfalls walk at Ingleton a couple of weeks ago whilst staying in Settle for a few days - we've never done any walking before other than general walking for hours at the coast or on holiday. We enjoyed it and are now keen to start doing some walking and my wife came across this site which seems very helpful and packed full of information - some great photos. My question: being complete novices are there many walks that are clearly marked or do you have to learn to read maps? Our experience so far is based on that one walk here there was a clearly defined route to follow. Many thanks in advance.

I strongly advised Steve to learn basic map and compass skills, preferably with a local walking group.

From: Steve Bott
Town/City: Dinnington, South Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Wednesday 01 July 2009
Message 486:

Hello, Do you organise any guided walks in England, we are arriving some time between August 4th & August 16th (7 to 10 days). My sister & I would like a nice easy walking trip, cosy bed & breakfast's & pubs needless to say! We had Wales, Yorkshire or the Lake District in mind but are definitely open to any suggestions!

I advised Valerie to consider the Dales Way or part of the Coast to Coast.

From: Valerie Urlik
Town/City: Country: France
Date: Tuesday 30 June 2009
Message 485:

I found your website by accident and I am so glad that I did. I have had it as a favourite for over a year now and when I am waiting for someone to reply on msn, I avidly read your exploits with interest. I was in Settle a fortnight ago (visiting my daughter) and just love it there before going on to the Lakes. If I am ever feeling a little down, I click onto here and I feel alive again. Thank you and keep it up.

From: Mal Loveridge
Town/City: Cawston, Norwich Country: England
Date: Saturday 27 June 2009
Message 484:

Fantastic site, well done. Its certainly made me very keen to get walking and I hope to follow one or two of your routes very soon. Keep up the great work!!

From: Richie Nokes
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Friday 26 June 2009
Message 483:

Congratulations on such a great site for such spectacular walking country. With such content it is no wonder so many people choose to walk your paths, tracks and trails. There is no doubt that the walker of these multiple pathways could be easily spoiled with so many options. Walking here in Australia becomes a little more of a challenge as it can be a long way between coffee shops. Nontheless it is great walking on a grand scale and especially challenging if walking solo through some of our more remote mountain country. I plan on walking solo covering as much as possible along those pathways between Lands End and John O'Groats between February and July 2010. Enjoy the walking.

From: Ian Haynes
Town/City: Macquarie Country: Australia
Date: Friday 26 June 2009
Message 482:

Hi there, This is very last minute request as I hadn't realised there was not a route card for the Settle Caves and Waterfalls walk. Would you be able to provide one by Friday lunch time?mI am so excited to do this walk, it looks amazing. Thanks for such a fantastic website.

'I sent the route card straight away'

From: Catherine Lomas
Town/City: Droylesden, Greater Manchester Country: England
Date: Wednesday 24 June 2009
Message 481:

After looking at some of your walks we decided to do the Malham Cove/ Gordale walk. All we can say is thank you for a fantastic walk. Hoping to do a few more of your walks soon. We are walking Hadrian's Wall in two weeks time and as we will be spending a few days with friends in the Lakes afterwards this will take up most of my holidays. Do you have any suggestions for walks around 30 to 50 miles as we can do these on the weekend. Thanks again.

'I suggested the Allerdale Ramble or part of the Cumbria Way'

From: Kurt Relecom and Linda Goossens
Town/City: Schoten, Antwerp Country: Belgium
Date: Tuesday 23 June 2009
Message 480:

Goodevening Mike, We are Kurt and Linda from Schoten, near Antwerp, Belgium. We're planning a 3 weeks holiday in the north of England in July. We are very keen walkers so we'd love to try some of your walks during our time in England. The pictures on you website are absolutely beautiful and have really wetted our appetite. Some of your walks are marked with 'R'. Unfortunately I am not able to open the mmo files with the details of the walk. I have searched internet for a solution but haven't found one. Is there a special program I should download first ? This is because the Lake District and the Dales are unknown territory for us and we don't want to go walking without good details and a map. We hope you can help us because it really would be a pity if we couldn't use your walks for our holiday. Thank you very much in advance. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards.

'I asked Kurt and Linda to let me know the walks they plan to do with the promise I would compile paper copy route cards for each one'

From: Kurt Relecom and Linda Goossens
Town/City: Schoten, Antwerp Country: Belgium
Date: Tuesday 23 June 2009
Message 479:

Off to West Witton this weekend and yours was the only site I could get a really good walk from. Very easy to use site and makes really good reading. We did half the C2C last year and are finishing it off in Sept. It was brill!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I shall certainly use and recommend this site to friends. What a fab job you have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Kay Black
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 23 June 2009
Message 478:

Your list of the highest hills in the Dales is much appreciated. I am trying to bag them one by one, restricted time and young family allowing. Probably the most ridiculous effort so far was driving up to Thwaite from Harrogate, climbing Great Shunner Fell on a cloudy wet day, then scrambling back down and driving back in time to be able to collect the kids from school. I couldn't see a damn thing from the summit (I could only just FIND the summit), but it was a triumph of determination over common sense.

From: Mark Ellison
Town/City: Harrogate, North Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 23 June 2009
Message 477:
We did your Coniston Fells walk last weekend and enjoyed every step of it. The prison band was a bit of a challenge. We now want to try it the other way starting with Wetherlam. Thanks from the oldies from Southport

From: Pete and Jacky
Town/City: Southport Country: England
Date: Monday 22 June 2009
Message 476:

Carolynne Roach, 13 Lachlan Place, Berkeley Vale, NSW Australia. We have great walks on the Central Coast NSW. I am looking forward to walking in England, August 2009. I am also doing the Helbbelwhite family history from Chales Hebblewhite; I think from Bristol. He came to Australia and his son Walter Walker was my Great Grandfather. Hoping you can send any information that may help. Cheers Carolynne

From: Carolynne Roach
Town/City: Berkeley Vale, New South Wales Country: Australia
Date: Monday 22 June 2009
Message 475:

Ace site, I am off to the Lake District on Sunday and will use your excellent walks. Top man! Great of you to share your travels. Kind Regards

From: Paul Ludlow
Town/City: Calne, Wiltshire Country: England
Date: Saturday 20 June 2009
Message 474:

Great website, it seems we both started this walking lark at the same time as I also walked the C2C in 1994 and I do at least one LDP each year, and we seem to nearly do the same ones, Dales Way etc. I would recommend Rob Roys Way and Hadrians Wall walk as well, very good walks. Anyway keep up the good work.

From: Chris Norgate
Town/City: Swaffam, Norfolk Country: England
Date: Friday 19 June 2009
Message 473:

Hi Mike, Just to let you know I undertook the Dales Way last week and what a great walk it is, I thoroughly enjoyed it. However I think I overdid it a bit walking from Buckden to Dent and then Dent to Burneside, as I was really suffering on the last day. On the Wednesday, on the walk to Dent I also got absolutely soaked as it rained from Cam Houses all the way to Dent and there certainly is not much shelter across the moors! I will certainly try another one, I think I might tackle the Coast to Coast at some point in the future, not sure whether to walk it all in one go or to walk part of it one week. Have a break and then finish it off. I think your site is great and it gives me a lot of inspiration for my walks. Cheers Richard

From: Richard Hebblewhite
Town/City: Harrogate, North Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 16 June 2009
Message 472:

Hi there, I like you website - very informative. Got it from the walking website where you are a regular poster. If you would like to add a link to my website for accounts of LDPs - I go under the name of Mananddog - otherwise know as Paul and Midge the border collie. See www.freewebs.com/mananddog We are off to Offa's Dyke at the weekend. Enjoy your walking, Paul (and Midge)

From: Paul Watson
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 16 June 2009
Message 471:

Hi, you have a great website, thanks. I am going to Bala Lake at the weekend. Do you know any good walks in the area? Kind regards, Drew

I recommended the Bala Challenge.

From: Drew Porter
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 14 June 2009
Message 470:

We have just done the Yorkshire Three Peaks in under six hours for the second year running. I think we need another challenge! - any suggestions anybody?

I recommended the National Three Peaks.

From: Jon Howes
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 14 June 2009
Message 469:

Thanks very much for a wonderful site, and so easy to look at. My wife and I are novice walkers and love the easy walks in the Lake District. We are both in our 60's and have fell in love with the outdoor life. Thanks again for your lovely site. All the best, Des & Ann

From: Des Cooper
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 14 June 2009
Message 468:

Hello, You may like to add a reciprocal link to the dedicated website for Cheshire's Sandstone Trail. The popular 34 mile/55 km Trail runs roughly north to south down Cheshire's elevated central sandstone ridge, between the market towns of Frodsham on the Mesrey Estuay and Whitchurhc, just over the border in north Shropshire. See: http://www.sandstonetrail.co.uk.

From: Tony Bowerman
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Saturday 13 June 2009
Message 467:

Hi, we are going to walk from Hessel to Filey in September and we were wondering if you have any good route plans that you can think of that we should buy as this is our first long walk. We plan to do it over a week. Thank you.

I recommended the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail Guide by Roger Ratcliffe.

From: Brenda Ollett
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 09 June 2009
Message 466:

Coming over in July and hope to do a lot of these great walks, especially the Dales. This site of yours has been so informative and helpful for planning the trip. Thanks again.

From: Greg Healey
Town/City: Country: New Zealand
Date: Monday 08 June 2009
Message 465:

Just completed "A Brantingham & Elloughton Walk", it was very pleasant, and Brantingham is such a nice village. I feel the walk may have been better in reverse, indeed I was the only person heading in my direction and I must have passed at least a couple of dozen other people heading the opposite way. Maybe next time I'll try it the other way round!!

From: Nicholson
Town/City: Hull Country: England
Date: Saturday 06 June 2009
Message 464:

Hello, My friend and I went on your 'Settle Caves and Waterfall walk' on Wednesday and it was amazing! At first I was unsure because of the length of the walk (15 km), but I was then surprised how accurate your time calculation was. We both really enjoyed the beautiful Dales landscape, the little hidden waterfalls and the impressive Victoria Caves! Really one of the best days out I have had here in Britain! I am an international student from Germany, returning home in one month, and I really regret I haven't found your website earlier. But when I am going to the Lake District next week, I really want to use one of your walks again. I am sure it'll be just as beautiful as your Yorkshire Dales walk!

From: Ines
Town/City: Country: Germany
Date: Friday 05 June 2009
Message 463:

Hi there! Thanks once again for giving me the inspiration for walks around my native Skipton. My walking buddy and I did the Malham Circular last week but I thought I'd email you a slight extension to it. Rather than turn back towards the Pennine Way after hitting the southern shore of Malham Tarn, we continued around the Tarn itself and through the grounds of the Field Centre. This took us around some beautiful tree covered lanes near the nature reserve and up to High Trenhouse. Turn left at the the crossroads at the top of the hill and head back down towards the Pennine Way. It adds a few extra miles to the walk but it's well worth it! Thanks again for posting this walk. Although it's difficult to pick a 'best walk' (we're relative novices and only done 7), I think this one is definitely a contender!

From: Paul Naylor
Town/City: Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Thursday 04 June 2009
Message 462:

Hi, Just returned after a fabulous weekend in the Dales. Another walk suggestion that may be worth adding to your list. I took the path from Horton up Ingleborough via the "ridge path". Not really a ridge but a beautiful ascent. At this time of the year the Orchids in the limestone pavements were fabulous. Ingleborough down into the dale and then up over Whernside. Drop down from Whernside and then make the big decision: Do the 3 peaks? Walk to Ribblehead station and get a train back to Horton (about 2 mile walk to station)? (makes the day about 15 miles total) Climb up and over to Dent (Dale) Head and drop down into Dentdale (1 steep mile)? You then have a 2 mile walk on the rd and a three quarter mile ascent to Dent Station which is not fun, but the scenery is beautiful throughout (total of about 18 miles). All these routes have their advantages. We took the Dent Station route. Bit of a drag along the Dale at the end but a fabulous day out all in all and the rich light caused by the sinking sun as you cross Ribblehead viaduct from the train was awesome). Even the hundreds of people doing the 3 peaks seemed to be relishing the views from Whernside and Ingleborough !! Rather them than me on a hot day like last weekend. Cheers and thanks again for a great website - it forms the basis of many of my routes that I then add to or mix and match!, Nigel (Nujja)

From: Nigel Kenward
Town/City: Holbeach, Lincolnshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 02 June 2009
Message 461:

Hello, one for the Database, The Mawddach Way - The Mawddach Estuary is a beautiful and largely unspoiled gem hidden away at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park. The Mawddach Way is a 50km walk which uses existing footpaths and permissive paths to makes a circuit of the hills either side of the estuary, passing through woodland, pasture and open country. The route, which starts and ends in Barmouth, covers a total distance of 49.8 km, climbing a total of 2226 m along the way. A guide book and digital mapping data can be downloaded from www.MawddachWay.co.uk

From: Graham O'Hanlon
Town/City: Country: Wales
Date: Saturday 30 May 2009
Message 460:

I first discovered your site, when my only access to the internet was a mobile phone. Fortunately I have now upgraded to a computer. I have always been a keen walker, mainly in the peak District, and found your site to be one of the best online, keep up the good work.

From: Brian Frost
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Saturday 30 May 2009
Message 459:

Hi there, You are always my first stop on the web when I am looking for walks. Honest, informative and thorough. Thanks!

From: Caroline Moran
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Thursday 28 May 2009
Message 458:

Browsing the web for info on walks in Lake District & Yorkshire Dales as my family and I are staying on the edge of both this year. Gave up with the official tourists sites when I found yours. What a great site full of all the information required and more. Thanks for your efforts.

From: Mike Harrison
Town/City: Liverpool Country: England
Date: Thursday 21 May 2009
Message 457:

Great website! You've certainly done some walking in your time! If anyone has time when doing the Coniston walk, it's well worth looking in at Hodge Close quarry in Tilberthwaite. It's accessible by car off the Coniston - Skelwith Bridge road if you can't fit it into the walk. Very spectacular. Highly recommended.

From: Michael Griffin
Town/City: South Lakes, Cumbria Country: England
Date: Wednesday 20 May 2009
Message 456:

Hi, I did my first solo walk on Saturday and used your excellent website as a guide. I would just like to pass on my congratulations on your superb site. You obviously put in a lot of effort and I for one am very grateful. Your guide was very informative, interesting, well written and funny. I was slightly worried when you mentioned that your mate decided against the ridge walk but after doing this mostly in cloud, my fears were dispelled - is he a bit of a wimp hahaha?. Anyway, I look forward to walking many more of your guides/routes and I would just like to thank you again. I am doing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks and National 3 Peaks in June after only really starting walking in the last few months - you could say I have the bug.

From: Kieran McManamon
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 19 May 2009
Message 455:

The walk you have on here for the Bride Stones is a very popular walk with tourists. However they all end up in the Information Centre asking for directions. Maybe you could think about updating your information so they can effectively follow your map.

'I have now added a route guide to the Bride Stones walk page'

From: Jacqui Davies
Town/City: Todmorden, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Saturday 16 May 2009
Message 454:

I have just walked the Studley Pike walk, a very nice walk. Stopped at the YHA which were very happy to let us use their facilites. I led a group of youngsters completeing their Duke of Edinburgh award scheme (Bronze level) 13 - 16 year olds, at first going up the steep slope leading up to the monument, some whining was about the group "I am tired!" etc; however when they were at the top looking around the monument they all suddenly found energy to run about and the admire the views. This makes it all worth while to me has an mountaiin leader. This is why we need to encourage young people about our country. A recommended walk to anyone, excellent views etc, etc.

From: Alex Williams
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Saturday 16 May 2009
Message 453:

Hi, We have just returned from a walking holiday in and around Pickering based on walks described on your excellent site. We encountered one little hiccup following the directions for the 'Hole of Horcum walk'. Having followed the directions to negotiate the steep descent to Levisham beck and followed the beck upstream we had a very difficult scramble to get back to the path to the 'hole'. It would be helpful to others if the guide was modified to stress that the path to the Hole of Horcum was NOT at the bottom of the valley but continues high on the valley side from the finger post at the end of Levisham village road. We enjoyed our walks and are grateful for your very helful site.

'I asked Mike to amend my description accordingly. His valued contribution is now added to the walk'

From: Mike Burdon
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Thursday 07 May 2009
Message 452:

Hello, I am using your site for an inspiration for a variety of walks and now I am thinking of undertaking a long distance footpath into the unknown (well for me anyway!). Living in Harrogate I am looking at the Dales Way or walking part of the Cleveland way from Filey to Saltburn. I enjoy a variety of walks and would ideally like to do them both at some point. I note from reading your site that you have a feature on the Dales Way but it does not say if you have undertaken the Cleveland Way. I was just wondering if you had any advice on which might be more suitable for my first long distance walk? I quite fancy them both but ideally I would like to ease myself in gently (or as gently as I can). I am certainly fit enough I would hope at 27 to do either. Any advice you could give me would be most appreciated. Many Thanks

'I told Richard either walk would suit him but recommended the Dales Way for the variety'

From: Richard Hebblewhite
Town/City: Harrogate, North Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 05 May 2009
Message 451:

Hi, fantastic site. I had a hip resurfacing operation in December and being an avid walker set myself a target to aid recovery. A group of about 7 of us are planning to attempt the Lyke Wake Walk in July in aid of a local school for disabled children. Anyway I have been training since February and recently completed a fifteen miler over part of the Wolds Way (Wintringham to Sherburn and back, including a walk around Sherburn). I was wondering what you think of the choice of the Lyke Wake, having read recently that there have been concerns over erosion etc.

'I told Brian to check the condition of the Lyke Wake Walk with the North York Moors National Park Authority'

From: Brian Foster
Town/City: Driffield, East Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 04 May 2009
Message 450:

Hi, I have just started walking and going up to the Lake District for the last 5 months. I have done Helvellyn via Striding Edge, Scafell Pike from Seathwaite Farm, Helm Crag and Blencathra via Sharp Edge. I loved every second of it, just stumbled across your great site. I am doing Crinkle Crags and Bowfell next so downloaded your route map. You have got a fantastic site and so helpful to walkers new and old alike. A question? I would like to ask you is when I got to the top of the Pike it was very clear day and within 20 mins of reaching the summit a mist or fog came in and visibility was very poor for approx 75% of the way down and it became a whole new ball game of finding my way back when all visual pointers were gone and all I could see was mist or fog. Anyway I did find my way back to the start with some helpful advice from other walkers who knew the area quite well. But imagine if I had not seen these people. I am thinking of getting a Garmin GPS60 but how good are they and do you think it would have got me back to my starting point? Thank you.

'I replied to Glen advising him to contact a navigation course provider'

From: Glen Standish
Town/City: Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 04 May 2009
Message 449:

Great site with some great walks. I am thinking about walking the Wolds Way at some point before late autumn but I am struggling with accommodation choices. Could you recommend anywhere you stayed on your walk?

'I replied to Nick offering help as soon as he confirmed his staging points witrh me'

From: Nick Rodger
Town/City: Driffield, East Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Friday 01 May 2009
Message 448:

I was hoping for some help please. My future husbands dream is to climb a mountain and watch the sun set and rise. We live in Lancashire and I have been looking at the walks in the Lake District. As I have never done any climbing I was wondering if these walks require any climbing gear? Or is it possible to get to the top without special gear? Which in your opinion is a romantic walk there as I would love to do something like this for our honeymoon. Kind regards.

'I replied to Maria recommending Cat Bells or Helm Crag as a good introductory walk in the Lake District'

From: Maria
Town/City: Lancashire Country: England
Date: Thursday 30 April 2009
Message 447:

Hello, I have seen on your nice website that you placed a detailed map of the Rogolone and Bosco Impero area at Rogolone Map. I am going there with my girlfriend soon for a weeks holiday and I have searched the whole web for such detailed maps of the area but I had no luck. Do you have anything or can you tell me where you took that map? Thanks a lot and have a good time with your trips!

'I told Cristiano to get a Kompass map of the area, Italy: Kompass 50K Hiking Map 91'

From: Cristiano Maifrè
Town/City: Country: Italy
Date: Thursday 30 April 2009
Message 446:

Hello Mike, I have just been given your website details by a colleague and I really love the site. Would it be possible to have a route card for the walk to High Cup Nick from Dufton? I hope to drag my poor unsuspecting husband Frankie around this walk (only joking!) but I was unable to download any details of the route from the website. Thank you and keep up the great work!

'I corrected the page so the route map for High Cup Nick can now be downloaded'

From: Arlene Willetts
Town/City: South Shields, Tyne and Wear Country: England
Date: Thursday 30 April 2009
Message 445:

Hello and thank you so much for your excellent website. I have made copies of all your sections of the Dales Way to take with me when I set off on the walk with four work colleagues towards the end of May. We are looking forward very much to the walk, our first south of the Border (we have walked principally in Scotland until now). Our sections are very similar to yours, we are also walking for five days and all we can hope for is some of the glorious weather you obviously enjoyed! Will report back once we have completed the walk! Cheers.

From: Mardy Walker
Town/City: Country: Scotland
Date: Monday 27 April 2009
Message 444:

Stumbled upon your website via You Tube. Always looking for walks and this is a fantastic site. I usually plan walks using memory map, I have Road Angel 7000, a brilliant piece of kit. I never get lost again when I use it in conjunction with the appropiate OS map and compass. Keep submitting the overlays please. Been in the Dales this weekend did a circular from Arncliffe 16 miles which is our usual distance. We stopped off at the Fountaine Inn in Linton on the way home. We called there because we knew it opened all day. The pub in Litton was closed as was the Falcon in Arncliffe. It is very annoying when you can't find a pub open in the late afternoon. This also seems to be the case in the Peak District. Keep up the good work, we might bump into you one day on our travels. I have some good walks if you would like me to send them to you, in the Peak District and the Lakes.

I replied to Adrian telling him I am always willing to explore new walks.

From: Adrain Lunn
Town/City: Rotherham, South Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 27 April 2009
Message 443:

Did the walk 'Wild Boar Fell and Uldale' on 24-4-2009. You certainly weren't exaggerating when you rated this walk 'very hard'. I started a bit late 11:30am and gotback to the car exhausted at 7:20pm. Legs gone and feeling a little queezy - last time I felt like that was 30 years ago when I did the 3 peaks (9 hrs 50 mins) - though on that occasion I was actually sick on the way home. Dived out of my friends car - stuck my head in the hedge and spoiled the family's picnic in the lay-bye where we stopped. I have to say Needle House Gill was a little confusing - to go along the bottom or up top and I had a scary climb out (very steep), then had to walk right round a felled wood on the right side to get on to the road. I just got tireder and tireder due to lack of defined paths in many areas and struggled up inclines. I wish I had started earlier and had more breaks. Had to rely on my Mio 168 PDA with GPS and memory Map a few times! A good walk - lots of waterfalls - take plenty of fluids (I only just had enough). VERY challenging and perhaps not one to do alone as I did! Thanks Mike

After John's comments I added a routemap download to assist anyone on the walk.

From: John Friskney
Town/City: North Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 26 April 2009
Message 442:

Just like to say how wonderful it was to do the Spofforth Follifoot walk at the height of spring. The lambs were good fun to see playing and basking on a hot day. Coming out at the castle was a pleasure. The riverside walk at Plompton was my favorite bit as it was near the end and my hangover was really starting to kick in after my week long Easter bender. All in all a lovely walk, with lots to see like Plompton rocks, historic castle ruins and lots of Lambs. I will be checking out more of your rambles during spring/summer 09.. Ramble on!!!!!!!!

From: Paul and Lisa
Town/City: Harrogate, North Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 20 April 2009
Message 441:

Been loving the site for a couple of years now and completed most of your walks. Just wondering if you have any food tips or some Sandwich recommendations? Something to keep the energy levels high while tickling my taste buds at the same time...thanks, KLF x

I told Kristian my wife makes fantastic sandwiches!

From: Kristian Fowler
Town/City: West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 20 April 2009
Message 440:

First and foremost I say a massive thank you. After a 13 year career in the forces I have moved on and now work in the middle east. I only get 3 weeks in UK and work away for 9. Hence my time is limited, a visit to your site earlier in my work period abroad gave me an opportunity to download the list for the top 30 waterfalls. All I need to say is "Fantastic", I am a keen photographer and enjoyed several hours snapping away at 5 off the list. Once again, thank you and I look forward to visiting several more on my next visit to UK.

From: Alastair Padgett
Town/City: Hapton, Lancashire Country: England
Date: Wednesday 15 April 2009
Message 439:

Three walks down in the last week many more to go. Thanks, the website has been a real find.

From: Ed Eardley
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Monday 13 April 2009
Message 438:

Hi. This is a great site, I have managed to pick two walks from the Harrogate outer ring, and Follifot and Spofforth too. It really helps to have good photographs of the places that I will be able to see as I walk. Thanks.

From: Nick Higley
Town/City: Oakham, Rutland Country: England
Date: Sunday 12 April 2009
Message 437:

Very good site - your coverage of Roseberry Topping excellent, and C2C has injected some common sense to our pet project. A world-class resource.

From: Richard Camidge
Town/City: Leeds Country: England
Date: Sunday 12 April 2009
Message 436:

Your website is fantastic....I am going to the Lakes in 2 weeks with a friend and have been trying to find out where to stay and walk and your site has been really useful....thank you!! I looking for a walk thats a bit strenous with lots of water and greenery and preferably a country pub on route or at the end.....would you advise the Elterwater or Hawkshead walks? Can you recommend any accommodation for these walks?

I advised Debbie on the walks & on a place to stay in Ambleside

From: Debbie
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Thursday 09 April 2009
Message 435:

Hello, You have a lovely site and I have enjoyed my visit very much.

From: Stephen J
Town/City: Derby Country: England
Date: Thursday 09 April 2009
Message 434:

Brilliant web site. Keep up the good work.

From: Chris Malthouse
Town/City: Boston Spa, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 06 April 2009
Message 433:

Hi, I love your website - very useful, and definitely inspiring to see how much you enjoy walking. I am wondering if you can help. I want to meet a friend somewhere in between London and Manchester for a day walk this Friday. Can you suggest somewhere? We'd need somewhere easily accessible as we'll both be taking the train... Any suggestions / tips would be much appreciated! Thanks.

'I replied to Krupa suggesting the Chrome Hill walk'

From: Krupa Thakrar
Town/City: London Country: England
Date: Sunday 05 April 2009
Message 432:

Brilliant website. I am currently working in South Australia and yearn for the freedom to hike across the British countryside in particularly the Lake District and the Welsh mountains. Your site has brightened up my day and brought back plenty of great memories. When I moved to Oz I just assumed they allowed the same type of public access to the countryside as in the UK but far from it. There is no 'right to roam' without obtaining permission from private land owners which is a pain. How I dream to be walking those British Fells in the drizzle and mist. Thanks.

From: Warren Yates
Town/City: South Australia Country: Australia
Date: Thursday 02 April 2009
Message 431:

Stumbled upon your wonderful site. We were going to do the Nidderdale Way this year, but decided against for all kinds of reasons, so decided to do some shorter day walks. This site sorted our needs perfectly.

From: Nigel Morrison
Town/City: Aylesby Country: England
Date: Wednesday 01 April 2009
Message 430:

Went on the Mill Gill Force and Whitfield Force walk quite a few years ago during the biggest drought this country has seen in years. Both falls where virtually dry but the fantastic thing was we got to scramble down the sides of Whitfield and walk along the dry river bed and stand directly were the water should flow. It was like walking through a scene from Jurassic park. Even though the heat was scorching the whole area around us down in Whitfield was fairly chilly and completely shaded from the heat, the perfect natural air conditioner. The whole experience was truly amazing and walking back down the lane with the sun on our backs that afternoon will be forever etched in my mind. We had photographs of the whole journey but when we moved we lost all the photographs that where taken that summer, including this great walk and the amazing walk around Mardale Green, usually under 60 feet of ice cold Manchester corporation water. It's great to have at least the memories of that summer brought back, even if the pictures have gone forever.

From: Paul Rowland
Town/City: Greater Manchester Country: England
Date: Monday 30 March 2009
Message 429:

I have always wanted to go to England. You have definitely made that desire become all consuming. Great Pictures!

From: Marcella Carlton
Town/City: Aumsville, Oregon Country: USA
Date: Monday 23 March 2009
Message 428:

Thank you for a very good and detailed website about some of the great British walks. I was wondering is the a big difference or preference on the coast to coast route as I am definitely thinking of doing this walk?

I told Steven I have no real preference about which way to walk the Coast to Coast but added that I have a slight leaning towards westwards with the dramatic Lakeland finale.

From: Steven Pilling
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Saturday 21 March 2009
Message 427:

Hello, Have you ever tried walking around the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland? I would recommend Windy Gyle which is beautiful, peaceful and probably the least populated place in the country.

I replied to Natalie telling her I plan to walk in Northumberland in the near future.

From: Natalie
Town/City: Northumberland Country: England
Date: Friday 13 March 2009
Message 426:

A good web site with good information which I found useful for planning my run of the Wolds Way. I have to ask why the Wolds Way does not appear on the list of long distance paths, and other routes I have done, the Staffordshire Way and Shropshire Way do not appear at all. I would highly recommend the Shropshire Way for the scenery and landscape, the area of Long Mynd especially.

I replied to Craig telling him the Wolds Way was included in the LDP Directory.

From: Craig Anderton
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Monday 09 March 2009
Message 425:

Thank you for such memories which re-awakened my own Coast to Coast memories during the wettest June on record...........1997.

From: David Miller
Town/City: Evesham, Worcestershire Country: England
Date: Monday 02 March 2009
Message 424:

Such a nostalgic trip back to the fields and moors of my home town! I also hail from Leeds and used to roam the area north of the city in Lower Wharfedale and the Washburn Valley. May I nominate the South Downs area of East Hants/ West Sussex for possible coverage - that's where I live now, and it is also a wonderful walking area.

'I replied saying if I was ever in the East Hants/ West Sussex area then I would check out some walks'

From: David Fawcett
Town/City: Petersfield, Hampshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 01 March 2009
Message 423:

Imagine, from the Northeast coast of the US, tonight I meandered the moors of Yorkshire.....vicariously of course. Thanks for guiding me; the pictures are top drawer and the sights are outstanding. The colors, the decaying ancient buildings, the paths that are legal to traverse--you are most fortunate. Thank you!

From: Gary
Town/City: New Hampshire Country: USA
Date: Sunday 01 March 2009
Message 422:

Fantastic website! Every time a 'google' an area for walk ideas I always seem to end up here, and I haven't been disappointed yet.

From: William Martin
Town/City: York Country: England
Date: Saturday 28 February 2009
Message 421:

Hi. Thanks for this great website. It's good to read some descriptions of routes and see some pictures. Planning on doing the Hole of Horcum walk tommorow with the family and I will let you know how it goes. We have a trip planned to the Lakes in a couple of weeks time. Is there any paticular walks that would suite families (i.e. an 11 month old in a back pack).

'I replied with some Lake District walk ideas for Andy'

From: Andy Bramwell
Town/City: York Country: England
Date: Saturday 28 February 2009
Message 420:

Random choice but I but picked out Simons Seat on the map and walked from the farm houses (in between the two) in the village in 56 minutes to the top. Has anyone done better without running or really trying to beat this time?

'I replied telling Jude I spend too much time walking and viewing the scenery to time a walk!'

From: Jude Jackson
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Friday 27 February 2009
Message 419:

Hi, I have just been on a short walk round the muddy fields in the south west corner of Suffolk, near Haverhill. I see you walk around Yorkshire a lot, I bet you don't bother with East Anglia. I'd be interested to know. Loved the music "Portsmouth" on your reservoir video. Used to dance to that when I was about 12. Looking for footpath maps for my localities.

'I replied telling Jane if I was ever in the area I would do a walk or two in her patch!'

From: Jane
Town/City: Little Bradley, Cambridgeshire Country: England
Date: Wednesday 25 February 2009
Message 418:

Excellent site, I am glad you use Memory Map as I use it myself. It makes looking at routes a lot easier. I have done most of the walks on your site. It is the best on the net. Thanks.

From: Frederick Jones
Town/City: Runcorn, Cheshire Country: England
Date: Monday 23 February 2009
Message 417:

Wonderful, I live in Milan but my family emigrated from Menaggio one hundred year ago. I know all the villages, Val Sanagra, Sass Corbee, Madri, Monte Grona etc. I spent my holidays in Barna where there is a house of my ancestors. I suggest to you that the village and even Carcente a wonderful village near Santa Maria Rezzonico, where there is a lot of trekking that is impossible to describe.

From: Nicola Erba
Town/City: Milan Country: Italy
Date: Friday 20 February 2009
Message 416:

This is a great site. Just planning a to do the Kilnsey Crag and Mastiles walk. First of many no doubt. Keep up the good work.

From: Rich White
Town/City: Rodley, Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 15 February 2009
Message 415:

Awesome. Fully respectful of your endeavours.

From: Sara
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 15 February 2009
Message 414:

Excellent web site! I am loving the pictures.. :) Have you tried the North Ridge of Tryfan? Thats the route I normally take.. Keep up the good work.. :)

From: Gary Bishop
Town/City: Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Friday 13 February 2009
Message 413:

This site helped me out alot, thanks. A great site and the downloadable links for memory map is awesome. Thanks again

From: Si
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Friday 13 February 2009
Message 412:

Great site Mike, I use it a lot. I noticed message 407 from Richard Puttick was wanting routes from station to station or to bus stop. A good book to get for this is Green Networks of the Dales by Colin Speakman (the founder of the Dales Way walk) published by Great Northern Books of Ilkley. This book contains 20 walks accessed by public transport and has some fine walks in it. Keep up the good work.

I passed the details of the book on to Mark. Thanks a lot Mick.

From: Mick Kellett
Town/City: Rodley, Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Wednesday 04 February 2009
Message 411:

I have just bumped into your website tonight after searching walks after doing 'Simon's Seat' today. Really enjoyed the walk, my mates getting me into the walking business. Last year my first walk was the Three Peaks, 26 miles on my first go and did it in 9 and a half hours, not bad but loads of blister's. Anyway I have the bug now and I am enjoying planning my walks on your website. Going to take some time out in summer to walk in the Lake District, the higher the better. I like the pictures, gives me a great insight of what to expect. The only thing is my knee is playing up and at 35 I hope to have many years of walks left in me, suppose I can buy a new knee.

From: Paul Burnley
Town/City: Apperley Bridge, Bradford, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 02 February 2009
Message 410:

Had a fantastic walk today around Hawnby on the North Yorkshire Moors. This site is a great guide for novice walkers as myself and girlfriend are. If anyone walks this route please look out for a silver watch that was dropped near the Bilsdale West Moor. If anyone on this site does find it please drop me a line. Once again great website will always look at this site for more walks in this area and beyond. Thank you.

From: Shane Whitaker
Town/City: Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Saturday 31 January 2009
Message 409:

Thanks, your walk descriptions are very helpful, I have done several of the ones around north Leeds. I have a look on here on a Saturday morning then decide where I am going to go out walking.

From: Katherine
Town/City: Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Saturday 31 January 2009
Message 408:

Tip top site, quenching my thirst for some muddy marching!!!

From: Thomas Sharman
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 28 January 2009
Message 407:

I was wondering whether you have come across any guide to points on long distance paths that can be reached easily by rail. I am planning some long day walks and would prefer to walk from station to station (or bus stop). It is difficult to find out from individual sites how to achieve this, especially where they don't have maps that I can plot against the rail network.

I replied: "I have not seen such a book but it is a great idea - maybe we should write one! I could suggest a few walks from station to station in the Yorkshire area if you like (Yorkshire Dales & North York Moors)"

From: Richard Puttick
Town/City: Bristol Country: England
Date: Sunday 25 January 2009
Message 406:

Hi, I have done 30 plus long distance walks nearly all by myself I was wondering if you know of any websites for people who have a keen interset in long distance paths prehaps you could set something up on your website.

"There is one already Mark - go to Walking Forum and join up with me and all the other long distance path walkers"

From: Mark Killala
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 25 January 2009
Message 405:

After reading your website we have just discovered Fewston Reservoir for the first time. Had a lovely afternoon- a mini lake district in Yorkshire! Thank you very much, well worth the drive - this is sure to become one of our most favourite walks.

From: Amanda
Town/City: Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 25 January 2009
Message 404:

Thank you for a great website, I enjoy the Yorkshire Dales and am now inspired to get out and see more of it.

From: Philip
Town/City: Ormskirk, Lancashire Country: England
Date: Friday 23 January 2009
Message 403:

Have you done or have you any plans to do the Pennine Way? I have often enjoyed reading your accounts of previous walks and I myself will do the PW at some point but as I find your site interesting and informative....I'd like you to do it first :-)

From: David Cunningham
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Thursday 15 January 2009
Message 402:

We have been looking for a site like this for ages. Looking forward to doing some of the walks in the future. Thank you very much for your efforts.

From: Mr & Mrs Gardner
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 14 January 2009
Message 401:

Thanks for producing such a wonderful website, I have added it to my favorites. I am a novice walker focusing on walks in the Lake District which I do on my own roughly half of the time. My last two walks took place on the 27th and 28th of December. The earlier one was a Mosedale Horseshoe including Steeple and Yewbarrow and the latter one was Scafell from Wasdale Head. As soon as the weather clears a bit I will be taking a day off work to make the 200 or so mile drive from Leicester to the Swirls car park before doing a planned walk around the Helvellyn area and then driving home again. I make up for my inexperience by being well prepared and having my route carefully planned. My planning will always include visits to sites like this one where a good description and photo's of my chosen destinations are contained. Putting up the Jack's Rake scramble in detail is a very good idea and is of interest to me. I had no head for heights before I started hillwalking but I am challenging this more and more. One day I will do Jack's Rake and Sharp Edge. Thanks again for the site.

From: Martin Randall
Town/City: Leicester Country: England
Date: Wednesday 14 January 2009
Message 400:

Sir, Forget Spain and the States, get out and about in the country, no more airport hassle and all that! Get fit and walk in the countryside and work a pub or two. Take the dog and even find room for the wife.

From: Robert Lewis
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 13 January 2009
Message 399:

What a wonderful site you have created. I feel as though I have been on the walks with you and am going to have to go on a few this summer just to show my husband. This is the best site I have found for walks.

From: Angela Welsh
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Friday 09 January 2009
Message 398:

Fantastic.... I found the pages and maps very useful in the planning stages of a great many walks.. Much Appreciated..

From: Andrew Firth
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Friday 09 January 2009
Message 397:

What a wonderful resource! Thank you for spending the time to maintain your website, it always gives me new ideas.

From: Nicola Ogilby
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 06 January 2009
Message 396:

We had run out of new walks from the guide books for Wharfedale and Nidderdale and had recently been working out our own circular routes using the OS maps. I found your site by accident and now we are so looking forward to completing as many as we can in 2009. Could you tell me more about the access agreements for around Simon's Seat? We have a well behaved dog but other books tell me dogs are banned from the valley of desolation path which begins at waterfall cottage...is this correct all year round.

"I advised Belinda to contact the Bolton Abbey Estate for advice on walking dogs"

From: Belinda Cooke
Town/City: Leeds Country: England
Date: Sunday 04 January 2009
Message 395:

Hello, firstly a very useful website, thanks! Could anyone advise me please? I have planned to do the Coast to Coast walk in May time this year (2009). How long would it take two fit young lads to do it realisticly? I was hoping 11 days. Also, could anyone that knows about long distance walking advise on a good pair of walking boots?

"I advised James to do the walk in 11-12 days following my stages done in 1999"

From: James
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 04 January 2009
Message 394:

Thank you for such a useful website. I am sure I will enjoy many of the walks you have listed.

From: Janet Fynn
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 04 January 2009
Message 393:

A wonderful site, packed full of information. I hope to visit Yorkshire in April for a few days walking. Hoping to stay at Tan Hill or in Keld and do a few peaks from there, or else just walk around the district from there. Any suggestions would be welcome but your site has been a great help already. Keep up the good work, it really is invaluable.

From: Kieran
Town/City: Country: Ireland
Date: Saturday 03 January 2009
Message 392:

What a terrifically helpful website. It makes independent walking much easier to do. Well done and thanks.

From: Barry and Sue Parr
Town/City: Canberra Country: Australia
Date: Friday 02 January 2009




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