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Guestbook Entries in 2010:
Message 709:

This is a very well presented website with remarkably useful suggestions for, and descriptions of routes. Having spent over 25 years walking this is the first time we have selected a suggested and pre-described route. We are sure we will enjoy ourselves in the Moughton Scars which we have obviously overlooked in the past.

From: Graham Townsley
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Thursday 30 December 2010
Message 708:

Congratulations, this has to be the most interesting and informative walking website I have ever come across, great walks, great pictures and great descriptions for each walk, I shall be a regular to this site for sure. Well done.

From: Rob McMullen
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 28 December 2010
Message 707:

It is often said by some people that the UK has little offer compared to other countries when it comes to walking and hill climbing. I think your website parries this claim superbly. Prior to reading about your Yorkshire walks, I had no idea how beautiful Yorkshire actually is. I live in Lincolnshire, and I have to walk 12 miles to get to a hill. So knowing that great heights exists outside of this pancake county, I look forward one day to visiting Yorkshire.

From: James McCrory
Town/City: Lincolnshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 12 December 2010
Message 706:

I have stumbled across this site from Google Search and having only looked at a couple of walks it looks brilliant!! How refreshing to see a resource so lovingly compiled and so useful! (and so free!) I look forward to completing many of these walks! Thank you!

From: Nicola Darwen
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 08 December 2010
Message 705:

Dear Walking Englishman, I have just watched your Great Whernside and Buckden Pike video of your walk.....marvellous. Can I ask who the music was by it was fantastic? (I told Andrew it was Getting Away With It All (All Messed Up) by James) Many thanks and great website by the way - I am in the process of bivvying on top of these great lumps of rock (Ronald Turnbull style) and your website is a great help. All the best.

From: Andrew Westgarth
Town/City: Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 23 November 2010
Message 704:

Hi Mike, Just back from walking around Eccup reservoir and thought I should mention that the water company are installing a substantial 1.5m high stockproof wire fence with two strands of barbed wire on top, running hard up against the footpath all along the south side of the water. This has the effect of walking along side a high security complex and pretty well ruins the views across the water. No doubt they have got their reasons but I don't think I shall be rushing back in a hurry especially when there are so many other excellent walks on your superb site.

From: Tony Brooks
Town/City: Harrogate, North Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 21 November 2010
Message 703:

Hi again Mike. I still love this site and wish I had the knowledge to set up my own! I am still walking with my ex and current Yorkshire Water mates and we do one every month. The Christmas special is coming soon where we all bring food (proper pork pie etc) and mulled wine to consume in a shooting hut up Grassington way and then we have an evening meal in front of the blazing log fire at The Fountaine, Linton, where we also plan the next years walks: 1 in North Yorkshire, 1 in Peak District, 2 in the Lakes and 8 in the Yorkshire Dales. This year we did vary a bit as I led one in the Forest of Bowland and Terry led one on Howarth/Stanbury moors. I do the odd 2 or 3 on my own too. Our group has been going for 8 years now with the same core of regulars. I recently met up with one of the guys who started me walking back in December 1973 when I was first taken up Ingleborough! In August 1974 we did the 3 Peaks in 9hrs 50mins, though I was sick on the way home! Every walk now I log on GPS and take between 50 and 100 pictures. We always have tea out too. It is just so nice to spend a day with lovely people in wonderful beautiful isolation.

From: John Friskney
Town/City: Bradford, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Friday 19 November 2010
Message 702:

Terrific website, easy to navigate with lots of information without it being too complicated. The Lake District will always be close to my heart having spent much time there in the past. Now returning annually with a couple of old college buddies (ex Newton Rigg). I miss the hills having lived and worked in the Peak District in my youth. Now living in the boring but beautiful lowlands of Oxfordshire.

From: Tim Sweet
Town/City: Woodstock, Oxfordshire Country: England
Date: Monday 08 November 2010
Message 701:

I started walking only a few months ago, my first walk being Kinder Scout. Since then I have managed to 'conquer' Snowdon 3 times (Llanberis, Pyg, Miners) and Blencathra via Sharp Edge; all in a relatively short period of time. I would have managed to do more only for work getting in the way of my new found hobby!! All these walks I have taken from your website. I just wanted to congratulate you on such an informative site. I have spent countless hours researching new walks and trying to digest as much help and advice as I can being a newcomer to walking and your site is second to none anywhere on the web. I have found the site not only prepares me for some great walks but also inspires me to get out there and do more. After showing my children some pictures from your site I managed to get them to the top of Snowdon last week, quite an achievement, I am sure you'll agree considering it was there first walk and they are only 7 and 9! Thank you for all your inspiration and keep up the good work!!

From: Neil Robinson
Town/City: Widnes, Cheshire Country: England
Date: Thursday 04 November 2010
Message 700:

We have just spent a week in Wensleydale and completed a few enjoyable walks. One of the walks was up and over Buckden Pike. The walk was exhillarating due to the strong wind and it was very wet under foot because of the heavy rain the day before. We walked over a neighbouring hill as well before returning to our cars and probably walked about 8 miles. We were a family group doing the walk with my husband and self from Cleethorpes, son and daughter-in-law from Doncaster and brother and friends from Sunderland.

From: Sheila Bell
Town/City: Cleethorpes Country: England
Date: Friday 29 October 2010
Message 699:

Hi Mike, I have just been wandering through your very informative website. I completed the Offa's Dyke Path, Hadrian's Wall Path and the Coast to Coast Walk a few years ago. I then decided to create some long distance walks of my own in the Midlands area here I live. These plans resulted in the The Shropshire Cakes and Ale Trail, The Worcestershire Cakes and Ale Trail, and The Warwickshire Cakes and Ale Trail. I am currently working on the fourth in this series, The Staffordshire Cakes and Ale Trail. Each of these walks is about 100 miles and each is split into 7 sections of between 13 and 15 miles. I don't know if you would be interested in these walks which are detailed in books I publish myself but, if you are, you can find details on my website at www.bobbibby.co.uk.

'I have added Bob's walks to the Long Distance Path's List'

From: Bob Bibby
Town/City: West Midlands Country: England
Date: Wednesday 27 October 2010
Message 698:

Hi Mike, I would like to congratulate you on your fantastic site and the sheer amount of work and quality you have put into it. I have searched high and low on the web for information on uk hill walking and yours is by far the best I have had the fortune to happen upon, and you give it for the benefit of others hillwalkers without charge; what a hero of the outward-bound. Your site should be part of the school curiculum, it is so inspiring, you make it so accessible to people. Sorry if seem a bit bubbly but I am really very very impressed, everyone I chat to about the great outdoors I tell of your site, wow.

From: Helen Jackson
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 26 October 2010
Message 697:

Hi Walking Englishman! You have been updating your website!!! I like the new style and the photos on the homepage, you take very good photos. Noticed that you had changed the 'header photos' too! Great stuff! - As are your latest walks! It is nice that you peruse the maps to create new walks for us, your "followers"! Now for some 'not too hazardous', not too long, winter walks, yes? Brilliant!

From: Leena Tupper
Town/City: Harrogate Country: England
Date: Friday 22 October 2010
Message 696:

Hi Walking Englishman, You should give yourself a pat on the back for producing such a welcome free resource. Your website is so simple to navigate around, allows me to download walks for free and then after reading your great reports it kind of tells me whether I should do them or not!! I love the layout, plain and simple which puts the professional walking sites to shame - plus they charge me for the privilege! Keep up the good work.

From: John Carter
Town/City: Buxton, Derbyshire Country: England
Date: Thursday 21 October 2010
Message 695:

Dear Walking Englishman, With the inspiration of yourself, Wainwright and Julia Bradbury I completed the Coast to Coast on September 14th 2010, but it was your influence which decided me to travel east to west, with company on several days of friends and family and the back up of my husband with our motorhome I covered 10 miles per day, the weather was good with only 4 1/2 days of rain ,but boy did it rain on those days !!! Still with suitable clothing and great campsites with excellent facilities for washing and drying it caused very little problem. This walk is so lovely and the scenery just stunning, anyone who has not done the walk please do!. I am now planning my next walk which will be the Dales Way in the Spring 2011. I am 63 years young and have decided after my first long distance walk that life on my feet has just begun!!

From: Rachael Harvey
Town/City: Newmarket, Suffolk Country: England
Date: Monday 18 October 2010
Message 694:

Hi Mike, I was looking for a route up the "Old Man" and found your great website. My wife and I like a challenge and your route, although longer than we would normally do, sounded great. I used your GPS file checked and double checked everything (I am doing my best not to become a fell walking statistic). We set off and the weather was cloudy and sunny, got to to the top no problem, off to Swirl Howe..no problem. Hill fog came down and things got trickier, (good job I had the GPS with me) but quickly got to Wetherlam. The hill fog now became a pea souper and the climb down Wetherlam edge was interesting. Safely at the bottom and now could barely see the grass at my feet let alone a path. You guessed it...LOST. Walking using the GPS only now and I could not get to the next waypoint, I seemed to be going round in circles looking for it. Anyway would you believe it we walked straight into a farmer rounding up his sheep !!! He took us quickly to the path which was only about 20/30 metres from where we were and we were off to Coniston once more. We met three sprightly older gents, obviously experienced on the fells (one was a fell runner!) and we chatted about getting disorientated and they said "oh well the worst bit is over, we are off to Coniston as well it's only down the path a short way". I put my map away happy that we were all going to the same place, about three quarters of the way down I checked my GPS only to find we were going 180 degrees in the wrong direction. You guessed it five of us all went the wrong way and ended up in Tiberthwaite. Lots of lessons learned that day....Maps, Compasses, GPS, people who knew where they were and still ended up in the wrong place. I consider myself experienced in maps and the like but an incident like this must get really out of hand for some not as lucky as I was bumping into a friendly farmer. I do wonder what would have happened if we had not have bumped into the farmer.......Walked nearly 20miles that day but until we got lost I would say your route is fantastic.

From: Andy Long
Town/City: Luton Country: England
Date: Thursday 14 October 2010
Message 693:

Hi, Thanks very much for providing this excellent website. We have enjoyed a number of your Lake District & Yorkshire Dales walks over the past few months. We have decided to try the Steel Fell walk next. We're certainly looking forward to the walk - thanks again for the site.

From: Nigel Watkinson
Town/City: Cornwall Country: England
Date: Thursday 14 October 2010
Message 692:

Wow, just viewed your Scafell and Scafell Pike walk on You Tube. We are planning it for next month. I am not the best or fastest uphill walker though so I am having 2nd thoughts. It looks like one heck of a climb!!

From: S Cooper
Town/City: Cornwall Country: England
Date: Wednesday 13 October 2010
Message 691:

Hi Mike, I hope this finds you well. Did you manage to get out over the weekend? We did the classic Malham - Janet's Foss - Gordale Scar - Malham Tarn - Ing Scar - Malham Cove walk which was as excellent as ever although the sun did not break out as forecast. We were going to do your Settle Waterfalls and Caves circuit in the afternoon but after lunch in the Naked Man cafe and a pint in the pub opposite we had difficulty motivating ourselves as it was still very overcast. Your website remains as good as ever! Kind regards.

From: John Lister
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 13 October 2010
Message 690:

Hi Mike, I thought I'd let you know I have had some great feedback from the page you put on your website about mine and Neals trek from the Langdales to Scafell. I am now known as the 'intrepid John Deasey....!" thanks to your caption .........! Anyway, we mixed a couple of walks again last Saturday and parked at Honister did Haystacks, Kirk Fell (via Ennerdale valley and Black Sail Pass), Great Gable, Green Gable and then back round Brandreth to the car at Honister. A cracking walk of about 7 hours - probably about 8-9 miles. Neal took some cracking photos again so if you want the details and a write up, let me know. All the very best.

'I replied to John saying I would more than welcome his report to add to the website'

From: John Deasey
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 12 October 2010
Message 689:

Hi Mike, Just a belated thanks for the help you gave me in putting together a Three Peaks challenge. Three of us managed to do the Peaks and the tips you gave me and the downloads were greatly appreciated. You put all the money orientated sites to shame. The time calculator is a great little guide. A true gent of the outdoors.

From: Joe Reilly
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 05 October 2010
Message 688:

Hi Mike, I had a really good try at the Howgill Fells Challenge - 8 peaks in one go - sadly failed at the last hurdle - we came off Kensgriff and looked up at Yarlside - it looked an almost vertical scramble - we were feeling a few aches and pains by this time and decided we liked the Howgills so much it would be an excuse to return. The weather was excellent to start with as we went up Cautley Spout and followed Red Gill Beck round to Great Dummacks (did not find a cairn) but once we were up on the top we could see very low, very dark clouds approaching. We soon had about 30 minutes of horizontal sleet which was a bit painful on the legs but it stopped as we approached The Calf. At this point it seemed reasonably easy going but it was a long slog out to Fell Head. What made the walk particularly special were the views of the Howgills themselves. The shades of green of the hills are different from anywhere else, almost dream like and when you add dramatic cloud formations it made for some decent photos. Another long walk out to Randygill Top through the lovely Bowderdale and then back down. An excellent challenge. I am now up to 30, Tony will be somewhere close and Bob a little further behind. There is a new devotee too, my wife Linda is up to 13. We did Gragareth, Green Hill, Great Coum and Crag Hill this last weekend. It would be nice to get to 40 this year but no rush, we are splitting our walks between the Dales and the Peak District. You have a great site, well done. David, Linda, Tony and Bob

From: David Gaunt
Town/City: West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Wednesday 22 September 2010
Message 687:

Hi Mike, I got it in just under the wire, completed the YDNP 40/41. Just came down off Birks Fell a few hours ago, therefore completing them this "Summer" as I said was my goal. I had not actually intended to wait till the last couple of days to do the last one, just worked out that way. Love the site, keep up the good work, maybe I'll run into you in the Lakes, it's the obvious place for me to move on to.

From: Bill Bama
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 21 September 2010
Message 686:

Hi Mike, I have now completed the final Yorkshire Dales Top 40 Hills walk. What a wonderful experience it was doing them all. We fully intend to keep it up though....once we have finished planning the wedding! Thanks for all your help and advice.

From: David Ingham
Town/City: Leeds Country: England
Date: Sunday 19 September 2010
Message 685:

Hey guys, there are four of us and we absolutely love your walks. Yesterday we were climbing Blencathra via the Sharp Edge and it was amazing. We loved it very much. Thanks to you and thank you for your website.

From: Mag Morrison
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 19 September 2010
Message 684:

I have had your site bookmarked for a couple of years now and it really is a great resource for anyone who enjoys walking. Well done, thank you and please keep the site going.

From: Glenn Dawson
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Thursday 16 September 2010
Message 683:

Hi, I have just spent a while clicking through your site and I love it. We go to the Lake District regularly either running or walking in the hills and looking at your pictures make me wonder about planning another trip soon. I particularly love the pictures of Coledale.

From: John
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Thursday 16 September 2010
Message 682:

Hi Mike, Your website has been one of a number that have inspired me to create my own website based on my adventures walking in the Pennines. The site is www.mypennines.co.uk - please take a look if you get a chance.

From: Matt O'Brien
Town/City: Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 14 September 2010
Message 681:

Hi Mate, I like your website.

From: David
Town/City: Staffordshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 12 September 2010
Message 680:

Hi Mike, Thanks to your website I enjoyed a great day out on Saturday doing the Byland Abbey and Sutton Bank walk. This was a good walk with lots of changing scenery from Byland Abbey ruins to woodland to hill tops and a view of the white horse.

From: Mike McQuade
Town/City: Redcar Country: England
Date: Tuesday 07 September 2010
Message 679:

Hello Walking Englishman, You have an amazing website. You may be interested in a new Long Distance Path called the London Green Belt Way. I have developed this over the last 16 years and in conjunction with organising a charity relay run called the Green Belt Relay. All the information about the footpath is at London Green Belt Way.

From: Sean Davis
Town/City: London Country: England
Date: Tuesday 07 September 2010
Message 678:

What a fantastic web site!! Thank you!! Off to try the Dodd Fell and Wether Fell on Saturday...can't wait!!

From: Kath Shaw
Town/City: Huddersfield Country: England
Date: Monday 06 September 2010
Message 677:

On Thursday 2 September 2010, my friend and myself walked from Stanbury to Walshaw Dean Reservoir via Top Withens and back again. On our return, at approximately 6:45 pm, we were walking along the footpath, passing Upper Heights farm, where we were met by a Jack Russell dog, which darted between the railings in the fence and was barking at us and circling us. On fearing that the dog was going to bite us we called the owner out to retrieve the dog. The owner called the dog back in, but the dog did not respond. The owner came out to retrieve the dog. When he came to retrieve the dog, my friend commented that the dog was a dangerous dog and should have been tied up in order to prevent it coming out at us. A young female, who was at the property at the time came out to us and started swearing and abusing us. She shouted that we were in fact on private land, which we were not, since we were on a public footpath. Since I do not want a similar incident to happen to anyone else, I hope that you will be aware of this dog at this farm and that you will make this known to anyone else to whom you recommend this route to and if they do experience a similar situation, that they are encouraged to report such incidents.

From: Charles Newton
Town/City: Leeds Country: England
Date: Friday 03 September 2010
Message 676:

Hi Mike, Just a note to say how much my wife and I enjoyed our Langdale Pikes walk last Wednesday which was inspired by one of your recent website entries. We actually started from Stonethwaite as it's quicker for us to drive to Borrowdale than Langdale (drive, tent up/settled in B&B and first pint within two and a half hours!) so we had to vary your walk by climbing up to Greenup Edge via Stonethwaite Beck. After High Raise we were hoping to walk south to Sergeant Man before taking in Eagle Crag and Blea Crag but we must have missed the Sergeant and before we knew it we were on Pavey Ark looking down into Langdale. The view was all the more spectacular because from the North it is obscured until you are right on to the lip of Pavey Ark. We decided to leave Eagle and Blea Crags for another day and took in Harrison Stickle, Pike of Stickle and Loft Crag before descending to the Old Dungeon for lunch and beer. The Cumbria Way and the track to the West of Stonethwaite Beck then took us back to Rosthwaite via the Langstrath Country Inn for more beer. If you've not been recently, this pub is now well worth a visit. Starting at 7.30 we covered 16 hard miles in beautiful sunshine with not a cloud in view - stupendous! Once again, many thanks for a great website.

From: John Lister
Town/City: Helmsley Country: England
Date: Friday 03 September 2010
Message 675:

Hi, On Saturday 28/08/2010 I did my first hill walk. I climbed up Scafell Pike in terrible weather but I really enjoyed it. I did not see much due to cloud, rain, hail and strong wind. On Sunday 29/08/2010 I climbed Great Gable in much better weather. I got great views and felt knackered but I think I have now got the bug.

From: Leslie Piercy
Town/City: Cambridge Country: England
Date: Tuesday 31 August 2010
Message 674:

Hi, I came across your site whilst planning a weeks walking holiday in the Peak Districit - we will be staying at Buxton - for my walking club - New Forest based, mostly in the 65-85 age bracket , so we don't do too strenuous things - 10 miles of hill walking is good, and some only half that. I shall visit again. Thanks for all the effort put into this most useful site.

From: Geoff Hands
Town/City: New Forest, Hampshire Country: England
Date: Monday 30 August 2010
Message 673:

I had been looking for information on Stoodley Pike and came across your site. I want to take up walking and have set my sights on doing this walk when I am fit enough to find my feet!! Thank you for the lovely description of the views ,Heptonstall and even your sandwiches that sounded so much more enjoyable when eaten with THAT view from the Pecket Well area!! You are a natural writer and walker. Thanks.

From: Ross
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Monday 30 August 2010
Message 672:

Thanks for the great site. I was looking for a walk in the Peak District and found "The Roaches Walk", which I did on Saturday. I was keen to keep off the roads as much a possible so did a variation on the way back. I followed your route as far as Upper Hulme, then took the footpath out of the village past the mill and along the stream, then went up and along Ramshaw Rocks. This took me to Harpersend where I took to the road until just past Hazel Barrow, then cut left down a footpath to Blackbank. There were a couple of stiles in need of TLC, but I picked up the path along the valley floor, which then climbs back to Roaches End. This meets the path I came up from Forest wood to the Roach End on the outward journey, so I turned downhill onto that and took the lower path through the woods back to the ford and past the Scout camp and YMCA to the carpark. A lovely walk, but with 'adjustments' my GPS was saying 14.5 miles when I got back to the car. If I may make a suggestion, it would have helped me choose if the "Walks in the Peak District" contents page had included either the walk's distance or time listed next to each walk. Thanks again for a great site, I'll certainly be trying some of your other walks soon.

From: Gordon Cartwright
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Monday 30 August 2010
Message 671:

Hi, First of all I'd like to thank you for building such a great website - my wife and I have completed several long distance trails and your site is invariably our first port of call for ideas about stages, accommodation, variants etc. We walked the Dales Way between 14 and 17 August to take advantage of a window of opportunity with respect to the weather and for once, the forecasters were spot on. The sun came out as soon as we left Ilkley and apart for a short shower after crossing the M6 we were blessed with fine weather all the way. We stayed at Grassington (Black Horse), Nethergill Farm just to the west of Oughtershaw (superb) and with some friends in Kendal who kindly picked us up and dropped us off at Sedbergh. Your recommended variants were excellent. We really enjoyed Conistone Dib (gorge) so decided to try the Craven Way variant as well - it was magnificent. As the visibility was superb we were able to take a bearing on the second last gully from the right which drains off Greenset Crags (290) and this took us straight to the aqueduct just before Blea Moor Tunnel. The moor was surprisingly dry and we made good time. Readers should be aware, however, that the barrier on Dry Gill Ridge is a wire fence which, although not barbed, was quite difficult to cross. We also enjoyed your variant to Leakses and Hewthwaite coming out of Dent. I am not entirely convinced about extending the Dales Way from Sedbergh to Bowness. I can see that the promoters of the trail wanted a spectacular finish but navigating the farmland between Sedbergh and Burneside via countless stiles and gates did not seem to add much to the walk and at the end of the day, the Dales are the Dales and the Lakes are the Lakes! Mine host at Nethergill Farm informed us that the Buck Inn at Buckden went bankrupt on 15 August and is unlikely to re-open before October so readers should check before planning. Once again, thanks for a great website.

From: John Lister
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 29 August 2010
Message 670:

Hi, I thought I would drop you a line to tell you how I got on with my Dales Way adventure. Despite a couple of really good blisters on my heels during the second day I completed it on Thursday 26th August. Apart from rain for the majority of the second day and a few heavy showers on the morning of the third the weather was pretty good. The scenery was amazing throughout and finally seeing that seat at the end (which seemed to take an age to get to) gave me the biggest grin. Next time I think I will do it over six rather than five days because difficulties in getting accommodation meant that I had two very long days. Day Three - Buckden to Dent and Day Four - Dent to Burneside. I am reasonably fit but these two days did take a lot out of my legs.

From: Keith Watkins
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Saturday 28 August 2010
Message 669:

I felt a bit under the weather today so thought I would browse the web while hubby does the shopping. Being new to the wonders of the internet I was thrilled to find your website. We love the Lakes and will certainly be utilising your guides. Can't wait for him indoors to get home and show what I have found. Wonderful.

From: Cath Turner
Town/City: Dudley, West Midlands Country: England
Date: Wednesday 25 August 2010
Message 668:

What a wonderful site.I am reaching for my boots and backpack as we speak. The Lake District walks appeal as we have a week at Back Barrow every April. Some of the East of England walks will be enjoyed before then though. Thanks again.

From: Phil Brooks
Town/City: Lincoln Country: England
Date: Wednesday 25 August 2010
Message 667:

I was interested to read your Coast to Coast experience, particularly the section from Keld to Bents Farm. Have you thought about the new Pennine Journey from Skipton then up one side of the Pennines and back the other.

From: Ann Sandell
Town/City: Kirkby Stephen Country: England
Date: Wednesday 25 August 2010
Message 666:

My partner and I stayed in Carnforth recently and whilst exploring we stumbled upon the Ingleton Waterfall Trail. It was amazing, totally jaw dropping and it certainly was one of our luckier finds, a breathtaking ramble through winding hills and valleys with astounding views, wildlife, flora and fauna and with waterfalls all along the way. We are looking forward to returning in the depths of winter to see how dramatic the change will be. A truly wonderful magical place well worth a visit.

From: James Seb
Town/City: Braintree, Essex Country: England
Date: Monday 23 August 2010
Message 665:

Hello there, I have only stumbled across your website in the last couple of weeks while looking for walks in Yorkshire and I just wanted to say how enjoyable, evocative and professional I think it is - a total joy to read and look at. I hope you get as much pleasure from writing it! Best regards.

From: Anne Cunningham
Town/City: Leeds, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Saturday 21 August 2010
Message 664:

Great site, I just completed the Hawkshead to Windermere walk. It's a great walk, got the train to Windermere from Bolton and then the 505 bus from Windermere to Hawkshead. After a coffee at the café opposite the bus stop (a very good coffee I might add) I set off using my Garmin 7005. No maps, just the downloaded file from your site loaded onto my Garmin. The intention was to put 100% trust in my GPS device and see what happened. The route was great, a few times had I followed my instinct instead of what the GPS was telling me I would have come a cropper and ended up off track. This is great walk for all abilities, not too taxing and with some lovely scenery. The fact you finish the walk with a trip over Windermere on the ferry is great. A pint of Guinness in Bowness before the walk back up to Windermere train station is certainly something to look forward to. Thanks for a great web site and the fact you have downloadable GPS maps is really brilliant. I have just downloaded the Coniston Fells Walk and can't wait to give it a go, train to Windermere and then 505 bus to Coniston overnight stay at a local B&B then early morning start on the route... bloody great stuff... I intend to try and follow the full list of Alfred Wainrights routes so please carry on and keep uploading the GPS files as these files give you the confidence to go it alone and experience the solitude of the lakes without fear of getting lost and as long as your well equipped for each walk you'll not go far wrong. It is like having your own personal guide. Thanks again for a great site... what a find!!

From: Darren Clare
Town/City: Bolton, Lancashire Country: England
Date: Friday 20 August 2010
Message 663:

Hi Mike, I enjoyed your storylines and pictures of your walk Rifugio Menaggio from Bregliato and to Monte Grona, Menaggio in the Italian Lake District. There were excellent. I and my wife might have a go at it in early September since we are staying in Como.

From: Edwin Mah
Town/City: Country: Australia
Date: Thursday 19 August 2010
Message 662:

Hi Mike, Just came across your website yesterday morning whilst researching a walk for the afternoon. Ended up settling on your recommendation of Fewston Reservoir. What a pleasant walk we had and you described it so well. On my return I took a little time to look over your excellent web site, particularly the section on the Coast to Coast walk. I read this with much interest as I did the walk in 1973, age 12, with my Dad, my brothers (Simon was 10 at the time) and my Dad's friend Eric and his son. I never realised until now that we must have been among the first to complete the walk and amongst the youngest as well. I still have my Dad's copy of Wainwright's book, filled in with everywhere we stayed, what it cost, what the food was like, the weather, and, of course, how far we walked each day. Something went wrong on day one because we seemed to walk for ever. We stayed the night at a youth hostel in Ennerdale, and I think my Dad must have assumed it was in the village, but it was not. It was at the other end of the lake. It made for a short day two though, up past Black Sail Hut and over past Great Gable and into Seatoller I think. The next two days were also short, as we trekked to Grasmere and then onto Patterdale. In Patterdale we stayed at the Youth Hostel which I think was brand new. They had these novel things called Continental Quilts! I remember not sleeping too well because I was constantly sticking out from under the quilt. The following day was a long hard slog to Shap, which started well but soon got boring (I was 12!) and also a we were a little sad to be leaving the Lakes. The next few days were a roller coaster of hill and dale through limestone country past old mine workings and lovely farms, and we stayed in a couple of these, sharing beds in one of them. The Coast to Coast accommodation machine had not been invented then. One youth hostel we stayed in was like a castle. I remember triple decker metal framed bunk beds that swayed all night. Outside there was a goat tied to a post which had moved a perfect circle in the lawn. I think this place might have been Grinton Lodge. I really should dig out that old book. The weather through the Lakes and the Dales was mostly fine, but I remember trudging for two days though rain around Richmond. I remember the landlady of the Richmond B&B must have promised my Dad something special for tea, and he used the promise of this lovely meal to keep us going through the rain. When we arrived we were told to expect a High Yorkshire Tea. We were very disappointed to discover it was a cold salad with ham! We were expecting Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, a rare treat for us Lancastrians. Finally the lovely weather returned as we crossed the North Yorks Moors, which seemed to go on for ever, with the sea never seeming to get any closer. My Dad planned for us to finish in Whitby, so we never walked to Robin Hood's Bay, so a part of me thinks I never completed the walk. A couple of years later I attempted the Pennine Way, camping and carrying everything on our backs, with a school group. I had to drop out after reaching Horton in Ribblesdale, due to a massive collection of blisters. This experience though made it very clear that the Pennine Way is a gruelling challenge with few real spectacular moments, whereas the Coast to Coast is a truly enjoyable walk with many delights per day. One day, I hope to get my fitness levels back up to the point where I can once again tackle Lakeland Fells. And then maybe one day I'll set off again on the Coast to Coast and complete it properly this time by ending in Robin Hood's Bay. Many thanks for your wonderful web site...

From: Richard Frost
Town/City: Halifax, West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 16 August 2010
Message 661:

A very good site and very informative. I have just taken up walking and this website will be a great help. Cheers.

From: Paul Wilson
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Friday 13 August 2010
Message 660:

By chance I decided to read your Coast to Coast log. It has allowed me to enjoy the walk without the labour of walking it! I know St Bees and Ennerdale well as it is my home area and walking up St Bees Head as I often do I see walkers like yourself starting out on their trek to Robin Hood's Bay. Then as I return to my small cottage in Ennerdale Bridge I see walkers in the vicinity of the Shepherds Arms recounting their days progress. It is the sheer beauty, no matter what the weather, and being at one with nature which is wonderful, and which you have so well documented. My late husband would have loved to do the walk but instead he enjoyed the beauty of Ennerdale and Lakeland and when living in Cleveland our visits to several of the places on your route. Very often we relaxed enjoying a beer in Robin Hood's Bay or Whitby. Thanks to you I have enjoyed the 'walk' today!

From: Gwen Masey
Town/City: Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria Country: England
Date: Wednesday 11 August 2010
Message 659:

Hi, your website for walking is excellent and, if you don't mind, I have a question about the Ordnance Survey route maps you use on it. I am thinking about building a website for dog walkers in my local area and wanted to use the Ordnance Survey maps with the route highlighted on as per yours, and some other websites I have seen. I spoke to Ordnance Survey but they tell me that for that level of detail (similar to the explorer maps, 1:25 000) I would need a licence and would pay £4.70 per tile (the smallest squares). I notice you have a licence but I was surprised at the cost. Is this right as it would turn out to be pretty expensive given that the walks are a free resource? I hope you dont mind me asking about this. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

I replied to Debbie with the following mail:

Hi Debbie, First of all I would like to thank you for your kind words about my website. Now let's talk about Ordnance Survey. I have a licence to show any maps by OS on my website by means of a 'Paper Maps Copying Licence. The arrangement limits me to having one office but that is my home so hardly relevant. I have to pay an annual fee which for 2010 was £62.96. I keep the charge low because I do not sell the images on my website for profit or any charge. As my site is entirely free then my licence arrangement is valid. If I were to charge then I would probably have got the same response from OS as you have. Therefore OS have misinformed you. Simply refer them to the fact you are not going to charge and that you are just going to display them for information purposes. Emphasise you are not setting up a 'for profit' business at all. Personally I and lots of walking contacts believe OS mapping should be a free mapping service but we're never going to get that so we're stuck with this option. I hope this helps. Best wishes, Mike


From: Debbie Kendall
Town/City: Buckinghamshire Country: England
Date: Wednesday 11 August 2010
Message 658:

Hi Mike, I hope all is well. Whilst going up Birks Fell recently on completing your Yorkshire Dales hills challenge we got chatting to a guy coming the other way who said he was doing a similar thing to us but he has been doing it over a couple of years or so. He said he had 37 completed and was using your list and website as a reference tool. We only have 4 more to go ourselves now and have enjoyed it all so much we are looking at planning further tick lists to keep us into the swing of things. I think the trig point in the Yorkshire Dales and the odd excursion into Wainwright territory maybe what we end up doing.

From: Dave Ingham
Town/City: Leeds, Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 10 August 2010
Message 657:

Last August you kindly emailed me some inspirational words about my proposed climb of Helvellyn. In the event we had to delay it but I went last week with two of my kids - Grisedale, Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge, Birkhouse Moor. It was absolutely magical. Many thanks!

From: Neil McDowall
Town/City: Bookham, Surrey Country: England
Date: Sunday 08 August 2010
Message 656:

Just about to enjoy the Hardcastle Crags walk near Hebden Bridge... Really don't want to go but the other half is in training for the Three Peaks walk next Saturday! I am sure I'll enjoy it :-)

From: MBS
Town/City: West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 08 August 2010
Message 655:

Very glad to have found this site which I am using for planning some long-distance walks next year when I finish my spell of duty overseas. I have done some great treks around the world, but nothing beats an early morning start on a UK public footpath.... always the beginning of an adventure for those who have the imagination to feel it.

From: Stephen Tupper
Town/City: Astana Country: Kazakhstan
Date: Thursday 05 August 2010
Message 654:

I just wanted to compliment you on a wonderful website that I visit often. It's a fantastic resource for those "where are we going tomorrow then"? type conversations normally had late on a Friday or Saturday night. Keep up the good work - and thanks!

From: Dave Kitson
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 04 August 2010
Message 653:

I stumbled across your website whilst searching for possible routes for my first Lakes visit with a few mates in September. Whilst we are experienced walkers in The Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, none of us have been to the Lakes. Your route descriptions are excellent and a great guide for those not familiar with the area. I am hoping we'll do three of your suggested routes on each of our three days.

From: Mark Everson
Town/City: Country: Wales
Date: Tuesday 03 August 2010
Message 652:

Walking Englishman is a wonderful site with some great walks recorded. Some of your visitors might be able to help in a campaign to save the stepping stones which form part of a Right of Way across the river at Burley in Wharfedale in West Yorkshire. The full story is set our on our website at www.saveourstones.webs.com In particular, we are trying to obtain some photos of the stepping stones from the 1950s. The local authority have confirmed thay have responsibility to maintain them to that level but records as to what their condition was then are hazy.

From: John
Town/City: Burley In Wharfedale Country: England
Date: Saturday 31 July 2010
Message 651:

This is still the best walking related web site I have come across by a long way but I have to take issue with list of the top 30 Yorkshire Dales hills - Wild Boar Fell, Nine Standards Rigg, Yarlside, Gragareth & Randygill Top are not in Yorkshire ( using the original boundary ) or even the Yorkshire Dales National park. They just miss out. Now Calf Top west of Barbondale reaches 609m not counting the cairn and definitely a contender for just missing out. Despite these points keep up the good work with your marvellous site.

'I told Alan that while I agree with his points my list is made using the UK Mountain Database - Nuttalls Classification. See the full list of all UK mountain types on the British Mountain Database website'

From: Alan Speight
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Friday 30 July 2010
Message 650:

I just felt compelled to congratulate you on this wonderful website...it is without doubt the best I have found on long and short distance walking on the internet. I am planning to do the Dales Way this summer, and your information is first rate!

From: David Green
Town/City: Skipton, Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Thursday 29 July 2010
Message 649:

A plea for help! For years I have wanted to walk the Coast to Coast but I am now 66 and the years are flying by. Health has stopped me. I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in late 2005 and I am doing well beating it. I am diabetic but that does not stop me running for our local Harriers, though at a very much lower level than years ago..! Everyone tells me it is not possible to do the Coast to Coast in one go and I know that, but are the logistics possible where I could come up by road or rail and do perhaps a day at a time and go home? It does not matter how long it takes and I assume up to twenty visits - or even more. Also I'd need to walk with one or more companions. I need ideas from people who know. Please help. You can contact me by Email here. Thank you.

From: Ian Lyman
Town/City: Kettering, Northants Country: England
Date: Thursday 29 July 2010
Message 648:

This is a super site. I am in no doubt it is the best on the web for walkers. It needs no improvement other than adding additional walks.

From: John Gosling
Town/City: Sheffield Country: England
Date: Monday 26 July 2010
Message 647:

As I have mentioned before we love your site. We are staying up in Angram in a few weeks and are really looking forward to doing plenty of walking. Whilst browsing your site we found the walk to High Cup Nick. Your photos are great and we would like to do this walk, one question though when you get to the top of the gill is it really as difficult as it looks coming down? I do tend to be a bit panicky with anything really steep, I get vertigo, but I have been up Whernside and Ingleborough lately. Sorry I sound a bit of a worry wart but we are up for the challenge!!!

'I advised Sue the descent is reasonable as long as she takes care on where she steps and does not try to rush the descent. I also recommended she undertook the walk in decent conditions; i.e. no frost, ice or snow'

From: Sue
Town/City: Lincoln Country: England
Date: Sunday 25 July 2010
Message 646:

Thanks to Scarthgill Farm for taking two of us in without a booking on a very, very wet evening after turning back from Cam houses due to heavy mist and rain and allowing us to stay in their bunkhouse, providing us with sleeping bags, food, beer, a lovely hot shower and a good nights sleep. The walking was amazing and the hospitality just as awesome.

From: Patricia
Town/City: Leeds Country: England
Date: Saturday 24 July 2010
Message 645:

Hi, I just wanted to drop you a quick note. Just spent the last five days up in the Dales, and did a couple of your suggested walks which turned out to be really useful. First day went up Simon's Seat from Appletreewick, over the top to the Valley of Desolation, then back along the river from the Bolton Abbey tea rooms. Bit brutal weather at the top of Simon's Seat, but great once we came over the top. We did another walk from Hadraw/Hawes, up Great Shunner Fell along the Pennine Way. Couldn't find it on your site so thought I'd drop you an email - really fantastic walk from the Hardraw Falls up to the top. We then just travelled back down across the the open moors across Little Shunner. THere's a great additional detour from there, head left once you've walked along the road back to Hadraw and you can walk across the crag tops and have a great view across the entire valley. Well recommended.

From: Andy Jack
Town/City: Leeds Country: England
Date: Tuesday 20 July 2010
Message 644:

I am not a walker but came across your site (how? don't know!). Really enjoy browsing the walks. You have made a beautiful site which will benefit many people, walkers or not. While on this, is there one for the Valley of Desolation in the Bolton Abbey area?

'I pointed Peter to my Dales walk which includes the Valley of Desolation'

From: Peter King
Town/City: Cookridge, Leeds Country: England
Date: Wednesday 14 July 2010
Message 643:

I have really enjoying your waterfalls lists, as me and the girlfriend are exploring them every weekend at the moment. Very useful indeed. This weekend we went hunting for the Cote Gill Waterfall which had unfortunately completely dried up though last week's Catrigg Force was absolutely fantastic. May I suggest adding Lumb Falls to the list, perhaps to replace the aforementioned Cote Gill during these hot Summer months. It's a wonderful waterfall and a favourite of Ted Hughes too! A great place for a tranquil outdoor swim :)

From: Paul Butterworth
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 11 July 2010
Message 642:

We did the Spofforth walk yesterday. We started at Spofforth rather than Follifoot. It was a very nice Saturday amble. I liked the rock formations across the fields, and after we completed the walk we enjoyed a nice picnic at the castle. Thanks again for the site and walks!

From: Craig Bowman
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 11 July 2010
Message 641:

I am extremely pleased to have come across your site. It has given me some excellent ideas for some weekend walks. There are some excellent photographs on your walks too. I am going to Spofforth Castle tomorrow, Todmorden to see the Bride Stones on Sunday, and next week about 30 of us are camping and doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. Happy Days! Thanks again for the excellent site!

From: Craig Bowman
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Friday 09 July 2010
Message 640:

Hi, I am staying at the Saxdale House Farm near the North Yorkshire Coast soon and would like to go for a nice walk with the dog, and the wife. With both not being experienced walkers they would like to take in some lovely sights. Waterfalls would be nice . Can you help me? Thanks for your time.

'I pointed Craig in the direction of Littlebeck near Whitby and Falling Foss waterfall'

From: Craig Harrison
Town/City: Hull Country: England
Date: Thursday 08 July 2010
Message 639:

I just wanted to say how informative and inspiring your web site is. It has certainly given me the urge to go walking again after an absence of several years. Having done several shorter walks over the last few months and also the Derwent Valley Heritage Way in Derbyshire I have decided to take the plunge and have a go at The Dales Way. I am starting on 22 August and aim to finish on 26 August.

From: Keith Watkins
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 07 July 2010
Message 638:

I am going to the Yorkshire Dales this weekend planning to do the Three Peaks but over three days! So a peak a day hopefully, the area looks brilliant! Excellent website; I have referenced it a few times before setting off on walks we have not done before. I find it very informative with some lovely photographs. Cheers!

From: Chris Bennett
Town/City: Teesside Country: England
Date: Thursday 01 July 2010
Message 637:

Hi and thank you so much. Last year we walked Hadrian's Wall and you gave us a suggestion for a walk in the Lake District as we were going there after our walk. You and your web site have been spot on with all the walks we have done from this site, and we look forward to doing a lot more of your walks. P.S Your walk from Malham, up Gordale to Malham Tarn and back via Malham Cove was amazing - Thank you! Many thanks.

From: Colin & Lorna
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 27 June 2010
Message 636:

Hi there. Yesterday me and a friend combined a couple of walks from your site to make a fantastic day in the Lakes. Starting out at Old Dungeon Ghyl we did Bowfell via the Climbers Travese, onto Esk Pike, Scafell Pike, Scafell via Lords Rake, down Foxes Tarn Gully, Cam Spout, across Great Moss, back up the Three Tarns and back down the Band to Stool End Farm - all in all a tough 10-hour walk.

From: John Deasey
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 27 June 2010
Message 635:

Hi there, I was browsing through the walk of Malham Cove, and it took my mind back to when I was there on a trip out for a Geography lesson. I really liked the place that much that I am looking at going back again at some point in the near future. Looking at the pictures on this site reminded me of what Malham Cove looked like. Can't wait to go back again.

From: Matthew Washbourne
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 23 June 2010
Message 634:

I came across your site recently and enjoyed it immensely. Mostly we walk the Lake District and Sotland but felt the Peak District needed a second chance. We chose Bradford Dale and Lathkill Dale. Superb! Very warm and muggy but glorious scenery. The rivers were alive with trout and the views excellent. A day off tomorrow, may do another of your recommendations. Thanks.

From: Pete Halsall
Town/City: Altrincham Country: England
Date: Thursday 10 June 2010
Message 633:

Just to say thank you regarding the Roaches Walk. My wife and I enjoyed a 7 hour walk and it was everything you described. This was such a helpful report. Thank you so much for the time you took to detail the walk. Most helpful.

From: Robin Vincent
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 08 June 2010
Message 632:

Hello, I am Spanish from Basque Country and I want to do the Coast to Coast walk in August. Can you send me some details to allow me to start and prepare my walk. Is there some mountain club that helps to prepare the walk?

'I advised Marianne to go to my Coast to Coast help page to find all the websites needed to plan your walk.'

From: Marianne
Town/City: Basque Country Country: Spain
Date: Monday 07 June 2010
Message 631:

Hi, Firstly thanks for the web site, I have spent hours imaging the walks that are described on the site. I am hoping you may be able to assist. I believe I came across a walk of around 50 miles that progresses in a semi circular or 'U' shape around a city centre that is described as going through some 20 or 30 villages. I have searched extensively but can not rediscover the walk. As an Australian such a walk would be of great interest. If you are able to point me in the direction of this walk or a similar one I would be most greatful, if not thanks again for the site, I'll keep looking. Thanking you in anticipation.

'I advised David there are many city outskirts walks that would fit his description. In the hope of better news I posted his query in a walkers forum in the hope someone could pinpoint the walk he means. I also offered a couple of suggestions he may wish to consider (Thames Path, Leeds Country Way)'

From: David Coates
Town/City: Melbourne Country: Australia
Date: Monday 31 May 2010
Message 630:

Hi, Sorry to have to contact you. I have recently purchased a Satmap GPS unit and would like your help on downloading your GPX gpx.files to the Satmap GPS unit via satSYNC. We walked the Kettlewell, Old Cote Moor, Arncliffe and Hawkswick Moor walk this weekend and found it to be a excellent walk. If you can help with the file conversion!, Saving the file! Whatever I will need to do, this would be a great help. Thank You

'I advised Chris to download the file from the Firefox browser rather than Internet Explorer which for some reason interprets the file download as a webpage and thus converts it to one in a new tab in the browser. Firefox correctly recognises the .gpx file and allows the user to download it to their PC'

From: Chris Neale
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Monday 31 May 2010
Message 629:

You have become my walking 'bible'! Whatever you say I do and it has worked so far! I am just about to start the Coast to Coast and forget Wainwright; your guide is coming with me! Any good tips for blister avoidance? I just wondered, have you ever attempted the Lakeland to Lindisfarne route, it sounds appealing.

'I advised Helen that my blister avoidance tactic is to alternate footwear during a long distance walk. As for Lakeland to Lindisfarne, that route is one to look into'

From: Helen Matthews
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Monday 31 May 2010
Message 628:

Your website pages have been invaluable! I am planning to take my family back to the Lake District this year and needed to have gentle walks up my sleeve for my 4 year old... what a choice I now have! As I have been able to show her the photographs she is now VERY EXCITED. What a great web site. Thank you again for the information, you are better than the tourist board!

From: Sarah Eadon
Town/City: Southam, Warwickshire Country: England
Date: Monday 31 May 2010
Message 627:

Hello Mike, planning a week's holiday at Lake Como (Italy), I found your website. You have some great walks there and one of them is even your wife's favourite. That was a good start for us (four Dutch between 50 and 60) two weeks ago. We planned to take the bus up to Naggio, but as you already mentioned; the buses in Italy are a disaster (and only go twice a day). So from Menaggio we just starting walking uphill through Loveno to Barna. Because I really wanted to see the canyon "Sas Corbee" that you described so enthusiastically. After a wonderful walk, we reached it from the south but it was a big disappointment when we reached the steel bridge at the bottom of the canyon. It had been destroyed in 2009 and it had not yet been replaced (yeah, it is Italy...) But we still had a wonderful walk. A couple of days later we went up to Riffugio Menaggio and Monte Grona. The weather was perfect, the views were spectacular to Lake Como and Lake Lugano. Many thanks for your great descriptions and beautiful pictures!

From: Erik Slagman
Town/City: Country: Netherlands
Date: Sunday 30 May 2010
Message 626:

Just a quick note, I have been using your website for years now for ideas and routes, wanted to say thanks. Did Simon's Seat yesterday, as per your route... fantastic little route - stopped for a quick pint at the Craven in Appletreewick which made the day. Thank you, D-J.

From: D-J
Town/City: Bradford Country: England
Date: Saturday 29 May 2010
Message 625:

I use your site almost every week to plan walks around the Yorkshire Dales - Using your site along with using OS Explorer means I have had some great walks - thank you!!!!

From: Alice
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Saturday 29 May 2010
Message 624:

I did a good Dales walk this weekend - I guess you could call it "The Kingsdale Horseshoe". Set off from Ingleton on the "Waterfalls walk" but at the high point (about half a mile after the refreshment kiosk) continue North and ascend Whernside. It's a long gradual ascent. At the very top, bear due west on the well marked path and follow it to the road. Turn right at the road and after about 400yds, turn left up the green lane. This goes west and then North. After it goes North, count 4 walls on your left, and ascent the VERY steep slope up Great Coum. Follow the top of this line of hills (known locally as the edge walk) South over Green Hill and Gragareth then descend (still travelling south) for about another 2 miles. Eventually you will see the top of the waterfalls walk down to your left (east) and you can descent the marked footpath down to it. (in limited visibility this requires more wall counting, I am afraid) The final descent is by the waterfalls down into Ingleton. Total is about 22 miles but if you look on the OS sheet, there is a green lane at the top of the waterfalls walk (in Kingsdale itself) where you could park. This would reduce the walk to about 17 miles, although you would lose the pretty bit at the start and finish, past the waterfalls.

From: Nigel Kenward
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Monday 24 May 2010
Message 623:

Hi, we did Halls Fell Ridge Blencathra last week. We found it a bit scary in parts, I think we should have gone over the top of the ridge but somehow we got onto the side, we will know next time ha! Anyway this weekend if all goes well we will try Helvellyn but after last week I think we will take the "HELVELLYN from WYTHBURN" route by "Denis" for our first time. It looks reasonable, it's steep at first but we will still get the views of the edges and the summit, hopefully without the scare factor, then we shall progress to STRIDING and SWIRRAL edges some other day when we know what's what. Cheers!

From: Julie Rainford
Town/City: Wigan Country: England
Date: Wednesday 19 May 2010
Message 622:

We have just walked the Coniston Fells and two weeks ago we did your version of the Coledale Horse Shoe which was brilliant. One of our group thought that your Coniston route was one of the best walks he has ever done on the Lakes. Thank you.

From: Chris Laycock
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 16 May 2010
Message 621:

Dear Mike, My wife and I are trying to plan a walking route from Cowpe to Todmorden and I wondered if you could kindly make any recommendations from your great experience? The idea is to try to find the old packhorse route between the Cowpe area and Sowerby, though it is hard to make out from the OS map where this would have been. Perhaps across Brandwood Moor south of Bacup Road via Shawforth and then across to Walsden and Lumbutts, or north via Bacup and Portsmouth? We plan to then repeat the walk we did a few years back from Todmorden to Hebden Bridge via Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall (fantastic scenery!). I would really appreciate your help as we live in the south and have no local knowledge to fall back on. Best wishes.

'Not knowing the Todmorden area myself I referred Alex to the walking forum I use'

From: Alexander Ashworth
Town/City: The South Country: England
Date: Thursday 13 May 2010
Message 620:

Hello, I am very interested in doing the Catrigg Force and Attermire Scar Walk. I was wondering how I could get hold of a paper map for this. :)

'I emailed a paper map of the walk to Jenny'

From: Jenny Alder
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 11 May 2010
Message 619:

Love the site. This Summer, after a short foray to the states, I have been planning to complete the Yorkshire Hills in the Dales over 2000ft. I'd noticed at some point it had increased from 29 to 33....Now I come back and find it's up over 40! Stop that! Just kidding, as I said I love the site and keep up the good work. Today I have got a relatively easy four hills to do, Gragareth, Green Hill, Great Coum and Crag Hill, may throw in Whernside to boot, to make it a real walk, time permitting. Originally it was only three hills, but you'd recently added Green Hill to your list, thanks for the freebie! I'll make a Google maps plot of all my routes if you are interested.

'I advised Bill the reason for the extra hills was from my decision to abide with the Nuttall's classification'

From: Bill Bama
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Saturday 08 May 2010
Message 618:

Fabulous site which is very informative! I am hoping to complete your walk around Settle Caves and Waterfall but I can't download the .mmo file or GPS one either. Is there any other way I can get the route as I am not a great map reader ......yet.

'I sent Sarah a route card for the walk'

From: Sarah Sarky
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Thursday 06 May 2010
Message 617:

Hi there, I am trying to find a guide for 2-4 people to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks in one day - Can you recommend any local companies or people? We are novices! Thanks.

'I asked for help on Cherie's plea, prompting suggestions from Walking Forum for her group to join a party doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks'

From: Cherie Stockdale
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Thursday 06 May 2010
Message 616:

Hi, I am thinking of walking the Bob Graham Round. I am sure you already know of this and you're aware it's supposed to be ran in 24 hours. I don't think I'll ever be fit enough to run 70 odd miles in a day, but I think the route is really attractive. I thought it could be walked during the summer over a few days. I was wondering how long you would allow for this? Everyone taking part would be fit enough to walk long hours day after day. The round is split in to 5 legs, but I am not sure if 5 days would actually be more than required? Obviously, places to camp would have to be planned carefully and this may have more influence on the overall time than each day's walking distance? Any advice on this walk would be much appreciated. I may even look in to trying to raise money for charity. Best Regards, Darcy

'Not knowing anything about the Bob Graham Round I posted Darcy's query at Walking Forum in the hope of him receiving some positive advice'

From: Darcy Kitson-Boyce
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Tuesday 20 April 2010
Message 615:

We (Tony, Bob and I) completed the High Seat, Gregory Chapel and Hugh Seat walk last Monday 12/04. We also included Sails in the walk. There seemed a reasonable dip between Hugh Seat and Sails so we were wondering why this was not included as another 2000 footer? The walk was described as hard, we found it to be a little bit more than hard. Maybe this is because it's a bit early in our season. The other problem was I committed the cardinal sin of forgetting my boots, the trainers are somewhat the worse for wear. Still the weather was excellent and the views stunning. We are up to about 15 of the 33 now so still lots of pleasurable walks to do using your list.

'On confirming Sails (also known as Little Fell) as an official Nuttall I added it to my Yorkshire Dales 2,000ft hills list'

From: David Gaunt
Town/City: West Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 19 April 2010
Message 614:

Hello there, This is my favourite site! I maybe heading for retirement soon, but no way will I walk them all! I have done a few though. I have a question (which maybe answered in The Trail Walkers Handbook?). I am visiting a friend very close to Burton on Trent and cannot see any walks, no matter what distance, close by? Any leads please?

'As I have not covered the area near Burton on Trent I advised Andrew of a site which searches for walks by postcode'

From: Andrew Choffin
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Thursday 15 April 2010
Message 613:

I really enjoy the website. I like yourself, like lists, having been a mountaineer for over 30 years I am going through not only the Wainwrights but the Monroes and the Alpine 4000ers. Keep up the good work.

From: Ken Findlay
Town/City: Bradford Country: England
Date: Tuesday 13 April 2010
Message 612:

Hello, I have just come across your site whilst looking for info on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. Congratulations on the site by the way; it's the best and most informative I have seen yet. However; my girlfriend has obviously seen photos of previous climbs and walks that I have done and she wants to come along on one; so I was wondering if you may be able to suggest one that might be suitable Everything I have done so far has been quite intense so it would need to be quite moderate, about 2-3 hours long and preferably take in some good scenery like waterfalls or something, and not too much road walking. I live in Grimsby, which is on the south bank of the Humber estuary, but don't mind a drive. There are so many to choose from on your site that I don't know where to start. If you can help me in any way it would be greatly appreciated.

'I suggested some of my East Yorkshire walks and some of my shorter Yorkshire Dales walks as a starter for Alan to take his girlfriend on'

From: Alan Roche
Town/City: Grimsby Country: England
Date: Monday 12 April 2010
Message 611:

Hi, I only had a short amount of time today but climbed Blencathra from Threlkeld. I took the left hand side of the mountain going up to Knowe Crag and then along the track to the summit. The weather was warm, around 17 degrees in Threlkeld, sky was blue and views were immediate. What an absolutely stunning day to climb one of the best hills in the Lake District. Not sure if you've took this descent before but I decided to climb down Hall's Fell Top which was challenging but breathtaking looking back up at the Crags. Followed the route down Hall's Fell and back across the fields to Threlkeld. I love the website, please keep up the good work as it provides a lot of inspiration for many people. Regards, Keith

From: Keith Tilmouth
Town/City: Cumbria Country: England
Date: Monday 12 April 2010
Message 610:

Hi, I have been looking at your website and been inspired to do some walking. Four of us are visiting the Lake District in June. We are all reasonably fit but not one of us can read an OS map. If we visited the local Tourist Board office would they have maps so we find our way? Do the walks have markers we could follow? We wanted to do a different walk each day but we don't want the embarrassment of having to call the rescue people out because we have got lost! Any tips you could perhaps give us would be much appreciated. Thanks.

'I advised Wendy the local Tourist Offices will be able to recommend suitable well signed and popular walks'

From: Wendy Aldred
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 11 April 2010
Message 609:

Have you done any walks in Long Mynd area? I am trying to work out how to add routes to my GPS at the moment and can't find any routes on your site. By the way, you have a great website :)

'I replied to Lisa saying I had not walked in the Long Mynd area'

From: Lisa Ward
Town/City: Shropshire Country: England
Date: Saturday 10 April 2010
Message 608:

Hi, I found your website by chance whilst googling walks in the Lake District and I have found it fantastic in helping me to plan a weekend walking with some friends. However, I am a bit unsure of what walks I would like to do and pubs to go to etc so was emailing to ask for some advice, if you can spare the time? I am planning on going in August for 3 days - that's starting a walk on the Friday morning and finishing on the Sunday sometime. I am taking my car so was planning on walking circuits. So far I have picked (from your site) "Scafell and Scafell Pike", "Helvellyn and Catstye Cam via Striding Edge" and "Blencartha via Sharp Edge". I was wondering if you would recommend some others instead of these? I was ideally looking for one that would allow me to park the car somewhere and be able to go to a couple of pubs on the way (although this may be a tough ask seeing as its the lake district and almost every walk is up in a hill). I would also really like to walk up Scafell Pike as I did Ben Nevis 2 years ago and feel I may as well get up it whilst in the area. I would really appreciate some help in trying to get some ideas about where to go to walk, have a good pint or real ale and of course great places to see. Thanks for reading, for the help and for your great website! Cheers.

'I endorsed Chris's choice of walks and wished him a lovely weekend in the Lake District'

From: Chris
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Wednesday 07 April 2010
Message 607:

Mike, you may recall I posted a comment mentioning I was going to try your Scafell walk recently. Due to a poor weather forecast we switched locations and went to Hathersage instead. Since Kinder Scout looked bleak, we chose a safe option and followed your Hope/ Castleton circular walk. I bought a Garmin GPS and uploaded your waypoints and then followed your track - it worked a treat. My Dad is 70 and prides himself on being fit for his age and did the walk too. On the 2nd day I met some pals from Sheffield and we walked a circular route from Hathersage to Froggat and back - also spectacular with some great refreshment options en route! Keep on posting!! Best wishes.

From: Phil Sorsky
Town/City: Letchworth, Hertfordshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 04 April 2010
Message 606:

Hi there, I have just arrived from New Zealand for a extended holiday in the UK and I am keen to see as much of the country as possible. I am a member of the Auckland tramping group in New Zealand and would love to experience some of the wonderful walks in this country. The Yorkshire area and Lakes District are areas that interest me a lot but generally the Northern part of England sounds a great place to explore. I was wondering if there were any walking groups or organised walks that I could join up with while I am here or even some kind walker who would like to join me on walks and show a Kiwi around. Appreciate any feedback that could be given. Kind Regards

'I advised Mary to join an internet Walking Forum of which I am a member. They will be able to find a suitable walking group for her to walk with while in England'

From: Mary Leigh
Town/City: Auckland Country: New Zealand
Date: Saturday 03 April 2010
Message 605:

Hello, I am not an experienced walker, however my family and I intend to go to the Lakes next week for a couple of days......here's the hard bit! We have a 3 year old!! Are there any walks suitable for a 3 year old with a pram??? Feel free to tell me if this is a daft question, haha. Once again, great site and thanks in advance.

'I advised Neil on a few lakeside walks and also suggested he asked about pram friendly walks at the nearest Tourist Office when in the Lake District'

From: Neil Lloyd
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Friday 02 April 2010
Message 604:

I thought you might like to know about our new site. It shows accommodation on Glyndwr's Way, which is very underwalked because of the difficulty in finding places to stay. The site only went up last week, and there are plenty of places to go up on it yet, but I thought it would fit very well on your site, certainly better that using Smooth Hound in this area. It is at www.glyndwrswayaccommodation.co.uk and as you will see is all based on OS mapping and places to stay are accurate to the nearest yard, very important when you ar on foot. Have fun zooming in on the arrows, and see how detailed it is.

From: Hilary Matthews
Town/City: Powys Country: Wales
Date: Friday 02 April 2010
Message 603:

We just love your website the maps and the photos are great, the walk details are very clear, we have done quite a few and been inspired to try different areas. Our favourite was Moughton Scars it is a superb area, the day we went we saw only 2 other people all day, it really is another world. We are even thinking about having a go at the Dales Way to try and string a few walks together. We live in Lincoln so it is 2-3 hour journey for us when we want to walk the Dales. Hoping for many more enjoyable walks and some good weather to go with them!!!

From: Sue
Town/City: Lincoln Country: England
Date: Tuesday 30 March 2010
Message 602:

Saturday 27th March 2010. Just completed the walk to High Cup Nick, spectacular, if I hadn't seen on your site I would have continued to drive past on the way to the Lakes, many thanks. Great web site.

From: Chris Laycock
Town/City: Garforth, Leeds Country: England
Date: Monday 29 March 2010
Message 601:

is not it great that there are people out there who make the time and effort to produce helpful material for the rest of us - many thanks! I plan to follow your route to Scafell over Easter - and would also like to buy a handheld GPS. Any suggestions as to what I should buy? Cheers.

'I recommended the Memory Map Adventurer 2800 GPS to Phil which is the handheld unit I personally use'

From: Phil Sorsky
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Monday 29 March 2010
Message 600:

Just a quick post to say thank you. I am spending a weekend in the Peak District in a few weeks and I wanted a couple of walks to enjoy. Being able to download the GPS coordinates from your website is great. Thanks again.

From: Mike
Town/City: Ashford, Kent Country: England
Date: Wednesday 24 March 2010
Message 599:

I wolud like to tell you and your readers about 'The Diamond Way' - To return to a previous series of articles on footpaths around Stow, this long distance footpath, though it does not pass through Stow, forms a very rough diamond shaped route with Stow in the centre. It was devised in 1995 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the founding of the Ramblers Association in 1935, and is about 60 miles long. The association was formed to help protect walker's rights following the famous mass trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932. This led to a long sequence of events resulting in the opening up of the countryside to walkers, eventually enshrined in the current Countryside and Rights of Way Act of 2000, for which all those of us who enjoy the countryside are very grateful. The "circular" route extends from Northleach in the South, to near Hidcote in the North, Guiting Power and Ford in the West and Chastleton and Daylesford in the East. The route is designed to pass through many delightful Cotswold villages and their welcoming pubs, most of which serve lunches. The nearest point to Stow for access to the walk is between Wyck Rissington and Icomb where it crosses the A424 Burford Road. A useful guide book is available containing details of the route and 30 shorter walks of between 2.5 miles and 7 miles using other footpaths in addition to the Way. The book is titled 'North Cotswold Diamond Way - 30 sparkling short walks' Thank you.

From: Tim Norris
Town/City: Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire Country: England
Date: Saturday 20 March 2010
Message 598:

Hi, Just a few lines to tell you that your walking website is great....I have been doing challenge events for many years....climbed all the mountains.....I am 65 now so scaling down a bit and enjoying shorter walks. Your website has been very useful...thank you again...

From: Mick Gorin
Town/City: Ormesby, Middlesbrough Country: England
Date: Saturday 20 March 2010
Message 597:

Hi Mike, I did a slight variation on your Buckden pike walk today. I walked to Starbotton from Kettlewell and then up to Buckden Pike but I did miss Great Whernside out. It's a great walk but the ascent of Buckden Pike is hard going. Funnily enough Steve Cogan was filming in Kettlewell near the village shop (where the people are really friendly it's always worth popping in just for that). I really like the easy walking along the river to Starbotton, this section of the Dales way is very enjoyable. But I just thought I'd let everyone know, there is still alot of snow up there on them thar hills, to the point where you don't need to climb the stiles, which made it a fair slog up the summit. Cheers.

From: Richard Hebblewhite
Town/City: Harrogate, North Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 16 March 2010
Message 596:

Wonderful website. I have done several of your walks, including the Catrigg Force and Attermire Scar Walk, which I did today with my two chocolate labradors.

From: Steve Hopkinson
Town/City: Preston, Lancashire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 16 March 2010
Message 595:

Great Web site, thoroughly enjoying all the info it contains. Really nice to read your accounts of your walking itinery. My mother in law lives in Clitheroe, so I have great opportunities to explore Yorkshire & surrounding area. I currently live in Dorset with my partner Sandra. We both love walking & have walked for over 30 years. I originate from Glasgow, so I cut my teeth around Loch Lomond, Arrocher Alps & Glen Coe. Totally agree re Cornish Coast Path. the hardest section I recall is going south from Port Isaac, the path was so steep it required steps + zig zags! Many thanks.

From: David Brodie
Town/City: Dorset Country: England
Date: Monday 15 March 2010
Message 594:

We've just done the walk around Eccup on your recommendation - luckily enough we managed to see a pair of kites hovering above one of the fields, as well as a weasel or stoat running across the road. Well recommended walk.

From: Andy and Selena
Town/City: Leeds Country: England
Date: Sunday 07 March 2010
Message 593:

Very interesting and useful website with good photos, maps and inspiring descriptions - I am looking for people who would be interested in a charity walk or two in order to raise money for the people of southern Chile, recently hit by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. I lived in Chile for more than 5 years and have close associations with the country and its people. The organisation of the events /walks is in its infancy at present - things will get moving this week. The charity likely to be involved will be Red Cross Chile.

The walks will most likely be:
1) around the North Yorshire Moors, taking in Roseberry Topping & Captain Cooks monument (say Saturday May 15)
2) Great Whernside area walk (say Saturday May 29)
3) North /South Downs (say Saturday June 12)

If anybody is interested in these walks please get in touch. Thanks to those who put together the site. Many thanks in advance

'To participate or help in any way contact Mark at markstep@fsmail.net'

From: Mark Stephenson
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 07 March 2010
Message 592:

Hi, Myself and my scout network group are heading to the Lake District for our annual Easter Weekend trip and we were looking to do some walking. We are all in various forms of fitness - but we have a whole day to kill and in particular we want a walk with a good view and a fantastic sense of achievement at the end. Can you please suggest one that maybe suitable? I love the look of Blencartha via Sharp Edge - but I am fearful that some of us may not be fit enough. Also we need a walk that is not riddled with danger as none of us are particularly experienced mountaineers. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Many Thanks.

'I recommended to Mary that the group do the Sharp Edge walk with the cautious and less experienced members of the group taking the alternative detour of Sharp Edge just as Steve and Dave did on our Sharp Edge walk'

From: Mary
Town/City: Essex Country: England
Date: Thursday 04 March 2010
Message 591:

I really love your website. It's full of very useful information. I use it constantly to "steal" ideas for my walks (I love to take picture of the English landscape). I just tried the Beamsley Beacon one and even in this wintery weather it was breathtaking. Many many thanks.

From: Carola Kuk
Town/City: North Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 28 February 2010
Message 590:

Hello Mike, I am not sure how I stumbled across your site, one of those Friday afternoon labyrinthine internet sessions, but how pleased I am to find you! What a lovely site - bookmarked for work and leisure as of now! Because you have your charity publicity page, I thought I'd get in touch about two walks we are promoting to raise funds for our own small charity? We are Target Tuberculosis and are based in Brighton (now, will the South East ever make it onto your page I wonder?! I hope so - I have lived here for four years and I feel for the first time I am enjoying the outdoors life and walking, mostly on the South Downs of course, and with my trusty campervan not far away...) I have been working at Target TB for a few months and I am in charge of events - I have found two really lovely ones, different to all that marathon running stuff, which are organised by other people but which are specifically for small charities to get people to take part in at no cost to us. I have put some details below, under 300 words each - I wonder if you might add them to your site? Do let me know if you need more/less/different. I am taking part in the 20km version of the South Downs one myself! I have also attached a photo for each and our logo for both. Thanks for any help and I'll keep checking into your site (I made it to the Lake District last year and would love to return soon).

'I have added Lynn's Target Tuberculosis walks to my Charity Walks page'

From: Lynn Stevens
Town/City: Brighton Country: England
Date: Friday 26 February 2010
Message 589:

I am so thrilled to have found you. I just made my first trip to England in Sept '09 and only had a moment near the Howgills out of Sedbergh. I am planning a return trip to experience the Pennines and other areas of outstanding beauty. Thanks for all the youtube videos. I discovered The Immaculate Fools through one of them.

From: Janet Good
Town/City: Country: USA
Date: Thursday 18 February 2010
Message 588:

Great layout and lovely pictures. I especially liked your 'easy walks' as I haven't done much walking for several years. We can hardly wait to try them for ourselves when we visit the lakes in the summer.

From: Barbara Bullock
Town/City: Colchester, Essex Country: England
Date: Tuesday 16 February 2010
Message 587:

I have just been looking at your pages having sought details of the path from Kilnsea to Malham. The best place to see the roman camp at Malham is on Google as the area is very clearly seen. I went along Mastiles Lane coming from Malham just to see the camp area, you can clearly see some outline from the rise above the stream. I love the details, the pics and the elevation charts. If I ever set out to get from Malham to Kilnsea I shall probably do it downhill not up.

From: Gillian Scrimshaw
Town/City: Hull, Humberside Country: England
Date: Sunday 14 February 2010
Message 586:

Very pleased you have included Cowling, our pinnacle and our lovely scenery. We are often the forgotten village, just over the Lancashire border, not in the Yorkshire Dales, and at the very edge of the Craven District, so thanks for putting Cowling on the map!

From: Joan M. Tindale
Town/City: Cowling, Lancashire Country: England
Date: Monday 08 February 2010
Message 585:

Started walking last April and I have just come across your site. Can you take dogs on the walks on your website? Thanks.

'I advised Diana that walking with dogs is allowed on most of the walks featured on my site as long as she follows the Countryside Code. I pointed her to the code on the ramblers website'

From: Diana Taylor
Town/City: Driffield, East Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Monday 08 February 2010
Message 584:

Great site, just putting my boots on to go to the lakes.

From: Rob
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 07 February 2010
Message 583:

I stumbled (as I do on most walks) across your website and have quickly "favourited" it - links to You Tube etc are really helpful, as was your fast response to my email for advice. Cheers.

From: Andy Marr
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 07 February 2010
Message 582:

Mike, what a great web site. I am doing the Coast to Coast walk, setting off at the end of April. Your site is by far the best, l like the downloads for memory map; that's brilliant, saved a lot of time planning. I am going to follow your route, I quite like the end bit to Scarborough . I will see how I feel at the end!

From: Tony Quinn
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 07 February 2010
Message 581:

Mike, Great site, only just discovered it but done a couple of the walks (or variations of them) already. Keep up the good work.

From: Graham Woods
Town/City: Northallerton, North Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Sunday 31 January 2010
Message 580:

I am a teacher of English in Spain. I am reading a book with my students, and one of the stories mentions Mount Snowdon, in Wales. As I wanted to find some pictures of it, I came along with your page, which is fantastic. I find it very useful to visit different places in England. Thanks very much for all the information you provide. Keep updating it!

From: Elvira Fernández Hibbert
Town/City: Torrevieja, Alicante Country: Spain
Date: Sunday 31 January 2010
Message 579:

Your website is a great planning tool. I use it to accurately gauge travel distance on foot in conjunction with Google Earth and Google Maps. This combination makes exact time/trip planning easy. I have used this website in this manner countless times, and your numbers are very very accurate. Great job!

From: Christopher
Town/City: Indianapolis, Indiana Country: USA
Date: Tuesday 26 January 2010
Message 578:

I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your website and all the careful consideration you put into sharing your experiences and providing a wealth of information so others can enjoy the walks as well. Your photographs and You Tube videos have been a wonderful tool in narrowing our choices. Many thanks.

From: Lorna Astley
Town/City: Shelburne, Ontario Country: Canada
Date: Thursday 21 January 2010
Message 577:

Hi, I decided to do something different and memorable with a feel of accomplishment afterwards for my new years resolution so I thought about doing some walks (Snowdon, Ben Nevis etc) but I though I better start with something a bit easier and closer, see how I get on with that first. I came across your site and liked the idea of the Lake District walks, probably the Gowbarrow Fell and Aira Force, my question is I would not know where to start i.e. what equipment I would need if any, if you have to pay for these walks, are they guided walks etc.. I was hoping you could shed a little light on this for me. Thanks in advance.

'I advised Paul to join a local walking group first, recommending the Leicester & Rutland Walking Group'

From: Paul Clarke
Town/City: Leicester Country: England
Date: Monday 18 January 2010
Message 576:

Hi there, I have enjoyed your website! Can you advise a decent walk for us? We are off to the Peak District, staying in Buxton on 19th Feb. There will be 4 of us, two 40 year olds and our children who are between 8 and 11. They are quite good walkers but want something about 4 hours long, not too taxing, but has some good scenery. Any ideas?

'I recommended the Mam Tor walk from my Peak District walks'

From: Sally Grogan
Town/City: Country:
Date: Wednesday 13 January 2010
Message 575:

Hi, I am new to walking /hiking as I am 44 and looking for a new hobby. I have looked at you web site, I love it and wondered if you have any recomendations were to start. I have bought the gear but I think I will still need boots, etc. I live in Hull, East Yorkshire.

'I advised Peter to start his new hobby by doing local walks from my East Yorkshire walks'

From: Peter Walker
Town/City: Hull, East Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Tuesday 12 January 2010
Message 574:

Hello, I was wondering if you could give me some advice of a walk. I did the Coast to Coast and have been wanting to try to find another, similar experience. Some English walkers we met on the Coast to Coast, suggested The Costwolds Way or The Dales Way. We are from USA. I have always been interested in The West Highland Way. Do you have some advice as to which hike we might like to look at next? Thank you very much.

'After providing more information on her preferences I gave Tina a few options'

From: Tina Ohly
Town/City: Washington DC Country: USA
Date: Tuesday 12 January 2010
Message 573:

Hello, I would like to say how much I enjoy your website and I have been on quite a few of the walks you have recommended. I to have a love for walking and I have just set up my own website on walking. I was wondering if we could meet up for a coffee as this is all new to me and ask your advice.

'I arranged to meet Howard and advise him on his proposed venture'

From: Howard Nicholson
Town/City: Horsforth, Leeds Country: England
Date: Tuesday 12 January 2010
Message 572:

Hi Mike, I have been researching walks for introducing new comings into the beauty of our countryside and what it has to offer! I am very happy that I have come across your site, which I found through a link on the Pawsforawalk website. Everywhere I go, so do my two dogs. And for what I am planning to do with some city folk this year to take them out of their comfort zone and uptown hotels. Your site has been of great help and I will be using it time and time again!!! It has a wealth of knowledge I have not seen on anyone elses site. And it will help me plan my route properly with out guessing it as I go along. I will head in to the Lakes first for the first stage of many to come. Many thanks and keep up the good work!

From: Alex Westrope
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Sunday 10 January 2010
Message 571:

Hi, I love the outdoors, in particular walking and fishing. I am wondering if you can recommend a walk for me that will allow me to walk past the Emmerdale set

'I recommended the Harewood House walk which passes close to the Emmerdale set'

From: John Speirs
Town/City: Country: Scotland
Date: Saturday 09 January 2010
Message 570:

Thank you for your Walking Englishman site. They are all high quality walks. I really love Tryfan. Based in Harrogate, it is really useful. Thank you again and again.

From: Ian Potts
Town/City: Harrogate, North Yorkshire Country: England
Date: Saturday 09 January 2010
Message 569:

Hi Mike, Thanks for producing such an interesting and informative web site, I am visiting the North York Moors this February and will be following some of your suggested routes. I look forward to following them.

From: Colin Peers
Town/City: Country: England
Date: Friday 01 January 2010




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