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Eden Way Part 1

5.81 miles 3hr 1min ascent 34m Rockcliff to Esk Boathouse This was the final leg of our Cumbria Coastal Way, heading north from Rockcliffe up to the Esk Boathouse, but also the first part of the Eden Way, from Desmesne … Continue reading

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Eden Way Discovered: Rockcliffe to Spa Well

8.07 miles (there and back) 4h 50m ascent 65m Rockcliffe to Spa Well (Cumbria Coastal Way) A beautiful day. Easy walking in riverside meadows, fields and paths. A couple of kissing gates but more often stiles, mostly well constructed with … Continue reading

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The Fastness of Buchan

10.44 miles 5h 12m ascent 271m Craigencallie-Back Hill of Bush The Dungeon of Buchan is not a deep dark prison. It is an Daingean, the stronghold of Buchan. In the photograph above I am beneath its ramparts. But don’t be … Continue reading

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The Midges of Minnoch

7.14 miles 4h 25m ascent 166m Phew! It was too hot for hill walking, but escaping sunstroke would mean braving meanbh-chuileag and their buzzing buddies. Midge bites won over sunstroke. Sphagnum, purple moor grass and soft rush are the midges … Continue reading

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Raiders: The Merrick

8.84 miles 6h 40m ascent 865mMossdale to Merrick (part 6) This, part 7 of our Raiders walks, was the sixth and final of the Mossdale to Merrick trail. As with each of the other Raiders’ sections we walked the same … Continue reading

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Raiders: mountain, strath and stream

Mossdale to Merrick (part 5)7.89 miles 4h 24m ascent 322m Loch Trool to Loch Dee The sixth of our Raiders walks took us from the “treeless waste around the lonely mountain lake”, Loch Dee, to the “sylvan woods and bright … Continue reading

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The Raiders: worts and all

8.88 miles 4h 28m ascent 217mMossdale to Merrick (part 4) Craigencallie to the Axe Head Stane Part 5 of our Raiders outings took us from Craigencallie to the Axe Head Stane (and back). Had car sharing been allowed this section … Continue reading

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The Other Side of the Raiders Road

9.67 miles 4h 25m (no breaks!) ascent 242m midges, milkwort, scent of pine, the ford, red pine, forestry in all stages, deep sphagnum, bluebells in the open, trees standing, felled, fallen, fallen and cut, eared? willow aplenty, rain but warm, … Continue reading

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