How Mardale came to be flooded and the Lake District drowned in silly names

How Mardale came to be flooded and the Lake District drowned in silly names

In the 1930s the valley of Mardale in Cumbria was flooded to create Haweswater and supply water to Manchester. I imagine it was pretty shocking at the time, but 80 years later only a fool would let it spoil their enjoyment of a very pleasant Lakeland walk. It was glorious weather when I strapped on my rucksack at the start of a two day backpacking adventure.

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The Mynydd Du microadventure

The Mynydd Du microadventure

Perhaps I’ve only just noticed, but all of a sudden people have started using the term microadventure for things that used to be called walks. I used to laugh, but after my trip to the Mynydd Du hills last weekend, I’m going to stick my neck out and say that I have now become a microadventurer.

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The high level route for midges

The high level route for midges

Backpacking in the Black Mount area of Scotland’s Central Highlands The most talked about subject in Britain at the moment isn’t the upcoming London Olympics, but the crap weather we’ve been having. First it was the wettest April on record,

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The Welsh Wilderness

The Welsh Wilderness

It’s taken a couple of visits, but I’ve arrived at the conclusion that the Cambrian Mountains in Mid Wales are a great area for backpacking and wild camping. They aren’t the most dramatic hills in the United Kingdom, but these

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The Rhinogs: Snowdonia’s best kept secret

The Rhinogs: Snowdonia’s best kept secret

There are some hillwalking routes in the UK that everybody knows about, and in good weather are certain to be jam-packed with walkers, while others very close seem to remain known to connoisseurs only. I remember once being all alone

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In praise of Cumbria’s northern fells

In praise of Cumbria’s northern fells

I’m going to say something that I don’t believe many people say: some of my favourite hills in the English Lake District are the rolling grassy bogland hillsides of its northern fells. There are some impressive looking mountains in the

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