Jonathan’s Blog

Special Qualities of the Dales

I have now lived in the Dales for 20 years and have a great affection for walking in the area. What are the reasons that make it such a special and unique area to walk in my humble opinion? ...

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Christmas Gifts for Walkers

We have a number of gifts/ideas for walkers this Christmas, many of them unique to Where2walk. Not only can you buy books, maps and mugs from us but we also can offer Navigation Days or Weekends including our new Learn a Skill, Climb a Hill course in Mallerstang. If you are not sure what to choose then order a voucher and let the walker make the decision. Exclusive Books The Dales 30. The...

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Special Lakeside Walks

Walking in the Autumn months in the Lake District is as good as it gets. On a crisp clear day the low light and autumnal colours give a special days walking even when the higher fells are covered in cloud. I have listed my 10 favourite Lakeside walks for such an occasion! Not all stick rigidly to the shoreline and some are tougher than others but all make for the best walks that take in one of...

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Riverside Walking at its best

The Lake District may be the queen of lakeside walks well but nowhere does pleasant strolls alongside a river better than the Dales . There are very few standing areas of water in the Dales but plenty of fast and slow flowing rivers. The rivers in the main Dales are all very different and display their own character. Encouraged by an excellent day on the Ure last week these are my Top...

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Learn a Skill, Climb a Hill

The phrase may be a little bit corny  but for many learning how to use a map and compass provides a gateway to the higher fells of Britain. If not the higher fells, having the confidence to read and interpret a map (and use a compass when the cloud comes down)  will give anyone the confidence to venture a little further and enjoy our wonderful landscape. I run a number of Navigation...

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The Dales 30 – Now a Book

The 'Dales 30' are the 30 mountains in the Yorkshire and Cumbrian Dales that top 2,000 foot. I have written and produced this book for a number of reasons. Primarily I like the mountains themselves. They are full of interest, each one has its own personality and they offer an interesting challenge to climb. "How to buy the book, see the full listing and more information. CLICK...

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My Favourite Short Walks pt 2

2 years ago I wrote a blog describing my favourite 10 short walks in the Lakes, Dales and North York Moors. 10 is not really sufficient so here are another selection of my favourite short, but very satisfying walks. The original 10 'Best Short Walks' can be found by clicking here   1. Waterfalls above Askrigg (Dales)  A pretty tumbling beck falls through woodland towards the...

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15 Hidden Gems

Often the best walks are the least popular. I have counted down 15 of my favourites across Yorkshire and the Lake District till I reach my no 1.. You may not see a soul all day on these walks and if you do they will be few and far between. However one thing you will know about anyone you see...they have taste. Normally I would list only a Top 10 but there are so many I enjoy it has to go...

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Choosing a Walking Holiday

Most people who want to walk on holiday stay in the same place for the week or weekend. They then strike out from a base (usually by car) and then do a series of day walks that they have researched via the web or guide book. However increasing numbers of walkers are looking for something different. Leave the car at base, walk to different parts of the area, stay in different places, move...

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“The Top 500 Summits”

"BOOK REVIEW" a Lifetime of Hill Walking is a high quality book which describes Barry's 50 years of climbing mountains in Britain & Ireland. The challenge is to climb the highest 500 mountains in Britain & Ireland which have a 500 foot drop on all sides. The 340 page, "How to buy the book, see the full listing and more information. CLICK HERE" hard back book is professionally put...

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