9 September 2010

100th walk of the year

This morning I am heading up to Coverdale, which is a long, rarely visited valley which connects Wensleydale with Wharfedale at Kettlewell, to complete my 100th walk of the year. Hopefully the weather will brighten as it has most days I have been out – walking in the Dales and Lakes this year I have to say we have had a great summer weather wise, do not let anyone tell you otherwise! My aim is to complete 200 walks (100 Dales/100Lakes) but I have no real deadline for it, or in fact even a completed list. If anyone has any suggestions on walks I have not included in either the Dales or the Lakes just e mail me and I will check it out. The full list is here or you can check all the walks I have completed on the google maps (one for the Dales/one for the Lakes) which can be accessed via the walking intro pages.

So 100 done and a 100 to go. I am having a ball, visiting places I have never been before, climbing old favourites and generally coming to understand the wonderful land that we live in. It is not just the scenery that we all know about, it is the intricate balance of land use, the relationship and different attitudes of landowners (thumbs up in particular to the Forestry Commission who try hard in difficult circumstances ie: selling forests to walkers), the way weather affects the light and views and the pleasure of meeting happy and cheerful walkers – unlike Wainwright I am more than happy to stop and chat. People can also be useful and thanks to the couple (baby strapped to the chest) who like me were desperately searching for the summit of Claife Heights yesterday amongst the woods and forestry not being helped by the slightly bizarre sign posting….but we eventually found it!

I am now on Twitter so I will update more regularly what walks I am going to do that day (the link is below) but I am a total novice here so bear with me. As much as I am learning about the area I live in I am also learning about the joys and trials that technology brings. I can usually have a walk on the website within a week of doing it, selecting and uploading the photos, writing the copy, sorting out the route on the OS mapping package and then updating the links but the reality is that things go wrong and it may take longer. However I have been told Twitter is the best tool to use so it is up and running, please register and tell anyone you think may be interested (I think that is how it works).

Weather permitting, I will be spending the next few weeks finishing off the 80 walks I presently have listed in the Yorkshire Dales and include a few visits to the Western Lakes. I am particularly looking forward to a stay at the Wasdale Head camp site and an explore round some of my favourite fells, Pillar, Steeple and the like. Then a long walk beckons, I have not done the Coast to Coast so I am going to…backwards!

Enjoy your walking…

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