A few days ago I walked around the Harry Green Way. I then discovered it is listed on the Fastest Know Time web site, so I uploaded my time and supporting GPX and Strava data. It was accepted, being the first submitted time for the route, so in spite of my very pedestrian pace, I… Continue reading ► FKT!
► WILLIAM McKNIGHT DOCHARTY – HIS LIST OF ‘INDEPENDENT MOUNTAINS’ AND ‘TOPS’ OF SCOTLAND, WALES, ENGLAND AND THE ISLE OF MAN.
At the bottom of this page is a link to an Excel spreadsheet which is what I make of Docharty's A Selection of some 900 British and Irish Mountain Tops (1954) and the Supplement to ... (1962). Docharty's plan was to extend the principle of Munro's lists across the whole of Britain and Ireland and… Continue reading ► WILLIAM McKNIGHT DOCHARTY – HIS LIST OF ‘INDEPENDENT MOUNTAINS’ AND ‘TOPS’ OF SCOTLAND, WALES, ENGLAND AND THE ISLE OF MAN.
► WEST HIGHLAND WAY, PART 1 – MILNGAVIE TO CRIANLARICH (MAY 2022).
From the 13th to the 15th of May, 2022, I walked the southern fifty miles of the West Highland Way path in Scotland. A fulfilling, ‘re-discovering oneself’ walk after a difficult couple of years. Especially pleased with how well my knees coped, having had suspicions of cartilage trouble – I am 57 – but they… Continue reading ► WEST HIGHLAND WAY, PART 1 – MILNGAVIE TO CRIANLARICH (MAY 2022).
► WILLIAM McKNIGHT DOCHARTY – BIOGRAPY / HIS METHOD OF CHOOSING SUMMITS.
Some more notes on Docharty's life, largely from an article by Robert M. Campbell - a copy of which he kindly forwarded to me - published in The Munro Society Journal, no.4, 17 Dec 2016. The article includes a more detailed discussion of Docharty's methods than given here, and compares them with other lists, such… Continue reading ► WILLIAM McKNIGHT DOCHARTY – BIOGRAPY / HIS METHOD OF CHOOSING SUMMITS.
► WILLIAM McKNIGHT DOCHARTY (1895?-1968) – ‘A Selection of some 900 British and Irish Mountain Tops’.
There are many lists of hills and mountains covering the British Isles - the 'Munros', a list of Scottish mountains maintained by the Scottish Mountaineering Council, the 'Marilyns' (hills with 150 metres or more of climb), the Hewitts (Hills of England, Wales and Ireland over 2000 feet with 100 feet of climb), the 'Wainrights' of… Continue reading ► WILLIAM McKNIGHT DOCHARTY (1895?-1968) – ‘A Selection of some 900 British and Irish Mountain Tops’.
► ACROSS THE ISTHMUS – A WALK ACROSS THE SOUTH-WEST PENINSULA IN JUNE 2016.
This is the story of a walk I took across the south-west peninsula isthmus in June, 2016. The south-west peninsula ‘isthmus’ is the neck of land which separates southern England from the Devon/Cornwall peninsula, and it is almost exactly 33 miles across. I fancied walking across the isthmus using a route of my own devising, which,… Continue reading ► ACROSS THE ISTHMUS – A WALK ACROSS THE SOUTH-WEST PENINSULA IN JUNE 2016.
► TO WALK LIKE BORROW.
A piece I wrote for The George Borrow Bulletin (Autumn 2017), with the kind encouragement of the late Dr Ann Soutter . George Borrow (1803-1881) was a farmer and author who went on long walks, sometimes lasting days or weeks, through the British countryside. EARLIER THIS YEAR  I went for a long walk through… Continue reading ► TO WALK LIKE BORROW.
► THE MUD LARK.
A story I wrote in 1985 and just rediscovered. I rather enjoyed reading it again (I hope that doesn't sound big-headed) so thought I'd share the piece. I think there may be a bit of self-observation buried here somewhere. Anyway, here it is ... The Mud Lark. Underneath his fresh brown coat of mud, the… Continue reading ► THE MUD LARK.
► MEMORIES OF FATHER FRANCIS ‘FRANK’ HUGHES OF GLENRIDDING, 1915-1998..
(First posted July 1, 2022.) Chatting with someone recently, I learned of a Father Francis 'Frank' Hughes, born 1915, died 1998, who not only took services in Glenridding and but also helped with mountain rescue. The person I spoke with described him as ‘a lovely man’ and ‘a bit of a character’. With only a… Continue reading ► MEMORIES OF FATHER FRANCIS ‘FRANK’ HUGHES OF GLENRIDDING, 1915-1998..
► THE BOULDERS OF BERFEDD.
I have wandered around the slopes of Cwmffynnon and Moel Berfedd, Snowdonia, many times over the past twenty five years. The slopes are dotted with boulders deposited by retreating Ice Age glaciers 10,000 years ago. I see it as a kind of sculpture garden and have given a number of the boulders names. There's a… Continue reading ► THE BOULDERS OF BERFEDD.