We were delighted when the good folks at Dark Peak Gear invited us to try out the brand new, lightweight, insulated NESSH jacket. So where better to head, accompanied by our trusty springer spaniel, Fern, than amongst the gritstone and heather of the Dark Peak itself?
As we awoke in Glencoe, as opposed to Kingshouse, it dawned on us that we had reached the penultimate stage of the walk. The morning was bright and the forecast for the next two days was very promising. As was the scenery.
This was the day which we had been anticipating the most since we left Milngavie. We would finally get to experience the majesty of Rannoch Moor.
We left Tyndrum in great spirits, with hope in our hearts and a key in Col’s pocket (sorry Kate) heading for splendid isolation.
After the strains of the previous day, it was a pleasure to make faster progress along less taxing paths, even if the weather wasn’t in our favour.
This was to be the most challenging day of the whole trail as we wave goodbye to Loch Lomond and head for the hills.
A short stretch along the banks of Loch Lomond preceded by a walk around our own private island. Well, sort of...
Oh dear. Things didn’t go quite to plan on day 2 of our West Highland Way adventure. But we did find out whether it’s faster to take the high road...
Well, we’ve survived day one and we’re writing from the village of Drymen. 13 miles done and 86 to go to Fort William.
There's no getting away from it, Big Col and I are not natural athletes. With a combined height of 12'6'' (most of which is Col), a combined weight of 33 stone (most of which is Col) and a combined age of 104 (you guessed it...) we're relying on a heavy dose of enthusiasm and determination to carry us along one of Scotland's most famous and iconic long distance footpaths, the West Highland Way.
It was a wild and windy day when we set off from the small fishing port of Seahouses, heading south along the coast. Britain was currently enduring the Beast From The East 2. Like Grease 2, it was the sequel that nobody wanted. As the seagulls' cries were deadened by the howl of the wind and the crashing of the waves against the harbour walls, we congratulated ourselves on our choice of such an atmospheric day to enjoy the scenery.
Mud, mud, glorious mud. There's nothing quite like it for... finding out if your boots are good. We were invited to test Merrell's latest walking boots and we have been exploring the trails of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire over the last couple of weeks to see if they are up to the task.
Those lovely people at Merrell have sent us a pair of their brand new Chameleon 7 walking boots to try out! We'll be giving them a thorough work out around the Peak District over the next couple of weeks, (got to work off the Christmas excess somehow!) but here are our first impressions.
We're delighted to announce that our Peak District Photography Tours are now available for booking through our Shop page.
It's a place, not an observation. But a very intriguing place it is, too, with huge, precariously balanced boulders seemingly defying gravity.
The tiny Isle of Iona, nestled in the choppy Atlantic waters beyond the furthest reaches of the Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland, isn't the most obvious place to go for a hike, but it is a place so crammed full of historical significance and atmospheric landscapes that it becomes an essential destination.
We've got some exciting developments coming soon at liveforthehills.com so we thought we would provide a quick news update.
This is a very scenic walk from the heart of the Derbyshire spa town of Buxton to Whaley Bridge, through the beautiful Goyt Valley. Our route includes beautiful views of the moorland and forests surrounding Errwood and Fernilee reservoirs, before following the course of the River Goyt as it meanders through the valley towards the friendly pubs and restaurants of Whaley Bridge.
I've been the proud owner of an Apple Watch Sport for the last few months and this is a chance to look back and consider its strengths and weaknesses as a watch for an outdoors enthusiast.
Mark Sweeney is a hiker, mountain-biker, picture-taker and keen coffee drinker, living on the doorstep of the Peak District's finest walks