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.
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.
This is an epic walk on one of the most celebrated areas of the Peak District, Kinder Scout. Starting off from Hayfield and following in the footsteps of the Mass Trespass of 1932, we'll look at the historic events of the past and local legends, as well as the stunning scenery from the highest peak in the Peak District.
This was an epic day's walking, not in terms of distance or difficulty, but in terms of the natural beauty of the landscape and the challenge thrown down by the elements. It probably serves as a reminder that things don't always go to plan.
The idea was to combine a walk around Buttermere with a climb of the modest but celebrated Haystacks. This was a solo trip; just me and my camera. Even that bit didn't go to plan.
So, here's the intended route details and we'll see what happened.
This is a very adaptable route, as it works really well as either a leisurely walk around beautifully scenic reservoirs and dams, as a kid-friendly family bike ride, or as a quick blast on a mountain bike. I've tried all three versions and loved them all. It's a fantastic route on which to soak up some very special history within beautiful, forested valleys. Stories of daring air-raids, tin towns and lost villages all lend a special atmosphere.
So, the basic information is as follows:-
This had all the elements of a classic January walk; Gorgeous scenery, great pubs, lots of mud, flooded riverbanks, and a final mile in total darkness (due to getting a bit too comfortable in the great pubs).
Our starting point was the village of Litton, set amidst the rolling hills of the White Peak in the Derbyshire Peak District. Our journey involved a train to Buxton, followed by a quick jump on the 65 bus to Litton.
There is plenty of the parking in the village if you prefer to travel under your own steam.