Well, the first thing I have to say is thanks for coming. I'm delighted that you've made it this far.
We have big plans for this blog and the website so please don't be alarmed if it seems a little sparse at the moment.
We're going to be adding regular updates featuring:
We'll combine our walking routes with a little bit of historical interest and a dash of local knowledge, where we can find it. And you can be sure that we will include things that don't quite go according to plan.
We'll include family friendly walks that the kids can enjoy, as tested by my two young sons, as well as more energetic exploits for the more daring of us.
And, if you're not sure whether you would be comfortable completing some of our longer walks, we will include full details of how far Big Col gets. Think of it as a unique take on difficulty ratings.
For the last six years, our group of friends, as featured on the About Us page on the site, have been set free by our very patient, understanding wives for walking trips.
Sometimes, these trips extend to 3 or 4 days.
Sometimes, they include walking.
You see, we have a system. We rotate between Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. (In that order).
These trips have taken us as far as the Wicklow hills, County Limerick and Clare, the Isle of Arran, The Pembrokeshire Way, the South West Coast Path in Cornwall, the Lake District and, of course, the Peak District.
We're soon to be heading off for a few days on the Isle of Mull for our next adventure.
So our blog will tell the stories of all of these trips, along with some of our favourite walks around the Lake District, the Peak District and Cheshire.
Our first walking route will be posted in the next few days. Be sure to check back and find out where we went. And what Big Col had in his pockets.
The best way to keep in touch is via the evils of social media. We will post links to our regular blog updates. You can find us by pressing the links at the top of the home page, or by searching for:-
We are working on an online store at the moment, which will be starting up very soon and will include some beautiful print products featuring our landscape photographs. Everything from canvas prints to greetings cards. All safely delivered to your home.
We'll get wet, so that you don't have to.
So, thanks again for visiting us. If you've got this far, then you deserve a gold star.
Feel free to comment (as long as it's polite) if there's anything you'd like to see featured on the site and we will do our best.
Until next time then.
Mark Sweeney is a hiker, mountain-biker, picture-taker and keen coffee drinker, living on the doorstep of the Peak District's finest walks