For anyone interested in hiking and the wild moors of the North have a look at Mark Kelly’s excellent blog, Halfway Hike.
This weekend will see the twelfth annual Birthday Walk from the Coldwell household which gives a great opportunity to follow one of Mark’s guides. The Birthday walks are a result of my now fifteen year old son who at only three years, on a cold January day, conquered Penhyghent in the Yorkshire Dales. He has been hiking ever since and completed the three peaks at the age of eleven. Now, as near to his birthday as the weekend permits we drag ourselves off over moors and hills seeking new adventures. The Wild North seems a perfect choice for Sunday.
The Wild North is a bit tongue in cheek .. head south from Marsden, up Wessenden and over to Black Hill on a winter’s day and that’ll give any kind of wild a run for its money. But the moors area north of Marsden, to my mind, feels a bit wilder than the areas I normally walk across, to the south and west. I fancied a bit of a change and wanted to have a mooch around March Hill and also to check out Cupwith a bit as it’s the planned home for a couple of wind turbines at some stage.. so I combined the two with a circular walk last Sunday.
8.3 miles over 5 hours or so, according to viewranger. At that pace you can see that some of the going was a bit slow, as Brodie and I picked our way across large grassy knolls and semi- bog in…
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