Category Archives: Out and about

Walking in Weardale – St John’s Chapel, Cowshill and Wearhead

Here is another post for my occasional series of Weardale walking routes. This route is approximately 7.5 miles, with some steep climbs and boggy paths, and a couple of tricky navigation spots. Well worth it for the ever-changing scenery and … Continue reading

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A natter and a chatter and a bit of Weardale history

Our border collie was having an off day, so we jumped at the chance to reluctantly had a dog-free day up the Dale. I may have mentioned before that Weardalians love Facebook, and the Weardale Museum had posted that morning that … Continue reading

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Small and perfectly formed

The show season in Weardale is well and truly on. Tomorrow is the start of Wolsingham Show (oldest agricultural show in England) and next week is the turn of Stanhope. Last week I made my first ever visit to the Weardale … Continue reading

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Gentle Giants

I grew up in Kent where the Shire horse is King, so there will always be a little part of me that thinks that it isn’t a proper heavy horse if it isn’t a Shire. However, round these parts the … Continue reading

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When I moved to the North East, oh, five years ago, I wrote a list. On that list was a bunch of places I wanted to visit and things I wanted to see. One item on the list was to … Continue reading

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Do near misses come in threes?

It’s been an eventful Saturday to say the least. First, we wake up to find that the toilet is not-quite-blocked. Then I accidentally let the dog loose on the road, and finally, we nearly get stuck in a flash flood. … Continue reading

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Golden Boots

As you know, I’ve recently been on two fungal forays, and I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled ever since. I’ve scouted my local woods (one measly puffball), hiked over the dale to Hamsterley forest (chockablock, but quite a slog getting … Continue reading

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