Category: Stories

Centenary Way – Part 5

WAY’S END Shirley to Ashbourne, by Mark Halliwell [Back to start] It dawned a fabulous day for my last leg of the Centenary Way, and the first half of the section from Shirley to Ashbourne turned out to be a highlight of the whole… Continue Reading “Centenary Way – Part 5”

Centenary Way – Part 4

BRAILSFORD AND THE BONNIE PRINCE Mercaston to Shirley, by Mark Halliwell [Next page] The next opportunity I had to hike was a fine day, but it began grey and cool. The other days’ hikes had been around 13 miles, but this was over 15,… Continue Reading “Centenary Way – Part 4”

The Centenary Way, Derbyshire

ESCAPE FROM 2020! by Mark Halliwell, January 2021 [Next page]  I hadn’t really meant to do the Centenary Way, at least not yet. But I’m so glad I did! I’d hiked for as many years as I could remember. I’d started walking as a… Continue Reading “The Centenary Way, Derbyshire”

Centenary Way – Part 1

NATURE IN ABUNDANCE Ilkeston to Stanley Brook, by Mark Halliwell [Next page] The Centenary Way starts on West End Road in the south-west of Ilkeston, at its crossroads with Oakwell Drive (B6007). I’d reached Ilkeston on a blue-sky day by walking out eastwards parallel… Continue Reading “Centenary Way – Part 1”

Centenary Way – Part 3

WEST TO WESTON Duffield to Mercaston, by Mark Halliwell [Next page] The privilege of living adjacent to the beautiful Derwent Valley meant it was no hardship to return to the river at the Bridge Inn for the start of the next leg. Pausing for… Continue Reading “Centenary Way – Part 3”

Centenary Way – Part 2

THE THREE WAYS Stanley Brook to Duffield, by Mark Halliwell [Next page] I was now totally with it on the Centenary Way! A four-day working week brought about by Covid-19 had the fringe benefit of giving me more days to hike. A fine day… Continue Reading “Centenary Way – Part 2”

Cotswolds Way — Dan Outdoors

Im still not used to this whole writing thing yet but im gettting there I think. Recently I completed the Cotswolds Way, for those of you unsure of what one of them is, its a 102 mile national trail in the UK. It starts… Continue Reading “Cotswolds Way — Dan Outdoors”

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Beatrix Potter Lake DistrIct

Starting at Wray Castle, here she spent her first holiday in 1882 at 16 when Dalguise in Scotland was no longer available.It’s here she met Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, a vicar of Wray, who was one of the founding Secretaries of the National Trust, who… Continue Reading “Beatrix Potter Lake DistrIct”

WALK WITH ME TRACEY AND AGGIES Epic hike AROUND THE UK COAST PATH

Walk with me .. During lock down COVID19 I stopped for the first time in ages. I stopped working, stopped getting the train every day, stopped hiking and wild camping on my days off and I thought about myself and my life for the… Continue Reading “WALK WITH ME TRACEY AND AGGIES Epic hike AROUND THE UK COAST PATH”

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