Great Outdoors

The Malvern Hills


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The Malvern Hills 28th May 2013
a great 11.6 mile walk
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Alport Castles & Ladybower

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We headed again into the peak district, and arrived at one of our favourite places Ladybower & the Derwent dams. Please have a look at this link to view page. Click this link
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Chipping Norton & The Rollright Stones

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This was a walk around the cotswolds town of Chipping Norton (
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Ben Nevis

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Ben Nevis climbed 15th September For CF Trust
We climbed all 4409ft for CF Trust and raised nearly £3000. Please click this link to view page
This was our most challenging climb to date, but it finished our target of climbing the three highest peaks in the uk this summer
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Snowdon & the North Pembrokeshire Coastline

North & South Wales 22nd - 27th July 2012
A great trip to climb snowdon via the ranger path, then down to walk the coastline in North Pembrokeshire south wales.
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Bledington & The Cotswolds

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Our first walking trip into the Cotswolds countryside, and it did not disappoint. The weather was great with just a slight wind and the temperature, into the twenties made for a good ten mile walk.
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The High Stile range

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The high stile range in Buttermere climbed please
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Scafell pike climbed

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At last Scafell pike climbed
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Cholesbury Walk

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A ten mile walk around some great villages in the north Chilterns,
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Benthall Hall

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A National trust house in Shropshire, near to the Ironbridge gorge. Please click this link to view page.
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Ironbridge & the gorge

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Great trip out to Ironbridge, the museums and the Gorge. Please click this link for the page.
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The Wrekin

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The Wrekin is a hill in east Shropshire, England. It is located some 7 km (4.3 mi) west of Telford. Please see this link to look at the walk.
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Stanage Edge & Higger Tor

A great time walking over hathersage Moor taking in the Stanage Edge & Higger Tor please have a look at the web page by clicking this link. First Image
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White Horse Hill Uffington

A trip around Uffington White horse hill and down to way lands smithy. Please click this link to goto the correct page.



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Anglesey Abbey

A great day out at Anglesey Abbey near the village of Load. Please click this link to goto the published page.
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Dunstable Downs Walk

A walk to the Chilterns again that started at Dunstable Downs, please see our walks to the left or click this link.
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Day 2 Edale trip

Walk from Edale along Nether Booth to Jaggers Clough, along Hope Brink over Townhead Bridge and up Lose Hill, Back Tor, Hollins cross, & Mam Tor Total Distance was 12.26 Mile ascent 2508ft Total time 6h 42m 37s. We climbed Lose hill & Back Tor.
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Day 1 Edale trip

Edale to Hollins cross then to mam Tor, rushup edge, over the top of the Cowburn tunnel onto Edale moor and back down to Edale. Total Distance 10.9 Miles Ascent 2283ft Time 6h 19m 54s. Peaks Climbed Hollins cross, Mam Tor, Lords Seat, Horsehill Tor, Brown Knoll, Grindslow Knoll.

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Heath & Reach Walk

A ten mile trip along Stockgrove county park, in two pubs and through some woods then finally back to the car. Have a look with this link.
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The Haystacks

A trip into Buttermere and up to the summit of the Haystacks. We then went over Honister pass and down it into and around Buttermere water. Please click this link to see report.

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Bleaberry Fell

A trip up to the summit of Bleaberry Fell in the lakes Cumbria. Please see this report by clicking this link.

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Derwent water & Walla Crag

A trip around Derwent water and up to Walla Crag in the lake district near Keswick. Please click this link to see report.

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The Newlands Round

We went around the Newlands Round in Cumbria, We climbed the following fells the Cat bells, Maiden moor, High Spy, Dalehead & Hindscarth. Please see this link for a report

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Lathkill Dale Peak district


Great day out in the Peak District, we went to Lathkill Dale for a 11 mile hike. Please see our walks on the left for a report or
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Deer spotting

We found loads of Deer in the Ashridge woods. Please click the link to have a look at the page

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Kinder Scout & Win Hill

Another great trip to the Peak District, we climbed Kinder Scout and we then went to Win Hill
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Haddington Hill

We walked to the top of the largest Hill in the Chilterns this week, Haddington Hill. PLease see our walk to the left or click this link .

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The four Hill walk

A great 4 hill walk in the north Chilterns. Please click this link to View page

From Four Hill walk in the North Chilterns
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Hoo Woods Bluebells


Today we visited Hoo Woods for a walk out, Please go to Hoo woods in our walks
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Buckingham Arm Canal

We had a great little walk down the old Cosgrove to Buckingham Arm of the canal please have a look at our walks for details, please click this link


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Berkhamstead Castle



An 11 mile walk that included Berkhamsted Castle, please click this link to look at the page
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The Derwent Edge


Our hike up to the Derwent edge, greta fun please see our walks for details.
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Norcott Hall

A trip out to Tring again walking the Chiltern hills, we made a few changes to the route and found this house called Norcott hall, have a look at our walk for the full details.
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Ashridge Estate

Another long walk across the Chilterns. Have a look at the Walk page by clicking this link.
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West Wycombe Village

A great day out in West Wycombe Villlage, the Hellfire Caves and Wycombe hill. We have now moved a lot of our trips to there own pages please click this link or goto Our walks menu on the left. many thnsk for looking.
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Ivinghoe Beacon walk

A great trek in the hills of the Chilterns, please click this link to have a look at our latest walk.

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Hathersage Moor walk

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Wimpole Hall

Well the bad weather is on the way out so we are agin out on our travels. This time we went over to Wimpole hall over in cambridgeshire. First built in 1643 and much altered by subsequent owners, Wimpole has developed into the largest country house in Cambridgeshire. Wimpole's owners employed noted architects of their day to make alterations to the Hall: Lord Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford employed James Gibbs; the Earls of Hardwicke during their period of ownership from 1740- 1895 employed Henry Flitcroft, Sir John Soane and Henry Kendall. Evidence of the work of all of these architects can be seen today, but the most notable work is that of Soane. Examples include: the Bathhouse, Book Room and the striking Yellow Drawing Room.

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Baddesley Clinton & Packwood House

We visited two lovly national trust propertys out near Birmingham Today. First we visited Packwood house The house is originally 16th-century, yet its interiors were extensively restored between the world wars by Graham Baron Ash to create a fascinating 20th-century evocation of domestic Tudor architecture. Packwood House contains a fine collection of 16th-century textiles and furniture, and the gardens have renowned herbaceous borders and a famous collection of yews. We then visited Baddesley Clinton witch you must visit. This atmospheric house dates from the 15th century and was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. The house and interiors reflect its heyday in the Elizabethan era, when it was a haven for persecuted Catholics ¿ there are three priest's holes. There is a delightful garden with stewponds and a romantic lake and nature walk




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Pembroke walk

We made our way to the lowly Pembroke coast line, near a place called strumble head, we climbed to the top of Garn Fawr then along the coast path as far as we could. This is a lovely place for walking and the weather was great. Please have a look at the pictures and see for yourself. Have a look at the pictures here at also have a look at the coastal walk we done with Google maps.
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A Walk around Tring Reservior

Had a great walk around the reservoirs at tring. The Grand union Canal gets its water from these pits, and it is the canals highest point. It was easy to see that the water level is well low and you will find a picture in my gallery to show you this. There is a vast amount of wildlife around the area and we took a few pictures of anything interesting. PLease take a look at the gallery for pictures also a detailed GPS planned route we made using iPhone- run-keeper software. There is also a Googlemap to help you plan a trip and some links that explain a lot more about the canal and tring cut. Hope you enjoy them.

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Red Kites over Aston Rowant

Went to the great Aston Rowant nature reserve right next to the M40, this is a great place to view the largest british bird the red Kite. The area sits on top of a large hill and is a ideal place for the birds just to fly about looking for food. We must have seen about 20 red Kites also some Buzzards were seen and Kestrels. We took some photos but we were always a distance away from them. Will revisit soon i hope but a little earlier in the day. The place is also awash with Butterflies many both my dad and myself could not name. The area is never sprayed by farmers so is in great shape to support a vast amount of Wildlife.

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Wild Flower Meadow

Took this great photo over at College Nature reserve today. Posted the picture onto Flickr. I post most of my best shots over there and this one got a bit of interest. It shows a lovely wild flower meadow that has been planted and planned fantastically. Try to get over there and a have a look you will find many different wild birds and plants. Just click this photo to goto my Flickr account page.College Lake Nature Reserve 22
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College Lake Nature Reserve

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Pitstone Windmill

This was a great little find just out of the village of Ivinghoe lies this old windmill. It belongs to the national trust and i think you can go in it on a sunday. It was damaged in the great storm of the early 1900’s but has been repaired. It will make a great sunset picture for later in the year and i think i will be revisiting it soon i hope. Anyway please have a look at the pictures and i have provided a map for you to plan your trip out with your camera. Also a couple of links at the bottom for some more info if you require it.

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Foxton Locks

Made our way to Foxton locks, this staircase of locks just has to be seen . Foxton's famous staircase lock flight was built in 1810. A masterpiece of 19th century engineering, it raised boats a massive 75ft up the hill from Market Harborough and linked the north and south of England by canal. Only a hour and half from deanshanger and the car park is just £2.00 you will also find a little pub and is a greta place to take a picnic , etc. Please have a look at the photos and the video i took whilst there.

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Clivedon manor and gardens

Went down and visited the lovely house and gardens at clivedon manor. The house sits near the river thames and the views are great looking down the river. It was one of the hottest days of the year and i got well burnt. You can check up on the national trust property Clivedon manor just click this link, also please visit my photo and video of the place below.

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Coton Manor Bluebell woods

Went to the lovely Coton Manor in Northants, to see the Bluebell woods. The flowers were a week past their best but still a great walk with the camera through the woods. Cost £5 to get into the place and well worth it. Only trouble is they will not let you take a picnic in as they like you to eat at there facilities which i think is a bit mean !. They have a great web site so click here to view. . Please also find a map below so you can take a look, the wild flower meadow will not be that long now.

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Claydon House

Went to the lovely Claydon House in Buckinghamshire, this old place still belongs to the Verney family. They are a very historical family with connections going back to the english civil war and further. Sir Edmund Verney was a royalist to King Charles and died at the battle of Edgehill, his son Ralph verney took the other side but he built a monument to his dad in the local church thats still there to this day. A couple of pictures for you below, also Google maps if you need to find your way there.

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Spring walk around Stowe gardens

Had a great walk around Stowe gardens, weather was good have posted my GPS walk on site so anybody can follow it below.

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Ivinghoe Beacon

After a very large Curry we had a large walk to try to walk it off. We set off up ivinghoe beacon this morning it was very cold so we had to get a move on to warm up. The view was great at the very top and you could see for miles and miles. Only takes 40 min from Deanshanger and about 45 mins to walk around but make sure you rap up warm it does get cold.
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Charlecote Park

Went to a lovely part of the country today, about 7 miles from Stratford-upon-avon. The House and grounds are called Charlecote Park a lovely old house that is huge and also massive grounds full of Dear. We walked around but the weather was bad for photos so not many results to share with you. Another National Trust property cost us nothing again and when we left we went to Stratford and had a walk around. It is amazing that every shop you go in it says on a plaque that William Shakespeare may have come in this building when he was a lad, well i could not have imagined the old playwright sitting in Mcdonalds
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Waddesdon Manor

We went to Waddesdon manor this sunday the weather was like summer and with the trees showing signs of Autumn it was strange with 20c of heat. If you visit just one old house you must go here, home to the Rothschild family the house is full of Artwork and silver the likes i have never seen. The furniture was not the normal Ikea flat pack that we have in Deanshanger. There are large grounds you can walk around and if you are a member of the National trust you get in for free. Take a look at the following links see what you think. If you go watch the gift shops they are everywhere !!.

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Canons Ashby House

Canons Ashby House Northants, made our way over here for a visit today. House is National Trust and only about 17 miles away so did not take long, weather was again on our side so it made a good day out. House is very old and has belonged to the same family for over 500 years you can get a tour around as we did and then you have some gardens to have a look at. These places are on your door step just up the road so next week we off again on our travels, its no wonder why we do so many miles in the cars.

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