Crockacleaven Lough, Slieve Beagh, County Tyrone

Slieve Beagh: Crocknagrally Forest Loop (and Detours)

Seeing as our current lockdown restrictions don't include travel limits for exercise, I took a spin down to the Slieve Beagh area last Sunday for a change of scene and a longer walk than my usual, local routes. I've walked in this quiet area for many years, including approaching the highest ground from all three … Continue reading Slieve Beagh: Crocknagrally Forest Loop (and Detours)

Sperrin Mountains

Hudy’s Way (Aborted Walk, Pleasant While it Lasted)

I thought I'd put up a quick post following my walk yesterday as I'm aware that this blog has become a series of occasional round-ups. I had a day off and seeing as my original plans were thwarted by Covid-19, headed for the Sperrin Mountain foothills... specifically in the eastern Sperrins since the western end … Continue reading Hudy’s Way (Aborted Walk, Pleasant While it Lasted)

2019: A Look Back in Images Part 1

I've neglected this blog once again, mainly for reasons relating to my move to Scotland earlier in the year.  Hopefully I'll get to post a bit more often in 2020 but for now here's a look back at some of the places I've been during 2019, namely Ireland, Scotland, England and Poland.  Top image: looking … Continue reading 2019: A Look Back in Images Part 1

Back in the Sperrins 1: Reliving the Flight of the Earls

I've been neglecting this blog once again so thought I'd post some photos from a couple of recent hikes in the Sperrin Mountains. The first was part of the Omagh and Sperrins Walking Festival and led by outdoors adventure providers Far and Wild.  Top image: Our group descending the summit of Carnanelly with a view … Continue reading Back in the Sperrins 1: Reliving the Flight of the Earls

Tara National Park, Serbia

Serbia: Hiking in Tara National Park

Greetings, Readers. I've neglected this blog for the past six months, firstly because I had a lot on with work and then because I took some time out to go travelling around my favourite part of Europe, the Balkans.To get things back on track, I thought I'd add some photos from a hike I did … Continue reading Serbia: Hiking in Tara National Park

Trails of Edinburgh: Union Canal and Water of Leith Walkway

I visited Edinburgh for a weekend at the end of April to visit friends and managed to fit in some great walks in the city and surrounding region.  It's long been one of my favourite cites and a big part of this is its easy access to the outdoors (helped by the hilly topography) and … Continue reading Trails of Edinburgh: Union Canal and Water of Leith Walkway

Back in the Mournes: Meelmore, Commedagh and the Brandy Pad

I visited the Mourne Mountains at the weekend to get some practise in for a challenge hike I'm doing next month. The Blackstairs Challenge is a 31km route over the Blackstairs range in Ireland's southeast. The Mournes are an ideal training ground, with their steep ascents and descents and endless options for longer walks. Top … Continue reading Back in the Mournes: Meelmore, Commedagh and the Brandy Pad

Hikes of 2018: January to March Round-up

I've got out of the habit of blogging for a while (the bad weather and lack of outings may have played a part; temporarily adopting two guinea pigs may have been another factor) so I thought I'd check in.  I still have to add a Part 2 to the 'Places I'd Love to Revisit' but … Continue reading Hikes of 2018: January to March Round-up

First Hike of 2018: Mullaghclogher via Father Devine’s Well

It's become something of a minor tradition (it started in 2016/17) that my first and last hikes of the year take place in the Sperrins, my nearest mountain range. The target for my opening hike of 2018 was a small man-made landmark high up in the hills, known as Father Devine's Well. My walking companion … Continue reading First Hike of 2018: Mullaghclogher via Father Devine’s Well

Snow in the Sperrins, Christmas 2017: Mullaghsallagh

I always like to fit in a hike in the days after Christmas and it often ends up being in the Sperrins, my closest mountain range. This year's excursion wasn't the most ambitious but gave some magical views, thanks to an impressive and unexpected covering of snow on the higher ground. Top image: Looking back on … Continue reading Snow in the Sperrins, Christmas 2017: Mullaghsallagh