Showing posts from October, 2016

Isabelle's first mountain - The Old Man of Storr, Skye

September 2014, Skye, Scotland

A year or so after getting married there in 2013 we found ourselves back on the Isle of Skye (Scottish Highlands) and, with both my parents and our new daughter Isabelle along this time, we wanted to head back up to the North of the island and walk up to Needle Rock and The Old Man of Storr.

It was a perfect day and the slight haze off Loch Leathan and the Sound of Raasay seemed to bring out the detail in the surrounding hills and forests giving it an almost HD quality (sadly not really  done justice by the pictures from my phone!)

The basic plan was not to retrace our walk from 2013 (here), as the final ascent over and onto The Storr is not really suitable for babies, but to simply walk from the car park on the A855 up to the area around The Old Man of Storr and Needle Rock, have a bite to eat and then head back down to the car - hopefully without too many tears or tantrums, from Isabelle or me having to carry her!

Parking alongside the A855 just before…

A walk in the Yorkshire Moors from Kilburn, revisted

It was back in Feb of 2013 that Donna and I first walked this route (read about that here) and on that walk we took along a friends dog, Jinny.  This time, in October 2016, we were retracing our steps with our own dog, Monty.

Distance - 8.5 miles
Duration - 3hr 20m Difficulty - Medium Starting point - Kilburn Nearest pub - Forresters Arms, Kilburn, YO61 4AH Route map and pdf from ViewRanger - here
GPX file from walk - here
OS Map - OL26 Notes - route can be very muddy in winter/after rain and watch out for the stream crossing the just after Byland Abbey

The walk starts from the main car park in the middle of the village of Kilburn and while the parking is free its limited so we started early to avoid the hassle of looking for alternative parking spots - the car park has the added benefit of being next to a great pub, the Forresters Arms, which is ideal for a post walk pint or pie (or both!).

We had a chilly and misty start to the walk but luckily there was no sign of the rain that had been fo…