Why on earth would anyone want to go walking on their week off work? That's the question that most people would routinely ask anybody who would do exactly that, as though walking - and long distance walking in particular - is something simply not to be indulged in.
I always argue that there is very little more exciting than setting out into the unknown, armed with little more than a backpack, tent and basic food and drink provisions. Oh, and a map... perhaps.
Most people in the UK - whether they're walkers themselves or not - have at the
very least heard of the mighty Pennine Way National Trail that stretches some
270 life-enhancing miles north from The Peak District, through the Yorkshire Dales
and over Hadrian's Wall into Scotland.
But how many of those people actually ever get round to taking the time out to walk it?
First and foremost, the main excuse for many people not walking the walk comes down to the time element and the harsh fact that it's almost impossible for most folk to secure two to three weeks off work, for example, which is the average length of time that the walk will consume.
For sure, this walk ain't easy, and even the youngest and the fittest of people often struggle profusely. Still, you don't necessarily have to walk the way all in one go. Do it in stages. The important thing is that you bother to get out into the country and do it at all.
I'd wanted to walk The Pennine Way for ages, but only had four days to spare and thus
resigned myself to setting out from Edale at the southernmost extreme of the trail,
to head as far north as I could in such a short space of time, managing in due course
to arrive deep in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Haworth.
The relatively short distance between Edale and Haworth merely seemed to scratch at the
surface of the walk's epic scope, with the first stage of walking from Edale to the
not-even-hamlet-sized stopping-off-point of Crowden renowned for being one of the toughest sections of all.
I arrived in Sheffield mid-afternoon of my first day away and was destined for another short train journey out into the country and away from the urban sprawl shortly, but due to having missed an onward train connection to Edale by a few minutes, I had a couple of hours to kill in Sheffield city centre.
Out of the train station, the first building of significance that attacks the eyes is
university-affiliated, but the city centre is only a five minute walk away, which
is nice and compact and served by a tram system and aesthetically appeased
by a charmingly attractive Cathedral.
Oh, and Greggs' chain of bakeries is also a Godsend too... if you're hungry that is - which I was. As per usual; yep, there's nothing new there.
Brighton has always been one hell of a popular place, but until one freezing cold
day in February of this year I had never before spent anytime whatsoever there
in my twenty-four years in this forever-overwhelming world.
I thought it was high time I paid the place a visit, and seeing as though
I was down in London anyway - and a return National Express coach ticket
Places to Visit - Up North By Steve Rudd
So, you look forward all week - at work - to your one or two days off... right? And what do you do on such days off? Housework, no doubt. Do you ever think you should do something more worthwhile with your sacred time off? Like travel, for instance.
County Durham isn't that far a trip from East Yorkshire, and if
Places to Visit - To Hampstead Heath and Beyond ... By Steve Rudd
So, you live in London and wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the inner city scene.
Where can you turn to? Why, the plethora of beautiful parks of course - and there are few
places nicer than Hampstead Heath, in North London, for some quality peace and quiet.
Places to Visit - On the Moors By Steve Rudd
So much for me confiding to people that I thought we were collectively out of the woods
and that Spring was just around the corner.
Clearly I spoke too soon and paid for such a misdemeanour yesterday
(13th February 2005) when I ventured up onto the
Places to Visit - Dinostar - THIS IS HISTORY By Daniel Laney
In the last two months Hull has welcomed a new addition to its ever growing tourist trade.
Dinostar, which opened on Easter Sunday of this year, should hopefully
be welcomed with open arms by families and budding historians alike and with it
being a quick
Places to Visit - Our Samhain Visit to Avebury by Janie Spencer
Before we start on our journey, let me give you a bit of background on Avebury.
It is a beautiful stone circle, so big that you can in fact fit a village inside it, as you can see from this overhead map!
As well as being a tourist spot, it is both a home and a gathering
Places to Visit - Burton Constable Hall.
Burton Constable Hall has collected several ghosts and stories from its 450 year history, the most frequently seen ghost being that of Nurse Dowdall, a much loved nanny to the children of the household during the 19th century.
Places to Visit - A day by the beach - Bridlington Harbour.
This Sunday I was spoilt for choice - either to visit a Buddhist centre in "Kilham"
or attend a strawberries and cream party. Opted to go and find Zen so duly arrived
with my offspring (Katie and Oliver) at my friend's house (Cilla) punctually (for
a change) at 11.30.
Places to Visit - This is Hull
The East Yorkshire city of Kingston Upon Hull has it's fair share of bad press. That's OK, the people who live here know why so many come and stay!
Visit the City and sample the eclectic mix of entertainment on offer, from the
laid-back coffee shops and cosmopolitan bars of the Avenues
Places to Visit - Pickering Park Rocks
Pickering Park rocks for the youth of Hull.
Sunday afternoon, 6th July 2003 saw the first FREE open air Rock Concerts for the youth of Hull, from noon until 7pm.
Bands featured included the Supatones, Crowroad, DumpValve, Freaks Union, The Favours, The Sonnet,
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Places to Visit - Beverley Minster By Mo
Founded in the eighth century by John, Bishop of York - later St. John of Beverley - Beverley Minster has been
described as 'the finest gothic church in Europe'.
The present church, built in the 13th and 14th century, is a perfect blending of three
People - An Interview With Torso Horse By Steve Rudd
Torso Horse, for those people who don't know, are a Goth-Metal band
They have been plying their trade for about five years now, and in the past
couple of years in particular they have become very well known indeed: both in
People - Computerman at Fairview Recording Studios By Michelle Dee
Computerman are a Nottingham band, who have been on the scene since January 2004.
They recently came to Hull, specifically to Fairview Studios in Willerby, to
record an eight-track demo CD. The demo will include tracks: Increasingly so, No recoverRead more...
People - An Interview with Jim Eldon - Local Enigma By Jane Foster
Jim Eldon is a musician living in East Hull who, I'm told, doesn't normally do interviews .... so a
rare request it was that was received by thisisUll.com, from Andy his agent, for someone to do the deed.
This email was passed on to me, as Jim is a singer