Coast Encounters

Another glorious sunny and warm day – we really have been lucky to have picked the best couple of weeks of the year to head down south. In contrast to up north the parched landscape suggests its been a good summer in the south of Read More …

Scratch Arse Ware and the Jurassic Coast

One of our favourite areas along the South-West Coast path the stretch west of Durlston Country Park taking in the outskirt of Langton Matravers and Scratch Arse Ware is a superb area of meadows, sea-cliffs and former quarries. Supposedly on the increase the distinctive Roesel’s Read More …

Creech Barrow

We’ve been fortunate enough to stay at East Creech on several occasions over the past few years and having woken up to the sight of Creech Barrow dominating the horizon to the north curiosity finally got the better of us. At 637ft high the highest Read More …

Kimmeridge Bay

One of the more accessible areas of the Jurassic Coast, Kimmeridge has a well deserved reputation for being amongst the best areas of the country for fossil hunting with Ammonites being especially common. We found this one in the mudstone along the shore. Strange to Read More …

Mam Tor

After walking up from Castleton we were a little surprised to find a large National Trust car park just below the summit. Normally hill-forts and other ancient monuments tend to have an atmospheric quality about them. Oddly Mam Tor didn’t. Perhaps it was just us or the sight of Mr Whippy serving up ice-creams but it really didn’t feel like we were following in the footsteps of ancient ancestors.  Read More …

The Wishing Tree

Padley Gorge, Derbyshire One of our favourite springtime walks. On a quiet day in mid-May its not too difficult to imagine Ents roaming the ancient Oak & Birch woodland. The almost mystical atmosphere is further enhanced by the waterfalls and presence of the uncommon Redstart Read More …