Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

Easter journeys

10th April 2009

No doubt, many news outlets are in the throes of reporting the now habitual Easter weekend exodus. My use of the word “exodus” is perhaps not inappropriate given that Jews are celebrating Passover at the moment, but a later journey gave us Easter and the weekend that, so many are using to their advantage. Conveniently for a blog celebrating the joys of walking in the outdoors, the Exodus was a long-distance walk to freedom and safety while Easter celebrates something else that featured walking in different ways.

Returning to the here and now, past Easters have allowed me opportunities for walking escapades. Two years ago, I got to collect up walks that covered part of the Pennine Way between Gargrave and Hawes. The previous year saw me end up on the island of Arran while three years before saw me wandering the High Peak. Other Easters have not been so fruitful with last year’s being a time of clearing clutter, mental and otherwise. For me, it also has been a time for starting a new job, moving home as well as dealing with other “life events”, a mixed bag really.

Those thoughts of past Easters are leading me to wonder what I am going to make of this one. The weather that is on offer this year looks like a bit of a mixture, but seeing some sun and drying between any showers would suffice; some Easters have been fabulous, but this will not be one of them if the forecasts and the sight of rain falling outside my window is to be any guide. Nothing definite is planned, but something may fall into place before all is over. I reckon that I need to get my thinking hat on…

High Bent, Biddulph, Staffordshire, England


  • Swanscot says:

    We had glorious Easter Bank Holiday weather up here in the Highlands of Scotland, but unfortunately did not manage to arrange a long weekend away. However we did get two long days on the hill and our first camp for this year.

  • John says:

    In the end, I too managed to get away for a quick foray and got to sample some of that Highland weather of which you speak. A long day spent around the Rothiemurchus Estate was my first ever proper sampling of the Cairngorm countryside and, if things work out that way, more could follow.

    Good luck with the blog, by the way. It’s looking promising so far.

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