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St Nicks running – York

St Nick’s is a former landfill site transformed into a thriving nature reserve a mile from the city centre of York. It became a Local Nature Reserve in February 2004 in order to conserve and maintain a diverse range of habitats sustaining wildlife.

I’ve been to st nicks in the past, in fact I used to volunteer there, but i’ve never thought to go running there. The main advantage is that it’s not as flat as the rest of York. In fact my route looks a little crazy as I was trying to make maximum use of the steps and slopes as I don’t get much of an opputunity to run on them often – and with my half marathon coming up in October I really need to get in some hill training.

 

Anyway, I got a few photos during my run. I also got a bit confused at one point as I could hear bagpipes playing, upon further investigation I found a student who was using the area to practice as apparently people were getting annoyed by the noise from his flat. Personally I like the sound of bagpipes, so didn’t really bother me.

Louven Howe Aux 2 Trig Point

T:UK waypoint :TP7931
County :North Yorkshire
Nearest town : WHITBY
This is my first Vanessa Pillar and has made me realise I should do a post of the types of pillars at some point, but not now.
Anyway, not much I can say about this one as it was a bit of a drive by bag on the way to the coast. So this is more for a record than as a proper post.

Trig Point, another Trig Point and a Castle

My plan yesterday was to park at Thornton-Le-Clay and walk to sheriff Hutton and then back in order to bag 2 trigs and also go past the castle ruins. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anywhere to park at Thornton-le-clay so I had to alter this plan. In the end I bagged the first trig (Sheepclose Farm) in a bit of a drive by type style and then parked at sheriff Hutton to get the second one (Mill Hill Farm) and also walk round the Castle.

seriff hutton

 

The walk I used to get to Mill Hill Farm Trig is the Foss Walk, unfortunately there were a lot of issues with broken stiles and such. I’m finding that lot recently, a lot of stiles are not being maintained well, I need to do some looking into this issue as it’s getting annoying. I also didn’t get right up to MIll Hill Farm trig as it was in a field off the path which had many lambs in it. Also as a lot fo the gates on the actual path had locks on them I feel going off the path wouldn’t have been wise.

 

 

 

 

My attempt at homemade peanut butter #ProteinBars. #HealthyEating

I’ve been playing with homemade protein bars recently, and thought might be worth documenting my attempts and recipes. So my first attempt was a couple of weeks ago, I tried again this weekend but made a few alterations. I didn’t think to take pictures while making them but got pictures of the final product as it were

 

Peanut Butter Flapjacks:

  • Raisins
  • 5 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons  honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

 

Put peanut butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until well-combined and heated through.

Combine dry items and raisins in bowl. Stir in wet mixture until fully combined

Spoon mixture into the baking dish, pressing very firmly so mixture is evenly spread throughout pan.

Place in freezer until set then cut into portions.

 

Approx nutrision per portion: Calories: 198; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 39mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 5g

 

 

Peanut Butter Bites:

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips,

 

In a small pan over medium-high heat, add the peanut butter, mashed banana, honey, and vanilla extract, stirring until smooth and fully combined.

Bring the mixture to a boil before removing from heat. Stir in oats and chopped nuts, mixing well

Once cooled slightly roll into 2″ balls, place on baking tray and freeze until set.

 

Approx nutrition per ball: Calories: 123; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 4g

 

 

Peanut Butter Flapjacks with Chocolate and Spirulina:

As peanut butter flapjacks above, but add 1 tbsp of Spirulina to the dry mix. And then after it’s set melt down some dark chocolate with some peanut butter and spread on the top.

 

I’ve not worked out the nutrition for this one yet, but it will be similar to the flapjacks above with slightly higher protein and calories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wykeham Forest + Coombe Hill Trig Point

I have been so useless at updating this… apologies for that, essentially I can only do the blog from my computer whereas twitter, etc, I can do from my phone. As such I keep not getting round to putting the computer on and doing anything, not a great excuse really…

 

 

but anyway, last week 2/04/2017 I bagged another trig point.

coomb hill


Name: Coomb Hill

GridRef: SE 94358 88966

Flush Bracket: S6321


 

I had never heard of Wykeham Forest before this, despite going MTBing in Dalby Forest fairly often which it basically right next door. We didn’t exactly have a route planned, we just went to the trig point, then to a great viewpoint nearby called “raptor viewpoint” the name of which I feel it self explanatory 😛 but essentially it’s a viewpoint overlooking Troutsdale that is meant to be amazing for birdwatching. We didn’t stay there long and didn’t see much, but there were some people there with some serious equipment so I assume it probably lives up to its reputation.

We then had an 8 mile wander around the forest, I think we’ll probably go again, but with a better planned route in mind next time.

 

That’s one of the great things about trig point bagging, I am discovering all sorts of places that I don’t think I would have visited otherwise. I mean some of the places aren’t great, a lot of roadside trigs or urban trigs which just do not appeal to myself, but I can usually find a walk in the area to make up for that. There are a few trigs though that are in amazing places, placers I never knew existed before this venture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skirlington Trigpoint

Started in Hornsea yesterday and walked along the beach until below the trig point before scaling the clif. Returned to Hornsea via the path at the cliff top, having to go through a few caravan sites as the path on the map seemed to no longer exist in places.

 

Grimston Trig Point

Grid reference : SE 64184 51164
Type : Pillar
Condition : Destroyed
County : North Yorkshire
Nearest town : YORK
I got the park and ride from grimston bar into town yesterday for a meeting, afterwards I  decided to walk back to the car – in part due to the walk 100 miles challenge I’ll admit 😛
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anyway, once I was almost back at the car I realised that I was close to the site of the destroyed Grimston trig point. From my understanding this was destroyed when they created the mound around the science park and sports centre to hide it from the road. However, there are a lot of different stories flying about as to why it was destroyed, this just seems to be the most popular reason/theory, I can’t find a definite answer – will have to keep looking.
So anyway, here is the approx site of the trig pillar and the view towards York from it.

Harton Trig Point & Walk

Grid reference : SE 69972 62111
Type :  Pillar
Condition :
Flush Bracket : S2599
County : North Yorkshire
Nearest town : MALTON
yesterday i decided to combine my walk 100 miles challenge with some trig point bagging, about time right? So I parked outside the village and walked in to Harton past the water tower upto the trig point. Unfortunately the pillar was in a field closed off with a gate and with a lot of mud, so I took a picture from a distance from the next field. THen I continued down the the A64 before heading back to the car.
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I took a few photos on my way round, obviously no GPS this time as wasn’t at the actual trig

 

 

2000 mile challenge running totals:

Walking: 103.5 miles

Running: 62 miles

 

Sponcer me – https://t.co/xYFlj2UK41

 

 

Pocklington Canal – Canal Head to Melbourne

I did this walk yesterday, parked in Pocklington and walked to the start at Canal Head. From there I walked to Melbourne and then retraced my steps (crossing the canal at swingbridge and going down to Bielby and then crossing back at Coats Bridge just to add some variety). Ended up being just under 10 miles in total, but obviously this can be altered, even halved if you find someone willing to collect you from Melbourne 😛 a basical map of the route can be seen here

 

I had planned to photograph every lock and and bridge on the route, but I forgot for a few so now I feel I have to do it again… I also need to do the East Cottingwith to Melbourne section but at the time of year that is so muddy that I’d rather wait for later in the year when the weather is better. I have done that end before though and it’s great, espeicaslly for bird spotting.

Anyway some pictures from yesterday:

 

Running totals:

Walking: 81.5/1000
Running: 38/1000