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.

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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

My 2000 Mile Challenge for Mountain Rescue

I’m sure that by now everyone knows that I am doing Country Walking’s 1000 mile challenge, in which one pledges to walk 1000 miles over the course of a year. Well I also signed up to run 1000 miles over the course of the year. Ask anyone I know and they will tell you that walking isn’t a huge challenge to me, I love walking, if it was socially acceptable I would buy a tent and walk and wild camp for the rest of my life. However, running is a totally different thing… I have never really been a runner, I did the odd distance run at school and when I was a cadet, but for the last few years not run and have avoided taking it back up. 6 months ago I couldn’t manage a mile running, now I can just about do three miles.

So I decided that I’d combine these to make a real challenge and as I have been wanting to raise money for Mountain Rescue for a while though why not combine the two?

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And so the 2000 mile challenge was born. The plan being to run 1000 miles and to walk 1000 miles. Now there are some rules,

  • general everyday steps do not count, only purposeful walks and runs.
  • a walk/run has to be at least 1 miles in length to count, so no doing loads of small things and adding them up
  • treadmill running is allowed but walking is not, so regardless of the weather or life I have to make time and face the weather to get outside everyday
  • multi day walks are allowed and will be well researched and documented – also multi day walks will result in a few runless days and so a run deficit which doesn’t sound appealing :/
  • although I own a garmin activity tracker it will not be trusted explicitly and all distances will be checked on a map

I will be using this blog and my twitter feed to document the walks/runs and to keep a running total of my target. I have decided that starting next week I will write at least one blog a week documenting either a longer walk or just the most interesting of the shorter walks, I will not be documenting every single one with a blog as that would just result in too much time on the computer.

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Running totals:

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Walking = 55/1000

Running = 26/1000