The Old Man of Coniston

Im really bad at this blogging thing…

anyway, another trig point was bagged the other week when I spent the day exploring the coppermine valley and went up the Old Man of Coniston. I’ve been up before, but it was a ong time ago and also felt that the industrial history was something that my partner would enjoy.

Unfortunately, we picked an awful day weather wise. Was wet and windy and just horrible. Not as bad as the day we went up Loughrigg Fell but still not pleasant. Anyway, after walking up to levers water and hiding in an old mine for lunch (yes, naughty, don’t do it) we headed up onto the ridge where the wind was just ridiculous. We had a wonder about and went down to Goat Water, where I had planned to go for a swim but the weather wasn’t playing ball. So we headed to the summit and then down the more direct way back to the car park.

We’ll have to go again on a better day as we missed a lot in our rush back to the car and a lot on the way up due to the weather. But it was still a good day

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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

A few reasons to take up walking

  1. Walking one mile a day burns 100 calories. You could lose ten pounds in a year without changing your eating habits.
  2. Walking for 20 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by eight percent, according to research from the University of Leceister. Walking for 40 minutes can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease up to 18 to 20 percent.
  3. The average cost of operating a car for one year is £4216, the cost of operating a bicycle for a year is only £97. Walking is free
  4. One mile is about 2,000 steps, or a 20-minute walk
  5. Walking increases the blood flow to the brain. A 1999 study of people over 60 found that walking 45 minutes a day at a 16-minute mile pace increased their thinking skills
  6. Studies have found that taking a moderately-paced walk can instantly improve your mood.
  7. Walking just 20 mins a day can reduce your risk of premature death by a staggering one-third.
  8. Walking after each meal can help lower your blood sugar and reduce your risk for type-2 diabetes.

 

 

 

Extra reading on the topic of walking and its benefits:

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/want-to-improve-your-mood-go-for-a-walk/

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Walking-Your-steps-to-health

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2016/july/2018pokemon-go-could-ease-type-2-diabetes-burden2019

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/lack-of-exercise-responsible-for-twice-as-many-deaths-as-obesity

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/an-hour-of-moderate-exercise-a-day-enough-to-counter-health-risks-from-prolonged-sitting

Bakrania K, Edwardson CL, Bodicoat DH, Esliger D, Gill J, Kazi A, Velayudhan L, Sinclair AJ, Sattar N, Khunti K, Biddle S, Davies MJ, and Yates T. Associations of mutually exclusive categories of physical activity and sedentary time with markers of cardiometabolic health in English adults: a cross-sectional analysis of the Health Survey for England. BMC Public Health (2016) 16:25 DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-2694-9

 

 

Short walk at the coast

As part of the walk 100o miles challenge I went to the coast with my partner yesterday. The original plan was to do the coastal trail from robin hoods bay to ravenscar, but due to delays we diodn’t have time for this. So instead we walked up the beach until the sea cut off the path and then went back up to the coastal trail until we got the boggle hole where we rejoined the beach and followed it until we were just about under ravenscar.

At this point it was starting to get dark so we headed back to the car. Though not before finding some hermit crabs in a rock pool and watching them for a while. I had planned on nipping up to the trig point n the way back, but it was dark by then so that will have to wait for another time.

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this walk added 6.3 “boots on” miles to my total

 

 

Running totals:

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Boots on: 12
General: 17
Total: 29