In August, me and @RebekahEsme where in the car starting our road trip across Europe towards Italy for a family wedding.
It didnt take me much persuading to pack the drone in the boot of the car. I managed to get a few flights in and around our villa (Villa Baroncino) located near Perugia which is about 100 mile north of Rome.
I did have a bit of trouble with the drone while i was over in Italy. Every time i tried to take off in certain areas of the Villa and surroundings i would get a compass error. I tried flying without the GPS but it makes flying difficult and non-enjoyable.
The only remedy i could find was to take a 10 minute walk down the driveway of the Villa and take off near the gates and then fly back.
So an early start on Saturday saw us heading further afield into the North Yorkshire moors.
The destination was Castleton Station over in Eskdale, North Yorkshire. The Esk Valley Loop is a famous walk around some beautiful places in the North Yorkshire moors. A ~16 mile loop, some of it along the old Esk Valley Railway.
Although 16 mile is a lot of distance to cover, the walk is quite easy with the major incline towards the beginning and the rest just gradually swooping back down towards Castleton Moor Station.
Roughly 6 mile into the walk you come across The Lion Inn. Situated just off the road is a beautifully set good ol’ English pub.
A quick pit stop in the form of a pint and we were back on our way. This time walking down the old railway track. This is where you can make up some ground from the pub pit stop as the paths are good.
Following the maps and the GPS you do go a bit off road where the path is barely visable and your making your own way trying to avoid the boggy bits and across the fjord.
There is plenty of moments around the Esk Valley Loop where you can just stop and take in the amazing views on offer of the moors.
With the finish line in site you do have to walk on the road a bit (roughly 100 meters) but that’s all.
Hopefully this walk will improve our fitness a bit ready for next weekends Cleveland Mountain Rescue Survival. Fingers Crossed!! 😆
This was one of the first point to point walk that we did across the cleveland way. We parked at Clay Bank car park and got picked up over at Sheepwash car park. It was a cold start to the day, but the weather opened up over the moors. There was numerous ascents and descents but nothing to challenging.
We started our hike at 8:31 am and our total duration was 3hr 30mins.
The second highest peak in the UK. The highest peak in Wales and England.
Snowdon stands at a proud 3,560 ft (1,085 meters) above sea level. On average 360,000 people summit Snowdon every year!
On the 17th of October we wanted to add 2 more people onto the total.
There are numerous ways to attack the summit depending on your conditions and what suits you most. Visit Snowdon is full of information regarding the mountain and providing information regarding routes and weather updates.
Our route started at Pen-Y Pass and up Pyg Track. This is the express route as we started the climb at 12:30pm and we didn’t want to get stranded when the sun went down. The climb started fairly easy which was a surprise for us both with some slight inclines, then a nice flat plain with a few more inclines. It was only the latter part of the climb where it started to become difficult with us doing more climbing and the odd bit of scrambling. Continue readingContinue reading Snowdon: What we did
I’ve always wanted to challenge myself and see how far I could push myself to do something. I guess we all do in different ways. Some of us compile bucketlists which consist of challenges and accomplishments of what they want to do before there time is up.
Most people you speak to know about Ben Nevis. It’s not the hardest mountain to climb. A lot of it is designated footpaths with some routes harder than others. There is no time restrictions and you can stop as much as you like. I saw a wide range of people the day I climbed from 6 to 60 years old.
Some people treated it just like a walk. Not me.
The first 1000ft of the walk was fine. Small inclines, some big steps to climb up. Easy. It wasn’t until we made our first stop that we felt the strain.
Prior to this I had done zero training. I’d say I’m an active person, I have an active job where I’m moving around average 13,000 steps a day (Tracked via my Fitbit) and have done a few long walks on weekends. We stopped plenty of times on the way up drinking plenty of water and eating snacks to give us energy. The clouds where low the day we climbed which created a nice drizzle in the air which helped us cool a lot faster (We got over halfway up Nevis in just a t-shirt).
Once reaching the 8 switchbacks we knew this is when the proper climbing started.