• Tarp Tuesday: Episode 1

    When your head’s a bit all over the place, it’s nice to escape the real world and bring it back to basics. A last-minute suggestion from Lorna to fulfil a bucket-list stomp, sleep and swim at Mermaid’s Pool in the Peak District was the perfect remedy. We parked at the foot of Kinder Reservoir and waded through the open access…

  • Wild camping in the Peak District

    What a night! Lorna and I decided that the wonderful weather forecast warranted some much-needed time outside so we packed our bags and hiked from Bradwell to Glossop with an overnight stop up a hill. Wild camping is so much fun: fewer people/noise, amazing views over some of the country’s greatest landscapes and a feeling that you’re cheating the system.…

  • Changing landscapes

    Recently, I’ve been using Holmfirth Road as my local hill climb and also as part of weekend rides. I feel like I have a relationship with this hill: I visit regularly enough to know what mood she’s in, what her surroundings are doing, whether she’ll let me see the reservoir or if I’ll enjoy the descent back home. I’ve been…