Blogs archive

The giant hand

So fair a fancy

24 December 2013 by Eugene Suggett

Eugene takes a winter walk in Dorset and reflects on antiquities, orpas and superstition.

Winter walking in a snow-clad Surrey

Winter walking

21 December 2013 by Sarah Gardner

As a child of the summer, Sarah always dreaded the long winter months. And then she discovered the magic of winter walking.

Footpath signs

A very British icon

19 December 2013 by Ed Wilson

Ed Wilson ruminates on the importance of the humble footpath sign and why he beleives it is an icon of the British countryside.

Pedestrians do not frack!

South to the Sea part 4 – fracking around

17 December 2013 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea. In her fourth installment she is joined by her dad, her best friend and someone called Chick who used to know Aung San Suu Kyi, as she attempts to see some fracking.

Walking in Blackheath

Walking works

11 December 2013 by Walking Class Hero

Walking Class Hero on Nietzsche, Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie and why walking really does work.

Ouse Valley Viaduct, Sussex

Ramblers Route review: autumn abundance

06 December 2013 by Sarah Gardner

"It had been a while since I'd done a solo hike. I love walking with friends and with organised groups, but nothing beats setting off down the open road with just a rucksack for company..." Sarah reviews a route full of autumnal charm in Sussex.

Mill at Lower Slaughter, the Cotswolds

100 years of walking

05 December 2013 by Emma Bovill

As a co-operative HF Holidays is inherently social, with breaks designed for groups of friends or families, or guided walks you can join if holidaying on your own. Emma explores the options on an open day in the Cotswolds.

Paul Stancliffe

The great goose winter spectacular

03 December 2013 by Paul Stancliffe

During the winter months Britain and Ireland are among the best places in the world to spot wild geese – and getting to grips with them also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy some spectacular walks.

Phil Pickin

Restoring our precious peatlands

02 December 2013 by Phil Pickin

Despite the fact that peatland can seem featureless and rather flat, it provides us with a number of vital services: storing carbon, mitigating flooding and providing precious habitat for a range of plants and animals.

Brian Jones

The great comet

28 November 2013 by Brian Jones

Comet ISON is what astronomers class as a sungrazing comet. The moment of closest approach to the Sun of any object orbiting it is known as the perihelion, sungrazers being a class of comet that pass extremely close to the Sun. Comet ISON passes perihelion tonight – at which point it will approach to around 1,160,000 kilometres (730,000 miles) of the solar surface.