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Mark Rowe

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I grew up in the wilds of the Hertfordshire/ M25 border and to my parents' disbelief always preferred walking, wildlife and woods to football.   As well as writing for Walk, I write features on the great outdoors, the environment, climate change...

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Mammut Trovat Jacket

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+ Mammut describes the Trovat jacket as 'an ideal companion during the cold season'. Having obtained this jacket during a brief summer heatwave, we had to wait some time before properly road-testing it. In fact, it's so effective at retaining heat...

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Mark Rowe: Mortal man

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I guess the fact we had booked in for the night at the Mortal Man hotel in Troutbeck should have forewarned us to take a little more care that day. I should add that I don't hold anything against the...

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The etiquette of hello

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There's a lovely scene in Crocodile Dundee, where Paul Hogan leans out of a car window in Manhattan and exchanges greetings with a stereotypical business suit. "I'm in town for a couple of days, probably see ya around," he says...

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Go with the flow

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By Mark Rowe Brinkies Brae is a hill that looms up behind the Orcadian town of Stromness like an ocean wave. At its base, the town’s thick-set 18th-century houses are all but embedded in its granite. Steps have been cut up...

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Walking the Beacons Way

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WORDS Mark Rowe | PHOTOGRAPHY Steve Morgan       A flock of goldfinches flits above the rowan trees that overhang the Afon Tawe, a river that clatters rather than babbles its way over the limestone rocks. Together with the freeze-frame heron on the riverbank...

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Walk to the future

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By:Mark Rowe The global pandemic has underlined the importance of walking and accessing nature, raising some big questions – and unique opportunities. Mark Rowe considers the implications So then, how are your local walks going? Perhaps you live deep in the countryside...

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Mark Rowe: keeping the memory of Flanders Fields alive

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You can't beat a decent pint, or, since I was in Belgium at the time, a decent 330mls, after a day's walking. I'd been meandering around the battlefields of Flanders, outside Ypres. Hiking is too energetic and purposeful word for...

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My perfect day: Andrew Motion

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Where would you wake up on your perfect day? On the coast of Norfolk, sleeping out with the seals of Blakeney Point. My wife and I have had some very happy times together there. There’s a memory cake there for me...

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The Big Walk: Ullswater Way

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Words by Mark Rowe, photography by Steve Morgan A quick swig from the water bottle, then a modest zig-zag up and over boulders and turf, and I'm there. Standing on top of Airy Crag, the 481m summit of Gowbarrow Fell, I’m repaid...

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The Big Walk: Treasure island

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  By: Mark Rowe, photography by Ross Woodhall. Sir John Betjeman once described the western part of the Isle of Wight as ‘an earthquake poised in mid-explosion’. Standing above the Needles, the incisor-shaped chalk pinnacles that punch up from the Solent on...

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The Big Walk: Exploring Poldark Country

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Words by Mark Rowe and photography by Steve Morgan Sitting under a palm tree, I watch a heron shrug its shoulders and flap its way across the mudflats. Kernels from a Monterrey pine lie at my feet. I’m in Devoran, a...

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Big walk: GM Ringway

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Words by Mark Rowe I Photography by Steve Morgan    Mark heading for Mellor Moor, with Stockport and Manchester in the distance. In the depths of December, when the mist is down, the wind up, Winter Hill must be well named. But on a...

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The Big Walk: More Moor

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Words by Mark Rowe and photography by Steve Morgan   How do you feel when you start a long-distance walk? Eager? Full of anticipation? As I stand on the shores of Wembury in south Devon, I feel both emotions, but I also...

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Step Change

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WORDS MARK ROWE | ILLUSTRATION KERRY HYNDMAN   Walking, as we all know, can be a cure for many ills: it can lift the soul on both a cloudy day and a clouded mind. It can also make a difference in many...

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All Points West - The Coleridge Way

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Words by Mark Rowe, photography by Steve Morgan When I was 17 and revising for my English A-Level I did something decidedly un-cool. In search of inspiration I headed for the Lake District with an anthology of Romantic poetry in my backpack....

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Connecting the coast

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Words Mark Rowe | Illustration Stephen Millership As islanders, we are almost hypnotically drawn to our coast. So the news that the England Coast Path – the landmark trail tracing the nation’s entire coastline – is on track to be completed,...

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Walk through the front line of WWI

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‘All the hills and vales along / Earth is bursting into song,’ wrote the war poet Charles Hamilton Sorley. ‘And the singers are the chaps / who are going to die perhaps...’ Sorley’s poetry comes to mind as I walk...

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Walking the Hebridean Way

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WORDS Mark Rowe | PHOTOGRAPHY Steve Morgan    You can easily feel quite lonely, quite quickly, in the Outer Hebrides. On balance, I find this a positive experience. I've walked for barely 15 minutes from Leverburgh, landfall for ferries on the southern coast of Harris,...

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The coast is clear

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Words by Mark Rowe Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland The 4,345km/2,700-mile England Coast Path will be the world’s longest continuous path. With more than half its length now open or approved, we caught up with the Ramblers volunteers working to establish the official route and explored...

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