Under the hills of Torridon

[fimg id=9998552466] There aren’t many more stunning parts of the country than Torridon in Wester Ross on the coast of the Northwest Highlands. [fimg id=10665987776 size=Medium][fimg id=11752020734 size=Medium] The steeply enclosed Glen Torridon, with its mountain river tumbling down from the Coulin Estate, and its mirror lochans like Lochan an […]

Winter in Keswick

[fimg id=4399780508] In February 2010 I booked the train up to Penrith… [fimg id=4469121929 size=Medium][fimg id=4382842445 size=Medium] only to break the bicycle I’d planned to take on the day before departure…. [fimg id=5488795828] so changed plans and walked everywhere in the snow around Keswick and Derwent Water, where the boat […]


The A82 between Tyndrum and North Ballachulish in the West Highlands is a remarkable road. [fimg id=5087066582 size=Medium][fimg id=6765415487 size=Medium] Astonishing not just for the breathtaking moorland and mountain landscape that it floats across and weaves through as it climbs through Glen Coe and crosses the vast expanses of Rannoch […]

Skiddaw from the shores of Derwent Water

This is another one of those views I seem to keep returning to. With attempts from the summers of 2007 and ’08, the spring of ’09 and winter ’10. The distinctive blunted heaps of England’s fourth highest mountain, Skiddaw… [fimg id=4432780432 size=Medium][fimg id=3927773245 size=Medium] …reflected in Derwent Water. [fimg id=4254870191] […]


[fimg id=5716852828] Cwmorthin is one of the many huge disused slate quarries and mines around Blaenau Ffestiniog in Snowdonia, a mile walk up into the Moelwyn Mountains from the town and station. [fimg id=6762869559 size=Medium][fimg id=6831582141 size=Medium] Most of the workings are underground, in the many miles of mine tunnels […]


[fimg id=5981054121] Not a big hill by Lake District standards, but a popular one. [fimg id=1039686240] Because of its pleasant ascents past the tarns and rock formations. [fimg id=2624199816 size=Medium][fimg id=2708024876 size=Medium] And the view over Buttermere and the valley. [fimg id=2625896576] More on Wikipedia. [fimg id=6025940800]

Los Lagos

[fimg id=3985929723] This time last year, I was cycling around the lake district, Los Lagos, in Chilean Patagonia. I was there with Computer Aid International, who refurbish old office computers and send them to schools, hospitals, and development projects around the world, including the small city of Osorno in Los […]