Hello readers!

1 03 2011

I’ve started this blog in response to requests from my friends to write further about my cowardly exploits in the hills of Britain and elsewhere.

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Wiay, Outer Hebrides

23 05 2015

Having to put this archival post out – all due to the Post Office who decided, in their infinite wisdom, to not deliver my films for processing for a whole week! (and to charge an extra £3.17 postage in the process)… That means that it will now be at least another week before my photos come back for scanning so all the posts I’ve written for my recent burst of activity will have to wait awhile. Royal Mail used to be good once – now, like so many of our British institutions, going rapidly downhill :-( Read the rest of this entry »





Birkhouse Moor with a Third Leg!

17 05 2015

After a bad finish to what should have been a lovely day on Gowbarrow via the Panorama route two days before (post to follow when my photos are back), I had to have a day off to let my disintegrating leg recover. For the first time ever, I had to sit it out while Richard bagged a Wainwright (Birks) on his own :-( Read the rest of this entry »





Brimham Rocks

4 05 2015

Luckily for me, I don’t live too far from this superb area of rock architecture but I don’t visit nearly often enough. On the times I do, I unfortunately get stuck on many of the rock towers as I find many of them easy to ascend but hellish to get back down again!

Brimham rocks-distant towers & heather
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Water View

26 04 2015

In Britain, it is the usual ‘sport’ to complain about the sheer amount of water we receive from our grey skies – but at least it makes for wonderful photos! Here are some of my favourite stretches of water…

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Conwy Estuary on a very wet evening Read the rest of this entry »





The Motorway Service Station Gateway to Scotland

18 04 2015

Why on earth is the Mountain Coward writing about service stations I hear you mutter (hopefully you’ve opened this post though). Well, partly because I can’t really hill-walk at the moment (severe leg problems). Also because the first sensible service station to visit on the way north on our regular pilgrimages to Scotland from England is, of course, Annandale Water. Read the rest of this entry »





An Invaluable Munroing Companion

6 04 2015

Most people who read my blog probably know by now that I do most of my Scottish hillwalking on my own – that was true for more than half of the Munros and nearly all the Munro Tops. This isn’t because I’m anti-social but more due to my nature which is that of an out-and-out bagger.

There are days when most people wouldn’t go near a 3000 foot Scottish hill as the weather is dire, there’s not going to be a view etc. However, I was always too obsessed for that approach to be taken – that and it costs me a lot in time and money for all my Scottish trips so I always feel I have to make the most of as many days as possbile when I’m up there. Dire days have generally led to the refusal of others to accompany me so I’ve just gone ahead on my own.

Walking companions have come and gone – indeed, many have simply worn out. But I couldn’t have done the Munros without the one in this post… Read the rest of this entry »





Trespassing in the Hambledon Hills

28 03 2015

When my mother dropped me off to do this walk, I had no idea I was due an embarrassing encounter with ‘the gentry’ of the area. A tale of a wilful trespass… Read the rest of this entry »