Tag Archives : mountains


Under the hills of Torridon

There aren’t many more stunning parts of the country than Torridon in Wester Ross on the coast of the Northwest Highlands. The steeply enclosed Glen Torridon, with its mountain river tumbling down from the Coulin Estate, and its mirror lochans like Lochan an Iasgair. Opening out to the sea loch, Loch Torridon, dotted with tiny […]

Winter in Keswick

In February 2010 I booked the train up to Penrith… only to break the bicycle I’d planned to take on the day before departure…. so changed plans and walked everywhere in the snow around Keswick and Derwent Water, where the boat bus company fought to break the ice… up over Walla Cragg and Latrigg in […]

A82

The A82 between Tyndrum and North Ballachulish in the West Highlands is a remarkable road. Astonishing not just for the breathtaking moorland and mountain landscape that it floats across and weaves through. And the extraordinarily difficult remote and hostile conditions in which it was constructed, across deep peat bogs, around peaks and lochans and over […]

On Snowdon

Some shots from Britain’s busiest mountain, and the highest in Wales, mostly from an ascent in June 2009. It’s not just that Snowdon is busy with tourists hiking on the several ascent paths. Far more visibly than many of Britain’s highlands, it’s a very developed and exploited landscape — and not just in terms of […]

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… …reflected in Derwent Water. The same view that appealed to and was exaggerated by the Romantic […]

Cwmorthin

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. Most of the workings are underground, in the many miles of mine tunnels that climb and descend inside the mountain, some of them still open […]

Haystacks

Not a big hill by Lake District standards, but a popular one. Because of its pleasant ascents past the tarns and rock formations. And the view over Buttermere and the valley. More on Wikipedia.

Los Lagos

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 Lagos. Below are a selection of out-of-context […]

Moel-y-gest

There’s a hill at Porthmadog behind the Black Rock Sands, a moel, Moel-y-gest. A 200 metre grey and green granite lump. Paths weave through the lower slopes, past the grazing sheep and dairy cows. Converging, often merging into the heather and bracken, meandering through the rocky plug of the peak. Where you can finally stop […]