Your Walking and Hiking Stories
- They Stole My Shoes!
On an incredibly foggy October morning, a few friends and I were on DofE in the Forest of Dean, when we entered a field with 30-40 cows. At first it seemed that there were only a few, but they kept . . . [more]
- Re Dogs Off Lead
I have a large, ridiculously friendly gundog who doesn't jump up, attack, bark or otherwise go in for any antisocial behaviour to people, kids or other dogs - he basically just wants to cuddle, and be . . . [more]
- Staffies - Nature or Nurture
I happened upon this website when looking for dog owners views on other dogs running free when out walking. I noted that a qualified Vet, Mr Etrice, has made several remarks about SBT, and the damage . . . [more]
- Threatened by cows In The Cotswolds
Walking in the Cotswolds at dusk along a footpath through a gated field a group of 15 or so black adult cows crowded round quite quickly and decisively. I was near the field edge so when one started . . . [more]
- Nasty Experience with loose dogs on The Sandstone Trail, Frodsham
I had a particularly nasty experience whilst walking along the Sandstone Trail on Friday 19th October 2012. At the bottom the Bakers Dozen staircase at the end of a particularly enjoyable walk . . . [more]
- Doing The Duke of Edinburgh Expedition
For my gold Duke of Edinburgh training expedition, we were walking from Llangollen to Lake Vyrnwy, in Wales. The weather previously in the week had been awful, with torrential rain in the week . . . [more]
- Sheep Dogs
Does anyone share my concern about the way some farmers treat their sheep dogs. Walking in Cumbria and Yorkshire I seem to come across too many dogs chained up, or shut in dark sheds with their noses . . . [more]
- Sharp Edge, Best Scramble, Worst Scramble!
I have experienced the two extremes of sharp edge., First time, very misty, but somehow the rock was very grippy and friendly to be on. We followed the crest of the ridge all the way - found . . . [more]
- Dogs And Sheep On High Spy
Whilst out walking on High Spy on Saturday last I was disgusted with the attitude of a young family walking with 2 dogs. Three times from the hillside we saw them allowing their dogs to chase the . . . [more]
- Funny Who You Bump Into!
I walked Hadrians Wall over 5 days in April west to east.On day 3 I saw this man limping infront of me I caught up with him and asked if he minded some company,he said no and it turned out we were . . . [more]
- Sharp Edge is Scary
I did the walk this summer and agree with previous posts, this is far harder than Striding Edge. The walk / climb is tremendous and fulfilling. I did it with my father-in-law and we still wax lyrical . . . [more]
- Wild Cattle on The West Mendip Way
My then partner and I were pursued by some very wild looking bullocks up beyond Shipham in Somerset.
I was brought up in The Cotswolds and have always enjoyed the countryside, and, indeed, . . . [more]
- Climbing Ben Nevis
As many of you will know it's a bit of a long trek up to the top of Ben Nevis.
When myself and four friends reached the top the most unlikely thing - i.e. bird song greeted us, it was . . . [more]
- Walking through Fields of Cows
I'm 60 and have been walking through fields of cows, sometimes with a bull, bullocks, and lone bulls for a long time. I grew up with cattle so I think I understand them.
The advice given . . . [more]
- Encountering Cows between Cilcain and Offa
I think I may have met some cattle who were used to associating people in their field with 'dinner time', rather like Barbara's sheep (see more]
- Walking from Coast to Coast
Whilst walking from one coast to the other in the United Kingdom, I feel that I learned a lot not only about myself, but the people I was with.
Walking is one of the rare times in life . . . [more]
- Moel Famau - Route instructions? Who needs route instructions?
It was on our summer holidays in North Wales that the kids announced they wanted to go hill walking. OK fine, we'll try a couple of low ones - no problem.
So, when we get home its off to the . . . [more]
- A Load Of Bull On The Hadrian's Wall Trail
While walking the Hadrian's Wall Trail, just outside of Brough on Sands we encountered our first and, as it turned out, not the last heard of young bulls.
We noticed a 'bus shelter' with . . . [more]
- Sheep Rustling - But Not As We Know It
I've been reading some of the ditties on your splendid website - I think I know the answer to why the sheep/cattle came running to these folks (see more]
- Walking The Carn Mor Dearg (CMD) Arete, Ben Nevis, Scotland
Some friends and I decided we wanted to do Ben Nevis but we didn't want to go via the Tourist route so instead we took on the physically and mentally challenging (in snow!) Carn Mor Dearg (CMD) . . . [more]
- Withnell Moor And I - In The Dark
I always walk around the South West Pennines - the beautiful Rivington Moor and Winter Hill overlooking Bolton & Chorley - and Darwen Moor is also pretty delightful.
There really is no . . . [more]
- Norwegian Wood - Isn't it Good?
Hi, here's my worst lost story.
We were working in Norway on a job in the middle of nowhere.
The job was finished and flight home not till Monday, so Sunday afternoon was ours . . . [more]
- Dehydration In Winter
A sunny January day, snow lying on the ground, coffee in my bag, butties & biscuits.
Everything to stop potential hypothermia in case of an accident. I'm wearing wet gear to keep the . . . [more]
- Mobile Phones! Give It A Rest Please!
Is it me or does anyone else get total exasperated by people with mobile phones?
Last August, we clambered wearily to the top of Grisedale Pike in the Lake District only to discover some . . . [more]
- Dogs off leads and walking
Hello, re the previous e-mails & various opinions about dogs being off the lead in open countryside - those who have never owned a problem dog are unlikely to understand fully when they think they . . . [more]
- Moel Siabod - Or Should That Be Moel Can't See-a-thing
Christmas Eve 1998.
On the usual family break in Snowdonia; joining us is my mate Dave who is seeking some festive distractions.
Dad drops us at the start of the path up Moel . . . [more]
- My dog was shot by a Farmer
My first German Shepherd was shot by a farmer 5 years ago for worrying his flock.
My dog had escaped from me and was bounding around in his fields. However, I was in the field behind her, . . . [more]
- Did Someone Say Fire?
Whilst doing my usual stint up to the summit of Great Hill I could smell a grass fire and could see plumes of smoke in the . . . [more]
- Excuse Me, But Who's your Mate?
My partner and myself were recently walking in the Peak District near Brassington. A seemingly ordinary Sunday morning stroll took on a very different look when entering a series of open fields . . . [more]
- Excuse Me, But You're Crowding Me
I would like to add to the story told by Phil Goodman - my experience of cows was . . . [more]
- The stupidity and ignorance of some dog owners is beyond belief.
I was walking on the path along the shore of Rydal Water last autumn just below Loughrigg Terrace (more]
- Is That A Mitt In Your Pocket - Or Are You Just Pleased To See Me?
I once had the most painful experience on Walk ny157 High Harker Hill and Greets Hill from Reeth in The Yorkshire . . . [more]
- Sharp Edge
Good Day to you all.
I have just returned from Scales today (May 10, 2002), after attempting your walk description from your site more]
- Keith Higginbotham's Hebridean Odyssey
Holidays are about getting away from it all - about leaving behind the plastic paraphernalia of modern day life - the clawing claustrophobia, the unceasing demands and pressures of industry and its . . . [more]
- What about the dog . . . ?
I would just like to say that what bugs me is how dog unfriendly UK footpaths are. Lots of them are totally wired up so that dogs cannot get through at all.
The vast majority of people who . . . [more]
- Not all pubs welcome walkers!
I know you sometimes have recommendations of walker-friendly pubs but do you also let readers know about walker very unfriendly pubs?
Our walking group was refused service by a most . . . [more]
- Dogs and Walking Poles?
Perhaps hiking poles can double up as a form of self defence against aggressive dogs and thoughtless owners?
We went on a guided walk on Dartmoor and giggled and asked the usual question - . . . [more]
- Is it time I bought a GPS for walking?
Some years ago I set of to walk Scafell Pike with a small group of friends. For a change I was not leading and the task was given to my sister-in-law so I decided to sit back an enjoy the ride. . . . [more]
- Don't forget the dog!
When wandering off into the mountains, top of my things to take list is not map, compass or boots, it is my faithful walking companion Elle, my Cairn Terrier.
When the going start to get . . . [more]
- Up To One's Arse on Ullscarf
The weather man said it would probably snow.
It had been raining all night and it was raining now as we were doing up our laces in Dob Gill Car Park on the East shore of Thirlmere in the . . . [more]
- Doesn't a lead keep the dog safe?
Yesterday me and the dog had a excellent 4hr dash up Helvellyn, but we started the day on a downer.
On leaving the car park at Wythburn we came across a poster asking had anyone seen this . . . [more]
- Dogged On Winter Hill
Christmas Day, 2000. The Morecambe & Wise Show (repeat), The Sound of Music, Quality Street Chocolates, too much food. . . or a walk on Winter Hill. No contest.
We parked the car near . . . [more]
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