Biophilia ~ an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world I belong nowhere else than the place I feel is home, where the air is fresh to breathe, warm sunlight to feel, and magical sounds to hear. When I am immersed in all that nourishes me, I feel the gentleness, … More Biophilia

A Shared Experience

“Happiness only real when shared” ~ Christopher McCandless (1968-1992) My partner and I discovered a love for hiking together during a holiday to the English Lake District. We stumbled around for most of the week without proper maps or waterproofs. We didn’t know any of the mountains by name, and certainly had no clue about … More A Shared Experience

Perfect Imperfections

This image was taken many years ago on a Christmas Day hike onto the summit of Dale Head in the English Lake District. The hike began under grey and overcast conditions, but soon upon reaching the mountain ridge, sunlight appeared across the land. Filled with delight, I ran from viewpoint to viewpoint trying to capture … More Perfect Imperfections

The Carmarthen Fans

The Carmarthen Fans: Picws Du (749m/2457ft), Fan Brycheiniog (802m/2631ft) Distance: Full route 15 km (9.3 miles). Short route 4.2 km (2.6 miles) Map & Guidebook: OS Explorer Map OL12, Walking On The Brecon Beacons (A Cicerone Guide) by Andrew Davies and David Whittaker Trailhead: Head of the Sawdde Valley car park (SN800 238) The Carmarthen Fans … More The Carmarthen Fans

Discovering Nature

Having spent most of my time growing up in a city, it wasn’t until I was in my early thirties that I discovered the great outdoors. I strongly believe that accessibility to the natural world, such as hiking in mountains, is not necessarily available to all. For children growing up in cities, there is no … More Discovering Nature

Remember To Breathe

“We have to learn to live our life deeply as a human being. We need to live every breath deeply, so that we have peace, joy, and freedom as we breathe.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh When we dig deep into the practices of Yoga, Tai Chi, or Meditation, what becomes apparent is the universal message … More Remember To Breathe

Scafell Pike: The Highest Mountain In England

Scafell Pike at 978m/3209ft is the highest mountain in England. Map & Guidebook: OS Explorer Map OL4 & OL6. A Pictorial Guide To The Lakeland Fells: Book Four, The Southern Fells, Alfred Wainwright, Frances Lincoln Limited. Trailhead: Seathwaite Farm car park (Borrowdale Valley) The walk is 10 miles/16 km return. On a hazy summer’s day in … More Scafell Pike: The Highest Mountain In England

The Glyderau Mountains

The Glyderau mountain range consists of twelve summits and occupies an unique position in Snowdonia National Park. Located between the Snowdon massif and the expansive mountains of the Carneddau, the Glyderau ridge offers far reaching mountainous scenery. From the ground, the two highest peaks Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach are unassuming. The broad mountain plateau obscure … More The Glyderau Mountains

Crimpiau, Snowdonia National Park

Crimpiau (475m/1558ft), Snowdonia National Park, North Wales Distance: 6 km (3.5 miles) Trailhead: SNPA car park, Capel Curig off the A5 road Map & Guidebook: OS Explorer Map OL17. A Pictorial Guide to The Mountains of Snowdonia 1. The Northern Peaks, John Gillham Nearest Accommodation: Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed, Beddgelert For a modest elevation of 475m, Crimpiau occupies … More Crimpiau, Snowdonia National Park