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Gear / Re: Budget woman's waterproof jacket?
« Last post by Sarah Pitht on Today at 11:06:32 »
Sorry I haven't used any Marmot so couldn't really say.

The best approach would be for your wife to look at a range of waterproofs online to get an idea of the range of features; decide which are important for her and then try on ones which offer those features. If you have the flexibility in finances, you can often order online to try out style/sizes etc (if no stockists are nearby) and the return for free (check T&Cs).
Rest of England / Re: VR - Wild camp on Backstone Edge Sat 4 Aug 18
« Last post by beefy on Today at 10:47:21 »
 ;D ;D ;D
Thanks everyone for the comments  O0
Lake District / Re: TR - Scafell Pike & Scafell via Pen & Lord's Rake
« Last post by pdstsp on Today at 09:20:40 »
Great pics and TR - by coincidence I walked up the Esk valley to Scafell for the first time on Friday - but took the more obvious route up towards Mickledore with the intention of climbing Scafell via Foxes Tarn.  However, at the turn off for Foxes Tarn the weather was so disgusting that I turned round and went back the way I had come - it had stopped being fun!  The views when you approach Graet Moss are just wonderful - and - like you I saw very few people the whole day.  Certainly an area I will go back to - wonderful walking.  Thanks for posting - nice to see what was mostly blurred on Friday!
If not for the weather then I would say, head for Scotland and some real mountains and genuine willderness.  But taking the weather into account, take a look at the North West Welsh coast.  The coastal strip gets a lot more sun that they let on and of course there are those cracking mountains.
Lake District / Re: TR - Scafell Pike & Scafell via Pen & Lord's Rake
« Last post by Strider on Yesterday at 23:43:38 »
Wonderful :)  thanks for posting Dave!
I lived in Kendal for 30 years, and although it's not in a National Park it is close to The Lake District & The Yorkshire Dales
They are both attractive places to live, which is reflected in house prices, but there are a couple of other considerations. Both planning boards are very strict in applying the rules - some would say petty. And the traffic can be very busy at times
The red tape in the Lake District could well get worse as it has recently gained World Heritage status
No doubt these factors will apply to other Parks as well

So the trick is to live close by on the fringes of a Park, but not actually in it. This has become a bit more difficult for The Yorkshire Dales & Lake District as they have recently expanded & merged

NE Cheshire, to the SE of Stockport, say around Marple or New Mills will give you access to the Peak District and the shopping & fleshpots of Manchester

The area around  and just north of Nottingham & Derby is quite pleasant & rural & reasonably priced  if you find the right spot, but will give access to the Peak District & the M1

NE Lancashire and the South Pennines, Ribble Valley, Forest of Bowland, & Pendle are rural and attractive, and you can get to Manchester, M6, M 65, M62 and so on.
 The old mill towns like Burnley, Colne, Blackburn and so on are cheap but scruffy, though like anywhere there are good parts, with some nice villages nearby
Shop around for house prices, they are in direct proportion to the distance from these towns towards the countryside; there are smaller towns that are a bit more desirable, like Skipton & Clitheroe.
Lake District / New Facebook page NoGogondola
« Last post by April on Yesterday at 23:18:27 »
There is a new facebook page see below

The address is Thornthwaite so it looks like it has been set up by the villagers themselves. Please like and share their page to show them some support.

Head for the Upper Eden valley then you will have the Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines and Lake District on you doorstep.  Not only that but property prices are lower than the national parks.  Upper Eden has a choice of pretty villages and small towns such as Kirkby Stephen and Appleby.  If you need to travel it is but a short hop to the M6 or A1.

I loved Kirkby Stephen when I walked the coast to coast.
Northumberland National Park is nice too, close to the coast and you have the Cheviots to play in too.
News and Articles / Re: Miller Moss new "Mountain" in Northern Fells
« Last post by Strider on Yesterday at 22:21:26 »
A 'moss' is a flat boggy area, it's quite a common name hereabouts.  Miller Moss is the bog below Great Lingy Hill, the name shouldn't really be applied to the summit.  I reckon the 609 point is the real Little Lingy Hill and OS have incorrectly applied the name to the 600 point which is just an insubstantial bump on the shoulder of Knott.  If you check OS online they're not even sure themselves!  Zoom in, then in again - talk about hedging your bets :D
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