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Peak District / Re: Looking for a day hike
« Last post by Hillhiker1 on Today at 19:22:43 »
You can extend it by trying to find the summit of Kinder Scout once up on the plateau. Its marked by an OS trig point and we have to take their word for it that its the highest point!  :-)

Steve / Dave, That trig point's not actually at the highest point. The high spot is at SK 08522 87527 and it's pretty tricky to find and easiest to access (IME) from from the Pym Chair area. (TBH it's not worth the effort though, the trig is a much nicer spot) The real summit sports a couple of rocks on a mound that's barely discernibly higher than the surrounding peat.
Gear / Re: Do we need walking boots?
« Last post by Cairncamper on Today at 18:50:28 »
Is'nt there the thing of boots with "ankle support" actually putting strain on the knees more.

Your ankle is designed to move the way it does for balance, and to allow you to move your foot in loads of different directions when you walk on varied terrain.

With ankle support you have less movement, aren't able to position your foot as good, and if you do go over, you impact your knees more.

Ive thought about some of the areas I've walked in, and how ankle support would have made me less stable, and more prone to falling harder and injuring my knees more as well.

For Wales you could try the Cambrian Way route (should be able to find that on the internet) between Abergavenny and Crickhowell via Twmpa.   The only downside is that there's no railway at Crickhowell, however since the two towns are so close you can get a bus in a few minutes from Crickhowell back to Abergavenny.

When I walked it there was a Youth Hostel at Capel-y-ffin which is where I spent the night, however just west of Capel-y-ffin is the Grwynne Fawr reservoir which would fulfil your need for a place to filter some water.

I still rate the two days I spent on this section of the Cambrian Way as one of the best two day walks in Britain.

As to legality, you usually find that provided you leave the site as you found it, nobody really cares that much.

Gear / Re: Do we need walking boots?
« Last post by pauldawes on Today at 17:34:32 »
I think the book is about the kind of backpacking where you go to a far away place,stay in a dodgy hostel and get murdered by the local misfit. ;)

Certainly not written by anybody we'd think of as a walker!

Mind you, I'd have thought recommending walking about with a grand's worth of mobile entertainment equipment wouldn't be great advice for a backpacker stopping in a dodgy hostel, either.
Photography / Re: Doing the Dales
« Last post by DevonDave on Today at 17:30:01 »
That is a beautiful photo MWM.  If I'm not mistaken it's a linnet.
Peak District / Re: Looking for a day hike
« Last post by pauldawes on Today at 17:24:11 »
Edale...of course...a good choice...for anybody based on Manchester.

One pleasant and easy way to get an overview of the terrain is to get on a Manchester to Sheffield train and and take in the scenery.

The fact that Hope Valley line runs the valley makes it possible to do linear walks through parts of the don't have to make your way back to point you started from. This makes for very flexible walking. (Hope Valley stations include Bredbury, Romiley, Marple, Strines, New Mills, Chinley, Edale, Hope, Bamford, Hathersage, Grindleford, Dore.)

Some one mentioned...for example...that train service to Edale is only once every two hours (with exception of Saturdays when its hourly). It can be better therefore to catch train to Edale and walk through to somewhere like Chinley where there are more frequent trains back to Manchester.
Gear / Re: Looking for a book recomendation
« Last post by Snowman on Today at 16:55:55 »
On the subject of books, get a Kindle (or equivalent).    You can carry hundreds of books in your rucksack and take the space of a quarter of a paperback.   Not so good on a long trip away from civilisation though as although the battery life is good (significantly better than using 'book' apps on a phone or pad) it doesn't last forever.

Gear / Re: Securing my rucksack, making it nick proof?
« Last post by Snowman on Today at 16:49:26 »
I have a Pacsafe for use when flying abroad since in some of the world's airports things can go missing from anything that isn't locked down.   It is a sort of wire bag that surrounds your rucksack and can be pulled tight to prevent access to any of your rucksack's pockets.    It then secures with a padlock.   You could then use a bicycle chain to attach it to something that isn't going anywhere.

The Pacsafe doesn't take up that much space and isn't particularly heavy (and mine easily takes my 65l rucksack) but the weight of what you use to attach that to something fixed could, as has been previously pointed out, rather defeat the object of using a lightweight tarp for camping.

I tend to use a tarp for when I'm miles away from the nearest pub anyway, and otherwise stay in the pub so have never needed the Pacsafe for similar purposes.

Gear / Re: Head torch recommendations please
« Last post by Snowman on Today at 16:33:51 »
When headtorches first came out at an affordable price, it was really a choice between a Petzl and a Petzl, so I bit the bullet and bought a Petzl.   It was OK but I had problems keeping the battery compartment closed, and eventually my wife borrowed it for a trip to Africa and it came back with the glass missing.

So not being particularly impressed with the expensive version, I decided to go for a cheaper model, and in fact have since bought the Energiser (can't remember which model) and an Alpkit, which together cost me less than the Petzl and I've had no problems with either of them.   The Alpkit is a bit bulky as it has a separate battery compartment that sits at the back of your head, which means there's a) a wire running from it to the torch bit, and b) an additional strap that goes across the top of your head to stop it slipping down to your neck.    Note that it does mean there's an additional 'rear' red light on the battery compartment which makes it useful if you're into cycling as well.

I would suggest that the ideal is a headtorch with a cree light as well as a standard led which my original Petzl didn't have.   That way you can use the led for (for example) reading at night while using the cree for moving about.    That's how I use them anyway since obviously the brighter light uses more battery power.

However by next week technology will probably have improved the options anyway

Lake District / Re: TR What we got up to in May 16
« Last post by pleb on Today at 15:54:11 »
What are summit slugs? ;D ;D ;D ;D
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