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weston.front

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Greetings from Lancashire
« on: 14:16:25, 13/01/21 »
Well hello
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This all feels rather like 1989 when as a fresher we introduced ourselves to each other on the basis of which A 'levels we'd taken.  So that tells you for a start that I was either a child prodigy or that I am almost 50... 

I've been backpacking since I was 13 and started to enjoy it when I was 16 and because of that transition have continued until this day.  When I married I spent my time cycle touring rather than backpacking and enjoyed the journeys and did not miss the sore shoulders.  Back then it seemed a struggle to get my kit down to 20 kg.  Time has passed, technology has improved, experience has been gained and Mrs W went cold on cycle touring a few years back so I returned to my first love of hill walking with a tent and found that my kit need now only weigh 8.5-10.0 kg.  Being fortunate to live on the edge of the Forest of Bowland I thought I'd have a go a wild camping (something I did in my youth simply because of cost) and I've become hooked.  I suspect I am preaching to the choir.

I think I've now walked every path within the Forest of Bowland and visited each peak that is more than just an elevated bog.  I am thus hoping this forum will be the place for inspiration for new multi-day walks as I head further from home.  I've found 2-5 days works well for me, weekends away in the hills are a real treat and I'm indebted to Alastair Humphreys for opening my mind to the value of just nipping for a couple of days.   When I return home I enjoy writing up my micro adventures as a way to relive the experience and share inspiration with others.  When I've passed the initiation ritual of this forum I'd love to share some links to save lots of cutting and pasting.  In the meantime searching for westonfront + wordpress, should that be of interest, will give you more of an idea of my exploits.
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Finally, I'm looking for a proof reader for an article I've drafted on lightweight tent design, what I hope is a compressive summary of design principles, pro's and con's.  Perhaps this forum could be the ideal place to get feedback before I publish to the world?
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vghikers

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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #1 on: 14:33:08, 13/01/21 »
A welcome from south Manchester  :)

I'd be happy to give feedback on your article, I assume you will email it to any volunteers.

Most of the backpack routes on our site are 2-5 days, including just one 4-day tour of the Bowland Fells (one of those great trips where we literally saw nobody at all, even from a far distance).

weston.front

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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #2 on: 15:47:11, 13/01/21 »
VG - I've really enjoyed your site and gained ideas for how to shape the second half of one of my Bowland excursions based on the very walk you mention.

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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #3 on: 19:20:05, 13/01/21 »
Welcome from Portsmouth.

jimbob

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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #4 on: 20:07:16, 13/01/21 »
Another warm welcome from the hills and hollows.
Too little, too late, too bad......

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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #5 on: 20:09:28, 13/01/21 »
Welcome from the southern edge of the Lake District.

I often look across Morecambe Bay from the lowly fell behind Grange over Sands, and my eye is drawn to the Forest of Bowland hills, especially when they have a covering of snow, but I have yet to visit. I've  been a bit reticent as much of the open access land appears to be forbidden territory for dogs. What is it like for wild camping? Plenty of quiet corners, any trouble with gamekeepers etc? I'm not looking for specific recommendations, just general info.

If you are looking to go a little further afield when we are released from lockdown, the Lake District is the obvious choice as the hills are stunning and wild camping is tacitly allowed on most high ground (above the field boundaries). Since moving down from Orkney late in 2019, I have been rediscovering the fells, and have been out with my tent for several one night camps (take a look at my wordpress blog if you are interested). Also look out for Trip Reports by forum members - April and Karl are regular campers on the fells.


EDIT - I see from your blog that you already venture into the Lakes. Remarkable that hoar frost on the Buckden Pike fence.
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weston.front

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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #6 on: 21:18:24, 13/01/21 »

 I've  been a bit reticent as much of the open access land appears to be forbidden territory for dogs. What is it like for wild camping? Plenty of quiet corners, any trouble with gamekeepers etc? I'm not looking for specific recommendations, just general info.
Hi Richard.  Bowland is excellent for wild camping with one caveat.  That applies to any walking on the Bowland Fells and that is the state of the ground, which can be boggy in the extreme.  After an introduction to bog snorkelling on one day walk a few years back I now only walk there after a prolonged period of dry weather.  I guess it would also be OK after a few days below zero too.  I've seen gamekeepers a few times but never been approached by them.
As for walking with your dog, whilst you cannot take advantage of all of the open access land, you can walk with it on any right of way, whether that be within open access land or not.  So whilst your total freedom will be limited, if you stick to rights of way you are legally OK.

In the winter I walk in the Dales in the wet and the Lake District when enough free time and snow co-inside (i.e. not every year!).

Bowland in fine weather : bit.ly/3i9FxGJ.

Another option in wet weather would be to stick to the shooters tracks, which are better maintained than the B roads around here!  For example : bit.ly/3icdXbH

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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #7 on: 07:05:30, 14/01/21 »
Welcome to the forum from Aberdeenshire

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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #8 on: 08:40:06, 14/01/21 »
Welcome from Shetland, I look forward to reading about your exploits.

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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #9 on: 09:27:57, 14/01/21 »
Hi Richard.  ....snip
Bowland in fine weather : bit.ly/3i9FxGJ.


Enjoyed your blog. O0
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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #10 on: 09:29:55, 14/01/21 »
Greetings from a snowy Northumberland  :)

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« Reply #11 on: 11:15:04, 14/01/21 »
Welcome from, a currently rather dreary, Devon :) 
So many paths yet to walk, so little time left

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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #12 on: 11:20:18, 14/01/21 »
Welcome from Shetland, I look forward to reading about your exploits.
Thanks.  We hope to get to Shetland this year in June, if it is safe and legal to do so.  We had planned to visit in May 2020...  Family ambles (our son is seven) and some sea kayaking are on the menu.  I've loved time on the Inner and Outer Hebrides and look forward to the different character of this different archipelago. 

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« Reply #13 on: 09:32:44, 16/01/21 »
Shetland is wonderful - I was fortunate in that I had 2 consecutive jobs that involved travelling to Shetland over a period of 17 years, from Fair Isle to Muckle Flugga.
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Re: Greetings from Lancashire
« Reply #14 on: 12:45:55, 18/01/21 »
Welcome from Cornwall.  O0