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Hiking the British mountains and hills

This is a list of our walks in everything hilly in the UK (so this basically qualifies as Mountaineering).

The spots to explore are mainly:

  • The Berwin range, in Wales (the closest)
  • Snowdonia, in Wales (also close and more scenic, we started there in April (2017).
  • The peak district.
  • The black mountains (south Wales).
  • The lake district.
  • Cheviot Hills.
  • Highlands, in Scotland.
  • Irish mountains (MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Mourne & Sperring mountains).

Llyn Idwal

On 15 April (2017), with Camilo, as part of our Easter trip to Wales (April 2017).

Llyn Idwal is a small lake in the Pont Pen-y-benglog area.


Our first lakes of the Lake district and the Cathedral Cavern

On 12 August (2017), with Georges who was visiting us and UK. This walk brought us round the Tom Ghyll waterfalls, the Tarn Hows lake, the mind-blowing Cathedral Cavern, some Cumbrian quarries and the Yew Tree Tarn lake.

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Thorpe Cloud

On 13 August (2017), the following day of the previous hike, still with Georges. This one was in the Peak District.


Round the Wrekin

On 1 October (2017).

The Wrekin is a mythic hill of Shropshire, although not an impressive one to the eye; here you see Julia and Elena in front of it:

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It is nevertheless a prominent, well-known and cherished local landmark, if not a symbol of Shropshire (at least to motorists who recognize it from the nearby motorway). A famous local expression (that locals would tell me when hearing of our excursion) is going round the Wrekin to mean, taking endless detours. There is also an adorable legend about a giant (Gwendol Wrekin ap Shenkin ap Mynyddmawr) discouraged in its plot to smother Shrewsbury by a clever cobbler, resulting in the material he had collected to be dumped at its present location. The otherwise flat surrounding indeed makes this vestige of a foiled revenge stand out, even though it is a mere 407m above the plain. It is the extension of Shropshire AONB into Telford and is also of much geological significance for its little companion, the Ercall which stands by its side. You can access both, starting with the Ercall, from Wellington's train station, which is how we approached this legend. The walks through the nearby woods are enchanting. It was a very windy day, so much so that we could not stay too long without taking cover. It is said to be extremely popular although we found few other people and even found ourselves alone treading it at some point.

Possible walks

Others that one could make from a train station (as we did for the Wrekin).

Snowdonia:

Midlands:

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