Shanks' pony

There are plenty of phrases for walking; shanks' pony and mooching being my favourites. For me, it's the art of wandering about taking in the sights, smells and sounds of the outdoors. I've found it quite addictive over the years to the chagrin of my pension pot but as my better half reminds me, there are no pockets in shrouds.

However, as usual there is a but.

My but is I wish I had kept a log of all my walks over the years and miles, it would be hefty tome by now. But (another one), I console myself in the knowledge that I was there. I came, I conquered (most of the time) and went home happy, and with all my rubbish. Sadly, not everyone can say that.

The walks below are just a few areas I have had the pleasure of discovering. Once the skill of map reading is mastered, the world or at least the area covered by the map, is your oyster – which is strange as I'm not too keen on oysters…

Please note: have an online map covering the British in detailed Ordnance Survey maps. A great way to peruse a walk before purchasing a map or two (see below).

England and beyond

February 2024 and although the dreaded lurgy (Covid-19) is still amongst us life has returned to normal. Well, apart from the wars, genocide and the general imploding of society.

But look on the bright side; we can go for a walk without getting arrested. Click the link for maps, walking books and much more. Fill your boots but not literally of course.

Happy moochin'.

Lake District

It doesn't matter whether you mooch, cycle or ride into the hills and dales, or enjoy the delightful villages at a sedate pace, the Lake District is truly lovely. I have visited many times and I wish I had made the area my home.

The maps pictured below will take the adventurous on journeys through some of the best views in England, if not the world. If it's your first time visiting, you really are in for a treat. The hills are a joy and you don't have to get high to appreciate the stunning vistas. It does rain though, sometimes . . .


One of the world's last wildernesses, Scotland. Land of the brave with blue on their faces, sublime water of life, amazing walking a plenty and big men tossing their cabers whilst going commando under woollen kilts. What is there not to love!

Below is a small selection of the mind boggling picturesque regions to explore. I can thoroughly recommended a few days on Skye, stunning even when the liquid sunshine breaks through.


Home to Snowdonia National Park, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales has much to offer. Whether you are a day walker or a member of the Long Distance Walkers Association, there is a path for you.

The Black Mountains in south east Wales never disappoint and travel from Herefordshire in the UK into Powys and Monmouthshire. Ideal for long day walks or longer camping trips.


Everybody says it but in Ireland you really can walk in the footprints of giants. Visit the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. Thousands of basalt columns formed when two giants had a punch-up or, it might have been Mother Nature. Either way it's fun to explore.

In Eire (southern Ireland) I can personally recommend Purple Mountain for a day out but the highest, Carrauntoohil, still evades me. Expect a warm, friendly welcome.