Britain’s Favourite Walks

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Snowdonia

You watched it. I watched it. We all watched it.

You didn’t?  What? This has to have been one of the best things on TV so far this year – maybe in a long time (for me).

“From one end of the country to the other, from the mountains to the sea – we’ve pretty much covered every bit of Britain that there is for hikers to explore.”
– Ore Oduba
It was a two-and-a-half-hour special on ITV and was a countdown of Britain’s favourite 100 walks – featuring all your favourite mountains and coastal paths.
Based on the results of the largest survey ever conducted into the UK’s hiking habits, the top 100 have been voted for by more than 8,000 walking enthusiasts. You can watch it on the ITV Hub here if you missed it –  https://www.itv.com/hub/britains-favourite-walks-top-100/2a5330a0001
“This could be your next big adventure – you’re going to be blown away.” – Julia Bradbury
All the walks (slash hikes) are available on the Ordnance Survey website and downloadable to subscribers.

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getoutside/itvs-britains-100-favourite-walks/

Why am I talking about this? Well I’ve taken my bike to a few of these places as well as walked a few too. But this morning I’ve seen so many bike forums and Facebook pages flooded with requests like “Can you ride on Helvellyn?” and its great. Bikers, hikers and sofa sitters up and down the country probably broke the OS website last night looking up routes to explore.

But before you all head off to Glencoe, Stanage Edge, Snowdon, the Lake District etc just remember that not all walkers paths can be ridden both practically and legally. Snowdon has set times for mountain bikers – check before you go.

Check the OS map for bridleways and byways and not footpaths! Or hire a guide!

Walna Scar Road Shuttle Drop Off
Walna Scar Road

Ask me even!  Or check out some of the published guide books on mountain biking on the Lakes, Peaks or Snowdonia for instance or online lists on MBR for example.

http://www.mbr.co.uk/news/20-best-mountain-bike-trails-uk-322684

There’s a reason why us mountain bikers havent been to Malham Cove and Gordale Scar – its simple not possible by bike due to the sheer cliffs and the footpath only access.

Suiting up after our dip in Windermere
Lake Windermere

Make these locations absolutley part of your plans but PLEASE check before you go taking a bike.

RBS 6 Nations Week 1

RBS 6 Nations Week 1

It’s all about the points difference…

Italy 23 v 18 France

Italy rocked the rugby world and the 6 Nations on Sunday by beating the favourites France in a nail-biting opening game in Rome to win 23-18.  In pre-tournament talk the Italians indicated they had something to offer this year and they certainly delivered yesterday at the Stadio Olimpico. They go to Murrayfield next week to take on Scotland who for a few minutes on Saturday looked capable of scoring but eventually crumbled under a strong England performance at Twickenham.

Scotland v Italy Prediction – A tight game with Italy eventually winning by a small margin. Similar score to the French game.

England 38 v 18 Scotland

England lived up to the hype and delivered a composed 4 try performance at home (Twickenham) against an ever hopeful Scotland. There were a few moments and 2 tries from Scotland but discipline was their ultimate undoing and 4 penalties added another 12 points to the score tally. Owen Farrell is rapidly growing into a world-class no 10. Next week England travel to Dublin for what many think is the early tournament (Grand Slam even) decider.

Ireland v England Prediction – A blistering game with a host of tries and England winning by a clear 10 points.

Wales 22 v 30 Ireland

Wales, what have you done? Ireland slipped in a quick try and were 3-30 just after half time with it looking like they were going to score a half century! Then something clicked. The slow ball from the forwards and half backs started to come out a bit quicker and what I think is still the best set of backs in the tournament were released and Wales began to score. Ireland were on the back foot, under pressure but ultimately holding on. 3 tries from Wales wasn’t enough and they were left with 4 minutes to go and 2 scores needed. It was a great second half but Wales should have put the game to bed when 2 yellow cards for Ireland for pivotal players in Rory Best and Conor Murray left them down to 14 men for a quarter of the game. Must try harder next week boys.

Next week is a trip to Paris! “Which French team will turn up?” the usual question and the whole of France and Wales will be expecting a different side to the one that went to Rome…

France v Wales Prediction – I can’t call it… Both teams need to win with so much to prove and so many demons to exorcise. Hate to say it but I think France will edge it.

Wales just need to keep the points difference down to a minimum if we are to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon – the battle for which could well be in Scotland on the 9th March.