Archive for June, 2011

Trig Point at Helvellyn Summit

Trig Point at Helvellyn Summit

Cor blimey. I was duped into climbing up the 950m Lake District peak Helvellyn this weekend just gone. Helvellyn plus the legendary Striding Edge. About 750 metres up my partner turns to me and says “you do realise this is the hardest one don’t you?”, meaning the hardest Wainwright peak to conquer. This was just after the bulk of Striding Edge and just before having to climb up a very scree-ey, almost vertical part of the hill. Not fun. The descent was even less fun. But I’ve done it and I just thought I’d scare (ha ha) SHARE some pictures on the blog. You’ll see from the photos why I was happy to put myself through such abject torture.

Sca Fell on Saturday. Meep.

Edinburgh Fringe Programme

Edinburgh Fringe Programme

The Fringe programme has arrived!! I am too excited! Just had a little flick through. Apparently there are 2,542 shows on this year. Can’t possibly see them all. Here are:

Things I MUST see

1. Ruby Wax Losing It. Definitely definitely.

2. The Secret of Monkey Island (brilliant!)

Things I’d quite like to see

1. Live Brain Surgery

2. Mind Games (I see a theme here…)

3. Andi Osho: All The Single Ladies

4. Andy McKee

5. The Axis of Awesome

6. Big Comedy Gala in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support (great cause)

7. A Clockwork Orange

8. Cluedo (the musical!)

9. Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation

10. Dean Friedman (standard)

11.Fascinating Aida: Cheap Flights

12. Frisky and Mannish: Pop Centre Plus

13. Heavy Mental Rock

14. I Am Google (I might just go to throw stuff)

15. Jen Brister

16. Josie Long: The Future is Another Place

17. Lionel Richie (??)

18. The 90s in half an hour

19. Roisin Conaty: Destiny’s Dickhead

20. Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican

21. Shappi Khorsandi: Me and My Brother In Our Pants

22. 3D Hamlet: A Lost Generation (Captain Janeway’s in this. I know, further geekdom right there)

This could prove to be a rather expensive endeavour…

Check out my post on iknow-scotland blog about the best (or the worst?) show titles this year.

Lovely Map of Yorkshire

Posted: June 8, 2011 in Random
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The parish maps are really cool too. Yes I’m a geek.

I’ve done a little post about Scotland’s Festival of History over at this lovely Scotland travel blog. Huzzah!

Is that right? Huzzah? My friends seem to think so.

I admit that I don’t know an awful lot about medieval festivals as I’ve never been to one, but this one looks like a cracker. It’s got battle re-enactments, archery, falconry and so much more. Best of all, a child’s ticket costs ¬£1. A quid! Nothing costs a quid anymore. I’d be going: 1. If August wasn’t reserved for band stuff and 2. If I had kids.

Lanark Medieval Festival 2009

Look! If I went I could take pictures like that. I didn’t take this picture, this guy did.

Other Medieval festivals in England include:

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Colchester Medieval Festival (and Oyster Fayre)

and the big one: England’s Medieval Festival at Hurstmonceux Castle. Jousting! Jesters! Dammit that’s in August as well!

I’m all for urban regeneration, really I am, but I did chuckle at this odd nomination for Britain’s hippest street. It’s in Gateshead. I’ve been to Gateshead, this was my experience of Gateshead.

It’s fair enough though. The Sage is an amazing looking building, and the views from both sides of the river are really pretty at night time. Check out this North East blog for a bit more info on the subject.



OK I’ve been dithering long enough. I’ve had this blog set up for months with the intention of adding lots of insightful UK travel information to it, and still haven’t got round to it. In my defence, it’s because I’ve been busy doing field research, literally researching a lot of fields. In the past few months I have seen a lot of the best things the UK has to offer in the way of tourism, including:

– Walking. Me and my friends signed up for the Malhamdale Meander, a 23 mile hike round the parish of Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales, taking in epic features such as Malham Tarn, Malham Cove (of Harry Potter fame) and a death-defying (yeah you heard – DEATH-DEFYING) scramble up Gordale Scar. To prepare for this activity, we did:

– More walking. There was a 20 mile trip from Southport to Seaforth that we embarked on. It’s a beautiful stretch of coastline punctuated by sand dunes, nature reserves, the odd ‘Danger Zone’ and many statues of naked men. I can’t speak highly enough of it really – if you find yourself in Merseyside, as I used to regularly, go to Formby, Crosby and Southport. Of course the Friends of Real Lancashire will have me for saying those towns are in Merseyside. But they are though. Before the Southport-Seaforth trek we engaged in:

– Some more walking. The Kentmere Horseshoe was its name, it left us in a lot of pain. Sorry there’s a musical on the telly and it made me do a little rhyme. Blimey it was hard. That was only 13 miles (only) but it involved climbing a total of 9 Wainwright Peaks. We managed 6 of them before having to rush down the hillside at a rate of knots, wade through a reservoir and finish up in the dark. My esteemed colleague¬†flashed me a fair few “I kill you” looks that day. And before that there was lots more walking, and I’ll go into depth about all those walks at a later date. For now I’d just like to welcome one and all to That Travel Blog. If I don’t update this blog for another six months, there’s a whole heap of exciting travel content at the following blogs.

Wales Blog

Scotland Blog

iknow this (see what I did there) because I’m about to be writing it!