Longsleddale in the Lake District

Longsleddale is a hidden-away valley in the East Lake District.Postman-Pat  Even though Longsleddale can be reached very quickly from Kendal and the A6, with no shops/pubs and served by a narrow 6 mile single-track road, few people visit.  

Apparently the valley provided the inspiration for the children’s’  story Postman Pat, even if Longsleddale  appears  to have only one post box.  Stayed in a wonderful little place called Cappelbarrow. 

From the head of the valley – where the road ends, you can walk over to Kentmere to the west,  or continue north via the  Gatesgarth Pass to Haweswater.  Though it didn’t rain once, the hills above the valley can get very very wet and boggy.  It was also the lambing season with farmers bringing down sheep from the fell side.

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A quick trip to New York City

Lucky enough to visit the Big Apple, a couple of weeks ago. The usual exciting feeling when, after catching the subway from JFK,  you hit street level and that tall skyline  – which looks equally impressive whichever way you approach.

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Wonderful sunshine for most of the time  and so it felt like summer up in Central Park  

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Visited Long Island -never been. Up in the Hamptons  NYCs  ‘liberal elite’  might also have a  home, but not much happening at the beach..

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And also spent an evening or two at the Bitter End Club in Greenwich Village, where Dylan first played over 50 years ago20170222_205343


The Statue of Liberty sailing away to sea ?    

Just like in Paul Simon’s American Tune  

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Morocco mountain bike trip

Exodus Travel  Atlas downhill  Dec 27- Jan 3rd 2017

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Mountain biking in Morocco is completely different to anything I’ve previously experienced. Long, sometimes rocky descents are possible with great views of the barren landscape, that’s  if you dare to take your eyes off the track  – there were also a few ‘ups’ (!)  The trip involved six days of riding from three locations.

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ThExodus bikes had tubeless tyres resulting in few punctures, although immediate technical support was always available. An excellent and well organised adventure. Well done to them.

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