What I Eat

On Nutrition

September 30, 2015

Hello, I’m Kim, and I unapologetically enjoy food.

I love pizza. I adore chocolate. Donuts. Cookies. Oh, my god.

But I also take what I eat serious. I exercise hard, I walk for around 2hrs a day with the dog, and I climb mountains (sometimes, when I’m not marathoning netflix). My body needs to work well, and it doesn’t work well on a fuck load of refined carbs & saturated fats. You’ll find wheatgrass powder, milled flaxseed and unrefined cocoa nibs in my cupboards (you’ll also find mini marshmallows & cocoa powder). I supplement my diet with whey protein after heavy weights sessions. We meal plan, we get our 7-a-day most days (although sometimes I class pizza as a vegetable), and we eat seasonally.

I used to hate food.

Food made me fat.

Food was the source of being bullied at school.

Food was something that I just couldn’t get a sensible grip on. I’d try and cut things out, but that just made me want them more and enter a binge cycle with my favourite foods.

I’ve never had an ED, but I have struggled with my body image and weight throughout my entire life. I’ve dieted with unhealthy points-based programs (seriously, how many people spend their daily ‘points’ on a ridiculously large amount of over processed food and salt laden ready meals?), and I’ve gained most of the weight back.

It’s taken me until now, at 30, to really feel comfortable with my body and what nourishes it. To unapologetically grab that second slice of cake, because now I know that I can balance out my diet. I don’t need to restrict food groups, or stop eating things that I thoroughly enjoy, just because they’re not “healthy”. It’s just a balancing act and we all just need to do the best we can.

Sali Hughes posted a really great article on the cult of wellness over on The Pool last week. I follow quite a lot of health & fitness instagram accounts and some of the comments on them are insane! And don’t even get me started on that whack 30 bananas a day chick. Jesus.

I started to focus on my personal nutritional philosophy earlier this year, after listening to the Great Courses “Nutrition Made Clear”.

My Personal Nutritional Philosophy

  • I will eat whole food, with real ingredients, and cook meals from scratch.
  • Whenever I eat meat it will be low on processing and of good quality (free range, or organic).
  • I will eat seasonally and not waste food.
  • If I want to eat cake, or chocolate, or donuts, I will. Just not a shit load at once.
  • I will eat butter not margarine. Life’s too short.
  • I will drink whole milk rather than skimmed*.
  • I will look to pulses and beans for my protein.
  • I won’t feel guilty about eating snacks, but I’ll make sure they’re a treat rather than a regular occurrence.
  • I’ll make sure my diet is varied & interesting.
  • I’ll just try my best, because that’s all anyone can do. A wheatgrass shot doesn’t make you a hero, and a donut doesn’t make you scum.
  • I’ll try and drink more water than I do, I really don’t drink enough.
  • I will not be a health food pariah.

*A note on milk: I’m not vegetarian or vegan and cows milk does feature in my diet, this might not align with your views and that’s totally fine (good for me, not for you). I made the switch to whole milk & full fat yogurt a year or so ago after reading a lot of information about the benefits of whole over skimmed.

So there you go, that’s how I feel about food & nutrition right now. I’ll probably talk more about this in the future as I’m in the midst of looking into nutrition courses (because I don’t have enough to do!). It’s important, though, right? Food and that. It’s what powers evverrryyy thing we do.

What I Do, Where I Go

A Beginners Guide to Hiking

September 15, 2015

I love hiking. Walking. Whatever you want to call it. It’s not just for old folk, it’s a really great way to get fresh air, get exercise, and experience a touch of adventure.

I didn’t used to walk much, not in the ‘wilds’ anyway. We’d occasionally go for a walk around the nearest reservoir, or a bit of a hike up a hill or whatever. Purely single digit KM walks.

That all changed when we got a dog, and when she was old enough to do decent mileage.

I started walking properly in April last year (2014), we did a 7.5km route near a reservoir just outside the dales (and I’m not gonna lie when I tell you I found it quite hard work!). By May of 2015 I was walking across the country on a multi-day hike.

It’s amazing how quickly you can improve with hiking, not just in how much you can do, but in your confidence on different terrain. It can be a bit daunting to begin with, though, even though it is just walking, so I thought I’d put together some advice and tips.



Trainers? Pumps? Sandals? No. No no no.

You wouldn’t go running in stilettos, and you don’t go walking in everyday sports shoes (and don’t even get me started on the fucking flipflops I see people wearing in the hills). They don’t offer the support that your feet and ankles need when you’re walking.

Most walking routes will take you on uneven and rocky terrain, even the relatively flat ones around reservoirs and lakes. You need to be wearing decent footwear to make sure you don’t a) ruin your feet, and b) break your ankle!

You can pick up some pretty sturdy yet cheap walking boots from places such as Sports Direct (they do Karrimor ones for around £30, they’re perfect for beginners). If you find you’re enjoying walking more and more you can go and get boots that fit you perfectly at a specialist walking shop or Go Outdoors. You’ll have your feet measured correctly, and you’ll stand on inclines to make sure the boots are right for you.

A note on boots vs. shoes. I’m not a fan of walking “shoes”, I prefer the extra ankle support that boots offer & the extra protective height for fording water. I’ve read a few articles that go either way with this debate, and I think it comes down to a personal preference. 


Walking socks are a thing of beauty, albeit expensive £9+ a pair beauty. A decent pair of walking socks means the difference between blisters and happy feet. Between crying and laughing, between carrying on and retreating back to the car early.

My brand of choice are Bridgedale, they last forever. I’ve had other brands and they just seems to fall apart really quickly (even Berghaus ones). I currently own around 4 pairs of decent quality walking socks and rotate them. I have a pair of Bridgedales that must’ve done upwards of 200miles, and they’re still going strong! There are walking socks for every eventuality and season. I think that Bridgedale woolfusion trekkers are a really good all-rounder.

I’d say avoid the old fashioned woollen walking socks, unless you’re wearing a liner sock, as they don’t offer the pressure point comfort that the modern ones have (even though the price is attractive!).

If you’re just starting out and don’t want to splash out on a fancy pair of socks (because £9 for a pair of socks is a bit ridic, right?), then wear a couple of pairs of your regular socks. Two layers helps to prevent friction blisters.


Let’s start at the top.

Ladies, you need to wear a sports bra. Look after your boobies! Hiking can be strenuous at times, and worrying about knocking yourself out with a DD boob is the last thing you want. I love my Nike crop top sports bras for walking, they offer a decent amount of support without restricting your movement. And they’re super comfy! Men, sports bra is optional.

Base layers are the tops that go on first. Generally this is a sweat wicking top, either long or short sleeved depending on the season, and something that’ll allow you to have decent movement. If you go to the gym then the tops you wear there are great! I have a few walking specific tops that I picked up for super cheap at Go Outdoors (like, £7 each). Lightweight t-shirts will also work well, but try to avoid 100% cotton because they just hold on to your sweat!

Next, you might need a/some mid-layers. These can either be fleeces, lightweight long sleeve tops, it all totally depends on the season. When it’s snowing I tend to wear a long sleeve base layer, a thin long sleeve sports top, and a fleece.

Let’s move down to the swimsuit area. Ladies, no thongs. That’s just asking for trouble and a bad case of thrush. You want your granny briefs for walking. Men, my boyfriend assures me that you want loose fitting undies without any holes.

Don’t wear jeans, they’re the worst thing to walk in. Trust me, I’ve been on the pennine way having a tantrum because of jeans. I mainly walk in craghoppers walking trousers, they’re super light weight and breathable, and if it starts raining they dry off really quickly. I’ve also been walking in running tights and other gym-based apparel, they also work really well. Just… avoid jeans.


Probably the most important aspect of your walking gear outside of your footwear. Your outerwear is the first line defence against the wind, rain and sun (haha, yeah, in England).

In summer you can generally get away without a waterproof, but this is England, and the weather can soon change! I always pop a lightweight waterproof in my pack just incase (I have a great Nike running jacket that rolls up really small). At all other times of year, and if you’re going far off the beaten track, your full on waterproof jacket is a must.

I currently own a NorthFace jacket that has a removable fleece. It’s served me well over the past few years, both on dog walks and long hikes, but it’s just starting to go un-waterproof (even after reproofing it with nikwax). It cost me around £120 and it was definitely money well spent!

For bargain hunters, TkMaxx always have a selection of waterproof jackets available for really reasonable prices. I’d say to avoid the padded ones, you’re much better making up that warmth with layers (sometimes it can be really warm when you’re wearing your waterproof!).

A good hat is a must during the chillier months. There’s nothing super technical here,but you might want to look for ones that are water resistant. I just have woollen hats in a variety of bright colours (some with bobbles, some without).

My glove game is high. I recently invested in pair of Sealskinz all-season waterproof breathable gloves because I was tired of having cold, wet hands when walking the dog. You don’t need these, but they’re a worthy investment if you enjoy feeling in your fingers.

Scarves are cumbersome for walking, and really just get in the way. For neck warmth, and all around versatile goodness, consider investing in a Buff. I have two, and while I do use them for neck warming, I also use them to cover my messy walking hair and keep my hair contained when it’s windy!


Walking Sticks/Poles

Walking sticks get a lot of hate in the walking community, but I wouldn’t be without mine. I think they’d get a lot LESS hate if everyone that fucking bitched about them tried walking down the steep rocks at Housesteads with a 15kg pack on their back. Know what I’m sayin’?

I used a really cheap, but lightweight, walking pole when we walked across Hadrian’s wall. It really helped me keep my balance on some of the steep descents, and gave me the extra confidence I needed to be able to traverse some of the rough terrain.

If you think they’ll help you and make you feel more comfortable with your balance, then go for it! Just remember it’s a bit of extra weight to carry (but not that much). You can get some cheap ones for around £5-£10. Fuck the haters.

Day Pack

If you’re just starting out then you’ll most likely just need a day pack. That’s a smallish rucksack that fits all your general necessities. You’ll want to look for around a 20-30l pack depending on a) how much you can carry, and b) what you’ll be carrying.

I recently bought a 24l pack that fits in my jacket, camera, lunch, extra layer, hat etc. Make sure that whatever bag you take is properly equipped for walking, and will sit comfortably on your shoulders. I recently walked with a Kanken pack for a few hours and it was rubbish.

Maps and Route Guides

Whenever we go on walks we try and take a route guide and a matching OS Map with us. This really helps with orientation, and – touch wood – if we were ever in a situation where we needed to give a co-ordinate or general location, we’d be much better placed.

When you’re starting out, try and pick some well trodden routes, especially ones with signs on the route. Getting lost can be one of the biggest worries when you’re starting out hiking, so ease yourself into the wilds.

We use the internet to find the majority of day walks we do, calling on this particular website quite a lot for walks in Yorkshire.


There are a few things that I always like to carry with me on day walks, here’s a list:

  • First aid kit (some neat ones on amazon!)
  • Compass
  • Hair brush & bobbles
  • Glasses wipes
  • My phone (obvs)
  • Spare change
  • An extra layer if it’s looking cold
  • Tissues
  • Water
  • Lunch (if a pub stop hasn’t been factored into the route…)


Fitness Level

As with any physical activity you need to know how much you can do, and with walking, it’s important to make sure you know you can complete a route. I’m not saying don’t push yourself – not at all! I’d never done a 11 mile day before I walked Hadrian’s Wall, and I ended up doing some 15 mile days.

Hiking can be strenuous, some of the harder routes include low-level rock climbing and a lot of cardio vascular work. Make sure to research your routes and match them to your fitness level, look at the ascent of the route and make sure it’s suitable.

You’ll soon find that your fitness level increases and you’ll be able to push yourself to do more and for longer. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of completing your first 10 mile route!

Treats and Rewards

As with any lengthy activity, your mental attitude goes a long way to making sure you don’t break down in a crying mess mid-walk. “And I didn’t even cry!” was one of my proudest achievements when we’d finished some of the tougher days of Hadrian’s Wall. Working through the harder parts and celebrating your achievements makes it all the more rewarding.

Sneaking a couple of bars of chocolate into your pack for your half-way treat always helps to raise the spirits (and the energy levels), and what could be better than a wee nip of whisky on top of a big hill?

Overall, remember what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and how great it’ll feel to finish it.

And finally…

Just go outside and walk, walk along your nearest canal, walk around a reservoir. Everything I’ve written above is the comfiest/best start into getting into proper hiking and 9-13mile day walks. If you can’t get hold of proper walking boots, or if you only have jeans to walk in, then don’t let it put you off totally. Just go the fuck outside.

What I Wear

The Cult Beauty Box by Caroline Hirons (2) – First Impressions!

August 31, 2015

Hey, good lookin’!

I’m a big, big fan of Caroline Hirons, ever since my skin woes were solved by following her simple advice. I’m always interested in anything she recommends (especially in the affordable-treat price range), and I was super excited to hear about her collaboration with Cult Beauty earlier this year.

When that box launched I realised there wasn’t actually that much in there that I’d use, and there were a couple of close replicants of what I already had, so I ended up giving it a miss. When the sneak peeks were coming out for this second box, however, I’d pretty much made up my mind that I was gonna go for it!

At £100 it’s a pretty large investment in skincare, but I saw it as a bumper stock-up on some great luxury products. The combined price of all the products comes to a lot more than £100, too, so it’s a nice way of trying some special skincare products for a lot less than retail.

I got the box a few days ago (the day after I ordered in fact, brilliant service from Cult Beauty) and have sampled each of the items already, here are my first impressions…

Odacite’s Hydration Serum Concentrate (Pomegranate + Rose Geranium)

I’m a big fan of serums so was pleased to see a couple included in this box! This particular serum, part of Odacite’s huge range of serums for tackling all different types of skin issues, delivers a big hydration boost in your routine.

I used a couple of drops of this before my moisturiser and after using the other items from the box. It felt lovely and hydrating when it hit my skin and was absorbed really quickly. The scent is a fresh organic botanical smell, but not too overpowering. The bottle comes with a little eyedropper so that you can dispense the number of drops you want easily. This’ll be going in my serum rotation for sure!

RRP £33.00

Alpha-H Essential Hydration Cream

Not the product that Alpha-H are famous for (if you’re into skincare, you’ve probably heard of their Liquid Gold), this is a smaller sized tube (30ml) of their Essential Hydration Cream.

I was a bit surprised by the consistency of the product, it’s kinda whipped & fluffy rather than being a smooth cream. It goes on really smoothly though, and isn’t at all heavy, sinking into the skin quickly. The scent is very light, slightly chemically but fresh nonetheless.

RRP £35.00 for 50ml

Pixi Glow Tonic

I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while, as Caroline has championed it for so long. I’d heard a couple of bad reviews about it causing people to breakout, and I’m already pretty happy with my current AHA treatments (REN’s AHA concentrate and First Aid Beauty Pads).

The first thing about this is you get A LOT of product for the price, a massive 250ml of it. It’s going to last me ages even if I use it twice a day every day. The scent is great, very fresh and clean, just a little bit floral. I’ve used this a few times since it arrived without any adverse effects or breakouts, and I think I’ll be re-buying when I eventually get through the bottle. I haven’t yet noticed any massive changes in my skin, but then I do use acid treatments in my routine anyway.

RRP £18.00

Pommade Divine Nature’s Remedy Balm

I love a good multifunctional product, there’re pots of Moa Green Balm, EE 8 hour cream and various other salves of mass useage dotted around my house.

This smells very herbaly (herbaly? is that a word? herby? herbal-y?), so if you’re not a fan of that then I’d say try The Green Balm instead (that has a lighter tea tree scent). I’ll be using this on scratches, scrapes, the bruises that randomly appear on my legs, and my dry hands from weights. It’ll definitely come in handy!

RRP £19.80

REN’s Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum

I’ve been through a full sized version of this particular oil over the past year, and I love it. It’s one of my go-to oils that I swap in with my routine. I mainly use it in an evening after either retinol or AHA, and add a drop to my morning moisturiser if I need a boost.

This is also the rescue that I take on walking holidays for wind-burned and thirsty skin, works a treat! The only thing I wish would be for a slightly stronger scent, something like the scent of Kiehl’s Midnight Rescue would be perfect.

RRP £25 for 30ml (sample size of 10ml in the cult beauty box)

RMS Beauty’s Raw Coconut Cream

We use a lot of coconut oil for cooking but it’s never made its way into my beauty routine (even though I keep meaning to bring some upstairs to use as a hair conditioner!).

This coconut oil is supposed to be different to the ones you buy in health food stores, even the extra virgin ones. To me it smells and looks exactly the same, but there’s something in the process that helps keep more of the good stuff (lauric acid) intact (or so the product description says!).

I used this as a first cleanse and I had a full face of makeup, waterproof mascara and waterproof liquid eyeliner. This wasn’t the miracle make-up melter that I was promised, not on that stubborn eye makeup anyway. It took me a couple of goes to get the makeup off, and there was still some left for my second cleanse.

At £12.50 it’s a pretty cheap cleanser/moisturiser/all-rounder, though, so it’s something I might consider buying again. I did try a little as a leave in conditioner, but that made my hair look hella greasy!

RRP £12.50

SkinOwl Eye +

I’m not hugely into eye creams, but I’m trying to force myself into using them regularly now that I’m over 30 (the prevention’s cheaper than the cure, right?).

I really like the smell of this, really really like it. It’s just the smell an eye cream should be, cucumber! With its gel texture, it’s also really good for making sure you just get a little on your finger.

However, the first time I used this – directly after using Pixi Glow Tonic – it stung really badly for a couple of minutes. It didn’t leave any redness and the skin didn’t look irritated, so I put it down to using glow tonic before applying (even though I’d avoided my eye area with glow tonic).

I was a little nervous to try it again but I wasn’t going to not use something I’d paid for, and there wasn’t a lasting reaction, so I gave it another go. This time I didn’t use any acid based product beforehand and there was still an ever so slight sting, it did feel a little more soothing this time though, and after using it another couple of times the stinging has stopped. I wonder if my eye skin was just adjusting to it?!

I can definitely see a lifting effect when using it, and my dark circles are lightening up! *praise hands emoji*

RRP £36.00

skyn ICELAND’s Pure Cloud Cleanser

I still think hot cloth cleansers are my favourite kind of cleansers (sorry, oils, love you too). I used to use Liz Earle’s hot cloth cleanser religiously before discovering a world of other hot cloth cleansers to try.

This one from skyn ICELAND is for stressed skin, so it helps to reduce redness and puffiness with its calming ingredients. It has a really nice, light non-greasy texture, and it’s perfect for giving yourself a bit of a facial massage before removing with the muslin cloth provided. There’s a very light, fresh, almost citrusy scent to it. I wish it came in a pump rather than a tube, though!

RRP £22.50

Overall I’m really pleased with the items that came in this Cult Beauty Box by Caroline Hirons, and I’d definitely recommend snapping one up if you were on the fence. I really hope they bring out another for Christmas, too, as it’d be going right to the top of my Christmas list!

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Where I Go

New York Memories

August 26, 2015

We’ve just booked flights for a 5 night trip to New York in October! It’s something that’s been on our to do list for a while, we’ve been to New York City once before, at the start of a 6 week long trip across the USA in 2007, and always wanted to return and do it “in style”.

We’re currently looking at staying in Brooklyn rather than Manhattan, most likely in an Air BnB, but we haven’t fully decided on that yet. Our planning list includes visiting the High Line, Tenement Museum, Top of the Rock, MoMA, Guggenheim Museum and lots of strolls around areas we missed on our first trip.

I’ve been thinking back to the first time we were there, and looking through some old photos. Here are some memories and photos from that first trip to NYC.

Where we stayed

Our first trip to New York was VERY budget orientated. We booked into one of the cheapest private room hostels we could find (and then really regretted it).

In the height of summer, this tiny room was a hot-box of bedbugs with a broken fan and bunk-beds held up with gaffer tape. We barely slept, hardly dare use the shower, and jammed the door shut with our cases.

The position of the hostel was amazing, though, a couple of streets behind the Natural History Museum and really close to a subway station.

The hostel has since renamed itself several times (I often go on trip advisor just to see what it’s up to) and still gets terrible reviews.

What we did

The first time we went to New York we did all the traditional tourist things; We took a guided bus tour, got the boat to Liberty Island, went up the Empire State building, ate at Carnegie Deli, strolled to Bow Bridge & Strawberry Fields in Central Park, took photos of the Flat Iron building, and shopped at Macy’s.

Of course, we did miss a few things. We didn’t get to go to Times Square at night and see it all lit up, we didn’t manage to make our way out to Ellis Island, and the Guggenheim was covered with scaffolding. Really hoping to rectify all those this time!

What we ate

Because we were trying to do things on the cheap, we pretty much just ate within our budget rather than for enjoyment the last time we were in NYC. Don’t get me wrong, we enjoyed a few traditional NYC treats such as huge stack sandwiches, burgers and cheesecake, but most of the time we would eat on the cheaper end of the scale.

This usually included huge (but cheap) slices of pizza from one of the hundreds of the “Best pizza in Manhattan!” places, canteen style trips to Sbarro restaurants, and subway sandwiches.

This time I want to do it right. I’m going to be looking up the best places to eat each day, and splashing out for a nice meal at one of the top restaurants in NYC.

I can’t wait to revisit this city and find some new favourite spots, it’ll be a whole new experience without the worry of bedbugs. If you have any favourite places in NYC I’d love to know them, we’re still working on our itinerary and I’d love to do some more unsusual tourist things while we’re there.

Where I Go

Edale and Kinder Scout

August 24, 2015

I’m not going to be talking purely about hiking and walking here, but I’ve got a few trips stored up that I wanted to get on the blog before they disappear into my distant memory.

A few weeks back we decided it was high time to get the tent out and head somewhere for a decent walk followed by a night’s camping. I did a quick ask on Twitter for good campsites in the Peaks, and was recommended to check out Coopers in Edale.

A quick google brought up a Kinder Scout circular route as a brilliant nearby walk, and a phone call confirmed that we could just rock up to the campsite on the day.

Edale marks the start of the epic walk known as the Pennine Way, a long distance hike that starts in the Derbyshire Peaks and winds its way along the Pennines before crossing Hadrian’s Wall Path and finishing in Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. Its total length is a pretty hard going 268 miles!

We always end up walking on, or crossing, the Pennine Way lately, and the little acorn markers are what we followed when we walked Hadrian’s Wall Path earlier this year!

The start of the Kinder Scout circular takes in some wonderful Peak District scenery, and you’re treated to a cardio workout while you head up Jacob’s Ladder (a lengthy set of steps up towards Kinder Scout).

I’d heard before that the start of the Pennine Way wasn’t something to be scoffed at, and was actually one of the more challenging days of the whole trail. It’d certainly set you up for a couple of weeks walking, that’s for sure!

You’re greeted with a hefty cairn and some amazing views when you’ve made it to the top of Jacob’s Ladder, the perfect spot to catch your breath and have a chocolate bar treat.

Once you finally make it up to the top of Kinder Scout, and the start to walk along Kinder Plateau, you’re treated to some amazing rock formations. They’re said to have inspired Henry Moore’s work and you can totally see it!

Scout mainly enjoyed clambering all over them…

The walk along the plateau is easy going, with a well maintained path and plenty of places to deviate and explore.

The circular route we took ended up bringing us down something called Grindsbrook Clough, a pretty hard descent down a steep dried up waterfall.  I can sometimes be a little nervous on steep descents, especially ones where my footing isn’t totally solid, and I didn’t have a stick with me to help (and they do help, fuck off purists). It took us (me) a fair while to traverse the rocks, but we finally made it down and descended back into Edale. If we do this particular route again I think we’ll extend it to avoid that bastard waterfall, though.

There’s a brilliant pub in Edale, The Old Nags Head, which is just… the perfect walkers pub. Good beer, awesome pub food, and dog friendly. We sat outside in the sun and tucked into a “walkers special” – that’s a massive carb laden plate of chips, a pasty and a sausage.

Once we’d eaten up we headed back over to our campsite and sat outside until we got eaten alive by midges!

Where I Go

A Ramble Up Pen-y-ghent

August 23, 2015

To celebrate Adam’s birthday last Sunday, we took a trip up to the Yorkshire Dales and a climb (clamber, stumble) up Pen-y-ghent.

It’s been on our list of local-ish walks to do for a while, it’s only a couple of hours drive away from where we live, and as it was a pretty nice walking day (slightly overcast, low chance of rain) we decided to get it crossed off. At 694m it’s not the highest peak in the world, but its steep ascent path makes it more than just a stroll in the country.

It ended up being a little more humid than we’d have liked, especially on the ascent, and I ended up having a 5 minute mini-tantrum thanks to just how gross I felt (“Why do I feel like I’ve already walked 10 miles?! This is ridiculous!”).

The lower parts of the ascent are relatively easy going, nice stone paved path with steps on some of the steeper areas, it gets more challenging as you head up to the rockier parts though.

This is Pen-y-ghent, the ascent is on the right-hand side (the steep side) and involves some low-level rock climbing/scrambling towards the very top.

After a somewhat challenging ascent, making the summit was pretty nice! We’d already stopped for lunch halfway up, there’s a great spot just before the final rock laden part of the ascent.

The summit was heaving, there must’ve been around 30 people up there, we’re used to walking in pretty secluded moors so it was odd struggling to find a place to sit!

The descent was a heck of a lot easier, with a very steady gradient all the way back to Horton-on-ribblesdale. We were planning to take a short detour to Hull Pot, but thought a pint was way more inviting.

Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable walk, and we’re already thinking about doing the other peaks some time in the near future.

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