New maps help find nature nearby in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Man, boy and dog looking at a map on a wooden floor

Disclosure of interests: I was sent free copies of these maps as a gift and have opted to write this review on a voluntary basis. I have no business connections with any of the companies or businesses mentioned in the

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Posted in Book reviews, Cycling and bikes, Edinburgh, Maps, Pentlands

Urban Geology meets Urban Nature Maps

Man, boy and dog looking at a map on a wooden floor

Edinburgh is a great city to be a geologist in. So much rock is exposed within the city bounds and there is a considerable variety in lithology, if not geological age. While the commanding heights of the seven hills (Arthur’s

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Posted in Book reviews, Edinburgh, Geodiversity, Geological Walks (urban), Maps, Scotland, Woodlands

Cycle Training Assistant completed through Cycling Scotland

Over the past two weekends I continued my progress in building up my cycling qualifications through Cycling Scotland. Local difficulties prevented me from getting up to do my final day on Cycle Trainer course with a fantastic group with diverse

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An ‘L’ of a way with grid references

Nav voucher

Despite the big changes in approaches to teaching navigation over the last decade or so, grid references will need to be introduced and used at some point to allow progression. As with a lot of the skills required for using

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Posted in Mountain Training, Navigation, Trips

The pitfalls of left and right in navigation and route description

Sedimentary rocks

We’ve all had the experience of mixing up left and right, often when trying to explain a route to a driver when we’re feeling under pressure ourselves. Confusing left and right may have been a contributing factor to the rout

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Completed British Orienteering Event Safety and Introduction to Orienteering e-learning

During the long days of lockdown, I found myself starting to do a lot of work for an organization where we were looking at Open Orienteering Maps and MapRunF as adjuncts to outdoor learning. This led to a gradual reconnection

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Posted in Edinburgh, Navigation, Orienteering

The evidence of craggers not seen

Under lockdown, I’ve followed my renewed interest in climbing outdoors by visiting my local crags in southern Edinburgh. We are exceptionally lucky, as Blackford Hill contains two cragging sites, as well as the bouldering problems associated with Agassiz Rock. Even

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Posted in Climbing, Edinburgh, Geodiversity

Edgelands in North Lanarkshire

Edgelands are those places that are on the periphery of urban sites. The concept was wonderfully explored in a book of the same name by Paul Farley & Michael Symonns Roberts and has become a pervasive enough concept to warrant

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Posted in Geodiversity, Scotland, Woodlands

An unexpected Pavement Palaeontology bonanza at Straiton retail park

Earlier in the week I was out checking out another prospect for work, as expedition trips are few and far between just now, when I stumbled upon the stone cladding used on the Next Store. I don’t have any call

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Posted in Geodiversity, Palaeonotology, Scotland

Lochan nan Arm: legends, translations and a bit of geomorphology

Stone bench

I’ve quite a long association with the area around Tyndrum in the Western Highlands. I first visited as part of one of my undergraduate projects when I was doing my geology degree related to past mining activity and then went

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