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An Old Ne’er Day Review of 2018 and looking forward to 2019

The year has turned, by whichever of a selection of old European calendars you want to use, and the light begins to come back to the higher latitudes. In Scotland, today is the first day of the New Year. However,

Posted in Geological Walks, Mountain Training, Navigation, Scotland, Trips

Hills of Hame now offering some urban exploration of Edinburgh via Airbnb experiences

Fossil fish and ammonoids on the streets beside famous landmarks? Hiking within sight of the centre of Edinburgh, but not among the crowds in Holyrood Park? Hills of Hame has offered these experiences, and others, since start-up in 2014. However, uptake from

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Posted in Geological Walks, Geological Walks (urban), Scotland

Ochils geological trip

After running another of my Pentland walks for Mountain Training Association members, based on the Lothian and Borders GeoConservation leaflet Pentland Rocks!, I got some interested parties for a trip to the Ochils on a day that suited some people

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Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks, Mountain Training, Pentlands, Woodlands

Belhaven Bay – surf’s up! Geodiversity’s up!

Had my first ever trip to Belhaven Bay, just to the west of Dunbar. I’ve been into Dunbar itself to look at the rocks in the harbour area and visited the extensive Carboniferous exposures to the south of Dunbar at

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Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks (low-level), Scotland, Trips

Watching brief on Edinburgh Rocks! walk

Leading walks out-of-doors from urban geology to out in high and lonely places requires that you get out there from time to time to check your route and look for changes for good as well as ill. We’re in the

Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks, Geological Walks (urban), Scotland

Scottish Geoheritage Festival, October 2017

The hard work of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum has resulted in Scotland’s first national geoheritage festival. Events are happening across Scotland during October, with the support and goodwill of many organizations and individuals, as part of the year-long 2017 Year of

Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks, Geological Walks (low-level), Geological Walks (urban), Scotland

Harlaw Reservoir wanderings

Harlaw is part of a network of reservoirs that were built in the 19th century to supply the city with clean, fresh water. The network now extends deep into the Scottish Borders around Talla but the Pentland Hills contain numerous

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Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks (low-level), Pentlands, Scotland, Uncategorized

This week in the Pentlands-part 2

After the rather poor views last Tuesday, Shadow and I headed off to Threipmuir on a clear, crisp day to (mostly) run down to The Howe to complete getting photos for some of the Pentlands walks I run through Hills

Posted in Geological Walks, Geological Walks (low-level), Hill Running, Mountain Training, Pentlands, Uncategorized

Qualified as a Hill and Moorland Leader

My abilities to run trips into more remote areas was bolstered by my successful completion of Mountain Training UK Hill and Moorland Leader award during three days of assessment in the Ochils and Pentlands. I will be completing an Expedition

Posted in Geological Walks, Scotland, Trips, Uncategorized

Book review: Walking the Jurassic Coast and some thoughts about e-book versus printed versions in guidebooks

Walking the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon: The walks, the rocks and the fossils   Ronald Turnbull, Cicerone 240 pages. ISBN 9781852847418 £12.95 (e-Book also available)   An award-winning outdoor writer publishes a guidebook through a specialist publisher renowned

Posted in Book reviews, Books, Geodiversity, Geological Walks
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