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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

Keeping hill fit close to home

Although things have changed slightly in Scotland, with unlimited outdoor exercise, I’ve still been relying on a lot of home-based exercise to try to keep myself fit for getting back into the hills. I am lucky that there are small

Posted in Edinburgh, Hill Running, Mountain Training, Orienteering, Scotland, Woodlands

Contributing to ‘Exploring the Environment’ MTA/AMI workshop, Stirling, April 20th 1000-1600

With the help of a number of other MTA and AMI members, I’ll be helping out at a CPD workshop for outdoor leaders who are members of the two Associations in the Stirling and Bridge of Allan area. I’ll be

Posted in Geodiversity, Mountain Training, Scotland, Woodlands

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

A walk in the Craigmillar WIAT (Woods in and Around Towns)

The days are getting shorter, so the chance to get out and top up the Vitamin D whenever I fancy is one of the undoubted benefits of self-employment. When I can combine it with some geological work, even better. Hills

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

Broad Law: Same hill, different route

At 840m Broad Law is the second highest peak outside of the Highlands beaten by only 3m by The Merrick in Dumfries and Galloway. Previously, I had ventured up Broad Law with my eldest daughter Jenna via the forestry track

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Posted in Mountains, Scotland, Trips, Uncategorized, Woodlands

Book review: The Native Woodlands of Scotland: Ecology, conservation and management

The Native Woodlands of Scotland: Ecology, conservation and management Scott McG. Wilson Edinburgh University Press 2015 270 pp. One of the challenges of ‘the long walk in’ is either keeping yourself or your party amused as you cover ‘the lang

Posted in Book reviews, Books, Scotland, Uncategorized, Woodlands
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