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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Monday, 24 April 2023

Footpath policy and a WW2 British workhorse.

 Monday 24th April 2023

I am continuing with my daily one mile walk from home and breathlessness is improving slightly. I had a follow-up appointment last week from my stay in hospital last January and the consultant was encouraging. I think it will be a long haul and I have doubts about tackling much serious ascent in future.

Below is an extract from my blog during the coast to coast grid line walk I did with Bowland Climber back in 2020 which presciently foretold of an article on  the BBC News website the other day copied below and which I welcome as they think along the same lines as I have for some time.

ISunday 12th January 2020 - Skipwith Common to Froggathorpe (SE 755 373)

If Skipwith Common had been the best part so far our next two and a half kilometres of road walking on the A 163 to Bubwith was the worst. There was only a narrow grass verge and a fair amount of traffic but thankfully it was not as intimidating as we had been anticipating.

From Bubwith we were able to follow the disused railway track which was much more attractive than many I have walked on. North West tonight a few evenings ago had an item announcing the improvement to the planned round England coastal path. I have walked on most of the section they described from Morecambe up to Arnside and beyond and apart from one or two short missing  links I see no need to spend lots of money unnecessarily "improving" existing ancient tracks which seemed to be implied. Much better to seek out sections of our country where at the moment there is no alternative but to walk long distances on busy roads and so provide alternatives enabling linking of paths providing for longer continuous routes. This adoption of the railway track is a good example to follow along with negotiating permissive paths with landowners and the like.

The green footpath is the old railway line used here to good advantage.

This is the section we had to walk uncomfortably on a main A road, the sort of place where effort put in may have negotiated a permissive path through the fields.

CLICK HERE to read about a new path in the Lake District provided along the lines I am advocating.


I am well on with a new model. The Hellcat was finished to a reasonable standard but I jibbed on the possibility of an aircraft carrier deck presentation.

The fairly detailed engine, featured in the photos below, is not seen when the model is completed but I see little point in going to the effort of making a good job of it for it not to be seen and I have plans. I don't intend to include the field gun but will likely make it up later as a separate item.

The chassis appears to be a bit foreshortened by the camera. It still has the rusty exhaust to be fitted and the tyres and outer wheels to be attached

Ford V8, side valve, water cooled, petrol, 85h.p.
4 x forward, 1x reverse.

Just to show the scale against a highly reflective 50p piece


Friday, 14 April 2023

Lancaster Canal and Katie's sunflowers.

 Thursday 30th March 2023 - Borwick. Lancaster Canal

Thursday walks with Pete continue but not all recorded here. Two weeks back our reduced distance walk took us to the Lancaster canal north of Borwick on a cloudless but chilly day. 'Twas good to be out.

Neither Pete nor I claim to pay much attention to how we dress on these occasions, just the usual  walking clothes.

Back at Café Ambio, which is part of the prestigious purpose built livestock auction mart, we had just finished our chocolate Guinness cake. A couple from a neighbouring table were leaving and came to chat, 

" How many have you bought today then?" they asked.

Pete and I looked at each-other and realised that we must have been mistaken for livestock buying farmers. I was not sure whether to laugh or worry.

Tewitfield Methodist Church, Not much action there

Does Pete look like a farmer?



Katie and Mum had a trip to London during half term. Amongst a crammed itinerary they visited some of the art galleries.

I think the two pencil sketches were done earlier - Katie has been mugging up on how to draw faces.

The next photo is Katie in action at one of the galleries, and then a copy of Van Gogh's Sunflowers done on the iPad at the gallery in situ in front of the painting.   CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE