Saturday, 31 August 2013

Yorkshire Three Peaks

(For those who want to know, right at the bottom is a map of the route)

I've been wanting to do the 3 peaks walk for years and years and years - after the Coast to Coast (I'll do it one day!) it must be my longest lasting aim... but for various reasons I'd never got round to actually getting out and doing it. But, finally, that day came! I've done Ingleborough and Whernside before but there was a little bit of mystery still left in that Pen-y-ghent had so far remained untrodden by myself. I was doing the 26 mile walk with my brother, Dan, who whilst enjoying the outdoors almost as much as me - certainly doesn't get out anywhere near as much. It was my longest walk ever, by a few miles, but it was at least double Dan's previous longest - and, being the kind of person he is, he'd not done the slightest bit of preparation for it - so (giving the end away here...) it was quite an achievement for him to make it round!

Anyway, we got up and set off by 5.30 and got to enjoy the most amazing sunrise you'll ever see (Dan's a real man's man - not one for pretty sunrises - but even he agreed). No chance to jump out and photograph it, so you'll just have to believe me... but a very, very nice start to the day! We headed up Wensleydale and as soon as we reached the watershed to come down towards Ribblesdale we were greeted by a much less inviting sight...

Photographically, I love mist, but not so fun to walk in!

Thursday, 29 August 2013


Well, this post has been a long time coming! A few weeks ago after having yet another cancellation (eurgh, models... or at least models who do it for free...) I organised a quite last minute shoot with one of my lovely strangers, Anete. We decided to head to the Winter Gardens, which was lucky as when the day came I'm pretty sure it was the wettest day of the year - absolutely torrential - so it was good to be inside. Unfortunately, we put our belongings in a locker in the museum next door... not knowing that it closed at 5pm... so poor Anete then lost her phone until the next day and was quite possibly unable to get into her flat... exciting stuff! On top of that, it meant that both of us lost our coats for the walk home... we must have looked quite a sight! Since this is not a wordy post, I should note here, before I forget, that Anete was a quite perfect model - holds poses perfectly, looks like that, and is very friendly to boot!

Edit: You can find her blog here... so go and have a look!..

Anyway... here are the photos... they were something of an experiment for me, so I hope you like the results...