Zwolle to Kampen along the River Ijssel 2/8/21

So woke up early and although I was looking forward to getting out, the temptation to stay in bed was huge!!!!! I had sorted my Backpack the day before, so after quick contents check I was ready to rock and roll. The temptation to get back into bed though was still immense….

I planned to do a river walk which where I live in Zwolle, we have a choice of 3, the IJssel, Vecht and Zwarte water ( Black water ). Today’s selection was going to be The Ijssel River between Zwolle and Kampen which is around 19kms.

Starting at the train station in Zwolle it was a quick walk towards the big Lock gates just outside the city. On the way past some friends who were having their morning breakfast outside their home in the garden at Dinoland, (see picture) wouldn’t like to see them in the dark!

The weather was mild, so today I was sporting my shorts and Brubeck long sleeve shirt with the Brubeck socks, which am quite pleased about after using the last month. The Brubeck socks are great, nice and comfortable on your feet and wick well.

The route along the canal and though the trees was nice and peaceful, and I came to the beautiful old Dutch draw bridges, where I sometimes stop and have a drink and sandwich.

I crossed the bridge and turned left towards the river Ijssel. I really like this walk and have done it plenty of times, although I always go in the morning as it gets busy in the day due to it being also a cycle route too. The area is called Vreugderijkerwaard (More Joyful) which is a Nature area.

It’s easy to see why it is called more joyful, as its beautiful walking along and seeing all the birds feeding on the wet areas and flying around catching the early insects, its true what they say, a river is a vein to life .

Continuing onwards I met a few people walking their dogs who had also enjoyed the route just to see the birds feeding. Then it was a pit stop and when I do this route I stop in a place where a bridge has been built to an island in the middle of the river where a small farm is. In the past when the waters been high, I have seen it hit the level of this bridge, I find it incredible that people still live there though!

Refreshed it was time to go as it was slowly getting a bit darker in the sky and could feel the rain was on the way, fingers crossed I would keep dry. The next passing point is a nice Tea house where most people stop and have a drink and cake etc, and also you can take the Zalkerveer Ferry boat to the other side, but not for me this time.

Photos done, and I was off again heading towards the village of Wilsum which is 700 years old and has two beautiful old churches, it’s a small place but has really nice old houses and gets busy in sunny weather with the bikers, it’s a very pretty place.

In the distance I could see my target the high road bridge of Kampen, while in the past walking this route with others , it’s been funny because this big bridge moves around from left to right due to the river turns all its corners so you never seem to get close to it!

The birds were still out, and I was enjoying stopping and watching them and hearing all their singing in flight, fortunately on this route there are plenty of information signs and boards telling you about the area, birds, and animals so great for people who enjoy learning about it (me included).

As I approached the big road bridge, I could see Kampen now on my left side and the big churches, which in the past I have been told were the beacons for people to head too due the area being so flat you could see them from a far. Kampen is a beautiful place where in the past was a busy haven for boats and ships before the land was reclaimed in the polder areas. It’s still a boat haven where sometimes during the year they have a big Sail event with all the wonderful sailing boats.

I crossed over the Ijssel to take some photos of the ships and walked to the train station for train to Zwolle. All in all, it was a great walk and 19kms later I was home before 10.30. My urge to stay in bed had long since been forgotten and was suitably replaced by the sights and sounds of nature that I had witnessed on today’s walk.

Chris ( Clogs )

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Zwolse Bos (woods) in the Veluwe 18-07-21

So my plan for Sunday was to go exploring in the Zwolse Bos in the Veluwe National Park .

The Veluwe is a forest-rich ridge of hills (1100 km2) in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. The Veluwe features many different landscapes, including woodland, heath, some small lakes and Europe’s largest sand drifts.

Planning Phase:

I had planned on Saturday evening first a few different routes and my aims were to do around 15kms plus a few small hills as we say here in the Netherlands. (You won’t be needing Naismith’s rule here when calculating height climbed)!! #Flatasafart #lowerthanasnakesbelly…

I had also checked the Apps that I prefer to use when route planning Gala GPS, Alltrails, Hiker and Cairn on my phone which I like to look at as they typically offer a range of different maps and details;

NB: Safety note here, I always navigate by map and compass as most of the walk/hiking apps really do use up your power in the phone, and of course your phone potentially may be your life saver in an emergency, so I use it sparingly!

Preparation Phase:

The Backpack was ready, it was going to be hot today so made sure had extra drink and Cap to take and luckily for me my walking buddy Richard (Rottenkicker) was coming too and he makes mean sandwiches. Otherwise, I always take the basics in my backpack see Outdoor preparation.

So, equipped with my Solomon Shoes, new Brubeck hiking socks (which I had worn for a few days to wear in) Brubeck Outdoor SS t shirt I was good to go!

Final kit check done before setting off, Backpack, map and Suunto compass, phone for photos (and checking walking apps), what a Bummer, my phone had given up completely on me, although upon reflection it was probably better than I knew in this phase, rather than getting out into a remote location, only to learn my phones fate!

Lets Go:

Panic over, I went and collected Richard and we were off. The location was only 30mins drive to where we parked the car, time to ‘rock & roll’.

Start point established and we set off, heading towards our first hill Witte berg (well it’s perhaps just a contour in height) , It didn’t take long but the hardest part was ensuring we didn’t get wiped out by the mountain bikes racing around .

Next stop the Tonnenberg which was around 5kms away, but first it was time to hydrate so we stopped for a drink on a conveniently placed bench (most of the hill peaks have one to sit and look around . There are also a lot of woods which is great but it meant that you needed to constantly ‘thumb the map’ to ensure that we always knew our location on our travels (it would be easy to get lost.

There were many detailed paths on the map which had been closed off and young trees had been planted, (always check you have the most up to date map available) so it was fun fighting your way through to get to a known path.

Travelling through the undergrowth we were pleasantly surprised when a Deer rushed out and ran directly past us, this was just stunning and amazing to see, and the highlight for the day.

We got to the Tonnenberg and the colours of the heath and trees were beautiful. It was time for Lunch so a drink and a sandwich were suitably devoured as we watched the mountain bikes rush past and the runners doing their morning long runs. (Tip, get the most talented person to make the butties)!

So, it was time to head back to the car via Map and again it was a puzzle due to some routes being closed again with reforestation, but as I suspect it’s to keep the bikes out.

At the car a quick drink to quench our thirst and homeward bound. Richard and I chatted about things like the phone problems and lack of signal in many areas. So, thinking about this particular learning point, it’s always helpful to be competent with your map and navigation skills.

Brubeck hiking socks fitted well and are very comfortable , breathable and most of all fitted well on my neck of my legs which I find with some socks they are too tight. My Brubeck Outdoor SS t shirt well did the job keeping me dry and wicking away the sweat from my body helping me to stay comfortable throughout the whole of the journey.

Solomon Shoes were great as ever, light and comfortable and kept my feet dry during some places which were boggy.

Summary:

The Veluwe is a very beautiful place with plenty of places to visit so we will be back to explore and enjoy the area on another occasion.

Always have a Plan, and Plan for Contingencies, Track changes, Phone dies Etc.

Get good with your map and compass.

Get the most talented bloke to make lunch! (Sandwiches were great Brie, honey ,cherry tomatoes rock salad , walnuts and in a sunflower roll , very nice).

Chris ( Clogs )

Chrome Hill/Dragons back day out – Ex Team UNS – 18/07/21

After the last scheduled team wander, cancelled by ‘Noah’ who I believe had a new ark to ‘test drive’, we finally managed to pull the team together to venture into Staffordshire and have our jolly!

This outing may well have changed to ‘the desert rats’ re-grouped, as it was a hot as you can conceivably imagine, but the prospect of abandoning the event based on the weather was not an option!

At 9:00 am we gathered at the Trig Southwest of Hollinsclough Moor for the start. The team comprising of Paul (mountain goat), Stuart (Townsend Thoreson), Adie(Mr sensible) and yours truly , The daft one!

First point to note, despite our fabulous navigational prowess, our first challenge was to locate the somewhat indistinct track heading for Hill top farm. It is understood there are groups of Silver DoE students still thrashing around in there somewhere from two years ago, the grass is that long!

We contoured around Willshaw hill and located our East bound track from Willshaw to stream in the lower valley. Its at this point its handy to have a ‘Townsend Thoreson’ in your team, Stuart with his size 14 feet/boats, led the way with the rest of us casually observing, if he goes in the drink the rest of us have no chance!

River crossing sorted we crossed the minor road and headed on to Moorside and onwards to our first break on Hollins hill, by which time the sun was ‘scorchio’. I’m not too sure how effective the sunscreen was up to now as the sweat was dripping off my head and inside my sunglasses (fine image)!!

First hill done, we dropped onto the minor road for 50 metres and took the footpath towards our second objective, Chrome Hill, much to the amusement of the many sheep we encountered along the route. Halfway along, Paul decided he thought it was time to educate us on ‘string theory’???, all I could focus on was the beads of sweat running off my head, and how nice it would be if we could locate a little shade!!!

Chrome hill came and went in a bit of a blur if I am honest, and we chose not to hang around on the summit for too long as it was a full-on midge fest, delightful! However, from this summit Parkhouse Hill looked both interesting and a bit of a breeze, how wrong was I?

The decent from Chrome hill was manageable even if it was a little steep and loose in places, but soon we faced up to the neb of Parkhouse hill, and the closeness of the contours quickly attracted some degree of focus.

I’m not going to lie, after two previous hills in the scorching heat, getting up this little rascal was a stretch. Paul was off like a mountain goat, closely followed by Adie beating a path skyward on his walking poles.

Stuart and I took a more leisurely approach to this one, IE I was Knackered and Stuart, bless him (and unbeknown to the team) had a rucksack packed with six of the finest session beers known to man (I wondered why he was not bouncing up hill in his usual style)!

We dropped off this small but challenging hill and contoured West locating the small ford and footbridge where some welcome shade was available. Stuart proceeded to impress beyond our wildest dreams as the six-pack emerged, in a cool bag along with bar snacks and bottle opener…TOP Bloke!

Beer suitably demolished, we headed towards our RV point, capturing Pauls Birthday signpost along the way, who knew?

We passed through Hollinsclough, on to Coatestown to locate our final path taking us Southwest to the Trig point at our starting location.

In summary, it was great to be out with the lads, perhaps on reflection a bit too warm (see temperatures), 11.5kms under our belts, complimented by the laughs, beer, and some fantastic scenery along the way.

Time to find the Gregory Ale house…..cheers!

Martin (Compass)

July – Crowden to Black Hill Circuit ( Compass)

A break in the rainy forecast meant an early start to head off to the car park at Crowden, located just off Woodhead pass, adjacent to Torside reservoir.

Suitable parking space located, it was time to attempt the most difficult navigation of the day, finding my way out of the car park. I do not know why it is, whether it’s just the feeling of being a ‘right royal plonker’ heading off in slightly the wrong direction from the outset, or something different to that, but it can be the kind of small-minded troublesome thought that can dampen down the enthusiasm!

I need not have troubled myself, having navigated my way through the minor roads and small wooded area, I quickly located the small footpath towards Loft Intake and the quarry on the top. A short climb later and voila, first check point under the belt, time for a small break for a now, ‘very pleased with oneself’, navigator!

Next check point to locate was the trig pillar on Hey Edge, always a source of fun and entertainment, a little trigonometry later (sorry about that!) assisted by the wonderful Mountain King Walking poles and the compulsory shot of my Scarpa Boots, its time to press on and capture a few more views and small Vlogs as I travel across Westend Moss, to White low.

Last week’s adventure was a fabulous wander around the HVC walk, more affectionately known as ‘last of the summer wine tour’, however today at the Holme Moss summit, there was no visibility down into the valley, so a short vlog reminiscing was as good as it got!

Onwards from White Low and the next collecting feature on my route was the row of grouse butts, located on Tooleyshaw moss. Easy to find as you follow the direction of the marked footpath towards Black hill, but they are quite well overgrown from many years of inactivity.

The Trig point at Black Hill was the next checkpoint which was arrived at in a little over 20 minutes as the going was easy and pleasantly soft underfoot. Time for the compulsory capture of the trig point (why is it that we are so obsessed with them?) a little check on the grid bearing to confirm direction and I was off.

Not stopping for either the Brioche bun with Wiltshire ham, or the coffee that I had prepared earlier, I charged off along the Pennine Way as the weather was starting to look a little shaky. You will know the experience, when you can “sense” the change in pressure, suggesting that some of the wet stuff is on the way!

As I bumbled along enjoying the solitude, almost out of nowhere, I encountered a small tribe of runners diligently watching their foot placement as they hurtled down the Pennine Way towards me in the vicinity adjacent to Laddow rocks.

A few photos of the surrounding scenery later, and I located the small stream at Oakenclough Brook, and an ideal location for the following small vlog detailing our focus for July.

With just a little over two KMs left to do I noted this beautiful purple flowered shrub, which to be honest was the most colourful thing I had seen throughout the day, hence the capture, prior to stomping effortlessly down the valley to secure a long range shot of the quarry at Loft intake, where I had set out some three and half hours earlier.

As I gently wandered into the car park, it was nice to reflect on the raw, rugged nature of the Dark Peak, it can be moody and engaging wherever you chose to wander on this OL1 Map, and today was no exception. Whilst not a particularly challenging navigation feat, there is still plenty of opportunity to finesse your navigational competence, even more so should the weather be inclement, and visibility is challenged.

Have your OS Map or Harvey Map in hand, coupled to your Silva Compass, and you are well set for a good day’s navigation skills consolidation in this beautifully remote Peak district area.

Key takeaway for safe navigational practice, the 5 D’s.

  • Direction
  • Duration
  • Distance
  • Description
  • Danger

Apply these into your days out and be assured of having a safe outward bound and return journey.

Martin ( Compass )

PS The Brioche bun complete with Wiltshire ham was suitably devoured along with the cheese and onion crisp of choice…thank you for asking!!!!

Last of the Summer wine tour – 27th June 2021 ( Compass)

Adopting the persona’s of ‘Foggy & Clegg’ our intrepid duo parked up in the large layby just outside Holmbridge.

Locating the small footpath, we ventured across Brownhill reservoir at the East end and quickly made our way to the, somewhat covert, footpath heading east located just off the minor road, on the south side of the reservoir.

A gentle wander through the overgrown grassy field quickly put us onto the HVC walk route heading towards Hade edge via the Kirklees way, passing along the way numerous fields of sheep, miniature ponies and alpaca (yes, alpaca, Holmfirth has gone all continental).

Wistfully observing the closed pub on Dunford road, we wandered for approx’ 200m and located the little path on the left that would take us towards Lower Langley and the marvellous farm set up there, (plenty of great dairy products available via click and collect)!

Avoiding the, thankfully passive, cows on route, we travelled through Choppards bank and down into Washpit, where I experienced what I can only describe as a fabulous little gem of a place, ‘The Carding Shed’ Holmfirth, featuring a classic car display and plenty of other nostalgic memorabilia. I particularly liked the gorgeous Red Jaguar keenly priced for your average multi-millionaire collector at £76,000.

A busy late Sunday morning and there was no way we were going to get a seat for a snack and a brew, so we promptly left and made tracks for the last of the summer wine mecca, Holmfirth.

Next stop, Sids café, Towngate where many an episode was filmed, where a bacon butty and mug of tea was the order of the day .

A quick photo stop at the gift shop and Nora Batty’s self-catering holiday rental, was followed by a trudge up the minor road towards St John Parish Church, Upperthong where the graves of Cleggy (Peter Sallis – also the voice of Wallace in Wallace & Gromit) and Compo (Bill Owen) are located.

After this fun packed tour, it was time to head back to the cars, picking a route via Nether House, Liphill Bank and Log Walls to land conveniently at the Pickled Pheasant in Holmbridge, where of course, its compulsory to re-hydrate with a well-earned pint of the locals finest ale!

At this point ‘Foggy Dyson’ had actually figured out the solution to this travelling duo’s everyday problem, more beers!!

In summary, it’s a lovely gentle day out well within the grasp of any regular hiker, the ‘Carding shed’ is well worth the visit but do make sure you book to avoid disappointment, and of course if you enjoyed last of the summer wine with all of its characters, Holmfirth is a must!!

June- Greenfield Dovestones (Compass)

Beautiful day for a wander around the reservoirs up to the Trinnacle!
Clear skies and great views on a ‘Brubeck day out

Also where will your Mountain King super trekkers take you to?

Well this little outing took on Yeoman Hey reservoir on to Greenfield reservoir up Birchen clough to Raven stones and today’s highlight the Trinnacle!
This massive stone tower is the result of a millennia of frost shattering and sculpting, crafted by vast ice sheets and erosive glaciers!

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5/6/21 – Edale Skyline outing (Compass)

5/6/21 – Edale Skyline outing (Compass)

So, after a hasty breakfast, I headed eagerly towards Bowdon Bridge car park (for those of you that know it’s the site of the now famous Kinder mass trespass) for the start of my day out trialling my new Salomon X Ultra GTX’s that I recently purchased.

Nothing unusual you might think, but for those that know me (creature of habit that I am) I always wear boots when on the hills as I like the security of the supported ankle, hence the eagerness to ‘test drive’ these new rascals in a ‘live’ environment.

Not wishing to leave too much to chance, I also had my Mountain King Super Trekker speed lock poles with me, for the added stability and foot placement confidence across rocky and uneven terrain.

So, at Bang on 8:00am I set off, and at that point I was beginning to wonder whether I had set myself too large a challenge for the day, as these were brand new shoes, not worn in at all, and here I was embarking on a 24-kilometre outing on a bright, warm sunny day!

My quest for the day was to head up past Tunstead Clough farm and onwards to Kinder low end, where my first serious ascent of the morning was the staircase up to the Cairn on the top. Thereafter heading for the Trig at Kinder low and my first picture stop.

From there, I took a line directly towards Noe Stool to pick up the track which would take me across the Edale Skyline, passing two very dry brooks (Crowden & Grinds Brook) pressing on to Ringing Roger and the adjacent trig point at 590M.

The Trig point was my refuel stop and chance to reflect on Salomon X Ultra GTX’s Shoes, walking poles and the excellent compression socks from Brubeck. Firstly, I really enjoyed the additional ankle flexibility through wearing trail shoes rather than boots, and found the Ortholite foam insoles an absolute ‘god send’ as they offered excellent cushioning which I discovered to my delight, as I spent time rock-hopping on Crowden tower.

The solid and robust Mountain King poles offered further assurance on the odd occasion where my brain got too fast for my feet and ‘saved’ me from an embarrassing tumble (Note to self, you’re not 24 anymore)!!!

The Brubeck compression socks were great, I felt that they offered enhanced support to my calves and ankles coupled to increased blood flow around the lower limbs. Although the scientific evidence to support their benefits is limited, I personally like the ‘feel’ that my lower legs are better supported, reducing the chance of any soft tissue damage and enhancing my endurance. (Get some and see if you agree)!

Two Trig points down and one to go, my route now took me to Ringing Roger and the descent into Edale, I must admit the pub looked very tempting at this point!! Through Edale I charged off towards Barber Booth to locate my final ascent for the day, up Chapel Gate Track to the Cairn, where I would take the ‘tiger line’ directly to the Trig on Brown Knowl.

Trig point ‘bagged’, its off past Edale cross, down Oaken Clough, skirting off right traversing Harry moor to pick up my route back to the Car Park via Tunstead Clough Farm.

In summary, 5hrs 31 mins travel time, 24.2KMs covered, 943 metre of elevation, and three trig points ‘bagged’ and a comprehensive ‘Road test’ completed.

Observations:

Salomon, Time to play’, was absolutely correct it was indeed time to play in these, I really enjoyed these trail shoes, particularly the comfort of the ortholite foam insoles, they are a big Yes from me! (and despite my initial fear they were really comfortable straight out of the box).

Mountain King, super Trekker, speedlock, also a resounding Yes from me, great support, easy to extend/collapse when not required, and an excellent balance of weight and robustness.

Brubeck Compression socks, no doubt about it, even though I cannot categorically point you at any definitive science to evidence their worth, the support and comfort ticked all the boxes.

Hope the details are a helpful guide to any outdoors enthusiasts, and I look forward to reporting back on the next trail session.

Martin (Compass)