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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Buxton February 10th 2014

Back from a wettish weekend walking in the Peak District - fortunately no significant rain when we were walking on the Saturday but rivers still in spate and ground pretty saturated. Given that the UK has just experienced the wettest January on record and February shows every sign of being a repeat of January I guess we can't complain too much about getting a soaking while making the dash from the pub to the Saturday night curry. Notwithstanding this good fortune it still feels like a pretty good time to be leaving the country for a sunny 70F Buenos Aires. I've now taken care of admin and packed so am pretty much ready for the off. Planning to travel light on the basis that 5 months is far too long to anticipate every eventuality and Spanish ... read more
Hoping to Travel Light(ish)

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Buxton April 17th 2013

Original plan was to visit Lyme Park, but it was closed so looked at map and said let's try this route and we came to Buxton. In a valley but it must be a wealthy one by the looks of the homes and the fact that the place used to have its own Baths and a giant palatial hotel (The Palace). Several big homes are now used by solicitors, consultants etc. None were converted to model railways.... read more
Buxton Village
Buxton Village
Buxton Village

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Buxton March 25th 2013

Suzy is firmly staying put on the drive. She is still waiting for Wesley to come up and make Kathrein better. Alas no phone call nor e-mail today. Perhaps tomorrow or Wednesday when he says he is coming to Gloucestershire . At last our holiday seems to be coming upon us. We are counting the days down like excited children. Sion of course is getting even more eager and knows it is only 29 more sleeps until he gets away from this snowy weather and goes in search of the sun. Last year he managed to visit 13 countries on his travels and this year is looking forward to adding Bosnia to his list. He is over excited to be honest as his best friend Woolly has only 7 more sleeps until he goes on a ... read more
Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd
Close to Llanferes

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Buxton August 27th 2011

We organised a final training weekend to do some hiking in the Peak District over the Bank Holiday. Unfortunately we don't have any lofty mountains in England on which we can emulate the heights we will have to climb in Tanzania so the Peak District would have to do! The first day we completed a 15 mile hike which including walking along 'The Great Ridge'. It included summitting two 'peaks' but at only 462 metres (1516 ft) and 476 metres above sea level it isn't quite the same as the 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) we will be doing in Tanzania!! It was a stunning walk and one we would recommend anyone visiting the Peak District. The hike was only supposed to be 12 miles but we covered an extra 3 miles after some errors in navigation ... read more
Admiring the view
Top of Win Hill
Top of Win Hill

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Buxton May 28th 2011

I like caves. I’ve not really seen a great deal, but we did a tour around one when I was younger, and then, when I was around 17, we did an outdoor activities week away and did it properly; not just a walk in, walk around, walk out type of thing, but a proper ‘let’s sneak in through this little entrance and see where it takes us’ kind of activity, albeit under full instruction and with all the super-safe equipment you need to stick to the kind of health and safety rules that have pretty much outlawed similar school trips since then. In a way, I’d love to do it again, but in another, I’ve grown in every direction since then, and the idea of getting completely wedged in just because I discovered a fondness for ... read more
John Goes Mining
Peak Cavern
Speedwell Cavern


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Buxton June 6th 2008

Well, finally booked the flight that will start off the whole expedition! Booked through Zoom!Airlines (yeah...I know...) for a mere £300 (because I upgraded to Premium otherwise it would have been cheaper); a one way flight from Manchester to Toronto on Monday 3rd November 2008. Then I also booked into the Global Village Backpackers Hostel in Toronto for four nights! It's made me all excited because now I know I'm actually going through with it. And all on my lonelio too so if anyone will be around travelling when I am let me know because I'll be in need of some company! Here's a quick list of where I'm planning to go over the next year or so: * Montreal * Toronto * Quebec * Vancouver * Victoria * Whistler * Niagra Falls/ Buffalo * Chicago ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Buxton April 20th 2008

ONLY 10 DAYS TO GO The last few weeks has flown bye, i knew it would when we reached the month mark. I remember from last time thinking, when we had a few weeks to go, how quickly it would be until we were on our way and thinking back to that moment. Now its only 10days and i know the next second i'll be at the airport with Jen and we'll realise its arrived! 7months....i cant decide if it seems a long time since we got back or just a flash- with the apprehension i'm feeling about going, at the mo it seems like a while. Im worried im going to be too scared to start up diving again, and concerned that im not going to have enought money to do my PADI dive ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Buxton April 9th 2008

6 MONTHS DOWN 3 WEEKS TO GO! Only 3 weeks to the day until we head off for 4 months around Indonesia and the Philippines. Been working really hard to get this far, and to be honest its been pretty hellish at times! But its all gonna be worthwhile when were on the bus to the airport with our backpacks, and that feeling of anticipation in the pit of your stomach. SOOOO excited!!! So I am off for 'phase3' of my travelling adventure (first being 1 month in India, then second was 3 months in Indonesia), back with my all time favourite travel partner Jen, also my bezzie mate, and a wonderful participant for a month-my other favouritest person in the world Cat! ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Buxton March 18th 2007

18th - 20th March TEAM ONE was in Buxton on our practice expedition. With hurricane like winds and torrential rain, it was a barrel of laughs putting up tents and such like but we learnt pretty quickly. On Friday we learnt how to use the gas cookers, and we walked for about 2 minutes to our campsite. Half of us put up tents and the other half cooked. For dinner we had gloopy spagetti (which is good, because I prefer it that way) and cheese and ham and tomato puree and curry sauce and salt and butter. Most people chose a couple of things but I just mixed it all together :). I was carrying the salt, which was a very bad idea because it exploded all over my bag :S For pudding we had much ... read more

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