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Rock and hammer - Ian Jackson

Old King Cole

There are lots of places in the world that have a close association with rocks, many are even named after them. Nantwich and other -wich’s in Cheshire are named after salt and brine springs;…

A Local Geological Site in need of TLC - Sugley Dene, by Ian Jackson

Rock Stars

A couple of blogs ago we were in Haltwhistle Burn. It’s an SNCI - a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. SNCI’s are one of many designations in England and Wales created to conserve and manage…

Mining the Little Limestone Coal at Blenkinsopp Colliery by Peter Bridges

A true northern forest

The low hum of insect wings and barely audible, a nearby silt-laden river moving lethargically over sand shoals and between branching roots and foliage, were the only sounds. There was no bird…

Gilsland spa - Ian Jackson

Borderlands and ‘so-so’ people

Feeling guilty. Feels like I promised to buy you a pint in the pub last week and you’ve ended up with two halves 7 days apart. But better late than never; here’s the second part of the border walk…

Cellar spider - Tom Hibbert

Living with spiders

Every autumn, headlines warn about spiders invading our homes. But what’s the real story with our eight-legged neighbours?

Fossil - Ian Jackson

Sub-tropical seas and wet feet

I’ve mentioned walks a few times in these blogs but I’m not sure we really got our boots on. This time will, I hope, be different and you’ll get two for the price of one - that’s walks and…