Annual Lancashire Three Towers Challenge (22.04.19)
Time For 2019 =
11 hours + 52 minutes
2013 = 9:30R (VA) / 2014 = 10:12 (PG/TP/VA) / 2015 = 11:21 (PG/ST/TP/VA) / 2016 = 11:02 (MK/PG/TP/VA) / 2017 = 10:50 (LR/MK/VA) / 2018 =12.02 (LR/MB/MK/PG/TP/VA) / 2019 = 11:52 (MB/MK/VA)
Annual Blackpool to Prestwich Bike Ride (27.08.18)
This one is not against the clock, but is a superb challenge of mind and muscle … the route is a mix of main and minor road, delightful country lane and the long middle and finale sections are a Blue Fox blend of little known off-road mystery and pure magic(???).
2017 = (MK/WG/VA) / 2018 = (MK/WG/VA)
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Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge (04.07.19)
Time = 9 hours + 40 mins
The official challenge is to collectively bag this trio of Yorkshire giants … Pen-y-Ghent>Whernside>Ingleborough .. in 12 hours. I was asked to organise our own attempt, as a one-off, by some friends who were in training for the UK 3 peaks (Ben Nevis>Snowdon>Scafell Pike). It is best tackled (in my opinion) mid-week and therefore in comparative solitude!
Blue Fox Walks Annual Navigation Challenge
This is an opportunity to introduce and explore some remote and largely untapped parts of northern England & Wales, setting myself a navigation target in the bargain!
xx.xx.2019 ( ) – IRWELL SPRINGS, DEERPLAY MOOR (Lancs) …
As a Mancunian with Salford roots, I have forever been mesmerized by the river that links and divides the two cities. This is not only a journey to find the source of the Irwell, but to contrive a walk along its entire course and to tell the story of … “The Dark River”(???).
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This is a journey to the centre of the earth (well, Great Britain anyway!), as these stones are claimed to be. Once again, I have done this before … or so I thought, for the EXACT spot is some 200 yards to the north-west of the stones.
On a glorious summer’s day, this turned out to be a walk to Solitude Central as well as GB Central! The vast area that is Bowland offers some scintillating scenery and intrigue aplenty to explore.
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14.10.2017 (MK & VA) – KINDER SCOUT (Dark Peak) …My objective was to locate the summit of Kinder. Not as easy as you might think, we tried this one (but miserably failed) a few years ago.
This famous plateau is as daunting as it is featureless … the terrain is unforgiving (ask my companion Mareks!!!). On the day a more focused and determined me navigated the old fashioned way with compass to within a ‘spit’ of the, not so obvious, enigmatic point. Then I honed in using my gps … mission accomplished!
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