Bit Of Fun Corner!

 Website - Foxes TarnFoxes Tarn, near Scafell



 Blue Fox WalksThree Towers -RivPikeThree Towers - JubileeThree Towers - Peel

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)



Blackpool Bike Ride Blue Fox Wheelers

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 FUN - Cyclistmain 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)



Blue Fox Walks
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) Source of The Irwell
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”(???).

GRID REFERENCE: SD 86927 26677


11.08.2018 (VA) WHITENDALE HANGING STONES (Forest of Bowland)
Bit Of Fun - Whitendale Hanging Stones
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.   

GRID REFERENCE: SD 64188 56541


14.10.2017 (MK & VA)KINDER SCOUT (Dark Peak)Technical - Kinder ScoutMy 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!

GRID REFERENCE: SK 08534 87524




Technical - City New YorkAlthough I have been travelling abroad since 1980 (my very first Grand Tour!), it was only in late 2011 that I Technical - City Berlindecided to devise and record a series of easy walks, that may be of use to anyone who is visiting an international city.   Behind every great city lies a great park … this is where the foundation of my ideas lie, BUT by no means tells the whole story(?). I have planned many urban walks, for various councils in the past, and reckon I know what makes up the key ingredients to a successful city stroll(?).   Technical - City AmsterdamI have had immense fun and enjoyment doing these, I do not deliver any ‘points of Technical - City Bacelonainterest’ … that is up to you to find out (as much or as little as you like), but do accompany each walk with the relevant guide book and map. Note – in order to take into account that accommodation will vary greatly, I use the (always) excellent underground network to get to and from the start and finish points.  


 Next stop … Brussels (Oct 19)



TOP TEN PUBS … IN THE WORLD!!!Technical - British Pint

10     ~           Golden Ball, Lancaster

9       ~           John Bull Inn, Alnwick  

8       ~           White Hart, Mickleby (best hospitality on the planet!)

7       ~           Bridge Inn, Calver (best kept beer on the planet!)

6       ~           Stag Inn, Dufton

5       ~           Swinside Inn, Keswick

4       ~           Salutation Inn, Manchester

3       ~           Jamaica Inn, Whitby

2      ~            Blue Note Bar, St.Helier

1     ~         Red Lion, LittonTechnical - Fox Beer

Technical - Red Lion