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The Inn Way... series of walking guide books by Mark Reid offer an enjoyable and unique approach to discovering the wonderful countryside of England’s North Country... as well as its wealth of hidden and unspoilt pubs.

The Inn Way - the Ultimate Pub Walks

Discover for yourself the rich and varied landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, North York Moors, Northumberland and Peak District. Inspirational landscapes, beautiful villages, local food and drink, history and heritage, classic country pubs - it's what walking is all about.

Inn to Inn walking holidays

Spend several days walking from pub to pub through spectacular landscapes, travelling slowly and gently on foot, which allows more time to savour the special qualities that make these areas unique.

The Inn Way... to the Yorkshire Dales
76 miles, 6 days, 26 pubs

The Inn Way... to the Peak District
84 miles, 6 days, 51 pubs

The Inn Way... to the North York Moors
89 miles, 6 days, 31 pubs

The Inn Way... to the English Lake District
90 miles, 7 days, 44 pubs

The Inn Way... to Northumberland
94 miles, 6 days, 48 pubs

"His guides fuse local history, geography and geology with crystal-clear navigation."
The Sunday Times

"The latest book by acclaimed rambling scribe Mark Reid, it once again draws upon his extensive knowledge of the North Country's footpaths, historic villages and premiership boozers."
The Guardian

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Outdoor Clothing Review - Fab Ladakh GTX Jacket

09/04/2020

OUTDOOR CLOTHING REVIEW
Rab Ladakh GTX Jacket
Rab Shadow Hoody

Back in late January, Rab very kindly sent me some outdoor clothing to test.


I wore the jacket and hoody throughout February and early

March in all kinds of weathers, including winter mountain walking in the Lake District, a backpacking trip, walking weekends in the Yorkshire Dales and on various navigation courses I was running. It also got put through its paces during storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge (remember those?) and the wettest February on record! So, I was quite glad to have a new waterproof jacket!

Rab Ladakh GTX Jacket

This hard shell jacket is a robust Gore-Tex waterproof coat, cleverly designed to function properly in testing hill and mountain conditions.

Key features: 

  • Gore-Tex Pro materials, for maximum waterproofing and breathability
  • Helmet compatible hood, with 3-way adjustment system to ensure a snug fit
  • Long sleeves and knuckle protection to keep rain from running into gloves
  • YKK AquaGuard front zip, plus waterproof zips for the two hand pockets and chest map pocket.
  • Single-handed adjustable waist, hem and cuffs.
How did it function?:

I've been an outdoor professional since 1997, and I've gone through a lot of waterproof jackets in my time. This is, by far, the best waterproof jacket I've had. It's so good, I will continue to wear it on all of my walks and courses. Why? 

First and foremost, it kept me dry in some very wet weather. Internal condensation was kept to a minimum due to its breathability, and the Gore-Tex fabric kept the rain out. Also, the pockets did not fill with water like so many of my other jackets (note: expect pockets to get wet, so always secure delicate items such as a phone in a waterproof bag).

Secondly, it is a large cut. I wear an XL jacket and this jacket is large, which means you can layer up in poor weather and still have plenty of room for movement. It also does not ride up whilst wearing a rucksack, or when stretching as you cross a stile or scramble up rock steps. This means that in wet weather, your midriff stays dry as the jacket doesn't ride up towards your rucksack waist-belt. 

Thirdly, it has long sleeves. At first I thought this was a bit odd, however, I quickly realised the benefit of this when I was wearing gloves in the rain, as the long sleeves and knuckle protection helps stop rain running into your gloves. On wet and cold days, I always carry three pairs of gloves so I can can change them regularly (there's nothing worse than cold, wet hands whilst trying to use a map and compass), but this jacket meant I could keep my gloves on for longer without changing them so often. 

Fourthly, it works! The adjustable waist, hem and cuffs; the large front zip loop; the fully adjustable hood. They can all be adjusted with one hand, easily. It feels quite lightweight, but at 525g is similar weight to mountain jackets of other brands.

Fifthly, the hood. With its 3-way adjustment system (which means 3 drawstrings), this large volume hood fits easily over a helmet, but can be adjusted to fit snugly over your head. But the main advantage is when fully adjusted it keeps most of your face covered and out of strong wind and rain, with just your eyes showing, as the hood and front peak can be adjusted so it comes down over your forehead and eyebrows, whilst the high collar comes up above your nose. There is also a micro fleece strip over the collar zip to stop rubbing on your nose and mouth. 


My verdict:
An excellent waterproof jacket, ideal for the British hills and mountains that will keep you dry and comfortable. Its large cut means plenty of wiggle-room, so you might wish to try one on first for size. 










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Yorkshire Dales Mountains & Fells over 600 metres

18/01/2019

The Yorkshire Dales 600s

There are 42 mountains and fells in the Yorkshire Dales over 600 metres, with a relative height of 20 metres or more. This website charts a walk to the summit of each and every one of them. Some of the summits are well-known and well-trodden, whilst others only see one or two pairs of boots each year.

This photographic journey began in February 2010 and I finally completed the Yorkshire Dales 600s in January 2019, with a walk to the 'summit' of Brownber Head.

Cheers, Mark Reid


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