Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year resolution - Get fit in the Great Outdoors

Is your 2011 New Year's Resolution to get fit and healthy?

Head out to the 'green gym' this New Year!

Do you want to...?
  • Get fit and healthy in 2011
  • Maintain your new physical activity regime
  • Learn new skills that will last a lifetime
  • Enjoy exercise in a sociable way
  • Be surrounded by inspirational landscapes and greenery
  • Save money on expensive gym memberships
There is nothing better than a long walk in Britain's beautiful countryside - you not only burn off calories (up to 400 an hour!), but you also give your body a total workout - physically, mentally and spiritually; walking in the Great Outdoors is simply great for your mind, body and soul.

But do you have the skills to plan your own walks and then navigate safely (using a map and compass)?

We offer 1 & 2-day Navigation Skills Courses in the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Peak District throughout 2011, including National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Gain a national award! 

Explore further and step out with confidence in 2011!

2-day NNAS courses:

1-day courses & Outdoor Experiences:

ONLY £99 per person for our 2-day courses or £49 for our 1-day courses.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Northern Echo Christmas walk - Ingleby Greenhow

Northern Echo Walk - Christmas 2010

Ingleby Greenhow, North York Moors.

4 miles / 2 hours.
OS Explorer Map OL26
Start/Finish - Ingleby Greenhow, near Great Ayton, North Yorkshire
Refreshments - Dudley Arms, Ingleby Greenhow

Ingleby Greenhow is a delightful village that lies just within the boundary of the North York Moors National Park. It is dominated by the great arc of the Cleveland Hills that sweep round in sinuous curves to the east and south of the village, sheltering it from easterly winds. The name of the village may be derived from the Danish words ‘Ingleby’ meaning ‘village of the English’ and Greenhow meaning ‘green hill’ – it is certainly surrounded by green hills, although the day I walked this route everything was completely white with snow. On the edge of the village stands St Andrews Church, a beautiful low, stone building that dates back to the 12th Century when it belonged to the monks of Whitby Abbey, although a church may have stood on this site in Saxon times. It was largely rebuilt in 1741.

This walk heads into the deep recess known as Greenhow Bottom that cuts into the Cleveland Hills creating an impressive amphitheatre of hills around a basin of fields and a scattering of farms that rarely see sunlight in the winter months. Field paths and quite lanes lead into Greenhow Bottom before a path drops down over a footbridge across Ingleby Beck then up to join a track along the foot of the steep escarpment of Ingleby Bank. Remarkably, this track was once a railway line that was built in 1861 by the North Eastern Railway Company to transport ironstone from Rosedale in the heart of the North York Moors to Teesside. This amazing feat of engineering followed the contours of the hills perfectly for eleven miles from the moors above Rosedale, around the head of Farndale to Incline Top above Ingleby Greenhow from where loaded goods wagons were lowered down a 1-in-5 incline from the escarpment of the Cleveland Hills to join the main line at Battersby Junction. At its height during the 1870s over 300,000 tons of iron ore was transported by rail to Teesside annually, peaking at over 560,000 tons in 1873. The mines closed following the General Strike of 1926 and three years later the last train was lowered down the Incline. Our route joins this old railway about a kilometre north of the foot of the Incline and then follows the track-bed for almost two kilometres to reach Bank Foot. Bank Foot was once an important location along the ancient highway between Kirkbymoorside and the villages of Cleveland via the moorland ridge of Rudland Rigg; above these farms this old ‘Coach Road’ winds steeply up Ingleby Bank onto the Cleveland Hills from where it headed south across Rudland Rigg.

For route details, visit the following website between the 23rd and 30th December 2010 (as the website is updated with a new walk every week)

Photos (copyright Mark Reid) - the photo-files are named.

Friday, December 10, 2010


Holme Valley - Christmas 2010

Yesterday, Jon Mitchell (ITV's weatherman) and I went out to Holme in the upper reaches of the Holme Valley, near Huddersfield, to film our latest TV walk for ITV Yorkshire.

We walked a 5-mile route, taking in Brownhill and Marsden reservoirs as well as Cliff Road. It was a picture-perfect Christmas walk with loads of snow on the ground, as well as waist-deep snow drifts as we found out on the moors around Cliff Road. The walk was finished off at the Fleece Inn at Holme (great village pub in the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines), where the local brass band greeted us with Christmas carols.

Tune in either next Thursday (16th Dec) or Friday (17th Dec) on ITV Yorkshire between 6pm and 6:30pm to watch our walk, or log on to our website to watch this clip (after the 17th December) or any of our archived walks

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Outdoors Show, Excel, London, 13 - 16 Jan 2011

TeamWalking goes to the Outdoors Show

TeamWalking will be at the 2011 Outdoors Show at Excel, London between the 13th - 16th January.

We will be on the Welcome to Yorkshire stand.

TeamWalking offers:
  • 2-day Navigation Skills courses (NNAS)
  • 1-day introduction to map & compass courses
  • Compass skills days (open access walking)
  • Night navigation experiences
  • 'The Inn Way' 2-day walking experience
  • Corporate team building and team bonding days
  • Corporate activity days in the Great Outdoors
Spend an inspirational day in the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, North York Moors or Peak District