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About me

Hello and a very warm welcome to Mike Brockhurst's Walking Englishman web site. I live in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and married to lovely wife Lil who stoically endures my obsession for all things walking. I work as a Manager of Technical Innovation in the Water Industry. It's a great job, the only drawback being that when working I'm not walking! I love walking in the British countryside; it is the best.

About the site
To share my passion for walking I have created the website which is dedicated to my passion for walking in the rich and varied landscape we enjoy. I simply love walking in Britain. Getting out into the hills and dales of England and exploring is always a big thrill for me. In my walks I try to seek out interesting features and if that means leaving the beaten track then I will do so. Why not join me on my walks on these pages. After all, it's all free because my intention is to inspire you all to get out and enjoy the country as much as I do.

On the site you will find lots of walks, some of them long distance journeys where I have ditched all transport, put on the back pack and set off. These can be found in the 'Long Distance Walks' categories in the left hand column. The rest of the walks are found in the 'Walks by Area' section. These are walks that can be completed in a single day. They cover distances which could take an entire day or just a few hours. They range from gentle rambles to serious hill walks. In essence there are walks for everyone to be found here.

In all my reports I tell the story as it is. Most of the time walks provide brilliant moments and I will tell you all about them. However that is not always the case and if I find a section boring I will say so. If a walk doesn't live up to my expectations I will also tell you why. If I ache or suffer on a walk I will tell you because I feel it is important to tell the real facts about walking. Telling it as I see it is what my site is dedicated to. You can be assured all my walking reports are told from the heart and all I ask you to consider is that you accept the walk reports as my personal reflections. They may not be the same as yours but that they are sincerely made.

About the free walks
Most of the walks covered on this site have been walked by me. This is because I wish the site to be different, not one of the run of the mill walking sites where all the walks covered include a walk description of instructions on what to do like turn left, walk to here, walk to there, etc. The walks on this site are intended to be personalised.

My walk reports may give general descriptions but they are not intended to be bona-fide route guides. My reports are true reflections of how I experienced the walks. I try to describe all the highs and lows of the walks in my own way, telling you if I feel you are in the midst of a superb view or in the middle of a quagmire! I also describe all my personal ups and downs like swollen feet or aching limbs because if I get them it is possible others walkers may too. It's better to tell the truth than gloss over the bad moments.

The overriding factor of my website is the determination to keep all the content free. Walks, photographs, movies, statistics and general information on the site will remain free to access, free to print and free to download. Maintainance costs of the site and funding for my walking is provided by my employment and by the advertising featured on the website which, I hope, is not encumbant to the user.

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