Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Neil Collins and I live in Otley on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The aim of this blog is to help me keep a record of some of my more memorable days out and about in the mountains and wild(er) places of Britain and Ireland. We are extremely fortunate in these islands to enjoy a huge variety of magnificent and still largely unspoilt scenery, which I really do believe to be up there with the best in the world (though whether a not-well-travelled person like myself is entitled to hold such an opinion is a very valid question).
I have been walking in the mountains for as long as I have been able to walk. I’m told that I climbed Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons at the age of two, though I have no recollection of this. Thanks to my parents and grandparents, who shared with me their love of hillwalking, particularly in the Lake District and Scottish islands, I quickly developed a passion for the hills and mountains. Though mountains remain my favourite type of landscape, I also love moorlands (no doubt this has something to do with growing up in Lancashire), the coast, islands, karst and forests, which will all no doubt feature in the blog at some point.
Hillwalking is very much the dominant theme of my outdoor endeavours, bur I have also dabbled a (very) little in scrambling, climbing and caving; and I hope to be able to add some posts involving these activities in due course.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the blog!