Walk a Mile with Mick
Walk a Mile with Mick Melvin

The Ronald Brown Pathway walking route Cavtat Croatia

Stražišće peak from Cavtat Croatia
The Dalmatian coast of Croatia is once again becoming a popular destination for British tourists including many walking parties. I visited the area in May this year (2013) staying in the resort of Cavtat with my wife Carole. I had difficulty finding any decent walking maps or walk routes. I hope that the short article that I have written about my ascent of Stražišće peak via the Ronald Brown Footpath will be helpful to walkers who visit the area.
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Councillor Simon Cooke scoffs at Ramblers who request that dangerous stiles be repaired!

Simon Cooke Councillor for Bingley believes that Ramblers in the Bradford district should be made to pay for the upkeep of stiles and footpaths.
Recently the Bradford Telegraph and Argus contacted me in my capacity as the President of the largest rambling club in the Bradford district, and invited me to pass an opinion on the state of footpaths and access stiles in the Bradford area.
In the article which was subsequently published in the T&A,  I spoke about the 5% of stiles in the area that had not been maintained, which at the very least prevented the elderly and infirm from completing a  walk, and at worst presented a serious danger to anyone attempting to pass through.
Simon Cooke, who is a conservative Councillor for Bingley, an area which contributes more members to Bradford CHA Rambling & Social Club than any other in the district, declares in his daily blog that I and all the members of the Rambling community do not contribute anything to the upkeep of stiles and footpaths.
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A Cave Dive with Bill Frakes

Langstroth Cave November 7th 1965
This was my first cave dive using breathing apparatus and as far as I am aware, this dive was also the first cave dive made by Bill using diving apparatus. Twelve months earlier Bill had passed the short sump in Elbolton Cave by free diving and he had free-dived a short sump in Rumbling Hole (Leck Fell) He had also been stand-by diver for Pete Livesey at Stonelands Cave (Littondale) but had not been required to dive.
The Divers:
Bill Frakes, Mick Melvin, Dave Stewart, John Russum.
Dave Cobley and Chris Whelan of the B.P.C. assisted on the carry into the sump. As we only had three sets of diving gear it was decided that Bill and I would make the first dive and return to base. Then John using his own diving gear, would dive with Dave using mine.
Our objective was to explore the cave beyond the sumps with the intention of assessing the feasibility of scaling the 45 foot aven reached by Mike Boon in September 1963. We also made a decision to replace the existing line through the sumps with a new Courlene dive line..
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Links to Content & Topics...

  1. Canal Cave Nidderdale
  2. The Happy Wanderers Pothole Club
  3. Weardale 1963
  4. The Leadmines of Weardale 1963
  5. Langstroth Cave, a first Cave Dive
  6. A Cave Dive with Bill Frakes
  7. Torquay 2009
  8. Walking in Devon & Dartmoor 2009
  9. Walks on the Costa del Sol
  10. Walking in Spain 2009
  11. Our holiday in Kokkari
  12. A Walking holiday in Samos 2004
  13. Six Young Men
  14. A Poem by Ted Hughes
  15. A Circular Walk from Todmorden
  16. A Castle & three Waterfalls
  17. BSA Conference Paper 1966
  18. Cave Diving in the Northern Pennines
  19. A Descent in 10 hours
  20. Penyghent Pot 1964
  21. A Tribute to John Dixon
  22. Remembering John Dixon
  23. Sleights to Whitby
  24. A Walk from Sleights to Whitby
  25. Climbing the Ahornspitze
  26. An ascent of the Ahornspitze
  27. Around the Schlegeis
  28. A Walk by the Schlegeis Reservoir
  29. Trevor Briggs Tribute
  30. A Tribute to Trevor Briggs
  31. Simon Cooke's Scornful blog
  32. Councillor Simon Cooke Scorns Ramblers