Earlier in the year we took advantage of a YHA offer and booked two getaways this Spring, the second one to Edale in the Peak District. For our February trip we decided to travel slow, taking the train and hiking. This time we gave the kids the choice of transport, as the week before the kids had camped … More April Family Adventure – Edale
We did it! We climbed Whernside, completing our family challenge to climb all three of the Yorkshire Peaks. For our March family adventure and coincidently Mother’s Day the stars aligned. The weather forecast was ‘amazing’, and we set off to climb Whernside and our first camping trip of 2017. It was the most beautiful … More March Family Adventure – Yorkshire’s highest mountain, sunshine, snowball fights and first camp of 2017.
Runsketch number 2 done, 7 mile run to Hook Moor Wind Farm. I decided that I’d have another go this week. I planned my route and got my bag sorted, then woke up to this! Rain!, it wasn’t meant to rain. I was going to run anyway, so I thought I’d still take my sketching … More Runsketch No 2. Hook Moor Wind Farm
At the beginning of the year we took advantage of the YHA New Year sale and booked a couple of short breaks away. The first being two nights at Haworth Youth Hostel. Haworth was one of the only places left that had a room for all five of us, and it felt pretty serendipitous after watching and enjoying … More February Family Adventure – Backpacking, trains and Wuthering Heights
I’ve had this idea in my head for a couple of months of combining my running with my drawing, runsketching. I’ve been slowly building my long runs back up (injury set me back a year or so), and I’m keen to keep adding in the miles, but whilst doing something else I love too. Making the … More Running and sketching.
I thought I’d write a post about my art, as Raspberry Thief seems to be constantly morphing and changing as I change, and become more confident in my style. It’s grown from a platform for my drawings to include a lot more of my interests, reading, outdoors, running. I’ve been using my time to practice … More Adventures In Illustration
Although the weather has been pretty grey and damp here in Yorkshire, we still managed to get outdoors every weekend in January. For our monthly mini adventure we checked the weather and decided to head into Nidderdale, and explore a bit more around Pateley Bridge. With the help of a good old Ordnance Survey map … More January Family Adventure
We’ll be going on our first jaunt of 2017 soon, so thought I’d better finish our roundup of the last half of 2016. July For the last couple of years we’ve squeezed July for all it’s worth, and camped every weekend, this year we managed 3 weekends away as a family, and I had a … More Roundup of the second half of 2016.
We’re coming to the end of our second year of monthly jaunts inspired by Alastair Humphreys microadventures. Based around the idea of having a mini adventure once a month. As a family of 5, 3 kids under 13, we’ve modified it slightly and made our adventures family friendly, whilst still pushing our boundaries and limits. A lot … More Two years of microadventures.
I’m a huge admirer of Sean Conway, endurance athlete and adventurer. While following his recent incredible challenge of the world’s longest triathlon and after receiving a fab box of old maps from the Ordnance Survey, I felt inspired to create an illustration of this epic feat. After posting the final illustration on instagram a follower mentioned that … More Sean Conway T-shirt