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New site features, developments and plans ~  "Web Site Story"


Thursday 29 September 2005 - a significant milestone has been reached today - three new walks from different members extend the coverage to every continent (except Antarctica) as well as Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. There's Kev's story of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Pichu, and Ivan's moving account of a walk along Highway One to visit the site of battles from the New Zealand Wars.

Saturday 24 September 2005 - that's the page of highlights from walking and running around San Francisco city complete.  And the Golden Gate Bridge story added a couple of days later.

Sunday 18 September 2005 - finally, 6 months after setting up the site, some more progress with the China coverage - three pages of China background impressions and photos have been completed.  Now there are just a dozen walks to be written up!  But as a bit of a break from China, I've eventually got round to writing up walks from 8 years ago - the two mountains closest to San Francisco, which may interest anyone heading out there.  Stories of Mount Diablo and Mount Tamalpais can now be read.  They illustrate how easy it can be to go for a good mountain hike on a day trip from the centre of a large city.

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Tuesday 23 August 2005 - the third Dundee walk is finally complete, covering the coastal walk from Broughty Ferry to Monifieth, and a number of variations including the Dighty Burn.

Monday 15 August 2005 - a new page has been set up to feature Walking Events, and the first one featured is the Cowalfest in Argyll. It's Scotland's largest walking festival in terms of the number of walks included (over 80).

Friday 12 August 2005 - hot on the heals of those new stories, another one for Lochnagar in the East Grampian Highlands of Scotland. It's the first contribution by Paul Fisher. No pictures, but when you read this exhilarating evening dash from one munro to another you'll soon see why - it makes a great read!

Thursday 11 August 2005 - a busy week! Bill Cook supplied some more detailed stories to accompany his great photos yesterday, and these have been posted today along with a new story and photos of Ben Starav, in the West Highlands.  It's worth a look at the stories about Kilimanjaro, climbing sand dunes in the Sahara, and trekking from Ladakh in India.

Tuesday 9 August 2005 - after quite a delay, there's a new walk on the site. Colin Wilson wrote an account of his climb up the Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Isle of Skye to a friend, and it's now been published on the site.

Over the past few days a map of China has also been added showing the location of walks which will be added over the coming weeks, as time permits.  Work has started on the background pages for China, with a number of hints and tips for other travellers - but there's still more to be done to finish this off and add photos.

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Saturday 16 July 2005 - a story of a walk through the full length of Tiger Leaping Gorge has been added by Gong Ying, a friend of Catriona's who has been visiting Scotland. See the Two Sisters of Tiger Leaping Gorge

Catriona has been working on a form for new members to register - it's ready to use now, and she's planning to add another soon for you to submit your stories on.

Wednesday 13 July 2005 - before writing more of the China stories, one of those necessary features was finally added to the site this evening - the  site map

Meanwhile, it's not clear why the site has disappeared from the first page of results when entering "walking stories" into Google - it was up at no. 6 or 7 for a week, then vanished again. Maybe something to do with the server going down last week?

Going round the site for the site map, the inconsistent navigation bar type size is really annoying - must go and speak with the techies again to try to find out how to fix it on the template. And I realised how out-of-date the Walking News page has become - that has to be a priority for updating once the China walks are written up.

Saturday 9 July 2005 - that's Tiger Leaping Gorge finished (on two pages) - with lots of great photos. Brings it all back!  Only another 13 Great Walks of China to go! Also managed to write up the much shorter and easier climb of Auchterhouse Hill, near Dundee.

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Wednesday 6 July 2005

There's an unusual but important new story just posted - the Make Poverty History March, held in Edinburgh on 2 July. It might not change the minds of the G8 leaders at Gleneagles this week, but it was a wonderful show of popular opinion.

Monday 4 July 2005

A new Scottish walk has been added in record time! On 3rd July Andrew, Catriona and Frances climbed Ben Cleuch, highest of the Ochil Hills, with the Scottish Enterprise Easy Walking Group. Read all about it!

Friday 1 July 2005

There's been a 6-week gap since the last entry. That's because we've been travelling around China, and over the next few weeks there will be more stories added, on Tiger Leaping Gorge (work in progress) and Dali in Yunnan Province, Qincheng Shan in Sichuan Province, the Great Wall near Beijing, and lots more.

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Wednesday 18 May 2005

Dundee walks and photos are starting to make an appearance - hoping to get a couple of walks completed over the next week.

Monday 16 May 2005

Thanks to Bill Cook  for keeping the flow of content onto the site - he's supplied a photographic record of visits to the Sahara in Morocco, and a Scottish kilt-clad ascent of Kilimanjaro. These provide the first entries for Africa - if YOU have any of your own, please get in touch.

Meanwhile, the technicalities continue to thwart us - why can't I correct the font size for the links on this page? And despite best efforts, we haven't been able to fix the problematic font sizes for the left-hand navigation bar on several pages including this one.

Friday 6 May 2005

There's been a bit of a break - pressures of the day job, and problems with changes to the navigation links (see the odd sized links on the left here). As the template isn't easy to change, it will be a week or so before this can be corrected.

On the positive side, Catriona has today posted a new story after her week on Hainan Island, off the south coast of China.  And Bill Cook has sent in the first of his photos from his walking expeditions overseas - see the Stok Kangri walk.

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Monday 25 April 2005

A rather different story - the Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromso, Norway, June 2004. It's the first Scandinavian story, and provides a lot of background information and photos on Tromso and the surrounding coastal area. Two more detailed walks are to follow.

Sunday 24 April 2005

The Gigha walks are complete!  As well as the background to the island and the three walking stories, Frances has provided her young perspective on the highlights of the trip. It's been an enjoyable exercise, reviewing this short break, strengthening the memories of a couple of days on a delightful Scottish island.

Thursday 21 April 2005

The background to a recent visit to the Isle of Gigha has just been posted - it's a fascinating and relaxing little island, well worth a visit, with easy hill and coastal walks, and the famous gardens of Achamore.  Three walks are currently in preparation.

Sunday 17 April 2005

A number of links have been provided to good walking stories in the Guardian and the New York Times - see especially the North America page, and the pages for Spain, the Azores, Wales and France (all under Europe).

Thursday 14 April 2005

Twenty-one today!

With the addition of two walks in Glen Clova there are now 21 original walking stories on the site:

  • 14 from Japan
  • 3 from China
  • 4 from Scotland.

Material was also gathered during a short visit to the Isle of Gigha in the Hebrides - stories and photos to follow soon!  And walks from other countries are also due to be added as time permits.

Visitors to the site can help to extend coverage by submitting their own stories.

Thursday 7 April 2005

Finally - the remaining three Japanese walks to complete the original set of 14. Find out about Miyajima and its famous "floating" torii, about the Hiroshima A-bomb Dome and Peace Park, and the finest surviving castle in Japan at Himeji, along with one of Japan's biggest annual festivals.

Wednesday 6 April 2005

The delightful Kiso Valley walk was added this evening.

Tuesday 5 April 2005

Just time to add the climb of Mount Fuji

Monday 4 April 2005

  • There are now three more of the Japanese walks posted: Tokyo, Nikko and Kamakura
  • Also, lots of photos added to the Japanese Background page
  • And a significant new development - the first Kid's walking story, covering the Perth Jugglers' Walk on 2nd April, with some spectacular photos! Hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did seeing it.

Friday 1 April 2005

  • Made some changes to the template and added some colours to the header and left hand menu. Comments welcome!
  • Also added an edit region for latest news, but this doesn't work - it would mean changing every page individually!
  • Posted the Walking Links page, and the first summaries and links for walking stories from the Guardian - covering Greece.
  • My son Owen found that a search on Yahoo was picking up Walking Stories at nos 3 and 6. Still nothing on Google, but it's a start.

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Thursday 31 March 2005

The Walking News Summaries page has now been created, with a good collection of snippets from both poles, the Equator, Everest, and of course Dundee.

Wednesday 30 March 2005

Just added - the first Scottish walk, a winter coastal walk from Arbroath to Auchmithie.

Six of the 14 Japanese walks are now posted.

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Saturday 26 March 2005

After thinking about the idea for nearly two years, and several months of mindmapping and story-drafting, walkingstories.com finally went on-line on 18 March 2005. This was thanks to the advice and assistance provided by Alan Teviotdale during one of his busy website development surgeries at Abroath Business Gateway. He had helped to put together the site structure on Dreamweaver, and then all the content could be uploaded using Contribute software. This followed earlier advice and training from Alan and his Business Gateway colleagues Lynn and Mike.  Wendy Grant-Mason provided helpful business planning guidance. They all give a great service, and it's not surprising the courses and website surgeries are so popular.

Now there's something on most of the foundation pages of the site - those that come up under "home" and "using the site", and the legal and commercial ones linked along the bottom of the page.

Until today, the first Japanese walk around Kyoto was the only one to have a full story on-line, although all the others are written ready to put up there. I wanted to get someone else's walks added first, and Catriona had provided three amusing stories from China. Now they are up there for the world to read. There's a story from Pat about her favourite walks in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland which is going on next, then I'll go back to finish the Japanese ones. There are a couple of Scottish walks to go on as well.

After that, there are lots of links to enter, covering walks from the Guardian and the New York Times, which will quickly give some wider coverage. And I will be adding some general news items about walking to this News section of the site.

The technological features are lagging behind now, as you will see if you try to register as a member, or submit a story. But please make the effort, as we want to expand the membership and the content as quickly as we can. Super hyperactive forms will be added in due course to make registration and log-in easy, and to submit a new story with the touch of a button (so you can concentrate your efforts on writing it!).

Please stick with us, add the site to your favourites, and come back here every few days to see what the latest additions are. Better still, send us your feedback, register as a member (it's free) and submit a story or two.


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View of the Pacific through the trees at the Presidio, San Francisco

View of the Pacific through the trees at the Presidio,

San Francisco

Broughty Ferry Castle

Broughty Ferry Castle

On the climb of Ben Starav

View looking down into Corrie Lagan from Sgurr Dearg - location of the Inaccessible Pinnacle

View looking down into Corrie Lagan from Sgurr Dearg - location of the Inaccessible Pinnacle

Ben Di Wan village in Tiger Leaping Gorge

Ben Di Wan village in Tiger Leaping Gorge

Anti-poverty protestors in Edinburgh

Anti-poverty protestors in Edinburgh

Leaving the summit of Ben Cleuch

Leaving the summit of Ben Cleuch in the Ochil Hills, Scotland

May cherry blossom - Dundee, Scotland

May cherry blossom - Dundee, Scotland

Unusual walking colours in the Sahara

Unusual walking colours in the Sahara

One of Bill Cook's photos of some kids in Ladakh. Taken while enjoying the Markha Valley Trek.

One of Bill Cook's photos of some kids in Ladakh.  Taken while enjoying the Markha Valley Trek. For more about walking in Ladakh visit www.hiddennorth.com

A short Arctic cruise to recover from the Midnight Sun Marathon

A short Arctic cruise to recover from the
Midnight Sun Marathon

Winter walking above Glen Clova

Winter walking above Glen Clova in Eastern Scotland

What are they up to? See the Perth Jugglers' Walk story

What are they up to?  See the Perth Jugglers' Walk story

Dramatic coastal scenery from the new Arbroath-Auchmithie story

Dramatic coastal scenery from the new

Arbroath-Auchmithie story

It's been quite an effort, but we're getting there! This is a scene from the momentous walk in Shikotsu which prompted the development of the website.

It's been quite an effort, but we're getting there!  This is a scene from the momentous walk in Shikotsu which prompted the development of the website.