Yearly Archives: 2009

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An Old Quarry, Two Reservoirs, Holme Fell, a Tea-room and a Tarn.

20th September 2009

It was a warm and sunny day today so we drove to Hodge Close, an old quarry where climbing and scuba diving takes place. A good little walk with lots to see, only about 4 miles long and easy walking. Jo….


Angletarn Pikes and The Knott from Hartsop

30th November 2009

There was sunshine and blue skies in the west! Unfortunately we were heading east into grey cloud, hoping the blue skies would follow. Visibility today was forecast to be excellent so we went to Hartsop to climb Angletarn Pikes (1857ft) and The Knott…


Armboth Fell and High Tove (Thirlmere to Watendlath)

26th May 2009

Today Ged, Kas and I went to Armboth on the west side of Thirlmere. We climbed up by Fisher Gill and walked over to Fisher Crag, then on to Armboth Fell (1570ft) and then to High Tove (1665ft). From there we went over the otherside of the fell down t…


Arnison Crag and Birks

16th March 2009

The forecast for the Fells was drizzle and low cloud so we drove to Patterdale to do Arniston Crag (1424ft) and Birks (2040ft). A short walk of 4.5 miles but steep! We also decided to add Lanty`s Tarn and Keldas to the end of the walk this would take…


Binsey

3rd October 2009

Today I was at the Rheged Centre, Penrith for a course on “Conquering Challanging Behaviour For Effective Learning”. What a great way to spend a Saturday Morning! After the course I looked around Rheged, having not been there for at least…


Birkhouse Moor

11th March 2009

Yesterday was great visibility and blue skies but I had been in Cartmel Priory teaching. I was supposed to be teaching maths today but decided that the call of the mountains was infinitely more appealing! I hated maths when I was at school and none o…


Birkhouse Moor and Catstycam

21st April 2009

Yesterday was such a good day that Ged, Kas and I decided to repeat the walk of six weeks ago that we did in snow, wind and mist, but this time we could actually admire the view. We walked from Glenridding up to Birkhouse Moor (2350ft) to Red Tarn. T…


Black Crag

1st August 2009

It rained this morning but was okay by this afternoon so Brendan and I drove to Glen Mary Bridge just north of Coniston to walk up Black Crag (1056ft), one of the smallest Wainwrights. We went up by Tom Gill which had the most water I`ve ever seen in…


Bonscale Pike to Steel Knotts

29th May 2009

On Friday the weather was due to be glorious so I decided to do a solitary walk in the far eastern fells. When I left home at 7.30am it was a bit dull, and as I drove over the Kirkstone Pass the mist was right down, but as Brothers Water came in to v…


Bowscale Fell to Souther Fell

11th May 2009

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Mungrisedale to climb Bowscale Fell (2306ft), Bannerdale Crags (2230ft), Mungrisedale Common (2068ft) and Souther Fell (1680ft). A walk of nine miles. It was a fine sunny day but the forecast was for 50mph winds on th…


Boxing Day Walk Along The River Lune 2009

26th December 2009

We all gathered at the Crook O`Lune car park for our annual Boxing Day Walk. The car park was like an ice rink and had us all doing our own Torvill and Dean impressions. A good little walk which took about two hours and was all on the flat. We had to…


Carrock Fell and High Pike

5th October 2009

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Mosedale to climb Carrock Fell (2174ft) and High Pike (2157ft). On the Mungrisedale to Mosedale road we came across a group of Fell Ponies……so cute and friendly! An interesting walk of about eight miles. W…


Completion of the 214 (Haycock and Caw)

28th October 2009

Today with Caw (2263ft) and Haycock (2618ft) I would complete all the 214 Wainwright mountains. Which comprises over 700 miles of walking and 230,000ft of ascent, that`s more than 8 Mount Everests! I had wanted to finish before the clocks went back,…


Coniston Old Man to Levers water

15th November 2009

Yesterday Ged, Kas the blind dog and I headed for Coniston. We parked at the Fell Gate and headed for Coniston Old Man (2633ft) via the old mine workings and Low Water. We then went to Brim Fell (2611ft) and Swirral How (2630ft) and down the Prison B…


Dow Crag with Brendan and Tom

26th July 2009

Yesterday was going to be the one good day to be had over the next week and the boys needed some exercise, so we left home at gone 1pm for Torver, to walk up Dow Crag (2555ft) via Brown Pike (2237ft) and Buck Pike (2430ft). I thought it would be a go…


Eagle Crag, Sergeant’s Crag, Ullscarf and Great Crag

24th June 2009

Last week`s walk was only a small one so this week we were in need of something a bit more challenging. Yesterday was forecast to be very hot so naturally we decided to start the walk with one of the most strenuous ascents in Lakeland, Eagle Crag (17…


Eight Uldale Fells in Mist

24th September 2009

The weather today was supposed to be better than Tuesday`s. It wasn`t! We drove to Longlands and parked by the bridge, heading off along Longlands Beck towards Trusmadoor. We had planned to climb Great Cockup (1720ft), Meal Fell (1770ft), Great Sca F…


Five Langdale Pikes via Marks Gate

8th July 2009

Yesterday I had to take Tom to his work experience placement at 9 and pick him up at 5, so a walk would have to fit within these times and it would need to be somewhere quite near. It had been over three years since I had last done a Langdale Pike, s…


Glenridding Dodd to Hart Side and back Via the Miner’s Track

13th March 2009

With Wednesday`s walk having no views, and the forecast for Thursday being quite good except for the gales, we set off again for Glenridding to climb Glenridding Dodd (1425ft), Heron Pike to Sheffield Pike (2232ft), Hart Side (2481ft) and Birkett Fel…


Gowbarrow Fell, Aira Force and Little Mell Fell

18th February 2009

This is my first walk for a month. The Fells have been too icy of late but now the thaw is here so I decided to have a walk around Gowbarrow Fell (1579ft) beside Ullswater, which is low enough to be snow free. Ged and Kas came too. We started from th…


Grange Fell

31st July 2009

Today Tom and I set off early for Watendlath in order to climb Grange Fell (1345ft). It is a round trip of just over two miles with the Tea Room to look forward to on the return. The forecast was quite good for the morning and we were determined to m…


Grasmere Round in Snow

28th December 2009

Brendan, Tom and I took a trip to Grasmere. It was too icy for a hill walk so we decided to walk around the lake which I haven`t done since we went round with Bar and Dave last summer. The car park at Grasmere was much better but still snow and ice i…


Great Borne to Red Pike from Buttermere

16th October 2009

Yesterday was forecast to be excellent so I headed for Buttermere to climb Great Borne (2019ft), Starling Dodd (2085ft) and Red Pike (2479ft). I decided to start the walk via Scale Force. So I headed in the direction of Crummock Water first crossing…


Great Calva and Bakestall

22nd September 2009

Today Ged, Kas and I went to do a couple of fells from Back O`Skiddaw. Great Calva (2265ft) and Bakestall (2189ft). We parked at Peter House Farm and walked part of the Cumbria Way path which leads to Skiddaw House. The walk took us five and a half h…


Great Mell Fell

14th April 2009

On Tuesday Tom, Ged, Kas and I went for a walk up Great Mell Fell (1760ft). Unfortunately the excellent Easter weather was at an end. Today`s weather was dull and the visibility was poor. A very short walk!…


Grey Knotts, Brandreth and Base Brown

24th October 2009

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Seathwaite in Borrowdale to climb Grey Knotts (2287ft), Brandreth (2344ft) and Base Brown (2120ft). Friday was forecast as the best day of the week. Heavy showers in the hills, but good to moderate visibility, except…


Greystones, Ling Fell, Sale Fell and Broom Fell.

7th October 2009

Yesterday we drove to the Spout Force car park on the Whinlatter Pass to climb up Graystones (1496ft), Ling Fell (1224ft), Sale Fell (1178ft) and Broom Fell (1675ft). They are all separate fells so it would mean four distinct ups and downs! It was ab…


Grike, Crag Fell and Lank Rigg

12th October 2009

Today I went to the Kinniside Stone Circle on the Calder Bridge to Ennerdale Bridge Road, and walked the old mine road to Grike (1596ft), Crag Fell (1710ft) and Lank Rigg (1775ft). It was an excellent day, warm and clear. The route is a quiet and iso…


Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head in Snow

6th January 2009

On Tuesday Ged, Kas and I went to Braithwaite to Climb Grisedale Pike (2593ft) and Hopegill Head (2525ft). I had my new camera, a Canon Ixus 970is, to try out! The day had started in sunshine, but by the time we reached Braithwaite it had started to…


Hen Comb and Three More Fells From Loweswater

4th August 2009

We drove to Loweswater to climb Hen Comb (1661ft), Gavel Fell (1720ft), Blake Fell (1978ft) and Burnbank Fell (1580ft), a round trip of just under nine miles. A good walk despite the rain, the bogs and the dull grassy terrain. It took about five and…


Knott Rigg, Ard Crags and a Circuit of Buttermere

13th August 2009

Today Tom and I went to Newlands Hause to climb up Knott Rigg (1790ft) and Ard Crags (1860ft). A there and back walk of 4 miles. We set off from home at 8am and were first at Newlands with a choice of parking! The weather was excellent! Traffic was b…


Lonscale Fell, Latrigg and Whinlatter

1st October 2009

Today was a sunshine and good visibility day so I decided to climb Lonscale (2344ft), Latrigg (1203ft) and Whinlatter (1696ft). I drove to the Gale End car park for Skiddaw arriving at 9.30am. The car park was already full with like-minded people, so…


Low Fell and Fellbarrow

25th August 2009

The weather had improved on Monday afternoon so Brendan and I went to Thackthwaite near Loweswater in order to climb Low Fell (1360ft) and Fellbarrow (1363ft). A short walk of just over five miles, all on grass and nothing too steep but with excellen…


Robinson, Dale Head and Hindscarth in Rain and Wind.

23rd July 2009

Yesterday we went to Little Town to climb Robinson (2417ft), Dale Head (2473ft) and Hindscarth (2385ft). Heavy rain and gale force winds on the summits were forecast, but as long as we could see where we were going it would be fine. The views on this…


Rosthwaite Fell

16th June 2009

Yesterday we went back to Borrowdale to climb Rosthwaite Fell (1808ft), including Bessyboot and Rosthwaite Cam, a walk of under 5 miles. When we arrived this morning there were loads of cars on the verge that would normally be empty mid week. I guess…


Scafell Pike with Brendan and Tom

22nd August 2009

Brendan has been on holiday for the last week which meant the weather has been awful with rain and gales. Yesterday there was a break in the weather so we decided to go up Scafell Pike, England`s highest mountain at 3210ft. Brendan and Tom had never…


Seathwaite Fell to Glaramara

8th June 2009

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Seathwaite in Borrowdale to climb Seathwaite Fell (2070ft), Esk Pike (2904ft), Allen Crags (2572ft) and Glaramara (2569ft). A walk of eight and a half miles. The visibility was good but for most of the day the skies w…


Silver How to Tarn Crag from Grasmere

29th June 2009

Yesterday was forecast to be the best day of the week. We decided to do five fells from Grasmere, Silver How (1294ft), Blea Rigg (1776ft), Sergeant Man (2414ft), High Raise (2500ft) and Tarn Crag (1807ft). The route is a ridge walk that skirts around…


Six Fells From Causey Pike to Barrow

12th August 2009

Yesterday Ged, kas and I parked on the side of the road near Uzzicar, which is just below the slopes of Barrow Fell, in order to climb Causey Pike (2035ft), Scar Crags (2205ft), Sail (2530ft), Eel Crag (Crag Hill on Ordnance survey maps) (2749ft), Ou…


Six Fells From Lanthwaite Green

7th September 2009

After two weeks of solid rain and gales there was a break in the weather so Ged, Kas and I decided on a substantial walk to include Whiteside (2359ft), Hopegill Head (2525ft), Grasmoor (2795ft), Wandope (2533ft), Whiteless Pike (2165ft) and Rannerdal…


Steel Fell to Helm Crag (Greenburn Round)

2nd July 2009

I usually plan walks well ahead. But last night was hot and I had still to go to sleep at 3am, so I got a cup of tea and ended up looking at Andrew Leaney and David Hall`s photos of the Greenburn Round on their websites. (Google them and you won`t be…


Stickle Pike and Caw

12th September 2009

It just figures that as I went back to school this week we have had the best 4 days of sunshine since June and I have had to admire it from the inside of my laboratory! Typical! Thankfully the sunshine held out until today so Brendan and I went for a…


Ullock Pike to Skiddaw

3rd January 2009

Today Ged and I decided to do four northern Fells, Ullock Pike (2230ft), Long Side Edge (2405ft), Skiddaw (3053ft) and Carl Side (2420ft). A walk of about 7 miles. We started from the car park at the Sawmill Tearoom (which was shut until February!) a…


Walla Crag to High Tove and Watendlath

15th July 2009

Today we went to Ashness Bridge to climb Walla Crag (1234ft), Bleaberry Fell (1932ft), High Seat (1995ft) and High Tove (1665ft) descend down to Watendlath and follow the trail down the valley back to Ashness Bridge. A walk of just under nine miles….