Yearly Archives: 2011

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Second Completion of the 214 Wainwright’s

5th June 2011

On Friday Ged, Kas and I drove to Wasdale to climb Lingmell (2649ft), Scafell Pike (3210ft), Scafell (3162ft) and Slight Side (2499ft). A walk of ten miles. Back in January 2009 I decided to have a go at completing all the Wainwright Fells in a year….


A circuit of Derwent Water

29th October 2011

Finally were were forecast a day of sunshine and blue skies. So yesterday Tom and I drove to keswick to do the circuit of Derwent Water, a walk of about nine miles. We parked on the dead-end road next to Portinscale suspension bridge, plenty of free…


Ashness Bridge to Watendlath via Four Fells and Purple Heather

31st August 2011

Yesteday Brendan and I went to Ashness Bridge to climb Walla Crag (1234ft), Bleaberry Fell (1932ft), High Seat (1995ft) and High Tove (1665ft) descend down to Watendlath for coffee and cake then to follow the valley trail back to Ashness Bridge. A wa…


Beda Fell and Place Fell from Martindale

21st April 2011

Yesterday I set off at 6.50am and drove to St. Peter’s Church in Martindale to climb Beda Fell (1670ft) and Place Fell (2154ft). It has been three years since I climbed these fells. There are a few unusual stone wall stiles to cross then the pa…


Bowfell and four more fells from Langdale

31st May 2011

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Great Langdale to climb Bowfell (2960ft), Esk Pike (2903ft), Great End (2984ft), Seathwaite Fell (2073ft) and Rossett Pike (2132ft). A walk of about 15 miles over very rough terrain that would eventually take us near…


Carrock Fell and High Pike

2nd May 2011

This morning I drove to Mosedale to climb Carrock Fell (2174ft) and High Pike (2157ft). Only a six and a half mile walk that I could do in about three hours. I set off from home at 6.45am and was walking by 8.15am, early enough to have avoided all th…


Castle Crag

11th May 2011

Yesterday morning Ged, Kas and I drove to Grange to climb Castle Crag, the smallest Wainwright at just under 1000ft. We had been here a couple of months ago investigating Millican Dalton`s cave, but never had the time to take in the summit due to the…


Castle Crag and Millican Dalton’s Cave

27th October 2011

It is half term week so on Tuesday we all went to Grange to climb Castle Crag. Brendan and Tom had never done this walk before. I had bought some new walking boots a couple of weeks previously and this was an ideal multi-terrain short walk to try the…


Claife Heights and Latterbarrow

18th November 2011

I have only had one day off this week so on Tuesday Ged, Kas and I went to Near Sawrey, parking in a lay-by just down the road from Beatrix Potter`s house “Hill Top”. We walked back to the village and up the lane that leads on to Claiffe…


Croaghmore on Great Blasket, Ireland

10th July 2011

After an Irish Breakfast at the B&B we headed along the Dingle coast line to Dunquin and the small ferry boat over to Great Blasket, to climb Croaghmore on the largest of the Blasket Islands. Great Blasket was once inhabited by a Gaelic-speaking…


Cunswick Scar and Scout Scar from Kendal 2011

1st December 2011

At gone 10pm last night Brendan mentioned that he was going to Kendal Town Hall for a meeting in the morning, so I decided to go with him and do the Scout Car Walk on page 2 of Wainwrights Outlying Fells Book which starts from the Town Hall. It is a…


Dollywaggon Pike to Helvellyn in Sunshine and Snow

14th March 2011

Yesterday was forecast to be an excellent day for walking so Ged, Kas and I decided to walk up Raise Beck Cascades to Grisedale Tarn. From there we would go to Dollywaggon Pike summit (2810ft) and via the ridges to High Crag (2900ft), Nethermost Pike…


Eagle Crag and Sergeant’s Crag

5th May 2011

Yesterday afternoon after climbing Castle Crag we drove to Stonethwaite to climb Eagle Crag (1709ft), and Sergeant`s Crag (1873ft) returning down Greenup Gill. A walk of five and a half miles. A happy ending for our walk! The five and a half miles ha…


Fairfield Horseshoe in Sunshine

15th September 2011

Yesterday was the good day we have been waiting for since the beginning of “the summer”. The recent weather here has been awful, floods and gales. We decided on the Fairfield Horseshoe from Rydal. We did this last year in a blizzard and m…


Four Fells Above Easedale

19th January 2011

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I went to Grasmere for the 10 mile walk around Easedale, taking in Blea Rigg (1776ft), Sergeant Man (2394ft), High Raise (2500ft) and Tarn Crag (1801ft). The walk took six hours and forty five minutes. A good day, not too mu…


Four Fells from the Old Corpse Road

19th April 2011

Yesterday morning I set off at 7am for Haweswater and the start of the Old Corpse Road, where the dead of Mardale made their final journey across the fells via Swindale to Shap to be buried. The walk would include Selside Pike (2149ft), Branstree (23…


Four Walks, Six Fells and a Puncture

3rd April 2011

Yesterday I decided to climb a few odd fells in four distinct small walks. The rest of this week was due to be windy so Sunday seemed to be the best day. I set off at 7.15 am and had completed Latrigg (1203ft) before 9am. I had meant to do this fell…


Gap of Dunloe and Purple Mountain, Ireland.

12th July 2011

The weather was perfect today so we headed off early via Moll`s Gap and the Lakes of Killarney to walk the Gap of Dunloe up to Purple Mountain (2730ft), over An Chathair and Tomies Mountain and back to Kate Kearney`s Cottage. A circular walk of about…


Gowbarrow Fell, Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell

16th February 2011

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the Aira Force National Trust car park on the shores of Ullswater to climb Gowbarrow (1579ft). An easy walk of four miles. We did this walk almost two years ago to the day. Ged didn`t remember the route at all at. He…


Great Borne to Red Pike from Ennerdale

7th November 2011

Today I wanted a long, quiet walk in blue skies and sunshine so I went to Ennerdale to climb Great Borne (2019ft), Starling Dodd (2085ft) and Red Pike (2479ft). A repeat of the walk I did a year ago in mist and saw nothing! No mist today! First I had…


Great Crag and Grange Fell via Watendlath and Grange

1st March 2011

Due to the recent run of poor weather, it has been nearly two weeks since our last major walk. The weather today was forecast as cloudy with good visibility, no wind and sunshine later in the day, so Ged Kas and I headed for Stonethwaite in Borrowdal…


Grisedale Pike, Great Calva and St. Bega’s Church

18th April 2011

Yesterday I left home at 6.50am to drive to Braithwaite in order to walk up Grisedale Pike (2593ft). A walk of six miles. Then to do two more walks after that.I started walking at 8.20am from the car park at the start of the Whinlatter pass where the…


Hard Knott, Harter Fell and Green Crag

3rd May 2011

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the top of the Hard Knott Pass to climb Hard Knott (1803ft), Harter Fell (2140ft) and Green Crag (1602ft). A walk of nine miles. It was a blue sky day, but rather windy! The water was very low, but still plenty of Br…


Harrop Tarn, Ullscarf and Armboth Fell

25th March 2011

I had been waiting for a sunny day to do the walk to Harrop Tarn from Dobgill car park on the shores of Thirlmere. We would then head on up to Ullscarf (2381ft) and make our way via Blea Tarn over boggy, uneven ground to Armboth Fell (1570ft), then h…


High Rigg and The Dodds

22nd March 2011

Time for a big walk around the St. John’s in the Vale skyline to include High Rigg (1163ft), Threlkeld Knotts, Clough Head (2381ft), Great Dodd (2807ft), Watsons Dodd (2584ft) and Stybarrow Dodd (2770ft) returning down The Sticks Pass to Stanah…


High St. and Mardale Ill Bell via Riggindale in Snow

18th December 2011

Finally a weather window to do some walking in the snow! Sunshine was forecast in the eastern fells and with windspeeds of only 30mph and gusts of 45mph, a walk today looked a good bet! It is back to gales for the rest of the week. So today Brendan a…


High Stile and High Crag to Black Sail Hut from Ennerdale

28th January 2011

Yesterday was forecast to be the best day of the week, so I drove to Ennerdale with Ged and Kas in tow to do an ends of the earth walk (and back!) to Black Sail Hut via a couple of mountains. Black Sail Hut is the most remote Youth Hostel in the coun…


Holme Fell and a Toad Orgy

24th March 2011

This morning the weather was too good to stay home, so I drove to Hodge Close for a quick walk up Holme Fell (1040ft). A good little walk, only two miles, plus the detours to the quarry and tarn. I was back home for lunch! Jo….


Mount Brandon, Ireland

7th July 2011

We drove to the Dingle Peninsula to climb Mount Brandon (3127ft), the highest mountain in Ireland outside of the Macgillycuddy Reeks. Named after St. Brendan. We took the Pilgrimage route called the Saint`s Road which goes up from the west. Brendan h…


Orrest Head

10th November 2011

Brendan was having lunch with his former boss at the Watermill at Ings so I drove him there and then parked at Windermere Station in order to climb up Orrest Head, Wainwright`s first ever fell. First I nipped into Booths to buy my lunch………


Pilgrimage Walk from Kilgarvan to Gougane Barra

25th September 2011

Brendan and I flew to Cork in Ireland last Friday to take part in the annual Gougane Sunday Pilgrimage Walk from Kilgarvan in County Kerry across the mountains to Gougane Barra in County Cork, then to the St Finbarr’s church on the lake for a M…


Rosthwaite Fell to Allen Crags from Stonethwaite

28th April 2011

Ged was back from Vietnam so yesterday we went to Stonethwaite to climb Rosthwaite Fell (1771ft), Glaramara (2568ft) and Allen Crags (2572ft) returning via the Langstrath Valley. A very arduous and long walk  of 12 miles that would take us 9 hours to…


Seven Snowy Summits from Hartsop

1st January 2011

On Tuesday Ged, Kas and I drove to Hartsop walking up via Hayeswater Gill to Hayeswater then climbing The Knott (2423ft), Kidsty Pike (2560ft), High Raise (2634ft), Rampsgill Head (2581ft), Rest Dodd (2278ft), The Nab (1887ft) and down via Brock Crag…


Silver How and Loughrigg Fell

2nd January 2011

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Grasmere to climb Silver How (1292ft) and Loughrigg Fell (1101ft). It was supposed to be a nice day, but it was very dull but with good visibility. We parked in the lay-by outside Grasmere and took the footpath opposit…


Six Eastern Martindale Fells from St. Peter’s Church

9th April 2011

On Saturday morning I left home at 7.10am to drive to the other side of Ullswater, parking at St. Peter`s Church Martindale, in order to climb Steel Knotts (1414ft),  Wether Hill (2210ft), Loadpot Hill (2201ft), Arthur`s Pike (1747ft), Bonscale Pike…


Sour Hows to Troutbeck Tongue

7th April 2011

On my day off on Thursday I went to Troutbeck to walk up Sour Howes (1585ft), Sallows (1691ft) and Troutbeck Tongue (1191ft). I parked off the road just before the church. I did get a call at 7.30am to ask me to take Dr. Acton`s science classes, but…


Steel Fell to Helm Crag

9th May 2011

Today Ged, Kas and I drove to Grasmere to climb Steel Fell (1811ft), Calf Crag (1762ft), Gibson Knott (1379ft) and Helm Crag (1299ft). It is a circular walk that follows the ridges of the Greenburn Valley. About 7.5 miles. I parked in a lay-by on the…


Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Heron Pike (Greenhead Gill Round)

8th March 2011

I was working yesterday morning, but I knew the weather was going to turn very windy with hill fog for my day off on Thursday, so in the afternoon Ged, Kas and I went to Grasmere to do the Greenhead Gill Round (under six miles).This includes Stone Ar…


Sunkenkirk Stone Circle

28th February 2011

Last year I bought a book on Stone Circles in the Lake District, but still never got around to visiting the more out of the way ones. This week I watched Neil Oliver`s (the long-haired Scot from “Coast”) TV series “History of Ancien…


Sunset on Gummers How

22nd November 2011

The weather this morning was poor so I spent the the morning at the gym and Tesco. The weather had improved significantly by lunchtime so I decided to do a walk up Gummers How and catch the sunset. I picked Brendan up from the Town Hall just before t…


The Cliff Path from St. Bees to Whitehaven

7th February 2011

Today I took the train up the coast to St. Bees to walk the cliff path over St. Bees Head to Whitehaven, a walk of just over seven miles. I made time for a coffee in a cafe then had a look around the shops. I spent half an hour in Michael Moon’…


Walney Island to Piel Island

24th April 2011

So far in April I have climbed 21 fells and walked 60 miles. Today I was going to do something a bit more sedate for Easter Sunday. Brendan and I joined John Murphy`s walk from Snab Point on Walney Island (where I live) to neighbouring Piel Island. J…


Warton Crags, Boxing Day 2011

26th December 2011

It is that time of the year again! An excellent day! …


Wet Sleddale, Seat Robert and Mosedale Cottage

3rd August 2011

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I drove to Wet Sleddale Reservoir near Shap to climb Seat Robert (1675ft) and to visit Sleddale Hall and Mosedale Cottage and come back again, a walk of about nine miles. The walk had taken about six and a half hours. An int…


Whiteside to Whiteless Pike

30th July 2011

Last Saturday Brendan and I walked from Lanthwaite Green near Crummock Water climbing up to Whiteside (2359ft), Hopegill Head (2525ft), Grasmoor (2795ft), Crag Hill (Eel Crag) (2749ft), Wandope (2533ft) and Whiteless Pike (2165ft). A walk of 11 miles…


Yew Crag Mine, Dale Head and Hindscarth

15th August 2011

Like most days of late it was pouring with rain when I left home at 7.30am to pick up Ged and Kas. It had been so wet recently that even this weekend`s annual ChilliFest at Levens Hall was cancelled. Radio Cumbria`s 6.30am Fell Forecast said that it…