Yearly Archives: 2012

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A New Book, Two Dogs and a Railway Walk

10th November 2012

On Saturday Brendan and I went to Keswick, parking near Portinscale Bridge. Good views out to Grisedale Pike, Barrow and Outerside etc. It was starting to get dark as we walked back to the car. Still got home in time for “Strictly”. Jo. S…


A Circuit of Crummock Water, Rannerdale Bluebells and a walk up Rannerdale Knotts

5th May 2012

Yesterday Brendan and I drove to Buttermere, parking on the road down to the church. We were planning to do a circuit of Crummock Water, detouring to Scale Force Waterfall, The Kirkstile Inn, through the Rannerdale bluebells and up and over Rannerdal…


A Hazy Day on the Langdale Pikes

23rd March 2012

On Friday Ged, Kas and I went to Great Langdale to do a circular walk to include the five Wainwright`s of Harrison Stickle (2403ft), Pavey Ark (2288ft), Thunacar Knotts (2351ft), Pike o`Stickle (2323ft) and Loft Crag (2270ft)…


A Long Walk Around Skiddaw

15th April 2012

On Sunday Brendan and I drove to Dodd Wood, parking on the free car parking spaces on the road just outside Mirehouse in order to start a 19 mile circuit of Skiddaw. We would include Latrigg (1203ft). The 19 mile walk had taken eight hours and 15 min…


A long walk in Ennerdale

5th April 2012

Yesterday Brendan and I drove to Ennerdale, parking at Bleach Green in order to walk around the lake and on to Black Sail Hut at the head of the Ennerdale Valley, taking a different path there and back. A walk of 16 miles. All good training for Brend…


A Tarn, A Burial Ground, A Monument and Two Churches

11th July 2012

This afternoon the weather was too good to stay in. Brendan and I went to Birkrigg via Great Urswick. A good little mooch about on a sunny afternoon. Jo….


A Walk Around Cartagena

16th September 2012

After looking at Google Earth I realised that the journey into Cartagena would be an interesting one, as the bay is surrounded by mountains.   Cartegena got less than two sides in The Rough Guide to Spain. I thought it an excellent place to visi…


A walk Around Derwent Water

27th July 2012

On Saturday Brendan, Ness and I drove to Portinscale to do the 9 mile walk around Derwent Water. It is longer than Ennerdale but a lot easier, with places to stop and the shops of Keswick at the end. We stopped for a late pub lunch and a bit of shopp…


A walk Around Ennerdale Water

25th July 2012

My sister was still staying with us so along with Ged and blind Kas we decided to do the easy walk around Ennerdale Water. A walk of 7.2 miles. With the small hill of Angler’s Crag to give a bit of elevation and good view down the lake. We star…


A Walk Around Gibraltar

14th September 2012

Gibraltar has its very own micro-climate, and unfortunately its British! Whilst nearby Spain was in sunshine The Rock was shrouded in cloud. A bit of a home from home! I have always wanted to visit Gibraltar, my grandfather worked here for the MOD in…


A Walk Around Malaga

15th September 2012

Next stop is Malaga in Andalucia. Another interesting day! Jo….


A Walk Around Tangier

13th September 2012

This particular cruise included a few places we had never been before, plus we could explore every destination on foot. Next stop Gibraltar! …


A Walk Around Valencia

17th September 2012

Next stop was Valencia. Time constraints meant that we were unable to spend time inside any of these buildings. You would need at least a day for each of them anyway! But at least we know where to come the next time we are here! We headed back to the…


A Walk to the North End of Walney Island

31st March 2012

Yesterday afternoon turned out to be sunny, so Brendan and I took a walk from our house alongside the airfield down to the beach, through the Nature Reserve and salt marshes, and down to the tip of the north of the island to look over at The Black Hu…


Alcock Tarn, Rydal Water and Grasmere

14th February 2012

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Ambleside to do some shopping in the morning and then drove to Grasmere to walk up to Alcock Tarn and around Rydal Water and Grasmere in the afternoon. The forecast was for rain in the morning and gales on the fells, s…


Angletarn Pikes and Beda Fell to Martindale

28th August 2012

On Tuesday Ged, Kas and I drove to Patterdale in order to climb Angletarn Pikes (1857ft) and Beda Fell (1664ft). Then to descend into Martindale to the old church, and walk back to Patterdale via the lakeside path. The weather was forecast as 50mph g…


Barrow to Causey Pike

12th July 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and me drove to Braithwaite to climb Barrow (1494ft), Stile End, Outerside (1863ft), Scar Crags (2205ft) and Causey Pike (2089ft). A walk of about eight miles. We had a cold drink in the Royal Oak, then not to play favourites, we w…


Baycliff Walk

25th June 2012

On Sunday afternoon Brendan and I took a walk around Baycliffe, a circuit walk sent to me by Paul Bryden, based on a smartphone app which guides you round. http://www.geovative.com/GeoTours/tourView.asp?6174Vq=EEMDJ He said that when you arrive at th…


Blencathra via Hall’s Fell

8th August 2012

On Wednesday Brendan, Ged, Kas and I went to Threlkeld to climb Blencathra (2847ft) via the Hall’s Fell ridge. A walk of about six miles. An excellent walk! Jo….


Buttermere Round and a bit of Crummock Water

23rd July 2012

My sister Vanessa is staying with us for a week so on Saturday Brendan and I took her to Buttermere to walk around the lake. A walk of under 5 miles. We got to Buttermere at 9am to guarantee a free car parking space on the hill. On the way home we st…


Catbells Above The Clouds And A Walk Around Derwent Water

6th February 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Portinscale to climb Catbells (1481ft) and then to walk around Derwent water, it is about 10 miles. The idea was to do it in snow, but we picked the only area in the lakes that did not have any! We had detoured throu…


Coniston Old Man to Dow Crag in Snow

5th November 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Torver to climb Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag. A walk of about eight miles. Blue skies and sunshine…….and snow on the tops! What could be better? An excellent walk in the snow! The walk took us under seve…


Coniston Round in Snow

1st February 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Coniston to climb Wetherlam (2499ft), Black Sails (2444ft), Swirl How (2630ft), Great Carrs (2558ft), Brim Fell (2611ft), and Coniston Old Man (2633ft). A walk of just over 10 miles. We parked up the top of the road…


Coniston to Barrow Walk

22nd April 2012

Yesterday Brendan and I did the Coniston to Barrow walk, a mere 23 miles! It is the last 22 miles of the infamous 40 mile Keswick to Barrow Walk. It would be a good training session and route familiariser. We caught the bus to Ulverston and then on t…


Dalton Crags, Boxing Day 2012

26th December 2012

For our annual Boxing Day family and friends walk, we all met up at Hutton Roof Crags Quarry car park, near Burton in Kendal, to climb Dalton Crags. An excellent, little two hour walk to work off the calories of Christmas Day! (Calories all put back…


Deepdale and St. Sunday Crag In Snow

5th December 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the parking spaces by the telephone box at Bridgend to walk the length of Deepdale on to St. Sunday Crag (2756ft), then on to Birks (2040ft) and Arnison Crag (1424ft). A walk of about nine miles. There is a lack of p…


Easedale Tarn, Codale Tarn and Tarn Crag

19th October 2012

On Friday Brendan and I drove to Grasmere to walk up to Easedale Tarn, then up to Codale Tarn, climb up to Tarn Crag (1801ft) and walk back along the ridge. It didn`t work out quite as planned! Our walk with detour was about 8.5 miles. The original w…


Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge

30th April 2012

Yesterday was due to be a warm, sunny day, but windy so I drove to Walthwaite bottom parking in the free car park just north of Elterwater Village. As it was forecast to be 50mph gusts on the fell tops I opted for a low level walk. I had only been ov…


Eskdale Green, Illgill Head and down Miterdale

19th March 2012

On Sunday Brendan and I went to Eskdale Green to climb Irton Fell, Whin Rigg (1755ft) and Illgill Head (1998ft). These are the fells that make up the top of the Wasdale Screes. We then went down to Burnmoor Tarn and walked back through Miterdale. A w…


Far Sawrey, Claife Heights and Wray Castle

15th February 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Far Sawrey in order to visit Three Dubs Tarn and High Blind How (886ft), both of which we did not have time to explore on the last occasion we were at Claife Heights. We would then head up on the high forest track to…


Four Fells from Longsleddale

26th March 2012

The weather was really hot this weekend, but still very hazy so I decided to do some gardening instead of walking and save the walking for Monday when the visibility should be better. Monday turned out to be a hot, cloud-free blue sky day so Ged, Kas…


Glaramara via Combe Gill

9th October 2012

Four whole days of blue skies and sunshine! Brendan and I decided to climb Glaramara (2560ft) as the route up would give excellent panoramic views. Hopefully the sunshine would have dried up all the boggy ground! I decided on the interesting route vi…


Glencoyne and Hart Side

28th November 2012

Yesterday Brendan was off to Carlisle for a meeting, so he dropped me at Glencoyne at 8.45am and would pick me up from Dockray at 3pm. I had thought of doing some or all of the Dodds. I had lots of options for getting to Dockray. The southern fells h…


Great Crag, Watendlath & Grange Fell from Stonethwaite

31st August 2012

On Thursday Ged, Kas and I drove to Stonethwaite to climb Great Crag (1500ft) and Grange Fell (1345ft). We would also visit Dock Tarn and Watendlath. We parked along the road leading to Stonethwaite. A good little walk of about 6 miles. It took five…


Great Gable via Beck Head

5th September 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Wasdale Head to climb Great Gable (2949ft) which we last climbed two years ago in snow. This time we would take the Moses Trod path up to Beck Head then ascend the rocky ridge to the summit. We have been waiting for a…


Gummers How and Cartmel Fell with Tom

18th June 2012

I was back early from work on Monday and the weather was too good to waste. So I dragged Tom out of bed in order for us to walk up Gummers How then over to Cartmel Fell, down to St. Anthony’s in the valley then along the quiet county road to Th…


Helvellyn in Blue Skies then Mist

15th March 2012

The Fell Assessor has reported cloud inversions and Brocken Spectres on Helvellyn each day this week http://www.lakedistrictweatherline.co.uk This is the weather forecast I always use, so as today was forecast to be a similar day I drove to Swirls to…


Helvellyn on Friday 13th

13th January 2012

Yesterday was due to be another blue sky day, so Ged and I drove to the lay-by at Swirls to climb Helvellyn (3118ft) via Brown Cove Crags then down to Wythburn and back through the woods. A walk of about 7 miles. Unfortunately even the lay-by now has…


High Dam, Finsthwaite and Lakeside

30th June 2012

My boots were leaking. They were only eight months old. So I took them back to the shop and they gave me a new pair! So I need a few short walks to walk the new ones in. On Sunday afternoon Brendan and I drove to Finsthwaite, parking at the High Dam…


Ladyside Pike to Dodd

26th October 2012

The weather was forecast to be very cold (down to -6 on the summits), but with good visibility, clear blue skies but a strong wind of 45mph. We decided to drive to Hopebeck to climb Ladyside Pike up to Hopegill Head and along the ridge to Whiteside a…


Latterbarrow and Around

25th October 2012

On Tuesday the weather was cloudy but very warm so Ged and I decided to walk up Latterbarrow. A good little walk for an afternoon. Nothing strenuous, just an amble! The walk was just under five miles. The weather is due to change on Friday. There is…


Lingmoor Fell and Blea Tarn from Elterwater

12th April 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Elterwater to climb Lingmoor (1540ft) and Side Pike and to return to Elterwater via Blea Tarn, The Wrynose Pass and Slater Bridge. A walk of just under 10 miles. We then headed back to Elterwater stopping for a coffe…


Loughrigg Fell, Lily Tarn and Rydal Hall

16th May 2012

Today I drove to Rydal for a walk up Loughrigg Fell (1099ft) and over to Lily Tarn, parking on the road by the church. I would then descend to Ambleside for a coffee and walk back through Rydal Park to Rydal Hall. A walk of about 7 miles depending on…


Middle Fell, Seatallan and Buckbarrow and a Legend

25th August 2012

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Greendale to climb Middle Fell (1908ft), Seatallan (2266ft) and Buckbarrow (1410ft). A walk of 6 miles. The mountain forecast was for cloud but with panoramic views and 0% chance of rain, the weather was due to improve…


Mount Snowdon

19th January 2012

On Tuesday morning after an early breakfast we headed for Llanberis to climb Mount Snowdon (3560ft) via the Llanberis path, a walk of nine miles. On the way we stopped at Llyn Gwynant to take some photos across the lake. It was very still, but the mi…


Scafell Pike from Seathwaite

19th June 2012

On Tuesday myself, Ged and Kas drove to Seathwaite to follow the route up Grains Gill to Esk Hause and then on to Great End (2984ft), Ill Crag (3068ft), Broad Crag (3051ft) and Scafell Pike (3210ft). Then down to Lingmell Coll following the Corridor…


Steeple from Ennerdale

2nd June 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Ennerdale to climb Steeple (2687ft), Scoat Fell (2766ft), Haycock (2618ft) Caw (2287ft), Iron Crag (2100ft) and Crag Fell (1716ft). A walk of 14 miles. The living legend, Joss Naylor, now aged 76, is running the Wasd…


Swindale to Mosedale via Selside Pike and Branstree

28th May 2012

Last week was the best weather we would have all year and I had to spend it all inside in the exam hall! Grrrrr!!!!! But on Monday I actually had a day off so Ged, Kas and I drove to Swindale. Swindale is an isolated valley to the east of the Haweswa…


Ullock Pike to Skiddaw via The Watches

28th March 2012

Yesterday was due to be the last good day before the cloud and winds arrived on the hills, so I set out alone to climb the northern fells of Ullock Pike (2230ft), Long Side Edge (2405ft), Carl Side (2420ft) and Skiddaw (3053ft). I usually climb them…


Walney Island Sunsets

27th November 2012

Some sunsets from West Shore and North Walney Beach. …


Wansfell Pike in Snow

8th February 2012

On Wednesday I drove to Troutbeck, parking on the roadside on the left of the church, in order to walk over to Ambleside to do some shopping. I would then return to Troutbeck over Wansfell (1579ft) and Wansfell Pike (1581ft). A walk of seven and a qu…


Warnscale Bothy and Haystacks

3rd May 2012

Yesterday was going to be an excellent day so Ged, Kas and I drove to Gatesgarth near Buttermere to climb Haystacks (1958ft) via Warnscale Bothy. A short walk of just five and a quarter miles. We got an ice cream at the farm and then walked back to t…