Yearly Archives: 2014

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A Circuit of Devoke Water via Six Outlying Fells

19th September 2014

Having had a cold and then a sinus infection I hadn’t felt much like walking up mountains since my return from Ireland, but today was the last of the recent good weather, so I thought I’d best get off my backside and go and walk up a few…


A Loweswater Circuit with Father John

14th August 2014

On Thursday I drove to the presbytery of St. Joseph’s, Cockermouth to go walking with Fr. John Inglis, who was up for his annual two week holiday, covering the weekend services in the Keswick parish for Fr. Tom Singleton. John used to stay in K…


A Walk Around Gougane Barra

2nd September 2014

One sunny afternoon we decided to take a trip to Gougane Barra in County Cork. We were last there a couple of years ago when we did the Pilgrimage Walk on Gougane Sunday, the Feast Day of St. Finbarr, which starts just below our cottage in Knockanuha…


A walk around South Walney Nature Reserve

11th January 2014

Today was quite a nice day so I decided to have a drive down to the South End of the Island and see what damage the recent storms had done. As I drove between the Caravan Park and the Nature Reserve I could see that the waves had come up to at least…


A Walk From Knockanuha to Deesert and Cummeen, County Kerry.

4th September 2014

Today we were walking down into the valley to Deesert, to the house that belonged to Brendan’s Great Grandmother, and the house where his father was born. Sadly the house is now abandoned and going to ruin, mainly because of its isolation and l…


Aldingham and Birkrigg

23rd November 2014

I had to bell ring at three services on Sunday, the usual two morning services plus a Confirmation Service attended by the Bishop in the early evening, so I only had a small window to make the most of the good weather. Also, being only 12 days after…


Alice and Gavin’s Wedding

28th June 2014

Saturday the 28th of June was Alice and Gavin’s Wedding. It was held at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Yealand Conyers, Lancashire. The reception was at The Low Wood Hotel on the shores of Windermere, which has excellent views out to the Lakel…


Bere Island, County Cork.

3rd September 2014

Bere Island lies at the entrance to the magnificent Bantry Bay and guards the deep water harbour of Berehaven, in West Cork, in the South West of Ireland. The island is just 2kms offshore from the town of Castletownbere, the largest white fishing por…


Black Fell and a St. James’ Day Peal at St. James’ Church, Barrow

26th July 2014

I left home at 6.30am on Friday so I could be back home by lunch in time to be at St. James’ church, Barrow, before the start of the Anniversary Peal, 137 years after the first peal, and the first peal to be rang this century. My plan was a wal…


Black Fell: Ness’ First Wainwright

12th August 2014

On Monday my sister, Ness and I decided to take a walk up Tom Gill to Tarn Hows, and weather willing we would walk up Black Fell to Black Crag (1056ft), a Wainwright mountain! The county was feeling the effects of Hurricane Bertha and it was forecast…


Black Sail Hut and a Walk Around Ennerdale Water

11th April 2014

It is four weeks until the annual Keswick to Barrow 40 mile walk, so I need to do a bit of distance training to make sure my feet are not going to be susceptible to blisters. The walk to Black Sail Hut and around Ennerdale Water from Bowness Knott is…


Blea Tarn and Side Pike

12th October 2014

There were blue skies early yesterday morning, but the hills were in cloud as were the valleys. I was bell ringing in the morning so we did not set off until after 11.30am, hoping that the early morning cloud would have burned off by then. Brendan an…


Blue Skies at Walney Island North End.

4th November 2014

The sun was shining on Tuesday so I decided to do a walk from home to the North End of Walney Island. The walk is about six miles and takes under four hours. The walk took three hours and twenty five minutes. Always a good little walk! Jo.  …


Brock Barrow

16th December 2014

After a couple of weeks of never ending gales, Tuesday morning had a long awaited weather-window, so Ged and I decided to stretch our legs on Brock Barrow. It was sunny and mild with no wind, and most of the recent snow had gone. I parked in the lay-…


Carrock Fell and High Pike with Father John.

18th August 2014

On Monday I met up with Fr. John in the car park of Our Lady of the Lakes R.C. Church in Keswick and we headed for Mosedale, off the A66, in order to Climb Carrock Fell (2174ft) and High Pike (2157ft), then to return via Lingy Hut and Swineside. A wa…


Catbells to High Spy with Lynne and Dorothy

17th May 2014

On Saturday I drove to Keswick and parked next to Portinscale Suspension Bridge. The whole road was full of camper vans and caravans, luckily I managed to find a space. I was going to be meeting up with Lynne and her friend Dorothy from Kendal, in Po…


Christmas 2014

25th December 2014

A few photos from over the Christmas period including a walk up Gummers How, cats , Coast Road and Family. A very quiet Christmas! Happy New Year, Jo. …


Coniston Old Man with Tom, in snow

29th December 2014

Today, son, Tom and I went for a walk to find some snow. We decided on Coniston Old Man from Torver, climbing up the south ridge (Jack Diamond path) and back via Goats Water. A walk of just over 7 miles. Torver and the Coniston Valley was shrouded in…


Dalton St. Mary’s Bell Ringers on Tour

25th October 2014

On Saturday the 25th of October Dalton St Mary’s bell ringers and friends held their annual Tower Outing. This year we would venture to Lancashire and North Yorkshire visiting bell towers in Whittington, Gargrave, Kirkby Malham and Giggleswick….


Dalton St. Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival 2014

30th November 2014

This year’s theme for the Christmas Tree Festival is ‘Television Programmes’. There are 52 decorated trees sponsored by community groups in order to raise money for various charities. The Festival in St Mary’s Church, Dalton-i…


Eskdale to Great Moss

5th November 2014

Yesterday Ged and I changed our walking plans to head to Eskdale and on up to Great Moss to look out for Jasper, a border collie who went missing at Cam Spout, below Scafell Pike, on Sunday. There would not be enough time for us to go up to Scafell P…


Fairport Convention at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston 2014

5th March 2014

This year Fairport Convention actually made it to Ulverston for the first time in their 47 year history! One of the things I love about Fairport gigs is that often I am one of the youngest there! A spring chicken in a sea of grey. Not so this year, a…


Furness Bell Ringers On Tour

26th May 2014

On Bank Holiday Monday the Furness Branch of the Lancashire Association of Change Ringers held their annual church tower outing to six churches with six or more bells. This year it was an ‘expedition’ to the Preston Branch organised by Ke…


Furness Branch Striking Competition 2014

15th August 2014

On Friday night the Dalton St. Mary’s bell ringers headed for Holy Trinity Church at Brathay, near Ambleside, to take part in the annual Furness Branch Six Bell Striking Competition. We had an excellent evening, in a wonderful setting for a sum…


Gowbarrow Fell, Aira Force and Little Mell Fell

2nd April 2014

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I drove to the NT car park at Aira Force, on the side of Ullswater, in order to walk the circuit of Gowbarrow Fell, gaining the summit from the north. We would then walk back via Aira Force before driving to The Hause for th…


Grasmere and Rydal Water with Ness

8th August 2014

My sister, Ness was up to stay for a few days. So I chose an easy, gentle walk for her to do. There are not many walks simpler than the walk around Rydal Water and Grasmere, with the added benefit of coffee and cake, and shopping, at the half way poi…


Great Stickle and Stickle Pike

30th November 2014

On Sunday Brendan and I drove to the top of Kiln Bank in Dunnerdale to have a walk up Great Stickle (990ft) and Stickle Pike (1231ft), two fells from Wainwright’s Outlying Fell Book that I haven’t visited since 2009. Today’s walk is…


Helvellyn in snow from Wythburn

30th January 2014

We have been waiting for weeks for a weather window to allow us to get up a mountain in the snow, but gale force winds and rain have been the norm of late. Today the wind was only forecast to be 30mph, with no rain, and there was a possibility of som…


High Street to Stony Cove Pike from Hartsop

22nd July 2014

On Tuesday Ged, Kas and I drove to Hartsop in order to walk up to High Street, Thornthwaite Crag, Gray Crag and Stony Cove Pike/Caudale Moor and descend down to the pub at Brothers Water before making a circuit of the lake and returning to Hartsop. A…


Holme Fell from Hodge Close

2nd October 2014

Yesterday on a still, beautiful blue sky day, I drove to Hodge Close in order to climb Holme Fell. I would visit the quarry too and drive home with a stop off at Kelly Hall Tarn. Rain and gales were forecast for the following day, so this would be th…


Ireland: Cottages, Castles, Churches and Gaelic Football

3rd September 2014

A few excursions here and there. Jo. …


Keswick Railway Path and Latrigg with Ness

13th August 2014

On Wednesday my sister, Ness and I drove to Keswick to amble along the very easy Railway Path and up to the summit of Latrigg. A walk of about 6 miles. The back of Latrigg has a very gentle incline and is easier to go up than the Spooney Green Lane p…


Keswick to Barrow Walk 2014

10th May 2014

Saturday the 10th May was the day of the 48th annual Keswick to Barrow Walk (40 miles), with a new record of over 3000 walkers entered to take part. I had completed it last year when it rained for the first 7 hours and 20 minutes, and I decided that…


Kidsty Pike to Brock Crags from Hartsop in Blue skies and Snow

24th March 2014

It had snowed in the hills on Friday night so we decided to get above the snow line on a circular walk from Hartsop. We were originally going to climb The Knott, Rampsgill Head, Kidsty Pike, High Street, Thornthwaite Crag and Gray Crag and do a circu…


London Weekend Trip

2nd March 2014

I was down in London this weekend, Brendan had a Labour Conference at the Excel Centre, so we stayed out at Beckton (via Dockland Light Railway), and I was let loose for a couple of days by myself. I used to live in London, so I know my way around. F…


Loughrigg Fell, Ambleside and Rydal Hall

10th March 2014

On Monday Brendan and I drove to Rydal Hall, parking by the church, in order to walk up Loughrigg Fell. We would have lunch in Ambleside and walk back through Rydal Park, visiting Rydal Hall. A walk of 9.5 miles. The weather was superb. Blue skies an…


Lowick Bridge to North Scale, Walney Island.

29th April 2014

This morning I got Brendan to drop me off at The Red Lion Inn at Lowick at 10am. I will be walking back home following the K2B route for another training walk. The pub is at the 26 mile marker, so 14 miles to the finish plus nearly 4 miles to walk ba…


Mellbreak, Floutern Tarn, Gavel Fell and High Nook Tarn.

17th July 2014

On Tuesday Ged, Kas and I decided to have a walk up Mellbreak and around to Gavel Fell and visit Floutern and High Nook Tarns too. The weather was due to be okay to start and to improve as the day went on. The walk was 10.5 miles long and took us 7 h…


Mount Brandon, County Kerry 2014

1st September 2014

It had rained for most of the first week we were in Kerry, so on the first day when it was not going to rain and the clouds were above the summits, we drove to the Dingle Peninsula to climb Mount Brandon (3127ft), the highest mountain in Ireland outs…


Riggindale Ridge to High Street with Father John

22nd August 2014

Last August John and I were sat having lunch on Branstree looking over Haweswater to the Riggindale ridge route up to High Street. He said that he would like to try the route out and didn’t believe me when I said that it would take about three…


Ringing The Bells of St. James the Great

19th March 2014

The bells of St. James’ Church had not been rung since 1999. The fittings were corroded and the timber frame was in a dire state. In 2007 ringer, Geoff Pullin, from Daventry was visiting his son who worked at the shipyard, and was made aware of…


Seat Sandal and Grisedale Tarn via Tongue Gill

2nd July 2014

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I decided to walk up Tongue Gill to Grisedale Tarn and then to go up Seat Sandal and take the grassy route down its front, back to Grasmere. We parked in the lay-by and walked up towards Mill Bridge. It is a walk of just und…


South Walney Nature Reserve with Ness

9th August 2014

On Saturday I was bell ringing for two weddings in the morning, so we decided to do an afternoon walk around South Walney Nature Reserve. As I live on Walney Island it takes no time to get there, and the views out on a good day are superb. The walk i…


St. Bees to Whitehaven via the cliff-top path

25th April 2014

I had been too busy over Easter with decorating and gardening to do any training walks for the 40 mile Keswick to Barrow Walk being held in two weeks time. Then on Wednesday I pulled a muscle in my back, but was still determined to do a walk of some…


Sunnybank to Coniston via the Cumbria Way Lake Shore Path

5th May 2014

On Bank Holiday Monday Brendan and I decided to walk from Sunnybank on the shores of Coniston Water to Coniston Village and back using the Cumbria Way Lake Shore Path. We parked in the many lay-by spaces on the shore of Coniston Water at Oxen House B…


Three Torver Tarns

5th August 2014

It was due to rain on Tuesday afternoon so we decided on a short walk that was not too far to drive to either. We parked in the lay-by where the Cumbria way path crosses the main road towards Torver, just past Sunny Bank. There are spaces for about s…


Ullock Pike to Skiddaw

11th March 2014

Yet another glorious, blue sky day, so I can’t waste it. Ged, Kas and I drive to Dodd Wood to walk up to The Edge, over Ullock Pike, Longside Edge, Carl Side and up to Skiddaw, then climbing down the back to Broad End and Barkbethdale, then Sou…


Walla Crag to High Tove and Watendlath

21st May 2014

On Wednesday Ged, Lynne and I decided to walk from Ashness Bridge up to Walla Crag, then over Bleaberry Fell, High Seat and High Tove and down to Watendlath for coffee, then back along the riverside valley path. A walk of 9.6 miles. The weather was f…


Walney Island North End Post Storm Walk

7th February 2014

As it was a surprisingly superb afternoon (no rain or gales ), I took a walk around the north end of Walney Island starting from home to have a look at any storm damage. Barrovians don’t need to waste their dosh going to the Caribbean and such…


Wansfell Pike and Wansfell

19th December 2014

Friday was the first day of the school holidays so me, Ged and Lynne from School, and her friend Tony visiting from Toronto, Canada, decided to do a walk over Wansfell. Lynne is leading a walk for her ramblers group soon so she wanted to sniff out th…


Warton Crag Nature Reserve and Peter Lane Lime Kiln

18th January 2014

On Saturday morning we drove to Warton in Lancashire for our annual family and friends walk which is usually held on Boxing Day, but as several people were away at Christmas it was postponed until today. We went via L’Arche in Preston to pick u…


Wetherlam Edge from Tilberthwaite

5th June 2014

On Thursday Lynne, Ged and I used our day off work in order to climb Wetherlam via Wetherlam Edge from Tilberthwaite. It was forecast as the best day of the week, unfortunately that weather of blue skies and sunshine came on the following day when we…


Yewbarrow, Red Pike and Low Tarn

9th July 2014

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I drove to Overbeck on the side of Wast Water in order to climb up Yewbarrow (2058ft) then continue on to Red Pike (2707ft) and descend via Low Tarn, a walk of seven and a half miles, but with some very steep terrain, scramb…