Yearly Archives: 2015

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A Circuit of Ennerdale Water with Father John

7th August 2015

The day after our walk up Great Gable, John and I decided to do an easy walk around Ennerdale Water from the Bowness Knott car park. The walk is about 7 miles long and should take about four hours. We intended to detour off the main track up to Angle…


A sunny day on Grike, Crag Fell and Lank Rigg

22nd April 2015

Tuesday was a glorious blue sky day so I set off to Climb Grike, Crag Fell, Iron Crag, Whoap and Lank Rigg. A walk of 12.5 miles in an area where very few people venture. I parked on the Cold Fell Road next to the Kinniside Stone Circle. An excellent…


A walk up Carran from the cottage.

24th August 2015

We have not climbed up Carran (2000ft) for a couple of years, so we decide to climb it via a different route and take in the summit of Knockantooreen too. It is a walk we can do from the cottage, as Carran is the mountain that looms over us. The walk…


Bell Ringers’ Walk From Hawkshead To Bowness

11th July 2015

On Saturday we had a St. James’ bell ringers’ walk from Hawkshead to Bowness. We would ring the bells of St. Michael’s, Hawkshead for an hour, then walk via Latterbarrow, Claife Heights, Near Sawrey (for lunch) and Far Sawrey. Then…


Bell-ringers’ Walk: Brathay to Chapel Stile

11th April 2015

On Saturday Andy, the Tower Captain of St. James’, Barrow, had organised a bell-ringers’ walk from Holy Trinity Church at Brathay, near Ambleside, to Holy Trinity Church, Great Langdale which is in Chapel Stile, and where the Furness Bran…


Bluebells and Rannerdale Knotts

4th June 2015

Ged and I were working on Thursday morning but were free after the maths exam. So in order to make the most of the best weather day of the week we decided to head off to Rannerdale straight from work in order to see the bluebells in flower before the…


Buckingham Palace Garden Party

28th May 2015

On Thursday morning Brendan and I caught the train to London as we had been invited to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. There is a strict dress code, and for women, unfortunately, it includes a hat. Bugger! I borrowed a ‘fascinator’ f…


Cartmel Priory

12th December 2015

On Saturday the 12th of December the St. James’ ringers were due to ring the bells of Cartmel Priory then walk over Hampsfell to Grange-Over-Sands, catch the train to Cark and ring the bells at Flookburgh. Unfortunately we had to cancel the wal…


Cartmel Priory Bell Ringing Training Day

28th March 2015

On Saturday morning I drove Andy, Barrow Tower Captain, and myself to Cartmel Priory for a Branch Training Day. I have never been up the bell tower of Cartmel Priory even though I spent three years teaching at Cartmel Priory CofE Secondary School, an…


Causey Pike and Five Other Fells

18th September 2015

On Friday Ged, Kas and I decided to do a walk that would take us to see the best of the purple heather before it disappeared. We would climb Barrow (1496ft), Outerside (1863ft), Sail (2529ft) twice! Eel Crag (Crag Fell) (2756ft), Scar Crags (2205ft)…


Clonmacnoise Monastery, County Offaly.

26th August 2015

Clonmacnoise is a medieval monastery in a remote spot by the River Shannon. It was founded by St. Ciaran in 544 AD, and lays at a crossroads of medieval routes linking all parts of Ireland. Known for its scholarship and piety, it thrived from the 7th…


Coniston Old Man

29th December 2015

There was yet another storm forecast for Tuesday night, so we decided to try and get a walk in before it arrived. With the recent relentless rain and gales it has been ages since we have been able to get out. Our choices were limited as we can no lon…


Dalton Christmas Tree Festival, Ringers’ Dinner and Radio Cumbria Report.

29th November 2015

This year’s theme for the Dalton Christmas Tree Festival is ‘Let’s go to the Cinema’. There are 48 decorated trees sponsored by community groups in order to raise money for various charities. The Festival in St. Mary’s Church, Dalton-in-Furness…


Dalton St. Mary’s bell ringers tour Lytham and Garstang.

26th September 2015

On Saturday, ringers and friends from St. Mary’s Church in Dalton in Furness headed for Lytham St. Annes, for our annual ringing tour, organised by Tower Captain, Stan. We had originally planned to remain in Lytham and ring at the two Roman Cat…


Easedale Tarn to High Raise

1st October 2015

On Thursday I decided to do a walk I have not done for four years. I would park in the lay-by outside Grasmere and head up to Easedale Tarn, then on to Blea Rigg (1824ft), Sergeant Man (2414ft), High Raise (2500ft) and back via Tarn Crag (1591ft). A…


Fairport Convention, Ulverston 2015

1st February 2015

On Sunday night we went to The Coronation Hall in Ulverston to see Fairport Convention once again, and to catch up with my old friend, Martin. Fairport have a new album out called ‘Myths and Heroes’, so they played a lot of their new mate…


From Lowick over Kirkby Moor to North Scale, Walney Island.

23rd April 2015

This morning I got Brendan to drop me off at The Red Lion Inn at Lowick at 8.30am. 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…


Furness Bell Ringers Tour West Cumbria 2015

4th May 2015

On Bank Holiday Monday members of the Furness Branch of the LACR toured six church bell towers in the west of Cumbria. We visited towers in Arlecdon, Cleator Moor, Egremont, St Bees, Hensingham and Whitehaven, ending with a meal at a local hostelry. …


Garden 2015

1st August 2015

A few photos from our Walney Island garden, most of which used to be part of a field. It is about 300ft long…..Plus a few cat photos too…..and squirrels…. and I certainly can’t leave out the sheep! 🙂 Jo.  …


Glendalough and Dublin.

27th August 2015

The steep wooded slopes of Glendalough in County Wicklow, harbours one of Ireland’s most atmospheric monastic sites. Established by St. Kevin in the 5th century it grew to be quite powerful by the 9th century, but started falling into ruin by 1…


Gleninchaquin Walk

21st August 2015

Fellow bell ringers Anne and Keith had recommended a walk up to the waterfall at Gleninchaquin Park, County Kerry, which they did last September. I thought I had not been here before, but I recognised the waterfall from when we took Brendan’s M…


Great Gable with Father John

6th August 2015

Father John had never walked in Wasdale before, so we decided on a walk up to Great Gable. We had looked over to Great Gable from Green Gable last year, but never had the time to detour over to it. So this year we would devote a whole day to climbing…


Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head in Snow

19th January 2015

After two weeks of working it was about time I got up in some snow! It has been a while since we have done any North Western Fells, so we decided on Grisedale Pike from Braithwaite, then heading for Hopegill Head and over Sand Hill down to Coledale H…


Hampsfell from Cartmel

22nd November 2015

On Sunday Brendan and I did a walk from Cartmel walking over Hampsfell following the Cistercian Way. We visited Hampsfell Hospice and continued down to Grange-Over-Sands for lunch. We then took the train to Cark and rejoined the Cistercian Way back t…


Harter Fell

19th March 2015

Finally we get a nice day with no wind, so Ged, Kas and I headed for Eskdale via Birker Fell, parking at Jubilee Bridge at the bottom of the Hardknott Pass. Our route would take us up and around the back of Harter Fell. The weather was quite warm and…


Helvellyn in Freezing Fog

11th February 2015

Yesterday we decided to have a walk up Helvellyn from Wythburn. The Weatherline forecast and the BBC Radio Cumbria Fell Forecast had predicted a cloud inversion, where the high peaks are above the clouds in blue skies and sunshine. This had happened…


High Rigg and Tewet Tarn in Snow.

4th February 2015

There were blue skies and sunshine again on Wednesday so today we decided on a walk over High Rigg, down to the church and on to Tewet Tarn, returning via the footpath through St John’s in the Vale. A walk of about 7 miles. We parked the car op…


Holme Fell and Cathedral Quarry with Anne and Keith

22nd July 2015

On Wednesday afternoon I met up with two fellow bell ringers, Anne and Keith, to do a walk up to Holme Fell from Hodge Close, near Coniston. We arranged to meet at the Spark Bridge turn off and continue on in one car. Even though they are keen walker…


Holy Island, Lough Derg, County Clare.

26th August 2015

We decided to take a few days driving back to Dublin. One of our stops was Holy Island on Lough Derg. On a previous Ireland trip we had been to see Station Island on the other Lough Derg in Donegal, known as St. Patrick’s Purgatory. So we thoug…


Ireland Cottage, Family And Other Animals

16th August 2015

Our cottage in County Kerry is at Knockanhua, five miles down a single track lane from Kilgarvan and at an altitude of 850ft. It is at the end of the valley and very isolated. Brendan’s father grew up here. A few walks to follow. Jo.  …


Keswick to Barrow Walk 2015

9th May 2015

It is that time of the year again when 2000 plus masochists meet in a muddy field in Keswick at dawn, to walk the 40 glorious miles back to Barrow. Once again I am walking in aid of the Hospital Equipment Fund for Furness (HEFF). I never meet the oth…


Langdale Pikes

8th September 2015

On Tuesday Ged, Kas and I decided on a walk up the Langdale Pikes. This would include five Wainwrights: Harrison Stickle (2415ft), Pavey Ark (2288ft), Thunacar Knott (2372ft), Pike o’Stickle (2323ft) and Loft Crag (2270ft). We would go up via S…


Latterbarrow and Claife Heights from Hawkshead

3rd July 2015

Next Saturday I am leading a St. James’ bell ringers’ walk from Hawkshead to Bowness over Latterbarrow and Claife Heights. A walk of approximately seven miles. We will be ringing at both churches. I have never walked from Hawkshead, never…


Latterbarrow Quickie

16th March 2015

I was in Ambleside this morning, shopping for seeds at Hayes Garden Centre. On the way back I decided to detour via Hawkshead for a quick walk up Latterbarrow. I parked on the road to Wray, about a mile past Colthouse, in a space just next to the foo…


Middle Fell in Snow and Candlemas

2nd February 2015

On Monday Ged and I had planned to do Grike and Crag Fell, but the Cold Fell road was closed so we went to plan B, Middle Fell from Greendale. If Wasdale turned out to be inaccessible plan C was Muncaster Fell from the main road. Thankfully there was…


Mizen Head

23rd August 2015

A drive via Bantry to Mizen Head, County Cork, to visit the Signal Station on a beautiful day. Mizen Head has some great views out on a good weather day. The Visitor Centre is well worth a visit. Some of the later photos were taken on my mobile, havi…


Muncaster Fell and Stainton Tower

25th March 2015

I had to drop into school and visit Tesco in the morning so I would be starting out late. I had planned to walk over Grike and Crag Fell, but the Cold Fell Road was closed and I couldn’t be bothered to drive all the way around, and didn’t…


My First Quarter Peal for ‘Believe in Barrow’

13th May 2015

On Wednesday, as part of the ‘Believe in Barrow’ celebrations, we rang the St.James’ bells to welcome the Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu and the Bishop of Carlisle, James Newcome to Barrow. St. James’ Vicar, John Hodgkin…


Paper Bridge in Grisedale and Hard Tarn

15th May 2015

On Friday Ged and I went to Patterdale to walk into the Grisedale Valley to see the Paper Bridge, an Art Installation by artist Steven Messam, it was due to be dismantled on Monday. We would then continue on up the valley to Ruthwaite Lodge. From the…


Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple and Red Pike with Father John

11th August 2015

On Tuesday John and I returned to Wasdale to do the Mosedale Horseshoe, which comprises Pillar (2927ft), Scoat Fell (2760ft), Steeple (2687ft) and Red Pike (2707ft). Some people add Kirk Fell and Yewbarrow to either end of the walk, but not us. Ten m…


Place Fell with Father John

13th August 2015

Thursday was due to be a warm and sunny day, so John and I decided to do a walk up to Place Fell from Patterdale returning via the Ullswater Lakeside Path. The walk would be about eight and a half miles long, but on good paths and it would be gentler…


Portmeirion 2015

15th December 2015

For our 30th wedding anniversary we went to stay in Portmeirion, North Wales. I have been visiting Portmeirion since my student days when I used to go to ‘The Prisoner’ Conventions back in the early eighties. ‘The Prisoner’ wa…


Sallows, Sour Howes and Two Reservoirs

22nd September 2015

On Tuesday Ged, Kas and I drove to Troutbeck Church in order to climb two of the smaller Wainwrights, Sallows (1691ft) and Sour Howes (1584ft), then for extra interest to continue on to Dubbs Reservoir and Borrans Reservoir. A walk of just under 12 m…


Silver How: From Grasmere to Chapel Stile

9th April 2015

On Thursday Ged and I drove to Grasmere to climb Silver How. Usually we go up via Allan Bank but today we would ascend via Kelbarrow and descend down to Chapel Stile via Meg’s Gill into Thrang Quarry. Returning to Grasmere via Elterwater and a…


St. James’ Bell Tower Open Day

7th March 2015

On Saturday 7th March we marked the first anniversary of the re-dedication of the bells by holding a Bell Tower Open Day and having a celebratory meal in the evening at a local Italian. There were displays in the church, including archive material an…


St. James’ Bellringers’ Meal

5th March 2015

On Saturday March 5th the St. James’ Church bell ringers marked the second anniversary since the re-dedication of the bells by having a meal at The Crown at North Scale, Walney Island. Great for me as I only live a few minutes walk away! In the…


Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Alcock Tarn

12th October 2015

On Monday Ged, Kas and I drove just past Grasmere, parking in the lay-by on the A591, not far past The Swan Hotel. We would be heading up to Stone Arthur (1650ft), then onto the ridge of the Fairfield Horseshoe to Great Rigg (2516ft) and Heron Pike (…


Striking Competition and a St. James’ Day Peal

25th July 2015

On Friday night the Furness and South Lakes Branch of the Lancashire Association of Change Ringers held their annual Six Bell Striking Competition at St George’s Church in Millom this year, and an excellent venue it turned out to be! Then on Sa…


The Coastal Path from South to North Walney Island

27th April 2015

The weather was going to be better at home than on the hills today so I decided to do a walk from the South Nature Reserve up to the North End of Walney Island, keeping to the west coastal path. I got Brendan to drop me off at the South Reserve entra…


Tom’s Graduation

17th July 2015

Friday was Tom’s graduation ceremony at Lancaster University. Lancaster is a collegiate university. There are eight colleges. Tom was in Grizedale College and the students graduate by college not by faculty. Tom gained a BA (hons) 2:1 in Philos…


Torver Tarns in Blue Skies

1st February 2015

There were blue skies and sunshine on Sunday which could not be wasted, so after bell ringing for two Sunday Services in the morning, I was keen to get out in the fresh air and persuaded Brendan to join me on a walk around three Torver Tarns. Kelly H…


Ullscarf via Harrop Tarn and Blea Tarn

30th June 2015

Work and weekend wedding bell ringing has kept me off the fells recently, but I have now finished work for the summer. As Tuesday was the start of the heatwave, I decided on a walk away from the crowds which could include some wild swimming. Ged, Kas…


Wallowbarrow Crag and Green Crag

2nd April 2015

After a week of rain and gales, Thursday turned out to be quite a nice day. As it was the Easter holidays we decided to get well away from the ‘madding crowds’ and go to Seathwaite in order to climb up Wallowbarrow Crag, take a detour via…


Walney Island Beach and Tarn Walk

14th October 2015

It was another warm and blue sky day so I took a walk from my house down to the sea. Then I visited the tarns, walking through the North Walney Nature Reserve and over the dunes to the sea again, then back home. The walk takes less than two hours. It…


Walney Island Delights

14th February 2015

A short walk to the beach from home this weekend, going via the airfield then along some of the newly created paths to the North End Nature Reserve, plus some photos of Walney Channel on a still, sunny day. Proof that a windless day on Walney Island…