Yearly Archives: 2017

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‘Barra’ to Barra

16th June 2017

‘Barra’ in Furness to Barra in the Outer Hebrides! We plan to work our way up from Barra to Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Berneray, Harris and Lewis. We did a similar trip twenty seven years ago and camped out under the star…


Alcock Tarn with Fr. John

31st July 2017

I had arranged to meet Fr. John in the lay-by at Grasmere, at 9am. We usually meet up for a few walks every year. He had left darkest Surrey at 3am for his annual walking holiday in the lakes. He would be staying in the presbytery at St. Joseph…


Ard Crags and Knott Rigg on a blue sky day.

6th March 2017

Over the half term holidays Roger Hiley had been on a snow covered Ard Crags where he took some excellent photos. (http://www.loweswatercam.co.uk/170224_Knott_Rigg_Ard_Crags.htm) We were hoping against hope that the snow had not totally melted over t…


Arthur’s Seat Walk, Edinburgh

21st January 2017

We arrived on our four day trip to Edinburgh in blue skies and sunshine. We had come to view the Turner paintings in the Scottish National Gallery, which are only on view in January due to the low light levels. As it was such a nice day, after droppi…


Barrow Town Hall Tower Tour

26th July 2017

On Wednesday afternoon the St. James’ bell ringers went on a tour of the bell tower of Barrow Town Hall, organised by ringer, Sue. I have done Town Hall Tours before when I accompanied my students from school, but I have never visited the tower…


Bellringers’ Walk Pendragon Castle

13th May 2017

On Saturday the St. James’ bellringers joined fellow ringers of the Furness and South Lakeland branch, at Kirkby Stephen in the afternoon. On our way we rang at Orton Church at 10am and visited the Farmers’ Market and Chocolate Shop. In b…


Bellringers’ Walk up Hampsfell

14th January 2017

On Saturday the Barrow St. James’ bell ringers met up at the top of the Grange to Cartmel Road at 11.30am, to walk up Hampsfell. It was blue skies and sunshine, but still quite cold, and there was snow on the mountains. It was a short walk, jus…


Blea Tarn, Eskdale by Steam Train

14th September 2017

A short walk up to Blea Tarn in Eskdale with my sister, Ness, using the Ravenglass to Eskdale Steam Railway. A circular walk of four miles and only 1000ft of ascent. I have not visited Blea Tarn since I was on a ecology field trip as an undergraduate…


Blencathra & Mungrisdale Common

14th July 2017

On Friday Ged, Kas and I drove to the Blencathra Center at Threlkeld in order to climb up to Blencathra. Blencathra is comprised of five separate fells. Today we would ascend via Blease Fell, a route that I have only used once, to descend by. We woul…


Brass & Bells: Ulverston to Urswick

9th September 2017

A busy Saturday! Playing for the Ulverston Charter Day late morning, then ringing bells at Kirkby in Furness and Great Urswick in the afternoon. Just time to mow the lawn when I got home, before the rain. Then feet up for Strictly! 🙂 Jo.  …


Brighton 2017

29th September 2017

Brendan was down in Brighton for the Labour Party Conference, so I went along too. I never saw him until 11pm at night, but I am always able to amuse myself! Brighton is never short of things to do! An excellent five days, mostly avoiding politics, a…


Christmas 2017

30th December 2017

A few bits and pieces from over the Christmas period. Plus a walk from Canal Foot. Have a great 2018! Jo.   …


Christmas Bells and Walks

2nd January 2017

A few bits and pieces from over the Christmas period. Happy New Year! Jo.   …


Dalton Safari Zoo

15th September 2017

Dalton Safari Zoo is free this month so my sister, Ness and I paid a visit. I’ve not been for about eight years. I have never liked animals in cages, but this zoo has made a good effort in disguising this by using perspex and creating more natu…


Dash Falls and Bakestall

5th July 2017

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I took a walk from Peter House Farm up to Dash Falls and then on up to Bakestall. The Orthwaite Road was closed (bridge work) so we had to find a route via Bassenthwaite Village to get to the farm. We didn’t start walk…


Devil’s Dyke to Truleigh Hill with Fr. John

25th September 2017

On the Monday I took the ten minute train journey from Brighton Station to Hassocks, where Fr. John lives. It was raining as I walked to the station, but it had stopped by the time I reached Hassocks. John collected me from the station. We stopped of…


Devoke Water & Seat How

27th October 2017

After weeks of rain and wind, Friday was a blue sky day. So I drove to the top of the Birker Fell Road to walk to Devoke Water and up to Seat How. I didn’t bother to leave home until after nine. By mid morning on Seat How, the sun would be behi…


Dundee by the Forth Rail Bridge

23rd January 2017

We went to Dundee by rail over the Forth Rail Bridge and the Tay Bridge. My late Grandfather, Alexander Green, was born here, but I had never been to visit. We would have a walk around for four hours and see the sights. Dundee proved to be an interes…


Eagle Crag and Sergeant Crag

5th May 2017

On Thursday Ged, Kas and I drove to Stonethwaite in Borrowdale for a walk up to Eagle Crag and Sergeant Crag. It has been six years since we last did this walk, but it is always a good one with great views and bits of scrambling. The forecast was goo…


Edinburgh Walks

22nd January 2017

One of the best things about the City of Edinburgh is that everything is in walking distance, so walk we did! I used ‘Great Breaks: Edinburgh’ (Insight Guides) to plan where to go. Next up is Dundee. Brendan wanted to go over the Forth Ra…


Furness Ringers Tour North Cumbria

29th May 2017

On Bank Holiday Monday bell ringers from Furness and South Lakes attended their annual Branch Outing. This year we visited north Cumbria taking in towers at Shap, Penrith, Great Salkeld, Keswick and Cockermouth. I drove to Alan’s house in Bards…


Greystones to Barf with Fr. John

8th August 2017

John and I had decided to walk four grassy Wainwrights: Greystones, Broom Fell, Lord’s Seat and Barf. I parked my car at the Whinlatter Visitor Centre and we drove John’s car to Spout Force car park (free), a couple a miles further up the…


Hallin Fell by the Ullswater Steamer

16th September 2017

On Saturday Brendan, Ness and I took the Ullswater Steamer from Glenridding to Howtown to do a circular walk around Hallin Fell. I would then nip up to the summit before joining them in a Tea Shop. The circular walk was just over 4 miles and took les…


Harris and Lewis

21st June 2017

The final part of our trip was to Harris and Lewis. Thankfully the weather bucked up on Harris and Lewis. We will have to return in another 27 years….or so. 😉 Jo.   …


Hawkshead, Chapel Stile rings and walk

10th June 2017

On Saturday the Barrow, St. James’ ringers rang at Hawkshead church. We had planned to do a walk around Blea Tarn and up onto Side Pike, but the weather was dreadful so we visited the Ruskin Museum instead. Then we rang at Langdale Church in Ch…


Holme Fell from Hodge Close

24th February 2017

It was predicted a week in advance that the day after Storm Doris would be a good day for a walk. I haven’t been able to post any walks for a while as my knee problem has prevented me from driving for any more than 20 minutes; but today Ged vol…


Kelly Hall Tarn and Torver Common in snow

11th December 2017

On Monday Brendan and I drove to where the Cumbria Way Path crosses the road to Torver and parked in the small lay-by. We would walk up to Kelly Hall Tarn and Long Moss Tarn, then cross the Torver road to walk to Torver Low Common Reservoir and back…


Lingmell via Piers Gill with the Pollocks.

6th May 2017

On Saturday morning I joined the Pollocks (Andy, Jo, Cameron and Jason) on their walk from Wasdale up beside Piers Gill. It was a walk in memory of Andy’s friend, Ian Blakey, who died in a fall from Piers Gill on May 3rd 1997. Fellwalking and m…


London and the House of Commons

20th November 2017

A long weekend in London, visiting son, Tom. Including a walk from Westferry to Tate Modern along the Thames Path, via Limehouse and St. Katherine Dock; and attending a reception at the House of Commons. An excellent weekend! Jo.  …


Longlands Fell, Little Sca Fell and Brae Fell

3rd March 2017

On Friday Ged and I drove to Longlands, via the Orthwaite road, to do a circular walk over a few of the Uldale Fells. The weather was a bit dull, but the northern fells would see the best of the weather. We parked near the small United Utilities buil…


Rydal Roam and Ring

9th July 2017

On Saturday Andy, Cameron, Sue and myself drove to Ambleside to walk around Rydal Water, visit Rydal Cave and Grasmere and to ring the bells at St. Mary’s Church in the afternoon with ringers from the Furness and South Lakes Branch. For once we…


Seathwaite Fell in Snow

26th March 2017

On Saturday Brendan and I drove to Seathwaite in Borrowdale to walk up Seathwaite Fell and visit Styhead Tarn on the route back. The walk would be about 7 miles. I recently had a corticosteroid injection in my knee joint and it is now much less painf…


Silver How from Grasmere

28th December 2017

Son, Tom wanted to go to Grasmere to pick up some gingerbread to take into his office, so we decided to have a walk up to Silver How . The weather was blue skies and sunshine, but it was bitterly cold in the wind. So we took the Kelbarrow route up wh…


South Walney Nature Reserve with Fr. John.

4th August 2017

Fr. John came down to visit us on Walney Island, so in the morning I took him down the south end of the island to the Nature Reserve. The circuit is three and three quarter miles long and takes a couple of hours, more if you want to spend time in the…


Souther Fell from Scales

6th April 2017

On Thursday Ged, Kas and I drove to Scales, on the A66, to walk up Souther Fell. An easy, grassy, circular walk of six miles. The walk took about three and a half hours, a very easy walk. There were a couple of rock steps on the descent, but these co…


St. Bees to Whitehaven Cliff Path with Fr. John

4th August 2017

Fr. John met me off the train at St. Bees’ station and we drove down and parked at the beach. We were going to walk the cliff path to Whitehaven, then catch the train back to St. Bees. The walk was 7 miles and would take about four hours. It wa…


Stanley Ghyll & Eskdale from Birker Fell

2nd November 2017

Thursday was another blue sky day so Brendan and I drove up to the top of Birker Fell to walk in the other direction from Devoke Water, where I walked to last week. I had been contacted by a lady who had lost her camera at this parking spot last week…


Tarn Hows & Black Crag with Fr. John

11th August 2017

The forecast for our last walk together was rain and gales, so we decided on a lower, shorter walk. John hasn’t walked any southern fells, so we walked up Black Crag via Tom Gill waterfall and Tarn Hows, starting from Glen Mary NT car park, by…


Tarn Hows and Black Crag

4th January 2017

On Wednesday I had planned to walk up to Black Crag from Yew Tree Tarn, but the road to Skelwith Bridge from Coniston was closed for re-surfacing, so I had to start from Tarn Hows instead. This is an easy walk at the best of times, but starting from…


The Uists

18th June 2017

The next leg of our journey was from Barra to the Island of Eriskay then onto South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist and Berneray. Religion is divided on the Western Isles. Barra and South Uist are Catholic, North Uist and Harris and Lewis are Protestant….


Walney Walks With Buster

24th March 2017

My neighbours Bill and Sandra have recently had to contend with an ankle replacement and a leg fracture between them, so I have become a dog walker to Buster, albeit a fair weather one! The photos are from a few dog walks on Walney Island. Thankfully…


Whinlatter Fell

18th September 2017

Today Ness and I would park at Whinlatter Visitor Centre for a walk in the forest and up to Whinlatter Fell. We would then go to Keswick. Unfortunately it was raining and the mist was down over the near fells so there wasn’t much of a view. The…


Wray Castle & Orrest Head

5th November 2017

For Brendan’s birthday we decided to to stay at the Miller Howe Hotel on the side of Lake Windermere, a renowned foodie establishment, and visit Claife Viewing Station, Wray Castle and Orrest Head. Three places Brendan had never been to. Thankf…