Yearly Archives: 2018

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‘Settlement’ Art Installation, Birkrigg

23rd September 2018

On Sunday evening I went to visit Rob Mulholland’s Art Installation ‘Settlement’ on Birkrigg Common. I had seen it at Heysham on a dull day. Sunday was blue skies and sunshine and I went a half hour before sunset. The sculptures, a…


‘Settlement’ Art Installation, Heysham

10th September 2018

On Monday morning we went to Heysham to visit ‘Settlement’ an art installation by Rob Mullholland which was on the headland. We walked down through Heysham Village. We also visited St. Patrick’s Chapel and St. Peter’s Church b…


Beacon Fell & Tarn

26th February 2018

My knee replacement operation is looming, so I am hoping to get in a couple of easy walks before my walking hiatus. On Monday Ged and I went to Blawith Common, on the shores of Coniston Water, to walk up to Beacon Tarn and Beacon Fell. An easy walk o…


Bell Ringers’ Walk from Beetham

10th August 2018

On Saturday the St. James’ bell ringers and friends went for a ring and a walk in Beetham. Thankfully the sun was shining on us! Thanks to Tower Captain, Andy for organising the walk. Our walk was part of the Beetham Heritage Walk (see map ). T…


Bigland Barrow

3rd July 2018

On Tuesday I made an early start, beginning my solo, circular walk at 8am, when it was still cool. Bigland Barrow, via Bigland Tarn. A walk of just under four miles. Another glorious day! Bigland Barrow is one of Wainwright’s Outlying Fells. Th…


Blawith Knott and Tottlebank Heights

6th October 2018

Today was a rare blue sky day so I headed for Grizebeck and the A5092, turning off on the road sign-posted to Woodland, between Beanthwaite and Gawthwaite. It is a long, narrow, single track road. There is a parking spot directly opposite the Giant…


Boat How with Fr. John

7th August 2018

On Tuesday I did a walk with Father John, who is up for his annual lakes holiday, and holding the fort for Fr. Tom in the Keswick and Cockermouth parishes. As I am still not up to the big fells yet, I thought we could do Boat How, another Wainwright…


Brant Fell

24th September 2018

On Monday I drove alongside Windermere turning on to the B5284 that goes to Crook. I take the road to Heathwaite, parking in one of the many spaces near the track to Bowness. I am going to walk up to Brant Fell. Another walk from Wainwright’s…


Burney

10th October 2018

Today was another rare blue sky day so I headed, once again, for Grizebeck and the A5092, turning off on the road sign-posted to Woodland, between Beanthwaite and Gawthwaite. I was going to do a circular walk up to Burney, another of Wainwright…


Dentdale

9th February 2018

This is the first walk that I have done with Ged since July, as he has been ill. So today’s walk is just a gentle stroll in nice surroundings. We head for the Yorkshire Dales and Sedbergh, to do a circular walk into the Dentdale Valley. The sta…


Gowbarrow Fell & Aira Force with Fr. John

16th August 2018

On Thursday the forecast was for sunny intervals and showers. I met Fr. John at the NT car park at Aira Force for our walk up to Gowbarrow via the Ullswater terrace route. A circular walk of just under five miles. The last time I did this walk it onl…


Grike & Crag Fell

31st August 2018

The weather was excellent, so we wanted an easy walk with good views. Crag Fell is an easy walk, and the views are one of the best in The Lakes. We could add Grike, another Wainwright, on the way too. The walk is on reasonably good tracks and grass,…


Gummers How and Reservoir

30th June 2018

On Saturday morning Brendan and I went for a circular walk up Gummers How, returning via the reservoir. For the past five years I have used a walking pole with a walking stick handle, it has been excellent at taking the weight off my knee on routes d…


Hallin Fell: Lucy’s Final 214

2nd June 2018

On Saturday I aimed to climb my first Wainwright summit since my knee replacement 12 weeks ago! Hallin Fell on the side of Ullswater. This was to celebrate Lucy Fryer’s final, 214th Wainwright.The plan was for 20 family and friends to catch the…


Haweswater & Shap Abbey

8th July 2018

On Sunday Brendan and I drove to Haweswater. We parked opposite The Rigg on a hard standing layby, just before the gated Old Corpse Road that leads over to Swindale. The best views are to be had from up high. From there we would be able to see how mu…


Hesk Fell

1st August 2018

On Wednesday Brendan, Tom (home for a holiday) and I drove to the Birker Fell Road for a walk up Hesk Fell. One of Wainwright’s Outlying Fells. He says it is a dull climb, which is true, but the views are good, or at least they would be on a be…


Hugill Fell and Reston Scar

12th September 2018

On Wednesday Ged and I walked two more fells from Wainwright’s ‘Outlying Fells’ book. Hugill Fell and Reston Scar, from Staveley. Unlike in Wainwright’s time these fells can be done as one walk, as there are now gates in the s…


Kadampa Buddhist Temple Walk

26th January 2018

My knee replacement operation was cancelled. Hopefully it will be done by the end of March. But this means that I can still get out and about! I have been promising myself that I would return to the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre on a blue sky d…


Liverpool & Ulverston Canal Gala

22nd July 2018

A trip to Liverpool to meet up with my sister, Ness. Plus the Ulverston Training Brass Band entertains the crowds at the Ulverston Canal Gala. I play First Cornet…..sometimes even in the right place! 😉 The day we went to Liverpool was rather…


Newton Fell (South)

9th July 2018

On Monday Ged and I drove to Lindale turning on to the Back o’ the Fell Road and parking opposite the main public footpath shown on the OS map. This would lead us up to Dixon Heights on Newton Fell where there are a couple of ruined towers to s…


R.I.P Kas the Blind Fell Walking Dog (2005-18)

18th August 2018

Ged’s dog, Kas, had to be put to sleep last week. A sad day. Despite being blind Kas found freedom in the fells, and loved to go out walking with us. He only went on a lead for awkward descents, or precipitous edges. He totally ignored sheep an…


Raven Crag

23rd June 2018

On Saturday Brendan and I drove to the north end of Thirlmere, parking opposite the dam road. We were going to walk up to Raven Crag for what should have been a two mile, under two hour walk, but turned out to be a seven mile, five and a half hour wa…


School Knott & Grandsire

5th September 2018

On Wednesday Ged and I did a very easy 3.3 mile walk up to School Knott and Grandsire. The schools went back today, so naturally it was blue skies and sunshine, and quiet! These fells are in Wainwright’s Outlying Fell book, but this route avoid…


Walla Crag

9th August 2018

Yesterday Fr. John had a fall on High Spy, cracking his head on a rock and bruising his ribs. Thankfully he is okay, but needs a few days to recover. Brendan had planned to meet up with friend, Val, for lunch in Keswick anyway, so I did the Walla Cra…


Walney Lighthouse Views and a Sunset Walk.

24th May 2018

Fellow bell ringer and lighthouse cottage resident, Clarissa, had invited us round to see the views from the top of the Lighthouse which is situated in the Nature Reserve at the southern most point on Walney Island. The lighthouse was built in 1804,…