Category Archives: Low-level Walks

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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Christmas Bells and Walks

2nd January 2017

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


Roan Head Ponds

4th December 2016

It was a nice sunny day so Brendan and I decided to have a walk around the Roan Head ponds. They are former iron ore mines now used for permit fishing. Many are named after the mine owner’s children. There is Nigel, Rita, Kathleen,Violet, Ethel…


Sandscale Haws & the Black Huts to Roan Head

23rd October 2016

Sunday was a lovely day so in the afternoon Brendan, Tom and I took a walk to the Black Huts and along the beach to Roan Head, coming back via the signed footpath to Sandscale Haws Nature Reserve. We parked on the unnamed road leading off Park Road,…


Walney Channel Walks

19th October 2016

A couple of walks on either side of Walney Channel. For the first one I parked in the parking area just before the railway bridge on Park Road. For the second one I walked from home. The first walk took me two and a half hours, the second about an ho…


Dapper’s Walk up The Hoad

25th June 2016

On Saturday I repeated a walk I have not done for a few years, in memory of Dapper, a local musician who died on Monday aged 69. This was his walk, and the route was passed on to me by Paul Bryden who was in ‘Bag o’ Rags’ and…


The Coast Road and Grizedale Forest.

23rd June 2016

Two more outings with my sister on her long-weekend visit. The Grizedale Tarn Forest Trail was an easy walk. Naturally, we returned to the Visitor Center and indulged in coffee and cake before setting off for home. There are bike trails too. They eve…


Bell Ringers’ Walk from Sedbergh to Dent

11th June 2016

On Saturday the St. James’ ringers had planned another walk. This time we would ring at St. Andrew’s Church, Sedbergh at 9am for an hour, then walk the six mile section of the Dales Way to St. Andrew’s Church, Dent, and after a pub…


Bell Ringers’ Walk from Brathay to Hawkshead

14th May 2016

On Saturday morning the Barrow St. James’ bell ringers rang the bells at Brathay Church, then we walked to Hawkshead via a Roman Fort, took the ferry to Wray Castle, and made brief ‘detours’ to The Outgate Inn and the Red Lion in Ha…


Haverigg and Hodbarrow Nature Reserve

21st April 2016

It has been many years since I have visited Haverigg. Today was warm with gorgeous blue skies, sunshine and not a breath of wind. Brendan had a meeting in Haverigg so I could amuse myself for a couple of hours. I chose to do the waterside walk around…


Kelly Hall Tarn in Snow

17th January 2016

This morning we took a drive to Torver, parking in the car park opposite the Land Rover Dealership for the short walk up and around Kelly Hall Tarn. After yesterday’s expedition in the snow up to Birkhouse Moor, I fancied something a bit less s…


Windy Walney Island

10th January 2016

It was very windy on Walney Island this morning, plus there was a high tide, so after Sunday Service bell ringing I went down to the beach to have a look at the sea. There has been some snow on the high fells but with the combination of constant rain…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.  …


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Walney Island North End Circuit

22nd November 2013

Yesterday John, Dave and Peter took the train from Hest Bank across the Bay to join us on a walk around the North End of Walney Island. We picked them up from the station and after a coffee we set off from our house for the route alongside the airpor…


Wild Swimming in Langstrath

5th July 2013

The house looks like a bomb has hit it, and there is a gorilla suit on the top landing! Why? Tom is home from university for the summer! Yesterday Ged, Kas, Tom and I drove to Stonethwaite to walk up the Langstrath Valley to just beyond Tray Dub oppo…


Keswick To Barrow Walk

11th May 2013

I had to be up at 3am in order to catch the bus from Walney to Keswick. We got there at 5.30am just after the elite runners had set off. The queue for the loo’s took 25 minutes, so I started at 5.58am. There were well over 3000 people registere…


A Bassenthwaite Circuit

30th April 2013

Yesterday Ged and I did a circuit of Bassenthwaite Lake. A distance of about 17 miles. Kas stayed at home as he would have needed to spend too much time on the lead. Another good, easy but long walk for a nice sunny day. It was not particularly warm,…


Lowick to North Scale

26th April 2013

This morning I got Brendan to drop me off at The Red Lion Inn at Lowick at 9am. I will be walking back home following the K2B route. The pub is at the 26 mile marker, so 14 miles to the finish plus nearly 4 miles to walk back home. A fun filled 18 mi…


Walney Island: South End to North End

23rd April 2013

This morning was sunny but very windy. Gales were forecast for the hills, so I got Brendan to drop me off at the South Walney Nature Reserve from where I would walk back home. A walk of just under 8 miles. Brendan has pulled out of this year’s…


Circuit of Haweswater

1st April 2013

On Easter Sunday Brendan and I drove to Burnbanks to walk around Haweswater. A walk of 10.2 miles. It has been on my list of walks to do for a while. The only downside to today’s walk was the clocks going forward. I usually get up at 6.30am on…


North Walney Peninsular Walk 2013

30th March 2013

Good Friday afternoon started off sunny so I decided to take a walk around the north end peninsula of Walney Island. A walk I can do from home. Brendan was working, and Tom, home from Uni, has become surgically attached to his Xbox, so I went by myse…


Baycliff and Birkrigg

17th March 2013

Today Brendan and I took a walk around Baycliff. A repeat of one of Paul’s walks from the summer. The weather was not as good! A good little walk, under two hours long, roughly three miles. Jo. …


South Walney Nature Reserve 2013

4th March 2013

The weather was very still yesterday. Something quite rare for the island, so Brendan and I went down to the south end nature reserve for a walk. The Reserve is free to residents. A good, easy 3 mile walk for a warm day. Jo. …


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 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…


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…


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….


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…


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…


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…


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…


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 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…


A circuit of Derwent Water

29th October 2011

Finally were were forecast a day of sunshine and blue skies. So yesterday Tom and I drove to keswick to do the circuit of Derwent Water, a walk of about nine miles. We parked on the dead-end road next to Portinscale suspension bridge, plenty of free…


Walney Island to Piel Island

24th April 2011

So far in April I have climbed 21 fells and walked 60 miles. Today I was going to do something a bit more sedate for Easter Sunday. Brendan and I joined John Murphy`s walk from Snab Point on Walney Island (where I live) to neighbouring Piel Island. J…


Sunkenkirk Stone Circle

28th February 2011

Last year I bought a book on Stone Circles in the Lake District, but still never got around to visiting the more out of the way ones. This week I watched Neil Oliver`s (the long-haired Scot from “Coast”) TV series “History of Ancien…


The Cliff Path from St. Bees to Whitehaven

7th February 2011

Today I took the train up the coast to St. Bees to walk the cliff path over St. Bees Head to Whitehaven, a walk of just over seven miles. I made time for a coffee in a cafe then had a look around the shops. I spent half an hour in Michael Moon’…


Boxing Day Walk in Arnside 2010

27th December 2010

As Boxing Day was a Sunday, the annual family and friends Christmas Walk was held on the Monday this year. The meeting place was Arnside Pier at 12.30pm. The destination undecided! The weather was misty, wet and cold and the ground was covered in ice…


Walney Beach Walk at Sunset with Snow

19th December 2010

Just before Christmas Tom and I took a short walk from our house down the lane to the beach, at sunset. View out to the back garden and mountains, the snow is quite deep still. Just a half hour walk blows all the cobwebs away! Jo.  …


A Walk on Walney Beach

16th September 2010

Yesterday the sun was finally shining, but it was still very windy so we went for a walk down towards the north end of the Island. A quick walk of just an hour and a quarter to blow the cobwebs away! Jo….


A Circuit of Ennerdale Water

22nd April 2010

The weather was superb yesterday so I went to Ennerdale to do a solitary circuit of the lake. I could only do a short walk today as I was going to The Forum in the evening to see a presentation by Mark Beaumont who did “Cycling the World”…


North Walney Beach in Snow and a Walk to The Black Huts for the Sunset.

6th January 2010

It actually snowed on Walney Island on Tuesday afternoon so we took a walk down from our house to the beach. All the Barrow schools were shut. Tom and his mates went sledging. Then later we went to the Black Huts to watch the sunset. Hopefully the ro…


Grasmere Round in Snow

28th December 2009

Brendan, Tom and I took a trip to Grasmere. It was too icy for a hill walk so we decided to walk around the lake which I haven`t done since we went round with Bar and Dave last summer. The car park at Grasmere was much better but still snow and ice i…


Boxing Day Walk Along The River Lune 2009

26th December 2009

We all gathered at the Crook O`Lune car park for our annual Boxing Day Walk. The car park was like an ice rink and had us all doing our own Torvill and Dean impressions. A good little walk which took about two hours and was all on the flat. We had to…


South Walney Nature Reserve

2nd November 2008

The weather was excellent today so we went down to the South End of Walney Island to the Nature Reserve to look out for seals.This is free for residents. We set out for the old pier that looks out to Piel Island. The walk is very easy and only about…


Morecambe Promenade to Heysham Church Walk

29th July 2008

On Sunday Brendan was visiting his Mum in Heysham, so he dropped me off at the start of the Morecambe Promenade to walk the length of it to Heysham, 4.42 miles or 7077m. A good walk for a warm, non-windy day.  …


A walk around Grasmere and Rydal water

24th July 2008

On Wednesday Tom and I met up with friends Bar and Dave (and Norman the bear!)  from Lincolnshire and we walked around Grasmere and Rydal Water. A walk of about 5 miles. A good little walk with not much effort involved.    …


Walney Island Beach with Janet’s Dogs

27th March 2008

It was a nice day today but heavy, dark cloud in the hills and we didn`t fancy a drenching. So Janet and I took a walk from my house up to the north end of Walney with Poppy and Miffy and Janet`s brother`s dog, Daisy….she is in the photo below…


Coniston Coppermine Valley Walk

12th February 2008

Today Brendan, Tom and I went to explore the Coppermines Valley. We started at the Black Bull and walked up beside Church Beck. At the Miners Bridge we crossed over and walked down via the Sun Inn. Then we put back all the calories we had used up wit…


Seathwaite Tarn

23rd October 2007

Today we decided to walk around Seathwaite Tarn which is about 5 miles from where we parked the car. The weather was sunny in Barrow, and not too bad at sea level, but it started to deteriorate as we climbed the 450ft up to Seathwaite Tarn. So glad t…


Walney Island North End Beach Walk

18th February 2007

Here`s a few pix of the north end of Walney Island. It was too nice to stay in this afternoon so I took a walk by myself, from home, down to the sea via the airfield and then through the nature reserve. Took about three hours to go there and back! Jo…


A Walk Around Buttermere

4th February 2007

Another nice day so we went to Buttermere for a walk around the lake. When we left Walney it was shrouded in fog. Windermere and Thirlmere were also very foggy. Thankfully the Buttermere Valley was in perfect visibility! By half past two the fog and…


Cathedral Quarry and Hodge Close

4th January 2007

Today Tom and I took the car to Low Tilberthwaite just north of Coniston to do a circular walk to Little Langdale Tarn, Cathedral Quarry and Hodge Close. About 5 miles, but only 1000ft of ascent. The weather was windy and it rained most of the time….


Easedale Tarn

3rd April 2006

Went to Easedale Tarn today. Tom, Ged, Kas the dog and me set out from Grasmere and walked up Sour Milk Gill. All in all a good day out. Jo….