Category Archives: Southern Fells

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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Great Carrs, Grey Friar and Swirl How

1st September 2016

On Thursday Ged, Kas and I drove to the top of the Wrynose Pass to walk up Wet Side Edge to Great Carrs, Grey Friar and Swirl How. A walk of six miles. Three years ago we did a walk into the Greenburn Valley and found a small piece of fuselage from t…


Rosthwaite Fell

14th July 2016

This would be mine and Ged’s first walk together since the start of the exam season, in early May. I decided on Rosthwaite Fell from Stonethwaite, visiting the summit, Bessyboot and Rosthwaite Cam and doing a circuit of Tarn At Leaves, but this…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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 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…


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…


Crinkle Crags via Hell Gill

4th September 2013

Yesterday Ged, Kas and me drove to Great Langdale to climb Crinkle Crags (2816ft) via Hell Gill, Cold Pike (2300ft) and Pike O’Blisco (2313ft). A walk of about 10 miles. There was a thick sea mist on Walney Island this morning when I set off, a…


River Esk and Hardknott

22nd July 2013

Yesterday, on what was the hottest day of the year so far, Ged, Kas, Tom and I drove to Brotherilkeld near Eskdale to walk up the River Esk to Tongue Pot for a swim. Then we would go over Hardknott and walk back down the Hardknott Pass. A six mile ci…


Circuit of Wast Water via the Wasdale Screes

18th July 2013

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the side of Wast Water in order to do a circuit around the lake by climbing up Whin Rigg and Illgill Head. But also detouring down to Burnmoor Tarn for a swim. A walk of just about 11 miles…….in yet more…


Scafell Pike with Leigh and Deb

27th May 2013

I send my walking emails to Claire, an American from South Carolina who lives in Barrow, and she forwards them on to friends of her’s in the States. Two of those friends are Leigh and Deb from Richmond, Virginia. Leigh is an old college friend…


Blea Tarn, Side Pike, Greenburn Mine and Cathedral Quarry

12th March 2013

Yesterday’s forecast was for strong winds on the high fells so I took the opportunity to do a lower level walk I had been planning to do for some time. I had never visited Greenburn Mine, having only looked down on it from the ridges above, on…


Tarn Hows and Black Fell

26th January 2013

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the lay-by at Yew Tree Tarn for a walk up Black Fell (1056ft) via Tom Gill and Tarn Hows. The road here is on a bus route so was clear of ice. We made a late start as the weather was due to get better after lunch. A…


Coniston Old Man to Dow Crag in Snow

5th November 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Torver to climb Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag. A walk of about eight miles. Blue skies and sunshine…….and snow on the tops! What could be better? An excellent walk in the snow! The walk took us under seve…


Glaramara via Combe Gill

9th October 2012

Four whole days of blue skies and sunshine! Brendan and I decided to climb Glaramara (2560ft) as the route up would give excellent panoramic views. Hopefully the sunshine would have dried up all the boggy ground! I decided on the interesting route vi…


Scafell Pike from Seathwaite

19th June 2012

On Tuesday myself, Ged and Kas drove to Seathwaite to follow the route up Grains Gill to Esk Hause and then on to Great End (2984ft), Ill Crag (3068ft), Broad Crag (3051ft) and Scafell Pike (3210ft). Then down to Lingmell Coll following the Corridor…


Lingmoor Fell and Blea Tarn from Elterwater

12th April 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Elterwater to climb Lingmoor (1540ft) and Side Pike and to return to Elterwater via Blea Tarn, The Wrynose Pass and Slater Bridge. A walk of just under 10 miles. We then headed back to Elterwater stopping for a coffe…


Eskdale Green, Illgill Head and down Miterdale

19th March 2012

On Sunday Brendan and I went to Eskdale Green to climb Irton Fell, Whin Rigg (1755ft) and Illgill Head (1998ft). These are the fells that make up the top of the Wasdale Screes. We then went down to Burnmoor Tarn and walked back through Miterdale. A w…


Coniston Round in Snow

1st February 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Coniston to climb Wetherlam (2499ft), Black Sails (2444ft), Swirl How (2630ft), Great Carrs (2558ft), Brim Fell (2611ft), and Coniston Old Man (2633ft). A walk of just over 10 miles. We parked up the top of the road…


Second Completion of the 214 Wainwright’s

5th June 2011

On Friday Ged, Kas and I drove to Wasdale to climb Lingmell (2649ft), Scafell Pike (3210ft), Scafell (3162ft) and Slight Side (2499ft). A walk of ten miles. Back in January 2009 I decided to have a go at completing all the Wainwright Fells in a year….


Bowfell and four more fells from Langdale

31st May 2011

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Great Langdale to climb Bowfell (2960ft), Esk Pike (2903ft), Great End (2984ft), Seathwaite Fell (2073ft) and Rossett Pike (2132ft). A walk of about 15 miles over very rough terrain that would eventually take us near…


Hard Knott, Harter Fell and Green Crag

3rd May 2011

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the top of the Hard Knott Pass to climb Hard Knott (1803ft), Harter Fell (2140ft) and Green Crag (1602ft). A walk of nine miles. It was a blue sky day, but rather windy! The water was very low, but still plenty of Br…


Rosthwaite Fell to Allen Crags from Stonethwaite

28th April 2011

Ged was back from Vietnam so yesterday we went to Stonethwaite to climb Rosthwaite Fell (1771ft), Glaramara (2568ft) and Allen Crags (2572ft) returning via the Langstrath Valley. A very arduous and long walk  of 12 miles that would take us 9 hours to…


Holme Fell and a Toad Orgy

24th March 2011

This morning the weather was too good to stay home, so I drove to Hodge Close for a quick walk up Holme Fell (1040ft). A good little walk, only two miles, plus the detours to the quarry and tarn. I was back home for lunch! Jo….


Black Crag with Blue Skies and Snow!

8th December 2010

All the schools were shut again yesterday and as it was a blue sky day Ged and I were determined to go somewhere. Especially since due to the weather it had been over a week since our last fell walk. Finding somewhere with access to park would be the…


Coniston Old Man to Dow Crag with Brendan

24th November 2010

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Coniston, parking at the Fell Gate Car Park to climb Coniston Old Man (2633ft), Brim Fell (2611ft), Dow Crag (2555ft), Buck Pike (2441ft) and Brown Pike (2237ft) returning via the Walna Scar Road. A walk of about six a…


Pike O’Blisco, Cold Pike and Crinkle Crags

6th July 2010

Yesterday Brendan and I drove to Great Langdale to climb Pike o`Blisco (2312ft), Cold Pike (2299ft) and Crinkle Crags (2816ft). A walk of nine miles. We retired to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel bar for a coffee and a beer. The walk had taken about six…


Swirl How to Grey Friar from the Wrynose Pass

2nd June 2010

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I went to The Three Shires Stone at the top of the Wrynose Pass to climb Great Carrs (2585ft), Swirl How (2638ft) and Grey Friar (2533ft). The weather was overcast, with mist on the tops but it was due to clear later in the…


Eskdale Green to Illgill Head

4th May 2010

Today Ged, Kas and I went to Eskdale Green to climb Irton Fell, Whin Rigg (1755ft) and Illgill Head (1998ft). We then went down to Burnmoor Tarn and walked back through Miterdale. A walk of just over 10 miles. A good walk. Not difficult at all. Great…


Greenburn Round (Wetherlam to Wet Side Edge) and Cathedral Quarry

4th April 2010

On Sunday Brendan and I decided to do the Greenburn round. We went from Low Tilberthwaite (hoping to miss the Easter Holiday crowds) up to Birk Fell (1750ft), Wetherlam (2502ft), Black Sails (2443ft),Swirl How (2630ft), Great Carrs (2575ft), Little C…


Lingmoor Fell in Snow

4th March 2010

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I went to Elterwater to walk Lingmoor Fell ridge returning to Elterwater via the Cumbria Way path. A walk of eight miles. We made our way up to Side Pike for lunch. Then strolled down to the valley floor and walked back to E…


Coniston Old Man to Levers water

15th November 2009

Yesterday Ged, Kas the blind dog and I headed for Coniston. We parked at the Fell Gate and headed for Coniston Old Man (2633ft) via the old mine workings and Low Water. We then went to Brim Fell (2611ft) and Swirral How (2630ft) and down the Prison B…


An Old Quarry, Two Reservoirs, Holme Fell, a Tea-room and a Tarn.

20th September 2009

It was a warm and sunny day today so we drove to Hodge Close, an old quarry where climbing and scuba diving takes place. A good little walk with lots to see, only about 4 miles long and easy walking. Jo….


Scafell Pike with Brendan and Tom

22nd August 2009

Brendan has been on holiday for the last week which meant the weather has been awful with rain and gales. Yesterday there was a break in the weather so we decided to go up Scafell Pike, England`s highest mountain at 3210ft. Brendan and Tom had never…


Black Crag

1st August 2009

It rained this morning but was okay by this afternoon so Brendan and I drove to Glen Mary Bridge just north of Coniston to walk up Black Crag (1056ft), one of the smallest Wainwrights. We went up by Tom Gill which had the most water I`ve ever seen in…


Dow Crag with Brendan and Tom

26th July 2009

Yesterday was going to be the one good day to be had over the next week and the boys needed some exercise, so we left home at gone 1pm for Torver, to walk up Dow Crag (2555ft) via Brown Pike (2237ft) and Buck Pike (2430ft). I thought it would be a go…


Rosthwaite Fell

16th June 2009

Yesterday we went back to Borrowdale to climb Rosthwaite Fell (1808ft), including Bessyboot and Rosthwaite Cam, a walk of under 5 miles. When we arrived this morning there were loads of cars on the verge that would normally be empty mid week. I guess…


Seathwaite Fell to Glaramara

8th June 2009

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Seathwaite in Borrowdale to climb Seathwaite Fell (2070ft), Esk Pike (2904ft), Allen Crags (2572ft) and Glaramara (2569ft). A walk of eight and a half miles. The visibility was good but for most of the day the skies w…


A Brocken Spectre on Coniston Old Man

30th December 2008

For our last walk of 2008 Ged, Kas the blind dog and I headed for Coniston. We parked at the Fell Gate and headed for Coniston Old Man (2633ft) via the old mine workings and Low Water. We then went to Brim Fell (2611ft) and Swirral How (2630ft) and d…


Hard Knott and Wallowbarrow

30th June 2008

There was no school for Tom or me today so we had a couple of walks planned. Hard Knott (1811ft) and Wallowbarrow Gorge. We had set off before 8am and headed for the Roman Fort of Mediobogdum at the start of the Hardknott Pass. We returned to the New…


Harter Fell and Green Crag

20th May 2008

On Tuesday Janet the dogs and me went up Harter Fell (2140ft) and Green Crag (1602ft) from Birks in the Duddon Valley. A walk of about 7 miles. We skirted around Harter Fell and went back via Birks. The walk took about five hours. It was windy and co…


Lingmell and Scafell Pike in Blue Skies and Snow

4th March 2008

I did not intend to go walking today, but on looking out of the bedroom window I saw blue skies and mountains covered in snow. So I decided on a solitary walk up Lingmell (2649ft) and maybe Scafell Pike (3210ft) from Wasdale. I set off at nine and st…


Coniston Old Man to Dow Crag

11th February 2008

Finally we reach half-term and get a glorious day. Janet and I, plus Poppy and Miffy the dogs, went to Torver and trekked up to Coniston Old Man (2633ft) by the Boo Tarn route that goes via Bursting Stone Quarry and the south ridge, then over to Dow…


Great Langdale to Great End

13th November 2007

The gritter lorries were out on Sunday night indicating that it was going to be clear and frosty. So Ged, Kas the blind Border Collie and me went to Great Langdale in order to hike to Great End (2984ft). We set off from the Old Dungeon Ghyll car park…


Lingmoor Fell and Elterwater

23rd October 2007

Yesterday Ged, myself and Kas the blind Border Collie decided to walk from Elterwater Village to Great Langdale via the ridge of Lingmoor Fell (1539ft) and Side Pike and then to follow the Cumbria Way path back to Elterwater Village and then take a d…


Black Crag and Holme Fell

12th September 2007

I decided to revisit Black Crag 1056ft and Holme Fell 1040ft. I had done these with Janet in July but the day had been rainy and misty and there had been no views at all from the summits just a total white-out. The visibility forecast for this mornin…


Lingmoor Fell with Tom

23rd August 2007

Tom and I drove to Blea Tarn car park via Great Langdale in order to walk up Lingmoor Fell. A small fell at 1530ft that shouldn`t pose too much of a problem for Tom. We stopped on the way at Coniston Water. A warm day. Superb visibility! Jo….


Slight Side, Scafell and Scafell Pike

2nd May 2007

On Monday Janet, Poppy and I went to Wasdale to visit Burnmoor Tarn and climb up Slight Side (2499ft), Scafell (3162ft) and Scafell Pike (3210ft). Quite an epic walk, about 9 miles of mostly awkward, rocky terrain. Another day of excellent visibility…


Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

18th April 2007

Janet, Poppy and I decided on a trip to the Langdales while it would be relatively quiet. We parked at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and set off for Red Tarn, Cold Pike (2259ft) Crinkle Crags (five Crag summits, the highest being Long Top at 2816ft) Sh…


Grey Friar to Dow Crag from Seathwaite

8th April 2007

Janet, Poppy and I decided to do the Seathwaite Round. 10 miles and eight summits including Grey Friar (2536ft), Great Carrs (2575ft),Swirl How (2630ft), Brim Fell (2611ft), Coniston Old Man (2633ft), Dow Crag (2554ft), Buck Pike and Brown Pike. We m…


Greenburn Round (Wetherlam to Wet Side Edge)

4th April 2007

Today Janet, Poppy and I decided to do the Greenburn round. Nine miles and seven summits. We went from Low Tilberthwaite (hoping to miss the Easter Holiday crowds) up to Birk Fell (1750ft), Wetherlam (2502ft), Black Sails (2443ft),Swirl How (2630ft),…


Wetherlam

26th February 2007

This week is forecast to rain apart from today, so when I got a call at 7.20 this morning to go to work I turned them down in favour of a solitary walk in the Fells. I`m already working Wed,Thurs, Friday so I can afford to be choosy! I parked at Low…


Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man in superb visibility

6th February 2007

Another glorious day so Janet and I went to Torver and treked up to Dow Crag (2555ft) and Coniston Old Man (2633ft) via Brown Pike (2237ft) and Buck Pike (2430ft). The walk was about nine miles and took us six and a half hours. Another good day tomor…


Bowfell via The Climber’s Traverse

3rd February 2007

Yesterday I had to look out of the science lab window in Dowdales at clear blue skies. I hate that! So today in order to make the most of a similar day Ged and I went up Bowfell (2960ft). The Weather Website said that the visibility would be very poo…


A walk up Pike o’ Blisco

11th September 2006

Today Ged, Kas and me went to Great Langdale to take a walk up to Pile o’ Blisco. It was very hazy, still, but warm. We were not hopeful of any views, but could do with the exercise! Only a short walk of under 5 miles. It took us four hours. Jo…


Illgill Head to Whin Rigg

3rd July 2006

Decided to go up from Wasdale Head to Illgill Head, on the side of Wast Water, and known as the Wast Water Screes (2000ft). A circular walk along the tops of the screes to Whin Rigg, down to Nether Wasdale and back along the Lake to where we started….


Coniston Old Man

24th June 2006

Went up Coniston Old Man yesterday (2633ft). The weather was dull and overcast, but the wind of the last few days had died down. I got to Torver about 9.45 and parked the car on the side of the road and headed up the lane. It`s 3 3/4 miles to the top…


Scafell Pike on my own via Mickledore in Blue Skies

5th May 2006

It was such a nice day I decided to go up Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 3,210ft. I went up by myself going from Wasdale via Brown Tongue and Mickledore. The route up to Mickledore can be seen below, just follow the Gill up. There w…