Category Archives: Western Fells

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Lake Mists and Hen Comb

25th October 2016

I set off well before dawn on Tuesday to drive to Loweswater. The forecast was excellent so I had planned to walk up Hen Comb before bell ringing at Cleator Moor in the afternoon. But before that I would visit the shores of Loweswater and Crummock Wa…


Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell & Carling Knott

11th October 2016

I was ringing at Cleator Moor on Tuesday afternoon so I decided to have a walk up to Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell and Carling Knott. A six mile walk that should take me about three hours. Another easy, grassy fell walk with good views. There were blue s…


Fellbarrow, Low Fell & Darling Fell

4th October 2016

On Tuesday I was once more ringing at Cleator Moor at 1.30pm. So in order to kill two birds with one stone I decided on a morning walk up to Fellbarrow, Low Fell and Darling Fell. An easy walk, all on grass, of about six miles. The weather was a bit…


Red Hot on Red Pike

14th September 2016

Wednesday was going to be a warm and clear, blue sky day, so Ged and I decided on Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag from Buttermere, taking the direct accent via Bleaberry Tarn. Too often Red Pike is in cloud, but it wouldn’t be today. Usually…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Mellbreak, Floutern Tarn, Gavel Fell and High Nook Tarn.

17th July 2014

On Tuesday Ged, Kas and I decided to have a walk up Mellbreak and around to Gavel Fell and visit Floutern and High Nook Tarns too. The weather was due to be okay to start and to improve as the day went on. The walk was 10.5 miles long and took us 7 h…


Yewbarrow, Red Pike and Low Tarn

9th July 2014

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I drove to Overbeck on the side of Wast Water in order to climb up Yewbarrow (2058ft) then continue on to Red Pike (2707ft) and descend via Low Tarn, a walk of seven and a half miles, but with some very steep terrain, scramb…


Red Pike from Ennerdale

26th August 2013

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Ennerdale to climb up Red Pike (2479ft). The last time I took Brendan here the view was just cloud and he saw nothing. Red Pike has one of the best views in the Lakes and is not to be missed! It was a Bank Holiday Mond…


Base Brown to Fleetwith Pike with Father John

14th August 2013

Yesterday I did another walk with Father John, a priest from the Diocese of Brighton and Arundel that I met three years ago on a mountain, and we kept in touch. He acts as the supply priest for the Keswick Parish for two weeks in August, which also d…


Loweswater, Darling Fell and Low Fell

7th May 2013

Yesterday I left home at 7.20am in order to get to Loweswater early enough to get the reflections on the water. I would walk around the lake and then head up the track towards Mosser and do the steep climb up to Darling fell, then on to Low Fell. the…


High Nook Tarn, Knock Murton, Blake Fell and Carling Knott

18th February 2013

Yesterday I drove to Maggie’s Bridge car park at Loweswater with Ged and Kas for a walk up to High Nook Tarn then over the Blake Fell ridge and down to Knock Murton and Cogra Moss. Then back up to Blake Fell again, on to Carling Knott and down…


Low Tarn, Red Pike, Scoat Fell, Steeple and Scoat Tarn in Snow

12th February 2013

As it was half term I chose a walk that was mostly off path. I wanted to visit Low Tarn and Scoat Tarn, as I have only ever looked down on them from above. We could also incorporate Red Pike (2707ft), Scoat Fell (2760ft) and Steeple (2687ft) in our p…


Great Gable via Beck Head

5th September 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Wasdale Head to climb Great Gable (2949ft) which we last climbed two years ago in snow. This time we would take the Moses Trod path up to Beck Head then ascend the rocky ridge to the summit. We have been waiting for a…


Middle Fell, Seatallan and Buckbarrow and a Legend

25th August 2012

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Greendale to climb Middle Fell (1908ft), Seatallan (2266ft) and Buckbarrow (1410ft). A walk of 6 miles. The mountain forecast was for cloud but with panoramic views and 0% chance of rain, the weather was due to improve…


Steeple from Ennerdale

2nd June 2012

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Ennerdale to climb Steeple (2687ft), Scoat Fell (2766ft), Haycock (2618ft) Caw (2287ft), Iron Crag (2100ft) and Crag Fell (1716ft). A walk of 14 miles. The living legend, Joss Naylor, now aged 76, is running the Wasd…


Warnscale Bothy and Haystacks

3rd May 2012

Yesterday was going to be an excellent day so Ged, Kas and I drove to Gatesgarth near Buttermere to climb Haystacks (1958ft) via Warnscale Bothy. A short walk of just five and a quarter miles. We got an ice cream at the farm and then walked back to t…


Great Borne to Red Pike from Ennerdale

7th November 2011

Today I wanted a long, quiet walk in blue skies and sunshine so I went to Ennerdale to climb Great Borne (2019ft), Starling Dodd (2085ft) and Red Pike (2479ft). A repeat of the walk I did a year ago in mist and saw nothing! No mist today! First I had…


Four Walks, Six Fells and a Puncture

3rd April 2011

Yesterday I decided to climb a few odd fells in four distinct small walks. The rest of this week was due to be windy so Sunday seemed to be the best day. I set off at 7.15 am and had completed Latrigg (1203ft) before 9am. I had meant to do this fell…


High Stile and High Crag to Black Sail Hut from Ennerdale

28th January 2011

Yesterday was forecast to be the best day of the week, so I drove to Ennerdale with Ged and Kas in tow to do an ends of the earth walk (and back!) to Black Sail Hut via a couple of mountains. Black Sail Hut is the most remote Youth Hostel in the coun…


Hen Comb to Burnbank Fell

26th November 2010

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Loweswater to climb Hen Comb (1661ft), Gavel Fell (1720ft), Blake Fell (1978ft) and Burnbank Fell (1580ft), a round trip of just under nine miles. As this route is generally very boggy underfoot we were waiting for a…


Mosedale Horseshoe plus Haycock and caw

25th October 2010

On Sunday I drove to Wasdale Head to climb Pillar (2927ft), Scoat Fell (2760ft), Steeple (2687ft), then a four mile detour to take in Haycock (2618ft) and Caw (1735ft), back over Haycock again then finally on to Red Pike (2704ft), then returning by O…


Kirk Fell and Great Gable in Snow

3rd October 2010

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Wasdale to climb Kirk Fell (2630ft) and Great Gable (2949ft). A walk of just under 8.5 miles. The walk had taken us seven and a half hours. A good day but tiring with all the snow! Jo….


Mellbreak and the shore of Crummock Water

17th May 2010

After visiting the Rannerdale Bluebells on Monday morning we drove to Loweswater and set off to scale the north face of Mellbreak (1676ft). The walk had taken about three and a half hours and was 5.25 miles. Which made a total of 9 miles for the day….


Base Brown, Green Gable, Brandreth and Grey Knotts from Seathwaite

10th May 2010

On Monday Ged, Kas and I went to Seathwaite to climb Base Brown (2120ft), Green Gable (2603ft), Brandreth (2344ft) and Grey Knotts (2287ft). The last time we did this was in mist so we missed all the views. This time we did the route in reverse as th…


Middle Fell, Seatallan and Buckbarrow on a Blue Sky Day

12th April 2010

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Greendale to climb Middle Fell (1908ft), Seatallan (2266ft) and Buckbarrow (1410ft). A walk of 7 miles. The last time we did this we had mist and rain, today was superb conditions! A good spot for a picnic and a swim!…


Grike to Lank Rigg on a Windy Day

28th March 2010

On Sunday we went to the Kinniside Stone Circle on the Calder Bridge to Ennerdale Bridge Road, and walked the old mine road to Grike (1596ft), Crag Fell (1710ft) and Lank Rigg (1775ft). A walk of 8.25 miles. The Easter week is due to be rainey so Sun…


Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks (Frozen Tarns)

16th March 2010

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went up Fleetwith Pike (2126ft) and Wainwright`s favourite, Haystacks (1900ft). A walk of five and a half miles. It looked to be the best weather day of the week. The forecast said that the hill fog should clear by mid mornin…


Yewbarrow with Blue Skies and Ice

31st January 2010

Today Brendan and I went up Yewbarrow (2058ft). A walk that involves both scrambling and climbing in places. It was a cold but clear day with blue skies. A good walk with lots of variety. Only just over four miles, but seems longer! It took us just u…


Completion of the 214 (Haycock and Caw)

28th October 2009

Today with Caw (2263ft) and Haycock (2618ft) I would complete all the 214 Wainwright mountains. Which comprises over 700 miles of walking and 230,000ft of ascent, that`s more than 8 Mount Everests! I had wanted to finish before the clocks went back,…


Grey Knotts, Brandreth and Base Brown

24th October 2009

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Seathwaite in Borrowdale to climb Grey Knotts (2287ft), Brandreth (2344ft) and Base Brown (2120ft). Friday was forecast as the best day of the week. Heavy showers in the hills, but good to moderate visibility, except…


Great Borne to Red Pike from Buttermere

16th October 2009

Yesterday was forecast to be excellent so I headed for Buttermere to climb Great Borne (2019ft), Starling Dodd (2085ft) and Red Pike (2479ft). I decided to start the walk via Scale Force. So I headed in the direction of Crummock Water first crossing…


Grike, Crag Fell and Lank Rigg

12th October 2009

Today I went to the Kinniside Stone Circle on the Calder Bridge to Ennerdale Bridge Road, and walked the old mine road to Grike (1596ft), Crag Fell (1710ft) and Lank Rigg (1775ft). It was an excellent day, warm and clear. The route is a quiet and iso…


Low Fell and Fellbarrow

25th August 2009

The weather had improved on Monday afternoon so Brendan and I went to Thackthwaite near Loweswater in order to climb Low Fell (1360ft) and Fellbarrow (1363ft). A short walk of just over five miles, all on grass and nothing too steep but with excellen…


Hen Comb and Three More Fells From Loweswater

4th August 2009

We drove to Loweswater to climb Hen Comb (1661ft), Gavel Fell (1720ft), Blake Fell (1978ft) and Burnbank Fell (1580ft), a round trip of just under nine miles. A good walk despite the rain, the bogs and the dull grassy terrain. It took about five and…


Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks

22nd August 2007

Yesterday Ged, Kas and me went up Fleetwith Pike (2126ft) and Wainwright`s favourite, Haystacks (1900ft). It was a sunny day until we reached the mountains. Low loud was everywhere. Most of the tops were covered. A good day despite the mist. Cool for…


Mosedale Horseshoe on a Blue Sky Day

2nd November 2006

On a Thursday in November I set off at dawn for Wasdale, in order to do a solitary walk of the Mosedale Horseshoe. The fells would include Pillar (via Robinson’s Cairn), Scoat Fell, Steeple and Red Pike. I stopped off on Walney Island Promenade…


Yewbarrow

9th October 2006

Finally a nice day with good visibility. Ged, Kas and I went up Yewbarrow (2058ft) shown on the left of the photo below, half in sunlight. A good day! Jo….


Red Pike to High Crag from Buttermere on a Blue Sky Day

18th July 2006

The hottest day of the year so far (over 30C) and Ged and I decide to go to Buttermere and climb Red Pike via Bleaberry Tarn (2479ft), then a ridge walk to High Stile (2644ft) then High Crag (2443ft), and back down the side of Buttermere. The walk to…


Mellbreak 2006

29th April 2006

Decided to climb Mellbreak this morning (1675ft). As it is the Bank Holiday weekend we thought we would stick to the quiet west side. Going via Cleator. We parked just past the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater. This is where this picture is taken from…


Kirk Fell

23rd March 2006

Day off today so I decided to go to Wastwater again. I had lunch there and then went to Wasdale Head for a coffee at the pub. Once in the pub I got my map out and then decided to walk up Kirk Fell, 2630ft (802m). It goes straight up….then it ge…