Yearly Archives: 2010

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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”…

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….

Arnison Crag to Seat Sandal from Patterdale

31st May 2010

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Patterdale to climb Arnison Crag (1424ft), Birks (2040ft), St. Sunday Crag (2756ft) and Seat Sandal (2415ft). The walk was about 11 miles long. We arrived at the Patterdale Hotel, where we had a well earned drink, seve…

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…

Beacon Fell 2010

8th August 2010

Neither of us has been walking for three weeks, me because I`ve been in Cuba and Ged because the weather had been so poor. It looked to be a reasonable afternoon so we met up in Ulverston at 2pm and headed for Beacon Fell and Tarn. We parked opposite…

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…

Blencathra via Sharp Edge

18th May 2010

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Scales to climb Blencathra (2847ft) via the Sharp Edge ridge. I`ve done it twice before by the Halls Fell ridge, but as it was dry and windless we decided that today would be ideal to tackle the infamous Sharp Edge. T…

Bowscale Fell and Bannerdale Crags

12th July 2010

Today Ged, Kas and I went to Mungrisedale to climb Bowscale Fell (2306ft) and Bannerdale Crags (2241ft) via the track to Bowscale Tarn. The walk was 6.75 miles and took four and a half hours….

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…

Causey Pike and Five Other Fells on a Blue Sky Day

16th August 2010

Monday was a dream day for walkers. I arrived at Stoneycroft ready to walk for 8.55am. It was blue skies and sunshine, just as predicted, and not another soul around. Brendan and Tom were still in Ireland so it was another solitary walk. I had planne…

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…

Dollywaggon Pike To Helvellyn in a White-out

25th January 2010

Yesterday was supposed to be a day of good visibility, but a little dull so we decided to go for a walk up Raise Beck Cascades to Grisedale Tarn. From there we would go to Dollywaggon Pike summit (2810ft) and via the ridges to High Crag (2900ft), Net…

Dovedale Horseshoe and the Priest Hole

8th August 2010

We don`t usually bother to go out on Bank Holidays as I hate the traffic and crowds. But we decided to go out early on Monday and have a family walk somewhere quiet. So we did the Dovedale Horseshoe which includes High Hartstop Dodd (1702ft), Little…

Eight Uldale Fells

12th May 2010

Yesterday I chauffeured newly elected Labour Councillor Sweeney (formally known as Brendan) to Longlands and parked by the bridge, heading off along Longlands Beck towards Trusmadoor. We had planned to climb Great Cockup (1720ft), Meal Fell (1770ft),…

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…

Fairfield Horseshoe in a White-out

8th February 2010

Today Ged and I decided to do the Fairfield Horseshoe from Rydal returning via High Sweden Bridge, Ambleside and Rydal Park. A mere 12 miles! The summits would include Nab Scar (1450ft), Heron Pike (2003ft), Great Rigg (2513ft), Fairfield (2863ft), H…

Five Langdale Pikes

30th June 2010

Yesterday Tom, Alex (who have now finished their GCSEs) and I went to Great Langdale to do a circular walk to include the five Wainwright`s of Harrison Stickle (2403ft), Pavey Ark (2288ft), Thunacar Knotts (2351ft), Pike o`Stickle (2323ft) and Loft C…

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…

Full Swindale Round

2nd June 2010

Yesterday I decided that the conditions were ideal to do the Swindale Round. Swindale is an isolated valley to the east of the Haweswater valley (Mardale). In fact Ged had never even heard of it before! The walk would include Selside Pike (2149ft), B…

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…

Greystones, Broom Fell, Lord’s Seat, Barf and Whinlatter

20th October 2010

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I parked at the Spout Force car park (free) to climb Graystones (1496ft), Broom Fell (1670ft), Lord’s Seat (1811ft), Barf (1536ft) and Whinlatter (1722ft). A walk of just over 8 miles and indicated by the red line on t…

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…

Hampsfell and Kirkhead Tower

8th April 2010

Yesterday afternoon was warm and sunny so Ged, Kas and I went to Grange Over Sands to walk up Hampsfell (727ft). The circular walk is from Wainwright`s Outlying Fells book. It is very easy and only three and a half miles long, beginning and ending at…

Harter Fell to Shipman Knotts from Kentmere

29th April 2010

On Thursday Ged, Kas and I went to Kentmere with the intention of doing the Kentmere Horseshoe. Unfortunately the hill fog was down to 200ft and as I`ve already done Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick in mist I saw no point in doing it again! We decided to…

Hayeswater Round in Snow

19th February 2010

Yesterday we went to Hartsop to do six of the summits on the other side of the Kirkstone Pass. The Knott (2423ft), Rampsgill Head (2598ft), Kidsty Pike (2560ft), High St. (2718ft), Thornthwaite Crag (2569ft) and Gray Crag (2286ft). The walk was about…

Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge

24th May 2010

On Monday Brendan, Ged and I went to Glenridding to climb Birkhouse Moor (2350ft) then over Striding Edge to Helvellyn (3118ft), down Swirral Edge and up to Catstycam (2917ft)and back down the valley via Red Tarn and Greenside Road. A walk of over te…

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…

High Rigg, Low Rigg and Tewet Tarn in Snow

7th January 2010

Today we set off towards Keswick to climb High Rigg (1163ft). I had planned to take the path up from the south, but the lay-by just past the north road turn off to the other side of Thirlmere was a foot thick with snow. So we headed for the north of…

High St. and Kidsty Pike via Haweswater and Blea Tarn

3rd August 2010

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Haweswater. It was raining and the mist was down but the forecast said it was due to clear. We decided to take the route up to Blea Water and then on to the Long Stile ridge to High Street. We did contemplate going ov…

Kentmere Horseshoe

16th June 2010

Yesterday I left home at 6am and drove to Kentmere to do the horseshoe which consists of the 9 summits of Yoke (2316ft), Ill Bell (2484ft), Froswick (2359ft), Thornthwaite Crag (2569ft), High Street (2718ft), Mardale Ill Bell (2496ft), Harter Fell (2…

Kirk Fell and Great Gable in Snow

10th March 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….

Ling Fell, Sale Fell and Two Churches

23rd March 2010

Brendan was going to his boss`s retirement lunch at the Pheasant Inn at Bassenthwaite today…..I know a walk from there! He had to be there by 11.30am and was due to finish at about 3pm, so I had about three and a half hours to fill before I dro…

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…

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….

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!…

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…

New Year’s Day on Beacon Fell in Snow

1st January 2010

This afternoon Brendan and I went to the shores of Coniston Water to walk up over Beacon Fell to Beacon Tarn. All the usual car parking places were iced over so we parked by the lake and took the main path up opposite Brown Howe car park. A good litt…

Newlands Round

10th April 2010

Saturday was due to be warm and sunny so we headed for Little Town to climb Robinson (2417ft), Hindscarf (2385ft), Dale Head (2473ft), High Spy (2143ft), Maiden Moor (1887ft) and Catbells (1481ft). A walk of over 10 miles. There was a waterfall on th…

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…

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…

Rannerdale Knotts and the Bluebells

18th May 2010

On Monday morning Ged, Kas and I headed to Rannerdale to look at the bluebells and climb up Rannerdale Knotts (1160ft). An easy walk of 3.75 miles. We parked at Cinderdale car park. An excellent walk for May and took us about two and a half hours. I`…

Raven Crag and Great How Round

20th April 2010

Yesterday Ged, Kas the dog and I set off for the northern tip of Thirlmere to walk up Raven Crag (1520ft) on the west, and Great How on the east side of the lake. There was hill fog forecast for today so there was no point in going too high.  I parke…

Red Screes to Caudale Moor

11th October 2010

After last week’s disappointing walk in mist I decided to redo the walk I intended to do then, but starting at the Kirkstone Pass Inn instead of Hartsop. This would include the summits of Red Screes (2541ft), Middle Dodd (2145ft), and a repeat…

Seven Fells From Lanthwaite Green

14th August 2010

Today I decided to do a solitary walk from Lanthwaite Green near Crummock Water climbing up to Whiteside (2359ft), Hopegill Head (2525ft), Grisedale Pike (2593ft), Grasmoor (2795ft), Crag Hill (Eel Crag) (2749ft), Wandope (2533ft) and Whiteless Pike…

Sheffield Pike to White Side

25th September 2010

On Saturday we finally had a good weather day for a walk so Ged, Kas and I went to Glenridding to climb Glenridding Dodd (1425ft), Sheffield Pike (2232ft), via the Miner`s Track round Glencoyne Head to Birkett Fell, Hart Side (2481ft), Stybarrow Dodd…

Skiddaw in Snow

10th November 2010

Snow had fallen on the higher fells on Monday night, so on Wednesday I drove to the Latrigg car park with Ged and Kas to climb Lonscale (2344ft), Skiddaw Little Man (2837ft), Skiddaw (3053ft) and Bakestall (2208ft) returning on the Cumbria Way track …

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…

Tim’s 50th Birthday

4th September 2010

Brendan’s brother, Tim had his 50th birthday party last weekend at the L ‘Arche Community in Preston where he lives. Everyone was there! I think Tim enjoyed himself!…

Top o’ Selside 2010

16th October 2010

On Saturday afternoon Brendan and I headed for High Nibthwaite parking in the lay-by outside Water Park. A walk of about four and a half miles which took us three hours and twenty minutes. A good little afternoon walk making the most of some good wea…

Ullock Pike to Dodd in Snow

4th March 2010

On Tuesday we decided to drive north of Keswick and climb Ullock Pike (2230ft), Long Side Edge (2405ft), Carl Side (2420ft) and Dodd (1646ft). A walk of about 7 miles. We started from the car park at the Sawmill Tearoom at Dodd Wood and walked throug…

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.  …

Wansfell Pike in Snow

16th February 2010

Yesterday we drove to Troutbeck, parking by the church (bottom right on the yellow road with the 2 arrows). Walking to Ambleside via Skelghyll Wood, doing some shopping and having some lunch, then returning over Wansfell Pike. A walk of over 7 miles….

Watendlath Round

21st June 2010

On Tuesday Ged, Kas, Tom and I went to Ashness Bridge to climb Walla Crag (1234ft), Bleaberry Fell (1932ft), High Seat (1995ft) and High Tove (1665ft) descend down to Watendlath and follow the trail down the valley back to Ashness Bridge. A walk of j…

Wild-camping at Bowscale Tarn

25th August 2010

I haven’t done any wild-camping since over-nighting on the summit of Carran in County Kerry over two years ago. Brendan and I haven’t done any together since touring the Outer Hebrides 20 years ago!  Where did all the years go? So on Wedn…

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…