Yearly Archives: 2019

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214 x 3: Rossett Pike, Esk Pike and Allen Crags with Sue and Derek.

27th June 2019

On Thursday I completed my third time around the Wainwrights. I have had to wait over a year for my new knee to be up to this strenuous 11 mile walk comprising three fells. Accompanying me were Derek and Sue Fryer. A couple of weeks ago Derek complet…


Arnison Crag with Fr. John

5th August 2019

Fr. John drove up from Surrey early this morning, we aimed to meet in the car park at Patterdale at 8.30am, and do a gentle hill walk so John could acclimatise to the Cumbrian mountains after the South Downs. He would then head off to Cockermouth pre…


Beacon Hill and Knott

8th April 2019

On Monday Ged and I went to finish off the bits of Saturday’s Great Asby Scar walk. This would include the Beacon Hill Monument, Knott Trig Point and the Thunder Stone. A walk of just over four miles. I took up Andy’s suggestion of starti…


Birkhouse Moor and Catstycam

20th May 2019

On Monday we drove to Glenridding to walk up Birkhouse Moor (2356ft) and Catstycam (2920ft) via the Mires Beck Route, returning down the valley via Greenside Mine. A walk of eight miles. The weather was excellent, not too hot, with a bit of a breeze….


Blea Tarn & Side Pike

30th October 2019

This morning I got up early to drive to Blea Tarn car park via Little Langdale. I usually go via Great Langdale, as Little Langdale is dreadful to drive through as it is single track and I always end up having to reverse several times. Thankfully I w…


Carron Crag & Langdale Chase Hotel

13th January 2019

As my birthday treat we would be staying in the Boat House of the Langdale Chase Hotel. A base for a couple of walks and an ideal setting to take a few sunset/sunrise photos over Windermere. Our first walk was from Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre up…


Cartmel Show

7th August 2019

On Wednesday I played with The South Cumbria Brass Band at Cartmel Show. We were playing from 12-4pm, but I arrived at 10am so I could have a look around the show before we started. It was a much bigger event than North Lonsdale, the previous week. T…


Catbells

18th December 2019

With one thing and another it has been a month since my last walk. I decide on Catbells, good views for minimal effort! Plus there could be snow! The weather was only going to be reasonable in the morning, so we went early. The walk took just over th…


Caw from Seathwaite

8th November 2019

On Friday I drove to Seathwaite with Ged in order to climb up Caw, which I haven’t been up for ten years. Last time I went up from Kiln Bank, climbing straight up the fell from the south. So this would be a new route. The walk was about four mi…


Cross Fell

10th June 2019

On Monday myself, Brendan and son, Tom, did a circular walk up to Cross Fell, the highest point of the Pennines. We parked in Kirkland, by the church. It was to be a ten mile walk. An easy enough walk, but a bit boggy in places. Best not to do it, li…


Ditchling Beacon on the South Downs Way with Fr. John

23rd September 2019

I took the train from Brighton to Hassocks and met up with Fr. John for a walk from his house up to Ditchling Beacon on the South Downs. Another excellent day! Jo.   …


Eastbourne to Cuckmere Haven

21st September 2019

A walk from Eastbourne Pier via Beachy Head, Belle Tout Lighthouse, Birling Gap and The Seven Sisters to Cuckmere Haven. I had walked the Seven Sisters six years ago with Fr. John, but I fancied doing them again and extending the walk to include a co…


Eel Tarn, Eskdale

25th March 2019

Today Ged and I were going to Eskdale to follow a circular route up to Eel Tarn. A walk of six miles. It will include following the River Esk, crossing various bridges, two pubs, waterfalls, a mill, St Catherine’s Church and the awkward steppin…


Garden Photos 2019

11th August 2019

I haven’t posted a garden blog since 2015. After a few requests to see how my garden was growing, I have finally gotten around to it! When we moved in in 1991 the garden was just a field. All the houses had previously bought the field behind th…


Gordale Scar & Malham Cove

12th July 2019

On Friday Ged and I drove to Malham in Yorkshire to walk to Gordale Scar and Malham Cove. We parked at the main car park, which was empty when we arrived, but totally full on our return. Our main walk was 6.4 miles and took us four hours, including l…


Grange Bandstand

18th August 2019

On Sunday afternoon I played with the South Cumbria Brass Band at Grange-Over-Sands bandstand. What could possibly be more British? It was my first time playing in a proper bandstand. There were also no sheep! 🙁 Or livestock of any description, so…


Great Asby Scar

6th April 2019

On Saturday the Barrow St. James’ bell ringers and friends walked up to Great Asby Scar, a limestone pavement, before ringing the bells at Orton and Appleby. We were to meet up at Sunbiggin Tarn for 9am. The weather was excellent! After Appleby…


Harter Fell and Small Water

11th February 2019

On Monday Ged and I drove to Mardale Head in order to walk up to Harter Fell (2,552ft). We would go up via the Gatescarth Pass, enjoy the snow on the summit, and descend down past Small Water on the Nan Bield Pass. A walk of five miles. The walk was…


High Crag & High Stile

15th May 2019

On Wednesday Brendan and I drove over the Honister Pass to Gatesgarth, by Buttermere. Only £4 to park all day. Brendan would walk around the lake and I would go up to Seat, High Crag (2441ft) and High Stile (2648ft), returning back the same way. A wa…


High Cup Nick

3rd July 2019

On Wednesday Ged and I drove to Dufton to walk to High Cup Nick via the Pennine Way. A gentle there and back walk of 6.5 miles. There are circular walks, but I was looking to keep the distance to a minimum. The weather was glorious! The walk, which i…


High Rigg in Snow

23rd January 2019

A blue sky day with snow! I picked up Ged from Urswick, and drove towards Keswick. I’d already decided we were going up High Rigg. It is only 1,165ft high, but the views out to surrounding fells are excellent, and it is on the main road, so no…


High Spy & Maiden Moor with Fr. John

8th August 2019

On Thursday I drove to Keswick for 8.30am, and met up with Father John in the car park of Our Lady of the Lakes and St. Charles Church. I left my car and he drove us to Grange, where we parked next to the Methodist Church and started our walk towards…


Kelly Hall Tarn

31st January 2019

The following blog shows the same walk on two consecutive days, one in low cloud, one in sunshine and blue skies. Naturally most of the photos come from the second day. I had been in Ulverston in the morning, for brass band practice, so I was already…


Kidsty Pike

13th September 2019

My first hill walk for nearly a month, and my first with Ged since July. The recent weather has been very wet and windy. We decide to drive to Hartsop and walk up to The Knott, and on to Kidsty Pike and Rampsgill Head. A walk of six and a quarter mil…


Knock Murton and Cogra Moss

28th October 2019

On Monday I drove with Ged via the Corney and Cold Fell roads to Ennerdale Bridge, turning right in Kirklands to the road that leads along the west face of Knock Murton. It was a beautiful blue sky day. We planned to walk up Knock Murton and do a cir…


Loweswater & High Nook Tarn with Fr. John

17th August 2019

The weather was forecast to be windy, so we decided on a lower level walk. We parked at Fangs Brow and took the high level path above Loweswater to High Nook Tarn, returning via the shore path. An easy walk of just under six miles. Our walk took us u…


Middle Fell & Greendale Tarn with Fr. John

13th August 2019

On Tuesday I was meeting up with Fr. John at Greendale, near Wasdale, for a walk up to Middle Fell, which is just under 2000ft. This is quite an easy walk with good views and only four miles long. It started to rain as I reached Wastwater, then it po…


Raven Scar

9th January 2019

A short morning walk up to Raven Scar on Staveley Fell. The walk took two hours and was three miles. A nice, short, easy walk to start the year! Somewhere neither of us had been to before. Jo.      …


Scafell and Slight Side

21st June 2019

On Friday Ged and I drove to the NT car Park at Brackenclose, Wasdale Head, to climb up Scafell via the Green How route……straight up the front. Then walk on to Slight Side returning beneath the slopes of Scafell, skirting the top of Hardr…


Staveley Fell

31st December 2019

The last day of 2019 was to be a sunny one, so Brendan and I drove to Chapel House car park (less than half a mile past Staveley Church) for a walk up to Staveley Fell. This fell is one of Wainwright’s Outlying Fells, but this route up is diffe…


Steel Knotts to Bonscale Pike

29th April 2019

On Monday Ged and I drove to the other side of Ullswater, parking at St. Peter’s Church, Martindale, in order to climb Steel Knotts (1414ft),  Wether Hill (2210ft), Loadpot Hill (2201ft) and Bonscale Pike (1718ft). A walk of 8.3 miles.The…


Stone Circles from Kirksanton

13th April 2019

A St. James’ bell ringers’ walk to Lacra Stone Circles and the Giant’s Grave Standing Stones, plus stops en route to Kirksanton via Donkey Rock Geology Area and Millom Rock Park. An excellent day, just a pity it was so windy! Thanks…


Tilberthwaite Walk

22nd February 2019

On Friday I was meeting up with some bell ringing friends at Tilberthwaite to do a walk that incorporated some geology. Sue’s daughter, Lucy is a geology teacher. Andy’s son Jason is studying geology at A level, and Andy’s brother,…


Ulverston & North Lonsdale Show

31st July 2019

Playing with the South Cumbria Brass Band at the Ulverston and North Lonsdale Show. There had been torrential rain the night before, and on previous days, so it was going to be a bit muddy. Walking boots required! The forecast wasn’t too good,…


Ulverston Canal Gala & Ambleside Sports

25th July 2019

Brass band photos from the Ulverston Canal Gala, Ambleside Sports and playing outside the Coronation Hall. Next up is The Ulverston and North Lonsdale Show on Wednesday the 31st July, then Cartmel Show on the 7th August. Jo.    …


Winter Banding 2019

26th December 2019

Nearly three years ago, when I retired from teaching, I decided that I needed a new challenge. I’d always thought that being able to play in a brass band would be both interesting and rewarding, but I’d never even held a brass instrument,…