Yearly Archives: 2020

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Bay Cycle Way between Barrow and Rampside

6th May 2020

Part of the Bay Cycle Way goes between Barrow and Rampside. The Barrow end starts on Walney Island (Sandy Gap) and heads towards Buccleugh Dock, behind Morrisons supermarket. The route from Morrisons to Rampside is 4.5 miles one way. The photos show…

Black Crag with Tom

24th December 2020

On Christmas Eve I decided on a walk up to Black Crag, as it fitted the parameters of being under an hour away, having good views, not requiring rucksacks, and being back home in time for lunch. We parked at the Mary Glen NT car park (south of Yew Tr…

Bootle, Drigg, Seascale & Saltcoats

11th October 2020

On Sunday we decided on a walk along the beaches of Bootle, Drigg, Seascale and Saltcoats. It seems like I pass signposts for these places almost on a weekly basis, but never seem to have the time to detour and visit them. Today we would devote the w…

Burnbank, Blake & Gavel Fells

19th November 2020

The weather has been wet and windy for a couple of weeks, but finally we have a good day, so myself and Brendan drove to the parking spaces at Fangs Brow, above Loweswater, to walk up to Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell and Gavel Fell, returning via High No…

Buttermere with Fr. John

18th August 2020

Yesterday Fr John and I had planned to walk up Mellbreak, but the weather was not very agreeable, being low cloud, poor visibility and rain, so we did the walk around Buttermere instead. Five gentle miles with some shelter in the woods. We parked at…

Causey Pike with the Pollocks

31st July 2020

On Friday I was invited by Andy and Jo to join their walk up to Causey Pike and Scar Crags. Myself and all four of the Pollock family are bell ringers at St. James in Barrow. Due to Covid there is no bell ringing, but at least for now we can do a soc…

Coniston Old Man & Brim Fell

9th December 2020

With lockdown number two, Ged and I have not walked together for over two months, so we decided on a walk up to Coniston Old Man. Not too far to travel, and always plenty to go and look at if the weather is not so good. Despite the lack of any summit…

Crag Fell via Grike

27th September 2020

On Sunday the weather was excellent so Brendan, Tom and I drove to the many parking spaces just south of the Kinniside Stone Circle to walk to Crag Fell via Grike. The walk is 6 miles. A easy walk, with superb views for minimal effort. The easy 6 mil…

Cycle to Walney Island Lighthouse

15th August 2020

I was going to be cycling down to visit fellow bell ringer, Clarissa, at her cottage in South Walney Nature Reserve which is 9.1 miles from our house. Brendan and Tom would come later in the car, parking at the reserve and walking through the reserve…

Cycling the Ennerdale Valley

25th June 2020

Wednesday was going to be too hot to head up a mountain, so we decided to cycle the Ennerdale Valley from Bowness Knot to Black Sail Hut. Riding up on the left side of the valley and coming back the other. A ride of 12.8 miles on forest roads. Ged an…

Dale Head with Fr. John

24th August 2020

On Monday I met Fr. John in the Seatoller NT car park for a walk up to Dale Head via Rigg Head Quarries and back down to Honister via Yew Crag Quarries. A walk of five miles. The walk had taken us four hours and forty five minutes. Another excellent…

Darling Fell and Low Fell

10th September 2020

Ged and I had planned to walk up Grasmoor by the Lads How route, but when we got near Keswick the weather was dull and overcast, so we changed our plan and decided on Darling Fell and Low Fell instead. The views would be similar, but the effort to se…

Grasmoor, Eel Crag, Wandope & Whiteless Pike

14th October 2020

I have been wanting to go up to Grasmoor via the Lad Hows route for some time, preferably before the clocks changed, and in good weather. With only a week left, plus the prospect of another National Lockdown, it had to be now. It was half term for ot…

Great Worm Crag & Green Crag

1st June 2020

I’ve not left the house for two weeks, being too busy weeding and planting out all the plants that I’ve grown from seed. Now I’ve finished I thought I’d combine Great Worm Crag and Green Crag from the Birker Fell Road. A walk…

Green Quarter Fell

5th March 2020

On Thursday Ged and I drove to Kentmere to walk up Green Quarter Fell, one of Wainwright’s ‘Outlying Fells’. An easy six mile walk. The weather was excellent, blue skies and sunshine, and there was still snow on the high fells, but…

Grizedale Forest Cycle

2nd July 2020

On Thursday afternoon we drove to the Bogle Crag car park at Grizedale Forest. I was going to cycle the Grizedale Tarn Trail (10km/6 miles), Brendan would walk the Bogle Crag Trail (5km/3 miles) and son, Tom would run a combination of the two (5km)….

Grizedale Forest Silurian Way

29th July 2020

On Wednesday I drove back to Moor Top car park in Grizedale Forest to cycle the Silurian Way, plus a few detours to see tarns and sculptures. My total route would be 18 miles. The 14 mile Silurian way encompasses both sides of the forest. The 18 mile…

Hawkshead Moor Cycle Trail

6th July 2020

The weather had improved after the wet and windy weekend, so I drove to Moor Top car park in Grizedale Forest to cycle the Hawkshead Moor Trail and the Goosey Foot Tarn Trail. 10.5 miles and 2 miles. The car park is currently free. Although these are…

Helvellyn, Nethermost and Dollywaggon Pikes

21st September 2020

On Monday I decided to visit Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike and Grisedale Tarn, returning via Raise Beck. I left early to be on the summit before the hoardes of tourists arrived. A walk of 9.14 miles. I set off walking from Wythburn at…

High Rigg, Sue’s 214th!

8th August 2020

On Saturday Tom and I drove to Legburthwaite car park in St. John’s-in-the-Vale. We left early to make sure we allowed enough time for tourist traffic on a hot weekend. We made good time, it took us under an hour and a half to reach the car par…

Hodbarrow With Friends

23rd August 2020

On Sunday I met up with some bell ringing friends for a waterside walk around Cumbria’s largest coastal lagoon. This would take us along the causeway and include visits to the restored lighthouse, a hide, an old windmill, the old lighthouse and an op…

Low Parkamoor and Top O’Selside

12th February 2020

Today Ged and I drove to Dodgson Wood car park on the east side of Coniston Water to walk up to the Top O’Selside (Outlying Fell) via Low Parkamoor. It was windy today after the recent storms, so we wanted somewhere less exposed. I last did thi…

Mellbreak with Fr. John

20th August 2020

On Thursday Fr. John and I did the walk we were going to do on Tuesday, before rain stopped play, Mellbreak. The weather was excellent, but it was going to be gale force winds on the summits, but not to worry, as we had options. Our walk was just und…

Mini-walks, sunsets, a moon etc….

30th August 2020

A few mini-walks to Earnse Bay, Walney Island, from home. Some sunsets, a moon art installation, and a walk along the shores of Derwent Water. None warranted their own post, so I’ve put them all together in one. Jo.   …

Muncaster Fell

14th May 2020

Brendan and I had planned to walk up Great Worm Crag and Green Crag today from the Birker Fell road, but the road was closed, so instead we drove to Muncaster, to walk up Muncaster Fell. Due to lockdown this is my first fell walk in nearly two months…

North Walney Coastal Path

27th March 2020

During the Coronavirus crisis we are now not supposed to drive anywhere in order to take exercise, so the fells are not an option. It was time to do a walk from home! A new section of the England Coast Path has been made between Walney Airfield and t…

Potter Fell & Tarns

1st October 2020

The weather wasn’t too bad on Thursday, sunshine and showers, so Ged and I drove to the back road between Staveley and Bowston. We were going to walk the Wainwright Outlying Fell route up to Potter Fell. This includes Potter Tarn, Brunt Knott,…

Rannerdale Knotts

5th February 2020

Today I drove with Ged via the Honister Pass to Buttermere. We would be walking up to Rannerdale Knotts. This is an easy walk and under five miles long. It would include the Rannerdale ridge and the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere. The walk w…


15th September 2020

Brendan’s cousin Siobhan and husband, Paul, were house-sitting for mutual friends Bernie and Steve at their home in the village of Sedgwick, Cumbria. We were invited for lunch and a walk. It was a circular walk along the old canal tow-path to N…

Selside Pike and Branstree in Snow

27th February 2020

Ged wanted to climb either Helvellyn or Halls Fell on Blencathra to celebrate his 80th birthday, but the forecasted wind and ice risk would be far too dangerous to attempt a walk somewhere where you could fall off. The Far Eastern Fells were going to…

Sheffield Pike & Glenridding Dodd

10th July 2020

Today we planned to walk up to Sheffield Pike via Glenridding Dodd. We parked in the lay-by below Stybarrow Crag, near Glenridding, on the side of Ullswater. We would take the route up beside Mossdale Beck and return via Glencoyne Head down to Seldom…

Stainton Pike via Whitfell

16th May 2020

Today son, Tom and I drove to the top of the Corney Fell Road to walk to Stainton Pike. Wainwright’s route goes through a farm, hence the alternative route chosen. We would also include Buckbarrow, Whitfell and a detour down to Rowantree Force,…

Steel Fell to Helm Crag

15th June 2020

On Monday I did a socially distanced walk with Ged. We both took our own cars and drove to the lay-by on the A591, by Town Head, near Grasmere. We would be walking the Greenburn Round. This includes Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag….

Walna Scar and the Slate Quarry

13th March 2020

On Friday Brendan and I drove through Seathwaite to the road signed ‘Coniston 4 miles, unfit for cars’, a single track road. At the end of the road is a gate that requires opening then closing, and 20m further on is a small parking area….

Walney Channel Crossings at Low Tide

15th April 2020

A walk across Walney Channel via the little bridge from North Scale to the college. Then up onto the slag bank, and from Cocken Tunnel back across the channel to meet the coastal path steps, at low tide. It took one and a half hours. An easy walk to…

Walney Island North End

20th April 2020

Four weeks into lockdown this time we decide on a walk to the North End of Walney Island, from home, using the Coastal Path. An excellent walk! The walk took two hours and forty minutes. It was about six miles in length. I did not use my GPS, but wen…

Walney Island’s Coastal Path South to North

24th April 2020

I got Brendan to drop me at the South End, near the Caravan Park, so I could walk back home to North Scale, using the Coastal Path. A walk of 7 miles. The walk took just under three hours. A very easy walk to do, especially on a nice day. Jo….

Walney Promenade Walk

6th April 2020

A walk back from Jubilee Bridge and along Walney Promenade to North Scale in blue skies and sunshine. The walk from home to near the Crows Nest pub and back, took one hour. Jo.   …

Warnscale Bothy & Fleetwith Pike

17th September 2020

On Thursday I left home at 5.30am to drive to Gatesgarth. It was going to be a glorious day and not wanting to be among the hoards that head to Buttermere, I thought it wise to get up early and beat the rush. I parked in the car park, still only £4 f…

Whitfell & Buckbarrow

20th March 2020

On Friday I drove to the top of the Corney Fell Road for an early morning solo walk. There is parking here for several cars. I would be following Wainwright’s Outlying Fell route to Whitfell via Buckbarrow, visiting Burn Moor and Kinmont Buckba…

Woodland Fell

8th January 2020

On Wednesday I walked one of Wainwright’s Outlying Fell walks with Belinda. I’ve known Belinda since 1985, when we both played on the same pub pool team. We then went on to play for Barrow together, then for Cumbria, and both of us won th…

Woodland Walks

7th November 2020

The recent poor weather has kept me off the fells, but this has meant that I had time to do some local woodland walks instead. Below are three of them. How Tun Wood in Barrow, Millwood from Dalton, but first a walk from the Manjushri Buddhist Centre,…