Yearly Archives: 2021

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Bellringers’ walk to North Walney

29th August 2021

On Sunday the bellringers from St. James the Great, Barrow in Furness met up in the North Scale car park to walk the new coastal footpath. We would not go all the way to the north end today, but take the path through the fields to the tarns. A walk o…


Bigland Barrow

26th February 2021

Son, Tom took a day off work, so we decided on a family walk to Bigland Barrow via Bigland Tarn. An easy four mile circular walk. This is a Wainwright Outlying Fell, and our most local. The weather was a bit hazy and cloudy, so there would be no grea…


Birkrigg and Roa Island

23rd January 2021

Two local walks on separate days. The first to the top of Birkrigg from near the Old Mill on the Coast Road, the second from Rampside to Roa Island. Both take about an hour. Two easy walks with great views. Jo.    …


Blackcombe on a Blue Sky Day

10th April 2021

On Saturday Brendan and I drove to Whitcham to climb up Blackcombe, a Wainwright Outyling Fell. Even though I look out of my window at it, I’d not been up it for five years! Time to put that right! The walk is five miles and can be done in abou…


Blawith Knott to Tottlebank Heights

29th March 2021

For our first walk together for four months Ged and I headed for Grizebeck and the A5092, turning off on the road sign-posted to Woodland, between Beanthwaite and Gawthwaite. It is a long, narrow, single track road. There is a parking spot directly o…


Blea Tarn and Side Pike

14th May 2021

On Friday I left home at 6.10am to drive to the Old Dungeon Ghyll car park and climb up Pike o’Blisco. In all my years of walking in the mountains I have never felt vulnerable or uncomfortable in the presence of another walker, nor felt the nee…


Blencathra Round

28th June 2021

On Monday I drove to Mungrisdale to walk the Blencathra Round: Bowscale Fell, Bannerdale Crags, Blencathra and Souther Fell. A walk of just over ten miles. I left home at 6am, arriving at 7.30am. The forecast was excellent, warm with no wind. I arriv…


Bowscale Tarn, High Pike & Carrock Fell

1st July 2021

On Thursday I drove with Ged through Mungrisdale to Bowscale, parking in the parking spaces opposite the track up to Bowscale Tarn. We would walk up to the tarn then descend back to the valley floor, cross the river and walk up to Carrock Mine, then…


Buckbarrow and Seatallan

3rd September 2021

On Friday Ged and I drove to just east of Harrow Head to walk up to Buckbarrow and Seatallan, parking in a small off road space amongst the bracken. On our return to Buckbarrow we would walk the entire length of its precipitous edge. The walk was 7.5…


Catbells

30th March 2021

On Tuesday Ged and I decided to climb a popular fell before the tourists arrive in the days ahead. We had thought of Haystacks, but low cloud meant we had to swap to Catbells, at only 1480ft, it would be one of the first fells to be cloud free. We dr…


Dalton Town Band at Bowness

30th August 2021

On Bank Holiday Monday I played with Dalton Town Band at the Glebe bandstand in Bowness on Windermere. A coach had been organised to take us there and back, so we could go early and have a day out with no parking problems. We arrived about half past…


Devoke Water Circuit

18th July 2021

On Sunday my son Tom and I drove over Birker Fell to walk a circuit of Devoke Water via Seat How, Water Crag and Rough Crag. The two mile walk took us two and a quarter hours. We parked on the Birker Fell Road at about 8.30am. The spaces were full of…


Dow Crag in Snow

2nd January 2021

Our first hill walk of the New Year was going to be a local walk in the snow. Dow Crag is in the Constituency of Barrow and Furness, I look out at it every day from my window, and it is currently covered in snow! From Torver it is a quiet and relativ…


Dunnerholme Rock & Askam Pier

22nd January 2021

The photos are from two walks, one to the sands beyond Dunnerholme Rock on a socially distanced dog walk with Sue and Ludo, and one a solo walk where I walk onto the top of the rock and then return and walk to Askam Pier. The walks start from the bea…


Gowbarrow Fell, Alison’s 214th

15th August 2021

On Sunday Alison was celebrating walking her final Wainwright, Gowbarrow Fell. I had been on her sister Lucy’s last Wainwright walk (Hallin Fell in pouring rain) and her mum, Sue’s (High Rigg in sunshine), and Sue and Derek had been with…


Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable & Great Gable

19th April 2021

On Monday I drove to the National Trust car park at Honister for a solo, circular walk up to Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable and Great Gable, returning via the Moses Trod path. A walk of 6.8 miles. I arrived early to an empty car park and started…


Hawcoat to Askam Brickworks

14th April 2021

On Wednesday, fellow bell ringer Sue, took me on the circular walk that she had recently done from her home on Dalton Lane towards Askam Brickworks and back via a different route. The weather was warm and coats were not needed. Our walk was 7.6 miles…


Haystacks from Honister

1st April 2021

On Thursday I decided to do a solo walk to Haystacks from Honister via the Moses Trod Path, visiting the perched boulder, returning via Dubs Quarry. I’d not been via this route and it is a lot easier than starting at Gatesgarth. I left home ear…


Hopegill Head & Whiteside

6th April 2021

On Tuesday Ged and I parked at Lanthwaite Green car park to walk up Gasgale Gill to Coledale Hause, and then on to Hopegill Head and back along the Whiteside ridge. A walk of about six miles. The weather was going to be cold and windy with snow and h…


Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

28th April 2021

On Wednesday Brendan and I parked in the Leisure Centre car park next to the old Keswick Railway Station to walk the old line to Threlkeld. I have not done this walk since 2014. In 2015 Storm Desmond brought the worst floods the county has seen, with…


Kidsty Pike & High St. from Haweswater

22nd April 2021

Thursday was looking to be a great weather day, so I Ieft home at 6.10am to drive to Haweswater for a solo, circular walk up to Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head and High Street. Returning via the Riggindale ridge. I have been up via the Riggindale ridge m…


Lockdown Local Walks

2nd March 2021

Photos include walks along the Walney Promenades to the slag bank, Dunnerholme Rock, Thorney Nook, Cavendish Dock, Barrow Park, Abbots Wood, the sea ice on the Coast Road beaches, Birkrigg, Manjushri Buddhist Centre grounds and the Red River. Hopeful…


Loft Crag, Pike o’ Stickle & Harrison Stickle in Snow

7th May 2021

On Friday, son Tom and I decided on a walk up to the Langdale Pikes. The weather was going to be a mix of some sunshine and wintery showers. So how many fells we would do would depend on the weather and the snow conditions. Snow in May! We packed our…


Pike o’ Blisco

19th May 2021

The best of the weather was going to be early morning, so I left home just before 6am to drive to Great Langdale and walk up Pike o’ Blisco.  A circular walk, going up from the steep road over to Blea Tarn and coming back via Browney Gill…


St. Bees to Whitehaven via the cliff path with Brendan and Tom

22nd August 2021

On Sunday morning I skived off Sunday Service bell ringing to catch the 9.50am train up the coast to St. Bees to walk the 7 mile cliff path to Whitehaven with Brendan and Tom. The weather was due to improve. There would be no wind. I have walked the…


Swirl How & Great Carrs via Levers Water

16th April 2021

On Friday we decided to Walk up to Swirl How and Great Carrs via Levers Water and Levers Hawse, returning via the Prison Band, starting from the Walna Scar Car park. The weather was excellent, warm, no wind and blue skies. The walk would be just unde…


The Hoad in Snow

24th January 2021

There is snow in Cumbria this week, but alas, not on Walney Island! We rarely see the stuff. So in the late afternoon I went to Ulverston and took a walk up The Hoad, a mini-mountain with excellent views. A perfect substitute if you are missing the t…


Three Torver Tarns with Tom

24th July 2021

On Saturday Tom wanted to do a walk where we would be home before lunch, So we parked in the lay-by where the Cumbria Way path crosses the main road towards Torver, just past Sunny Bank. There are spaces for about six cars here. We arrived about 8.30…


Wetherlam via Steel Edge

16th July 2021

On Friday I drove to Tilberthwaite to climb up Wetherlam via Steel Edge. A walk of six miles. I left home about 6.30am. It is under an hours drive, so I should be up and down before it gets too hot. Unfortunately the road between Coniston and Tilbert…


Whin Rigg & Illgill Head

22nd June 2021

On Tuesday I drove to Wastwater parking opposite the road to Gosforth on the side of Wastwater. Ged and I were going to do a circuit of Wastwater climbing up to Whin Rigg and Illgill Head (the top of the Wasdale Screes) and then walk back along the r…


Yewbarrow House Gardens, Grange Over Sands.

5th September 2021

On Sunday we visited Yewbarrow House gardens in Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, which were open as part of the National Open Garden Scheme. This was the fourth time this year the gardens had been open, and our first visit. The garden belongs to local hot…