Hello readers!

1 03 2011

I’ve started this blog in response to requests from my friends to write further about my cowardly exploits in the hills of Britain and elsewhere.

(When viewing photos in the blog posts, clicking on a photo will show it in its true definition and size)





High Pike via Brandy Gill & Carrock Mines

23 10 2020

Wed 9 September 2020
Another gill I’d been eyeing up for quite some time – Brandy Gill which rises from Carrock Mines and goes between Carrock Fell & High Pike. This is how NOT to do it! Read the rest of this entry »





Seathwaite Fell by Grains and Taylor Gills

2 10 2020

Thu 27 Aug 2020
The second day of our Borrowdale trip. Richard was having knee problems and was walking quite slowly so we decided to set out up Grains Gill and decide at the top whether to do Esk Pike or just to do Seathwaite Fell. Either way, we were coming back down via Styhead and Taylorgill… Read the rest of this entry »





Green Gable, Base Brown & Brandreth

20 09 2020

Wed 26 Aug 2020
Richard and my first trip away this year I think – certainly the first since the Covid crisis started anyway. We didn’t go far – just to one of our favourite hotels down Borrowdale.

It might seem silly for me to go to stay down Borrowdale now I’m a ‘northern Cumbrian’ but it actually makes sense really. For a start, the hoteliers are friends of ours and also it meant we could just leave the car at the hotel for the whole visit and just do walks from there. With the current parking and visitor chaos in the Lake District, that was a very good thing! Read the rest of this entry »





Whinlatter Round aka ‘Caught in the Forest’!

8 09 2020

Tue 7 April 2020
This was during lockdown but, as I’d had to travel to Keswick anyway, I did the walk on my way back. I knew all the Whinlatter Forest carparks were shut (and so the Forestry people thought that Whinlatter Forest was also shut) but I also knew there was roadside parking. There were a couple of other cars there and I bumped into one girl just coming back from the hill (although, of course, at a 6 foot social-distance!)… Read the rest of this entry »





Blencathra via Halls Fell & Doddick – in record time!

16 08 2020

Sat 11 July 20
Well it was record time for me anyway… this was after work – I was feeling very fit and wanted to be back down in time for my tea at the Scales pub! I was up and back in exactly 2.5 hours… Read the rest of this entry »





Great Calva via the Magnificent Hause Gill

3 08 2020

Sat 9 May 20 (and repeatedly since)
A couple of weeks before, I’d walked Knott and Great Calva via Trusmador and Burn Tod Beck and discovered Hause Gill on my descent – it was superb! Read the rest of this entry »





Ginger Piggy

27 07 2020

Richard noticed this today just as I was about to kill it – sorry, cut it up – for my stew. I would never have noticed but he says it looks just like a pig… and it does! 😉 Read the rest of this entry »





Grasmoor via Gasgale Gill & Dovecrags Arete

23 07 2020

Sun 22 Mar 20
This was at the start of the superb weather spell we had this year. I’ve also got a feeling it may have been the first day of lockdown or perhaps the day before. There were hundreds of people around down Buttermere though and, just to show there was no problem with walkers, everyone was already keeping a very safe distance between their family groups etc. Read the rest of this entry »





Quick Rant About The Conspiracy Theorists!

14 07 2020

Was in a shop the other day next to a lady with a mask on who was paying at the till. Another lady in the shop suddenly laid into her verbally about wearing the mask… Read the rest of this entry »





Howgills – Did Carlingill but Missed the hill!

8 07 2020

Over the winter
Sometime over the winter (possibly January), I agreed to meet up with my friend and fellow blogger Simon for a walk in the Howgills. I was fairly insistent that I particularly wanted to go up a mountain I’d been eyeing from the M6 each time I’d driven past as it had inviting-looking ridges up the front. The map said it was called Fell Head… Read the rest of this entry »