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.

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Did You Hide Your Flask on Meal Fell

1 08 2022

Just a quickie as I don’t have any forums to post this kind of thing on any more…

Did you hide a flask on Meal Fell to pick up later today (Mon 1 August 22)?  I ask as I found one which looked like it had been hidden to come back to but I couldn’t see a soul on the surrounding fells and it was late in the day so I’ve brought it home with me.

If you think it’s yours and want to claim it, tell me: where did you hide it and what does it look like?  Also what drink was in it?

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Foaling Around on Walla & Blaeberry

27 06 2022

I’ve recently re-discovered Walla Crag as an after-work walk (I hadn’t been up it for years) after I went up Cat Gill which was a completely new route for me.  Of particular interest to me though were two craggy-ended hills I could see from Keswick which I suspected were a trespass but wanted to bag!  This round has become a favourite of mine – not totally because of the mountains as you’ll see towards the end of the post…

The distant ridge of Dodd Crags

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Highland Cross – It’s Now or Never (again)

21 05 2022

Wed 18 May 22

I’ve always fancied doing ‘The Highland Cross’ which is a challenge marathon right across Scotland at its narrowest point in a day (around 50 miles).  It runs between Beauly on the east coast and Morvich in Kintail in the west.  This is usually done as a duathlon (running and cycling) but, as I don’t/can’t run, I decided to do it as a walk and cycle.  The reason I decided to do it this year is that I’m not getting any younger – I’m 65 this summer so I thought it had better be now or never.  May is generally a good month for Scotland as it avoids midges/clegs and other biting things!

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Probably Can’t Post For A While Yet…

7 05 2022

Hi everyone,

I’m truly sorry about the lack of posts but another month has come and hit me!

A couple of weeks ago, we were informed that our shop was to close in a month and so we’d all be made redundant…

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Late Skiddaw Snow After Work

13 03 2022

Fri 7 May 2021

One Friday last year there was snow on the hills so, after work in Keswick, I decided I’d just blast up Skiddaw as it’s pretty unusual for him to be so full of snow in May!  Skiddaw is a pretty big undertaking to nip up after work so, unusually for me, I actually took the car up to Gale Road carpark and started from there – normally I’d call that cheating!

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Place Fell a Different Way

15 02 2022

Autumn 2020

Quick apology for the total lack of posts recently but, I’m getting so bogged down in running both mine and my mother’s house and affairs, I have virtually no time for anything of my own outside of essentials (and often not even those!) 😦

In Autumn 2020, Richard and I managed to actually get booked into the Patterdale Hotel (something which is getting harder every year now – even mid week) to walk my favourite Lakeland fells in my favourite Lakeland valley.  This particular day it poured down until at least midday but then cleared up – we waited till the sun came out and then set off!

Place Fell from Arnison Crag

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2021 Stats Post/Happy New Year!

1 01 2022

Feel free to add your own stats in the comments below…

This year, I’ve tried to do at least one hill a week in winter and at least 7 per week in Spring/Summer and Autumn. Still haven’t been to Scotland or Wales and have stuck to the Lake District Hills and my local Pennines…

Still my favourite photo from this year from my High Cup Nick walk

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Merry Christmas!

22 12 2021

Hope you all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I took this photo of Skiddaw looking luminous a few years back and, as I haven’t any snow photos this year (I took some but left the camera on F2.8 accidentally!) I’m using this older photo instead.

photos: my Zenith manual film SLR

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High Cup Nick & Murton Pike

3 11 2021

Thu 27 May 21

Still on the theme of Eden Valley Fells, after dropping Richard off at Appleby railway station to go home, I drove on to the village of Murton to the superb carpark there and nipped up Murton Fell with a view to continuing on to see High Cup Nick.  I hadn’t seen High Cup Nick since I was a child and used to walk with my parents!

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Cross Fell, Great & Little Dun Fells

4 10 2021

Thu 29 Apr 21

At the end of April, I had a yen to get back to the Eden Valley – I’d had a brief visit to Dufton Pike and the hills above it late 2020 and found I really liked the quietness of the area.  I’d never done Cross Fell so decided now was the time to get on with it!

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