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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Eagle & Sergeants Crags, Borrowdale

12 06 2021

Richard and I had a trip back to one of our favourite hotels for a short break when the lockdown ended.  The weather was mostly dire and Richard’s legs were very unfit so we stuck to short walks between the showers where possible.  This was one of the shortest mountain walks I could think of in the area and, as I hadn’t done Eagle Crag for years but had been looking at it each time I was down Borrowdale, I thought it would make an excellent choice for our second day! Read the rest of this entry »





Government’s Mistreatment of Key Workers

31 05 2021

No photos – just a rant!

I haven’t been posting on my blog lately as you may have noticed (I’ve also left a lot of forums too).  I’ve been trying to push myself into at least writing a post on why I haven’t been posting but the reason I haven’t been posting has stopped me!  That reason? Sheer naked anger at the Government and their mistreatment of key workers during the pandemic! (excluding the NHS of course who’ve been looked after – I think the Government think they are the ONLY key workers!) Read the rest of this entry »





Mooching at Long Meg, Lacey’s Caves et al

9 03 2021

Wed 24 February 2021

As I had to spend a whole day away from my house while some disruptive work was being done I decided to hunt the only area with a survivable weather window to walk for several hours in – our area was going to be deluged with heavy rain and all my nearby mountains were too.  It looked to have a small area of light rain all day around Langwathby so (lockdown notwithstanding) I set off over there.  Before people get too upset, I really don’t think I had any other choice and it’s only around a 25 mile drive anyway and I drive 20 miles each way to work many days each week. Read the rest of this entry »





Walking Hartley & Gate Crags, Eskdale

1 03 2021

Tue 6 October 2020

The day before we did the walk in the Brant Rake post, we decided to take a mosey up to the Devoke Water Hills proper (Outlying Wainwrights) – the great thing about staying at Boot in Eskdale is that this is one of the many hillwalks you can do right from the hotel door.  Even though the Devoke Water hills were the aim of the walk, of course I had my eye on others – I never tell Richard this though in case of a revolt…

Gate & Hartley Crags from Boot village

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Brant Rake, Eskdale

4 02 2021

Wed 7 Oct 2020

One of the few trips Richard and I had last year between all the lockdowns and Tiers was to Eskdale – one of my favourite Lakeland valleys.  I’d had my eye on an interesting zig-zag path up the fellside leaving Eskdale in the direction of Devoke Water for years now – I’d looked on the map and seen this was ‘Brant Rake’.  As I’d broken my toe in the hotel room the night before, we needed something easy so I decided this was the day… Read the rest of this entry »





Drama in the Grassy Northern Fells – Frozen Fell Gill

17 01 2021

Sat 22 Aug & Sun 20 Sep 20
I’ve always subscribed to the view that the Northern Fells (‘back o’ Skidda’) are completely safe and non-scary and with no drama or excitement whatsoever. So, with perfect confidence, I set off to tackle one of the gills which looked interesting – it had a spectacular waterfall near the start but I was sure I could get up it… Read the rest of this entry »





2020 Stats Post/Happy New Year!

31 12 2020

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

More hills this year than ever before I think but no Scottish trips at all – in fact, not many trips at all…

Richard didn’t come up this hill… but he sure kept an eye on me!

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Merry Christmas

20 12 2020

A merry Christmas to all my readers – hope you have a good one and manage to stay safe from the plague! (still hate this new bloody editor!) 😐





Test Post – Stray Photos

29 11 2020

Due to the sheer awfulness of WordPress’s new ‘block editor’, I’m having to do a completely test post. These are photos which surfaced later than  some of the walks I’ve already posted and I simply dare not edit the existing posts in case I end up breaking them so I’m putting them in a post of their own! Read the rest of this entry »





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 »