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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Upper Eskdale – the Difficult Route

11 11 2017

Wed 25 Oct 2017
This was a 2 Ibuprofen walk due to not being able to manage anything the day before on a simple riverbank walk in the valley! We were staying at our favourite hotel at Boot in Eskdale and I’d been looking longingly on the various photos on the hotel walls and on the map at Upper Eskdale – one of my favourite places in the Lakes which isn’t actually up a hill. I was longing to get up there once more… Read the rest of this entry »





Totally Different Route up Skiddaw

27 10 2017

Sticking with unusual Lakeland Fells routes…

This was an entertaining way up Skiddaw… while staying at Braithwaite, the view of Skiddaw out of the front hotel room windows is a cracker and I spend much time studying it for interesting routes (although I didn’t invent this route as I think it’s been in Trail mag at some time). There are various wide ridges up the ‘front’ with interesting looking gills between them – this is one of those gills… Read the rest of this entry »





Base Brown’s Pointy Nose

13 10 2017

Some years ago
Sticking with unusual Lakeland Routes for a while, here’s another one…

Richard and I were staying at our favourite hotel at Rosthwaite in Borrowdale where the hotelier is in the Mountain Rescue so very good for questioning… I’ve spent a lot of years either passing the sharp end of, or gazing up at, the nose of Base Brown – an otherwise unoffensive and mild grassy hill opposite the farm at Seathwaite.


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Hindscarth via Littledale Rake

30 09 2017

Sat 16 Sep 2017
This is a report of my new route up Hindscarth, my second time of trying it and Richard’s first experience of it – I’ve named it ‘Littledale Rake’.


Littledale Rake (R Wood) Read the rest of this entry »





New House – Motorbike Move

22 09 2017

Wed 20 Sep 2017
One of the trickier things I had to move for my house move was my motorbike, ‘Millie’. Why is it difficult to move my bike you may well ask? Well, for a start, she hadn’t gone further than down the end of my road and back once a year for the last 10 years – apart from a quick trip for an MOT in May – and the journey to my new house is 100 miles. A trifle optimistic I’d say… Read the rest of this entry »





Anyone Want my Place on Tower Ridge with Steve Fallon Guides?

12 09 2017

I’ve had to give up my place for Tower Ridge on the North Face of Ben Nevis (which I’ve looked forward to all year since I booked it in January) as my needing replaced hip just isn’t up to it now. Date Wed 20 Sep 2017 The link on Steve’s website is:

http://www.stevenfallon.co.uk/guide-tower-ridge.html

and the price (as you’ll see on there) is £99. Guide ratio 1-3.

Should be a great day out…

Obviously, if no-one takes it, I’ll lose my money.
Would have made a great write-up too 😦





New House – The Good… and the Maybe…

29 08 2017

There are some really great things about my new house in its ‘proper rural’ location – my old house used to be in a rural location but sadly is no longer 😦 As there are only 8 houses and a farm in my new ‘village’, hopefully it will be some time before it befalls the same fate… Read the rest of this entry »