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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Newlands Beck Gill Exploration

11 11 2022

I’d been eyeing up the top (exciting) parts of this gill for ages during my ascents and descents from various parts of the Newlands Round.  Last year I finally got around to having an explore – I’d waited for a dry spell but it didn’t help with some of the waterfalls!

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Hillwalking With Exercise-Induced Asthma

10 10 2022

I have seen many hillwalkers on forums I used to frequent suddenly being diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma and thinking that’s the end of their hillwalking ‘career’ – nothing could be further from the truth! Read the rest of this entry »





Anthrax O2 City Hall, Newcastle

4 10 2022

These guys have changed!

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Hope Beck Exploration and Round

4 09 2022

On many walks last summer, I was doing an exploration of Hope Beck and the round of hills above centring around Hopegill Head.  There was one completely awful route where I tried to follow a rake onto the ridge before Ladyside Pike which was visible from across the valley but, once underfoot, ended up disappearing into thick heather in which I had to flog my way steeply uphill.  The routes I took up the gill, however, were good… Read the rest of this entry »





Further Delays to Posting!

23 08 2022

Just in case my dear readers are wondering, yet again, where I’ve got to this time and why I haven’t posted for ages – the reason is… COVID! 😦 Read the rest of this entry »





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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