Fairfield & Great Rigg on a Dire Day

14 02 2019

Tue 12 Feb 2019
Richard and I have a yearly trip to our most luxurious hotel in Grasmere once a year – generally in February. For this year’s trip, Richard expressed an interest in doing Fairfield from the hotel. Never one to discourage Richard being keen on a walk (he can be unenthusiastic), I readily agreed – but I did have a few doubts about whether I was up to such a large hill – since my hip op, I’ve only really been doing small hills under 2000 feet. Fairfield is over 2800 feet… Read the rest of this entry »

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Sale Fell – Excellent Skiddaw Viewpoint

16 12 2018

Recently I’ve been doing Sale Fell by Bassenthwaite quite a few times. The first time I forgot my camera on a beautiful day – it was another great day the next day too so I went back again to do the fell properly – with my camera! Read the rest of this entry »





Grayrigg Pike At Last (had my eye on this for years!

8 12 2018

Thu 15 Nov 2018
I was super-excited to get up this hill despite that most people would probably find it tame, bland and boring. Why? quite a few reasons really… Read the rest of this entry »





Chome & Parkhouse Hills, White Peak

28 05 2018

Wed 18 Apr 2018
One reason I’d decided to take my first ‘UK Breakaways’ holiday at Buxton in the White Peak in Derbyshire was that I’d seen photos of two completely astounding hills. I studied the map and googled where you did them from and, yes, they were near Buxton – about 8 miles away in fact. These were my number ONE priority for the trip! Read the rest of this entry »





Woooo! SOMETIMES I can still do it!

16 05 2018

Wed 16 May 2018
I was out in the car today driving towards a titchy little fell in beautiful weather to have a small amount of exercise – all I can generally manage nowadays. As I drove, I changed my mind completely and decided to go for something far, far larger and see what happened. Skiddaw or bust!


The Mighty Skiddaw
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Alcock Tarn in a Blizzard!

9 03 2018

Tue 13 Feb 2018
Richard and I were staying at our favourite Grasmere Hotel. I’d had a walk just to Easedale Tarn the day before but my leg wasn’t good so we decided to just do a round of the quite high Alcock Tarn the next day. It ended up quite a day of two halves!


Easedale Tarn the day before
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Sledging on Blencathra! (archival)

25 01 2018

In March 2008, I’d just got back from the Aviemore area where I’d finally managed to acquire a plastic sledge suitable for adult use – I’d been after one for years! I was off on a trip to the Lakes with my friend Richard and, as it had been snowing a bit at home, decided to take it on the off chance as I’ve had a burning desire for quite some time to sledge a great 2000 foot slope down the back of Skiddaw! Read the rest of this entry »