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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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 »





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’.


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Whiteside to Grisedale Pike – Lakeland’s Golden Mile

1 06 2017

Thu 11 May 2017
During a week-long break at my new house in the Lakes (I still have to go ‘home’ for my shifts), I spent my time urgently trying to get fit for my Scottish Munro Top Compleation which was only around 2 weeks away. Quite a short time frame… Read the rest of this entry »





Barrow – Easy Walk When I Wanted a Hard One

12 01 2017

Tue 22 November 2016
I was a bit miffed to see this first thing in the morning (Skiddaw, my favourite winter mountain caked in snow) and then to have to turn away and do a tiddler around the back of the hotel!

magnificent-winter-skiddaw-nov-16
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