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 »

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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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Great Gable – Trying to Get Fit!

3 05 2017

Mon 10 Apr 2017
Believe it or not, although it was April, this was the first proper mountain Richard and I had done this year. We’re trying hurriedly to get fit for my Munro Compleation walk on May 18th – I’m not worried myself as I know I’ll keep going no matter whether I’m falling to bits, knackered or what but Richard could be a problem… 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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Rossett Pike via Rossett Gill Direct

19 10 2016

Tue 27 Sep 2016
Another trip to get one of Richard’s remaining Wainwrights – he just has 4 left now… As is usual, halfway through the walk we split up as I wanted to do Rossett Gill proper. After hearing so many ‘horror stories’ about it, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Read the rest of this entry »