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 »





Robinson via the North-East AND North Ridges

19 09 2016

Sun 11 Sep 2016
After a peaceful week of walking in the easy Ireby/Uldale areas of NW Cumbria, I thought it was time for a more exciting day. I think I’ve been avoiding the proper mountains of late as I’m having a lot of trouble getting up them due to chest problems. The latest diagnosis is suggesting COPD! 😮 😦 Read the rest of this entry »





Birker Moor Outlying Wainwrights & a Deadly Disease!

20 06 2016

Mon 9 May 2016
One of Richard and my favourite new places to stay in the Lake District is the Brook House at Boot in Eskdale. Eskdale is full of gorgeous walking of all types. On our first day we decided to bag some more of my outlying Wainwrights – I saw that my remaining ones in that area could all be done without taking the car out of the carpark at the hotel – always a good thing in my book…
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