Whinlatter Round aka ‘Caught in the Forest’!

8 09 2020

Tue 7 April 2020
This was during lockdown but, as I’d had to travel to Keswick anyway, I did the walk on my way back. I knew all the Whinlatter Forest carparks were shut (and so the Forestry people thought that Whinlatter Forest was also shut) but I also knew there was roadside parking. There were a couple of other cars there and I bumped into one girl just coming back from the hill (although, of course, at a 6 foot social-distance!)… Read the rest of this entry »





Blencathra via Halls Fell & Doddick – in record time!

16 08 2020

Sat 11 July 20
Well it was record time for me anyway… this was after work – I was feeling very fit and wanted to be back down in time for my tea at the Scales pub! I was up and back in exactly 2.5 hours… Read the rest of this entry »





Grasmoor via Gasgale Gill & Dovecrags Arete

23 07 2020

Sun 22 Mar 20
This was at the start of the superb weather spell we had this year. I’ve also got a feeling it may have been the first day of lockdown or perhaps the day before. There were hundreds of people around down Buttermere though and, just to show there was no problem with walkers, everyone was already keeping a very safe distance between their family groups etc. Read the rest of this entry »





The Lost & The Undressed (Archival)

21 03 2020

Having to put some archival posts out for a while as, even when I get properly back into the hills, I won’t be able to get any photos developed until the health crisis is over! 😦 Actually, re-reading it was interesting for me in re-visiting an older writing style – I actually think it’s quite bitchy in places but (hopefully) amusingly so! Read the rest of this entry »





Skiddaw How Gill Left Branch

20 12 2019

Tue 29 Oct 19
One of the rare, good-weather days in October – I decided it was high time I got myself up my local big-mountain, Skiddaw, as I hadn’t done him yet this year… Read the rest of this entry »





Whinash Ridge, Westmorland

6 12 2019

Wed 2 Oct 2019
This wasn’t as interesting as the ridge the other side of Westmorland’s Borrowdale valley, Whinfell Ridge, which I did with friend and fellow blogger Simon back in Spring. Simon was again my companion but we also had Richard with us as it was a nice day… Read the rest of this entry »





Bloody Snow?!

26 10 2019

Sat 26 Oct 2019
I read yesterday in the news that there was snow on Cairngorm in Scotland – I was pretty surprised as that’s ridiculously early for Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »





A Hard-bitten Walker on the Bowscale to Souther Fell Round

20 10 2019

Tue 17 Sep 2019
I’d been wanting to do this full round for ages and, as it was lovely weather this particular day, decided it was as good a day as any! As usual, it was mid afternoon before I set off so that ruled out adding Blencathra – as it turned out, that was probably a good thing…


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Not Loving Shepherds Crag Climbing

11 09 2019

My new climbing club’s last Tue evening meet for the year – it was a supposedly easy crag so I thought I’d best attend. I have to admit to quite a bit of trepidation though as, although I’d always been told Shepherds Crag was easy-peasy and all the beginners went there, I’d never liked what I’d seen of it from a distance! Read the rest of this entry »





Wandhope via Addacombe Hole

4 07 2019

Wed 15 May 2019
Since peering down into the abyss once from the summit of Wandhope, I’ve always been fascinated by the coombe or hanging valley of Addacombe Hole. I noted at the time that a path bravely set off down a little ridge at the edge of the hole but was put off by the steepness above and below the hole. Recently, since my hip improved, my ambitious streak has started up again and I suddenly decided it had to be done! Read the rest of this entry »