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 »





Glaramara & Allen Crags

23 06 2019

Wed 10 Apr 2019
During mine and Richard’s trip to say farewell to the folks we stay with down Borrowdale, Richard also wanted to say farewell to Langstrathdale. He wanted to see if it was as long a valley (the ‘Lang’ in the name) as he remembered… Read the rest of this entry »





Evening Dock Tarn & Haystacks Again

6 06 2019

Although Rosthwaite in Borrowdale is too near where I now live for me to stay, we’ve stayed for decades now at The Royal Oak Hotel in Rosthwaite and become very friendly with the owners and staff. I’ve just received an e-mail saying the place has now been sold and so I thought we’d best book a few nights’ stay in order to see everyone again and see how we can keep in touch! Read the rest of this entry »





Whinfell Ridge – Cracking Ridge but a Long Finish

4 05 2019

Sat 6 Apr 2019
My friend Simon and I found we had one of the same ambitions – that of doing the Whinfell Ridge between the A6 and the M6. While I’m perfectly happy to wander along these lonely hills on my own, company can really liven up the day and make the miles go quicker so we agreed to meet up one day in April to do it. This was the day – and what a cracking day out it was! 🙂

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Alcock Tarn Evening Walk

29 03 2019

Feb 2019
The evening before my Fairfield walk, I’d arrived at our hotel in what was a gorgeous late afternoon – sunny and very warm. Richard hadn’t yet arrived so I decided that, although there was only an hour and a half of daylight left, I ought to at least go up to the lovely Alcock Tarn with my camera! Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





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 »





Kendal Rambling – Hay Fell & Scout Scar

14 12 2017

Tue 12 & Wed 13 December 2017
Richard and I have just come back from our favourite winter Lake District Hotel – Castle Green at Kendal. We did as much walking as my knackered leg would allow but what with that and the weather, nothing high or difficult. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »