Whitbarrow-the-awkward

15 07 2018

Richard and I have been having a bit of a campaign on Whitbarrow on the south Lakes road. We’ve generally started from Beck Head but, while on one of the walks, we found another carpark near a farm halfway along the fell – depends on which paths you want to use… Read the rest of this entry »

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Chome & Parkhouse Hills, White Peak

28 05 2018

Wed 18 Apr 2018
One reason I’d decided to take my first ‘UK Breakaways’ holiday at Buxton in the White Peak in Derbyshire was that I’d seen photos of two completely astounding hills. I studied the map and googled where you did them from and, yes, they were near Buxton – about 8 miles away in fact. These were my number ONE priority for the trip! Read the rest of this entry »





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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Monsal Head (White Peak) from the A6

6 05 2018

Thu 19 Apr 18
I was sent a cheap holidays leaflet through the post recently – UK Breakaways – Richard and I had a browse and thought it looked worth a try. As we haven’t really done much in Derbyshire (I’ve only been to the Dark Peak and only once), we decided Buxton in the White Peak District could be very nice. And, as my last walk was from the A6 (but in Cumbria), I thought it would be nice to make the next post also from the A6! Read the rest of this entry »





Gurnal Dubs in Snow from the A6

21 04 2018

Wed 27 Jan 2018
Richard and I were on a visit to our ‘winter residence’ – our favourite warm hotel in the Lakes, the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal. There was much snow around and I fancied something uphill, even if I didn’t make a summit, so decided we’d do Gurnal Dubs up a tempting looking lane from the A6 side. 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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A Bad Day on my Favourite Mountain – and its proper name!

20 02 2018

As I’m not doing much at the moment with my knackered hip, this is from way back…

I’ll start with a quick rant about my favourite mountain and the becoming common abuse of his name – my favourite mountain is Snowdon… not ‘mount’ Snowdon… ever! Of course, its real name is Welsh and you can either say Eryri or Yr Wyddfa but the Welsh generally don’t mind if you stick to Snowdon. Read the rest of this entry »