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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Eskdale – Climbing Crags Exploration & Muncaster Fell

9 10 2019

Back in springtime (when I had money to go away with!)

This was a mini-break Richard and I had to Boot in Eskdale where I have an hotel I’m particularly fond of – especially their food! Eskdale is also just about my favourite Lakeland valley… Read the rest of this entry »





Swindale Outlying Wainwrights

30 09 2019

Tue 18 June 2019
I’d been having a read of my Outlying Wainwrights book as I have a few to finish and saw this round which, in the book and on the map, looked really nice. Now I’ve got my precious old Nissan Sunny back after his month-long (and very expensive) MOT, it was time we went car-camping! 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »





Wandhope (again) – Third Gill Exploration

2 08 2019

Mon 15 July 2019
My last walk to Wandhope was up the unremittingly steep Third Gill Ridge. While I was slogging my way up it, I was pretty fascinated by the gill down on my left – Third Gill itself. It looked really interesting and, lately, I’ve been very interested in exploring gills. Despite being my only day off of the week and feeling pretty tired (I’m currently working full and part-time), I decided the weather was too good and I must give it a go – I could always struggle slowly up it… Read the rest of this entry »





Hindscarth via Far Tongue Gill

27 07 2019

Sat 22 June 2019
After having an interview for my new job in Keswick in the afternoon, I planned to go down Newlands – I’d been on the fells a few weeks before and I’d seen a gill… Read the rest of this entry »





Wandhope – the Daftest Route I Could Find!

12 07 2019

Mon 10 June 2019
As I’ve done all the Wainwrights several times each (some probably hundreds of times), I’ve started looking for new, interesting routes. Wainwright’s guides are a good starting point – this is in his North-Western Fells book. I have to say he doesn’t really recommend it and, after doing it, I most definitely don’t – but it was interesting…

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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 »