Middleton Woods Bluebells (Ilkley)

27 04 2020

These woods always have a superb display of bluebells every summer. When the ‘bells are out, the wood is thronged with photographers clicking away! Well, it is most years – this year I suppose it will be all quiet during ‘lock-up’! 😦

To view the Powerpoint Slideshow, click on the link below (on older PCs (like mine) you may need to: open, select ‘read only’ and press F5 to start)

Ilkley Bluebells(2min)





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 »





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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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 »





Durham – a Beautiful Old City Day Out

17 04 2019

The day of my UFO Concert in Newcastle, we had a few hours to fill. I’d never been to Durham but it was only 15 minutes from Newcastle by train so Richard and I decided to go there. He’d been before so could act as my guide 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





Binsey & Whittas Park in the Snow

8 03 2019

Sat 2 Feb 2019

Still getting going in the hills after the hip op but this was before the last post where I finally managed to get into the bigger hills at last (Fairfield/Blencathra). I’ve been waiting for my film using up/processing though…


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Merry Christmas to all my Readers

22 12 2018

Hope you all have a great Christmas!


Gray Crag near Hartsop, Cumbria