Seathwaite Fell by Grains and Taylor Gills

2 10 2020

Thu 27 Aug 2020
The second day of our Borrowdale trip. Richard was having knee problems and was walking quite slowly so we decided to set out up Grains Gill and decide at the top whether to do Esk Pike or just to do Seathwaite Fell. Either way, we were coming back down via Styhead and Taylorgill… Read the rest of this entry »





Green Gable, Base Brown & Brandreth

20 09 2020

Wed 26 Aug 2020
Richard and my first trip away this year I think – certainly the first since the Covid crisis started anyway. We didn’t go far – just to one of our favourite hotels down Borrowdale.

It might seem silly for me to go to stay down Borrowdale now I’m a ‘northern Cumbrian’ but it actually makes sense really. For a start, the hoteliers are friends of ours and also it meant we could just leave the car at the hotel for the whole visit and just do walks from there. With the current parking and visitor chaos in the Lake District, that was a very good thing! Read the rest of this entry »





Great Calva via the Magnificent Hause Gill

3 08 2020

Sat 9 May 20 (and repeatedly since)
A couple of weeks before, I’d walked Knott and Great Calva via Trusmador and Burn Tod Beck and discovered Hause Gill on my descent – it was superb! Read the rest of this entry »





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 »