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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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 »





Sale Fell – Excellent Skiddaw Viewpoint

16 12 2018

Recently I’ve been doing Sale Fell by Bassenthwaite quite a few times. The first time I forgot my camera on a beautiful day – it was another great day the next day too so I went back again to do the fell properly – with my camera! 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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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 »





Totally Different Route up Skiddaw

27 10 2017

Sticking with unusual Lakeland Fells routes…

This was an entertaining way up Skiddaw… while staying at Braithwaite, the view of Skiddaw out of the front hotel room windows is a cracker and I spend much time studying it for interesting routes (although I didn’t invent this route as I think it’s been in Trail mag at some time). There are various wide ridges up the ‘front’ with interesting looking gills between them – this is one of those gills… Read the rest of this entry »





Base Brown’s Pointy Nose

13 10 2017

Some years ago
Sticking with unusual Lakeland Routes for a while, here’s another one…

Richard and I were staying at our favourite hotel at Rosthwaite in Borrowdale where the hotelier is in the Mountain Rescue so very good for questioning… I’ve spent a lot of years either passing the sharp end of, or gazing up at, the nose of Base Brown – an otherwise unoffensive and mild grassy hill opposite the farm at Seathwaite.


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