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 »





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 »





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 »