Sunday, 12 November 2017

Coniston Round...With A Variation Of An Oft Trod Trail

Cracking weather today, having parked in Coniston beside Church Beck off I went up the Coppermines road. There were one or two folk about, but once I left the main track I didn't see anyone until the top of Wetherlam. A bit picture heavy.....

Across to the Old Man and Brim Fell from the Red Dell track

Kennel Crag and incline ( my route onwards) from the Red Dell wheelpit.

South down the Erin Crag ridge, with Red Dell and the Coppermines valley. This ridge would be my route to the summit of Black Sails. The path such as it is, is very feint...its there in the foreground!

The summit of Black Sails, my guess is that not even 1in100 visitors to Wetherlam pop across to here.
The image doesn't convey the strength or indeed the temperature of the wind.

Then it was over to Wetherlam, with its light scattering of snow.

Back below Black Sails to Swirl Hause and then up Prison Band.
I stopped here for a spot of lunch, about the only sheltered place I found all day!

Only a short way to the summit of Great Carrs, great view to the Scafell group from here.

Having visited a couple of Synges on the way from Swirl How, I stopped to take in the 360 degree view from Brim Fell. 

Next stop Coniston Old Man, there's always a few pilgrims here!!
There were a lot more struggling up the "tourist path", fair play to them it was cold in the shade...they'd get an icy blast when the popped out on to the top though.

I'd made good time, but run out of practical hills! Then I saw "The Bell" in front of me. Its another Synge and its ages since I've visited its top, so trotted up and took this picture.
From here it was a gentle jog back to the car in the village.

As previously there's a Strava track here should you wish to see my route.

Today's and for the last couple of months or so footwear choice.
New Balance MT610GT4 Trail shoes Goretex lined, supremely comfortable...nice and warm for winter as well:-) The best bit was the price tho £40!! I bought 2 pairs thank goodness, discontinued of course so a review is of little use.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


Lovely weather this morning saw me parked at Ribblehead, I was off up Whernside...a nice and easy half day. Just the job! Checking back on the blog I see I haven't visited the summit since April 2014, so I was well overdue a visit. That trip the weather was grim, today's was excellent. Here's a few pics from the walk.......

No walk up Whernside from Ribblehead would be complete without a picture of the magnificent viaduct.

Height is quickly gained on the well maintained Craven Wold track. Once the track is left and the path taken towards Whernside, Greensett Tarn is seen.
Park Fell, Simon Fell and Ingleborough are in the distance.

Looking back along the summit ridge Northish, Greensett Tarn below

Whernside's trig...the summit is no place to linger IMHO. There was a stiff chilly breeze anyway, so I trotted off Southwards.

Having dropped of the ridge I left the breeze was almost warm!
From the bottom of the path at Bruntscar I walked through Ivescar, Gunnerfleet and back under the viaduct to the car.
A much better day out than last time. Anyone who would like to see my route can follow it here

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Revisiting Some Tops Above Langdale

Not quite the early start I'd planned as I left the car in Chapel Stile at 10.20am. I had a vague plan to visit as many summits (they had to be listed on here ) as I could energy permitting! In the available time...I wanted to be back at the car for about 4.30pm. So off I went up through Walthwaite to climb steeply beside Megs Gill. There's rather a lot of pictures......

Once the "ridge" was reached the great view over Grasmere and Rydal Water was revealed

Shortly after I was on the summit of Silver Howe, my first top of the day.

Next on the agenda Lang How. This is the view from the top looking up Langdale

This is the rounded top of Swinescar Pike, sunbeams lighting up the valley beyond

Next Little Castle How, more sunbeams :-)

Lots of up and down, twisting and turning over castle How (Raw Pike) and Great Castle How brought me to Blea Rigg seen here looking back East along the ridge

Further on the ridge you see Blea Tarn and its surrounding fells 

Its a bit of a pull up to Sergeant Man, although there was welcome shelter from the stiff breeze.

After a spot of lunch I set off across the very wet path to High Raise ( I realised I'd missed the top of Codale Head part way across but chose not to go back for it :-( ). There was a good view down towards Borrowdale, I didn't linger due to the cold wind. Instead turning South and passing over Thurnacar Knott.

Its only a short distance to Pavey Ark, here on the summit is the aerial view down to Blea Tarn.

I always think its rough ground between Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle, maybe its just me?
Great view of Pavey Ark mind!

A proper drop and climb brings you to Pike O'Stickle, wild on top today. The last couple of tops of today's walk are long the ridge in the centre of the image.

Loft Crag with Harrison Stickle behind....and Thorn Crag below.

Its a steep descent down to the valley floor. I stopped here to eat what was left of my lunch and totted up the tops. 9 Wainwrights, 4 Birketts and 2 Synge's, quite happy with that.
Of course I still had to walk back to the car in Chapel Stile, it's an easy walk along the valley bottom tho.
There's a Strava track here if anyone wants to see my route.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Last of the Autumn Colours in the Lowther Valley

A really beautiful day, we've barely seen the sun up here for ages!....It's grim Up North!!
This is another walk we've done many times, it's one of P's favourites. Not very far, and mainly on the level which is kind to poorly knee joints. We parked in Askham  and wandered up the valley.

Beside the River Lowther near Crookwath bridge

Further on looking upstream from the footbridge below Whale

Back through Lowther Park with the trees showing the last of their Autumn colours

Almost back at the car, we lingered in the warm afternoon sun at Askham Bridge. Just a short walk up through the village stopping for coffee on the way.
Lets hope there are lots more sunny days in the near future :-)

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Out With Old Mate Tim For a Days Mountainbiking

Tim and I have been trying to get out for a day on the Mountain Bikes for almost 6 months. Today was the day! We parked near Force Mills, the weather almost perfect. We headed South on varius bridleways towards Rusland, visiting the ford at Rusland Pool. I didn't take many pics...we were to busy chatting about adventures we'd had 40 years ago on these same trails! Here's one or to anyway...

This is a vehicle trap!!  "Get me out says Fatty!"
The idea being that no vehicles should use the ford at this time of year to help the fish.
We had no intention of crossing anyway, and turned and continued our route.
We climbed up to High Ickenthwaite and over to Nibthwaite. The Parkamoor Road was next...

Here as we climbed up the old track the views over to the Coniston Fells was excellent.

After lunch just South of Parkamoor, we continued on the bridleway high above Coniston Water.
This is one of the best viewpoints I know of the Coniston Fells (its above Heald Brow)
From here we dropped down to Bank Ground, before climbing back over Grizedale Moor.
A bit of "North Face Trail" led us back to Grizedale, then more bridleways back to the car.  

Back at the car and bike washed...Fatty was tired I think, had to sit down!
We'd had a great day, in great weather!
Thanks Tim! :-))
Should anyone want to follow our route, the Strava track is here 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A Bit of a Hike...Followed By a Bit of Bike

Finding myself free for the day at short notice and with the weather looking superb, I decided on a walk first then a ride on the bike later. Having parked on the top of Kirkstone I headed east.....

Once on St. Ravens Edge the way forward is laid out before you, together with a grand view down towards Patterdale.

As the path dips to the head of Woundale there were a number of bags of rocks...looks like the path is going to be repaired.

I had lunch here sheltering behind the wall from the stiff breeze.
The Southern reaches of Windermere is visible in the distance.

The summit of Caudale Moor. The Helvellyn range seen to the left of the cairn.

I then crossed over some very wet ground (its done nowt but rain for ages!)to Stoney Cove Pike.
As a lad I knew all this area as "John Bells Banner" was what my Grandad called it!!
I reversed the route back to the car.
After the short drive home I had a coffee and slab of Soreen (other maltloafs are available!) got changed and went out on the bike towards Warton Crag. 

Beside the view indicator on Arnside Knott looking Northwest.
There was as ever recently a hell of a wind!
This is my 60th Birthday present to myself, (albeit a bit after the fact) a Spa Elan. Not purchased to replace any of my other machines but for a specific purpose.....which I think it will suit admirably. There will be more posts on this in the future I'm sure This was my first proper ride on it and I must say so far I'm very pleased :-)

From high on the Knott it was back to sea level, after a pause on the Stone pier I headed back home well satisfied with my use of the day.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

A Wander from Langcliffe

Another walk today which I've done numerous times. I always enjoy it so why not do it again! The weather behaved itself in the main, just one heavy shower that lasted 5mins...a tree provided handy shelter. Here's a few pictures from the day........

No walk hereabouts can miss out on the Hoffman Kiln

Across the fields to Stainforth, then the Pennine Bridleway up to...

...Catrigg Foss.
(This and the next photo were handheld at a very slow shutter speed so sorry for the blurring)

A closer view of the force

Pen-y-Gent sen beyond the narrow valley of Catrigg Foss

Winskill Stones with Inglebrough in the distance.
From here Victoria Cave and Warrendale Knotts and back to the car on more Pennine Bridleway, although I didn't take any pics?!