A few more Eastern fells ticked off

15 Apr

Let the Wainwright obsession continue……..
With a busy training running week, it should have been a “rest” day but I decided that I would squeeze in a walk. So the Sheffield Pike round was the plan. Continue reading

Confessions of a marathon girl

15 Apr

After my knee injury last year and doing the London marathon, my running mojo vanished. I’d run a bit, my knee would niggle and never got into my stride, pardon the pun! Hated the feeling of constantly starting from scratch again and again. Continue reading

Chorizo and Prawn pilaf

3 Apr

This is my ultimate comfort food, healthy and super quick to make.

This recipe serves 4


2-3 tbsp olive oil

2 red onions, peeled and diced

2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated

Finely pared zest of 2 lemons

2 thyme sprigs

220g chorizo, diced

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Pinch of saffron

1 red chilli, seeds removed and finely sliced

1 cinnamon stick

250g basmati rice

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1l hot fish stock

250g large raw prawns

Handful of basil leaves, finely sliced

Handful of chervil leaves, roughly chopped


1. Heat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Cut a greaseproof paper circle slightly larger than a heavy-based

ovenproof pan or a cast-iron casserole. Snip a small hole in the middle of the paper to serve as a

steam vent.

2. Heat the pan with the oil, add the onions, garlic, lemon, thyme leaves, chorizo, cayenne pepper,

saffron and chilli for 4-6 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the cinnamon stick and rice and stir

well to toast the rice for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper and pour in the hot stock

and bring to the boil. Cover with the greaseproof paper and transfer the pan to the oven.

3. After 10-15 minutes, take the pan out of the oven, lift the greaseproof paper and scatter over

the prawns, basil and chervil leaves. Re-cover with the greaseproof paper and return to the oven for

4-5 minutes until the rice is tender and the prawns are just cooked through and opaque. Remove

from the oven and leave to stand for about 5 minutes before lifting off the paper.

4. Fork through the rice to distribute the prawns evenly, and remove the cinnamon stick. Check the

seasoning and serve immediately.


New kit

31 Mar

So this year I’ve added some bits to my walking kit. I’m not an expert but thought I’d share my purchases.

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Size isn’t everything…..

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Having a day off during the week is twice as nice. The last holiday day of this financial year was booked in. We had decided to do Holme fell and then go to one of our favourite places “The Drunken Duck” for lunch. Continue reading

Confessions of a Wainwright bagger

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When I moved to the lakes back in 1990 my love of fell walking began. As a softy southerner I didn’t know the lakes or hills. But soon fell in love with them. I went walking to explore new areas, enjoy the stunning views that I was now lucky enough to call my home.

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If Carlsberg did sandwiches…..

22 Mar

It may be a bit sad to do a blog post about a sandwich, but people need to know about this. I’m like a public sandwich service. Continue reading

Another 3 ticked off with the master of the fells

22 Mar

I was sat in the New Dungeon Ghyll having my beer reward after climbing Bowfell in the safety of wifi, when a Facebook message came through from Ray. “Are you two out tomorrow?” With tired legs, I asked Dave and we said yes but not an epic walk. Ray asked what northern fells have I still left to do, so with a screen shot sent of my remaining NW Fells it was decided to do Knott Rigg and Ard crags. Continue reading

Bowfell Wainwright 133

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With an old school friend up visiting and he is a keen fell walker too, it would be wrong not to hit the hills. I had a few wainwrights in the Langdale area to tick off. Rich was meeting a friend later at the New Dungeon Ghyll hotel. Continue reading

Good craic, wainwrights, creme eggs, brownies and single malt

10 Mar

So an impromptu walk with friends in the Far eastern fells. It had been a few weeks since my last fell fix. Continue reading


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