Category Archives: Walks

Collection of posts about walks I have completed.

Halls fell ridge 

I have been wanting to do this route up to Blencathra all year. Hall’s Fell Ridge, topping out at the highest point of Blencathra, is as Wainwright describes: “For active walkers and scramblers, this route is positively the finest way to any mountain top in the district” – a very high accolade indeed.Ray our poet reciting fell legend had mentioned doing this route after we had finished the Wainwrights. Being a social butterfly and the weather not being great when we did have time for fells meant it took until October to do this. I text me friend Stewart to see if he wanted to join us as said give me shout when you are going to do it. Stewart takes the most amazing mountain photographs, I was surprised when he said he would come but he got vertigo. He said if I held his hand and fed him brownies, he would survive.

  
So we arranged to meet at the Blease road carpark at 9, there is parking for about 10 cars and though free (unheard of in the lakes) there is an honesty box. The weather was not looking perfect but there was a promise of the cloud lifting.

It was a gentle ascent up, as we stopped before the first climb admiring the view and Ray relaying a history fact, a man who’d arrived at the same time as us caught us up. As you do in the hills, start talking to random strangers and were having a crack about where we were going. Rob as we found that was his name, wasn’t sure where he was going to walk. So we said we were going up the ridge and was more than happy for him to join us. So he did. We found he was on twitter and followed lots of mutual people! That’s what I love about the fells, it unites people and it’s a very friendly place.

  
hen we were upon the ridge. I don’t think I would like to on the ridge in wet, windy or icy conditions. It was very tricky in places, there are easier paths you can use if the ridge gets too tricky for you. I do like a good scramble and you need to keep your wits about you. It’s a great ridge and had good views down to Threlkeld and towards Keswick in between the clouds. I would agree with Wainwright it’s a good way to climb to Blencathra. Checked that Stewart was ok and he seemed to be enjoying it. There was still the promise of Brownies to keep him going.

   
    
 The ridge done and I had a blonde moment! My sense of direction sometimes is a bit off kilter. I said “looking into the distance, are we going onto Blencathra?” which was met with deafening laughter and me having the piss taken out of me for the rest of the walk. In my defence, when I was last on the summit it was cloudy!! For such a high mountain it has an underwhelming summit marker of a stone circle in the ground. After the laughter stopped we followed the ridge along towards Blease fell and stopped for bait and brownies.

   
 
   
    
 Refreshed, we followed the clearly marked path down heading back towards the car park. Not a long walk but was quite challenging in parts.  Was very cold on the way back and was glad of my hat and gloves! 

   
    
 Of course then it was to head off for our “walkers reward” at the Horse and Farrier in the village of Threlkeld.  

   
   

Fell time fun

With terrible weather (yes I’m a fair weather walker judge away) and being a social butterfly I had not been fell walking since May.  So with a favourable forecast I text my friend Ria to see what Wainwrights she still had to do. Fellbarrow in the western fells was her penultimate one so that was the plan, plus it’s not far to one of my favourite pubs The Kirkstile Inn. 

I messaged Stu, Ray and Gary to see if they fancied a bimble, quick response was a resounding yes! Think the thought of brownies helped influence their decision hehe. 

So we decided to meet in Thackthwaite, free parking is very limited but we got parked. The weather was stunning. So with the obligatory selfie off we went. 

   
 
We decided we would do Low Fell too as was next to it, plus made more of a walk. It was so good to be back out in the fells. Though despite running, I could feel I wasn’t fell fit. It’s a nice gentle walk up. 

   
 
We took a small divert off the path to summit Watching Crag which gave you amazing views before the summit of Low Fell. 

   
    
   
The summit of Low Fell is only 423m but has one of the best views down to Crummock water. Perfect place to have a bait stop and brownies. 

   
    
 
Such a gorgeous day, it was a short walk to the summit of Fellbarrow. 213 for Ria. I decided I would try and climb the trig point. We were in ripples of laughter at me trying to do this. But with a leg up from Stu I was the “Angel of the Lakes”. 

   
 
Removed from the trig point, we followed the path back down to the car. 

  
  
Then the best bit, walkers reward in the Kirkstile Inn. 

   
 
It was a great day in the fells, good craic and good company.  One of my favourite walks. So just Hallin fell to do until Ria will be in the 214 club! 

Yewbarrow – Stu’s last wainwright 

Today was the day on which my lovely friend Stu finished his Wainwright journey, leaving Yewbarrow as his final one. I had not really been fell walking since completing my Wainwrights back in January. I did have a walk up Birkhouse Moor over February half term (first ticked off round 2!) with my nieces. I learnt that doing marathon training and doing lots of fell walking doesn’t mix very well.

Plus if I am honest my walking mojo disappeared after completing them, the weather has not been great when I did have the opportunity to walk. Been there, got the soggy t shirt. There was nothing to chase, no planning where next to walk, which book we are going to finish next. It was all done and it left me feeling a bit bereft. I know that Stu will agree with me, when I say the last few Wainwrights feel like a task. You’ve set a date and invited people and it does put you under pressure to get them done whatever the weather.

I love Yewbarrow it’s in my top 10 fells I have climbed. The views down to Wastwater are one of my favourite views in the Lakes. The rest of the hills looking over it majestically. I try to block out memories of Kirkfell, the hill which nearly broke me when we climbed it for Gary’s last one.

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We all met at the car park at 11, it was nice to meet Stu’s friends Ryan, Anna and Gareth as had heard lots about them. The weather was looking good and prayed that the circling rain held off. 17 of us and 4 dogs set off to climb the final one. Rather than go straight up the front of the mountain, we walked up the valley to ascend it in a zig zag form to the top.

  
It felt good to be back in the hills, the craic with our friends and just being outdoors soaking it in. It made me realise how much I had missed it. The groups spilt up naturally when you start climbing. Re grouping and then setting off again.  

   
  
A quick photo stop before the final push to the summit. 

   

 

A short walk and we were on the top waiting for Stu to touch his final summit. We did a guard of honour with our walking poles as we had done on ours. I felt so pleased for him and it was also his collies Sam and Teya’s final Wainwright too.

   
 

Paula his wife, this was her 100th. She is fighting Bladder cancer and she proves that you can do stuff whilst ill. What people don’t see is the morphine she has to take to get through doing it and the time it takes her to recover. She truly is an inspirational lady and hopefully soon we will be doing her last Wainwright too.

   
 

Bubbles and speech and this was the moment when we realised that Dave had forgot to pack the brownies!! He didn’t live this down, but it was an incentive to get back to the car.  Jim got his stove out to make a fried egg butty. He had also bought along some boy balloons to celebrate the safe arrival of our friend Tanya’s baby boy. The youngest member of the Twitteratti. 

   
  

This is our very own “214” club! 

  The descent was a tricky one, a real knee burner. The saving grace was the amazing views. The summit was very windy and luckily as we descended so did the wind. Soon we could see the trees of the car park. A quick Brownie stop before heading down to The Strands in Nether Wasdale for our walkers reward.

Couldn’t resist a bit of photobombing hehe 

  
Walking mojo returned, just need some time and good weather to start my new adventures…….
 

A very soggy penultimate wainwright walk

I’ve found with the latter Wainwrights we have done it’s become a bit of a chore. When you first start on your wainwright adventure you have so many hills to do. All the ones we had left were in the Western Fells which is quite a drive from Kendal. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, should’ve done these when there was more light. Continue reading A very soggy penultimate wainwright walk

A few more Western Fells ticked off

I make no pretence of not being a fair weather walker. Been there and got the soggy t-shirt. So with an opportunity with the weather and time decided to do some of the western fells. Poor Stuart couldn’t make it as his work van had broken down and was running very late. So it was Ray, the beast and Gary who came to join us. Ray had only landed back from Holiday that morning so was in need of a fell fix.

Continue reading A few more Western Fells ticked off