It’s always nice to play tourist on your doorstep, well I think it is. Mirehouse is a 17th-century house to the north of Keswick in Cumbria, at the foot of Dodd, near Bassenthwaite Lake and St Bega’s Church, on the A591 road. The house has limited visiting times, it is open for visitors from 1:30pm to 4:30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.Continue reading “Mirehouse¬†“

After work wander up Bessyboot

My theory is when you have good weather you need to take advantage. We only had Bessyboot to do in the Borrowdale valley and is classified as a Southern Fell in the Wainwright books. It nestles in between the other surrounding fells already climbed. We had mentioned our plan to Gary, who said “mid week wander? I’m in”. Through the power of social media twitter, we had a newbie Derrick who came along to join us. Continue reading “After work wander up Bessyboot”

A central fells adventure

The weather in the Lake District is very variable. With a favourable forecast sunshine and showers. We decided to tick off a few of the central fells on my Wainwright obsession. Having looked at the map thought could do a 2 car linear walk to get them all! But being a tad more realistic decided to do Eagle and Sergeant Crag, Ullscarf and High Crag.

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Another 3 ticked off with the master of the fells

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 “Another 3 ticked off with the master of the fells”

Newlands horseshoe – Sept 8th 2013


With a terrible forecast for the weekend, my first wild camp was cancelled again. I think personally it’s Mother Nature telling me to stick to hotels!! Having seen the sunset on the last couple of evening walks, I truly can’t wait to experience it from the top of a fell with a malt in hand. I did suggest to Gary that we camp on Binsey but he said no! A proper hill for your first camp, so fingers crossed for a good forecast soon. Continue reading “Newlands horseshoe – Sept 8th 2013”

Wednesday 4th Sept – More Wainwrights ticked off


So my Wainwright obsession continues!
Living in the lakes affords me the luxury to get out in the hills when the weather is good. As a friend said, there is something decadent about being out on the hills when everyone has gone home.

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