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! 

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”

Prosecco and brownies in the Western Fells

A few weeks previously, my friend Dave messaged me and said keep the weekend of the 16th free as its my 60th birthday and would really like to be on top of a mountain to celebrate. I suggested High Crag, Haystacks and Fleetwith as I still had these to do. All we needed was the weather!!Continue reading “Prosecco and brownies in the Western Fells”

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”

Great Carrs and Greyfriar

It seems to be a recurrent theme, doing walks to take in summits missed on previous walks. This was the case today. When we first decided to complete out first round of Wainwrights, we didn’t set off in a very scientific manner. Accidentally missing summits because we were just out for a walk. Continue reading “Great Carrs and Greyfriar”

Plan B

Let the obsession continue……When we were out with Paul and Sian on the 10 in 10, he mentioned that our mutual friends Paul and Karen were coming to the lakes to walk and go to the famous Staveley Beer hall summer beer festival. So we gate crashed and had the day off work and joined them. I did make the request to do the Kentmere horseshoe as the Far Eastern fells were next on the list. The weather was not looking favourable at the start of the week but by Thursday was only a slight chance of a shower so decided to go for it.Continue reading “Plan B”

The final central fells

After the previous weeks bagging that just left 3 summits to complete the Wainwright central fells book. To say I’m obsessed is maybe an understatement. The weather forecast was mixed with the threat of a shower. As they say ” no such thing as bad weather just the wrong kit”. Tanya and Ray came along to walk with us. Continue reading “The final central fells”