Beach Boys, Buttermere and A Bail-Out

Sunday Afternoon

…The bus departed for Penrith, and I turned round and headed in the opposite direction. With Cath now on her way home, here on in was a solo trip. The Western Fells were waiting. Continue reading “Beach Boys, Buttermere and A Bail-Out”

Mellbreak from the shores of Crummock Water

Favourite Fells – Mellbreak

My first ascent of Mellbreak took place last year on the day that I finished the north western fells, by making it a circular walk from Buttermere around Crummock Water, also taking in Rannerdale Knotts.  And it’s ironic that the day I started the north western fells, was also the day I first saw Mellbreak. Continue reading “Favourite Fells – Mellbreak”

High Stile and High Crag from Buttermere

A Lakeland Round (2011): Day 5 – Friday 8 July

Buttermere to Ennerdale

After yesterday’s lack of energy, I was worried about the big walk I had to face today – over 1000m of ascent in heavy mode. And with limited escape routes – one at Scarth Gap (before I’d really got anywhere) and one on Red Pike (by which time the walk’s back would have been broken) – it was either going to be a triumph or a disaster. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round (2011): Day 5 – Friday 8 July”

Mellbreak and Crummock Water

A Lakeland Round (2011): Day 4 – Thursday 7 July

A circuit of Crummock Water

Today didn’t turn out as planned, but could prove to be one of the best days of the trip. An overnight weather forecast for strong winds, risk of lightning and the chance of solid rain didn’t bode well on the day that I had my longest walk planned. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round (2011): Day 4 – Thursday 7 July”

Fleetwith Pike and Buttermere

A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 3 – Wednesday 18 April


I went to bed last night clean, refreshed and with a new plan formed, that would see me claim 21 peaks between now and Sunday.  So I woke in a more positive frame of mind and set out round the shops first thing to secure the kit that the whole plan relied upon – a cheap daysack.  This would enable me to be free of the elephant on days where I was returning to the same overnight point.  Not sure whether I would keep it or simply chuck it, I strapped it to its bigger cousin and headed for the bus.   Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 3 – Wednesday 18 April”