Descending down to Howtown from Beda Fell

A Far Eastern Odyssey – Part 3: Whiffs of Vanilla and Echoes of Thriller

Faint strains of cuckoo song broke through the assortment of snoring and farting noises as the new day dawned.

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A Lakeland Round (2011): Debrief

This has been a bit of a strange trip, and I have to say after 15 trips to the Lake District, I didn’t expect to still be learning lessons about my walking capabilities. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round (2011): Debrief”

Approaching Skiddaw House from Dash Falls

Cumbria Way Day 6

I woke to the news that we’d had hail in the night and it was still raining solidly throughout breakfast. The forecast was for it to clear by 10 so I took my time. But strong wind up high was also forecast so I may need to miss out the top of Skiddaw if it got too strong.

Latrigg House , in contrast to the other B&Bs I’ve stayed at in Keswick, was quite good, so will use again. The single was ensuite too. And £31 was all it cost.

I set off at 10 as the cloud lifted from the hills and made my way along the old railway path to join up with the path up the south side of Latrigg. The plan was to assess the weather at the summit Continue reading “Cumbria Way Day 6”

Catbells in mist and rain

Cumbria Way Day 5

A big dose of inertia, justified as “giving the weather a chance to calm down”, meant I didn’t leave the barn until 10.

I set off along the Cumbria Way across the fields towards Castle Crag, gradually rising up the fell, as the wind picked up. I didn’t linger there and carried on down towards Grange. Then I got my first mobile phone signal since Tuesday afternoon, a flood of emails and texts and a call from tongiht’s B&B. I perched in the lee of a rock and caught up with the outside world. Continue reading “Cumbria Way Day 5”

Review of 2008

After the 3 months I took off work last year, 2008 was never going to come close, but all in all I’ve not done too badly and I’ve managed to arrange things to optimise my use of annual leave. A quick trip up to the Lake District in April started things off. A wet and windy first day saw me walking over Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy with a detour to Castle Crag on the way down. The second day was better weather to start with and I headed up to Skiddaw via Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl … Continue reading Review of 2008

A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 8 – Monday 23 April

Washed Out

The forecast for today was rain all day and I haven’t managed to dry my boots from yesterday.  Using the highly scientific method of comparing the weather outside my window to what it was like yesterday evening, I concluded that today was going to be worse than yesterday, and yesterday I’d only just kept myself safe. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 8 – Monday 23 April”

A Wet Weekend in the Lakes

Friday 28 October 2005 – Skiddaw Yesterday was such a frantic day, that it was good to finally get out into the hills today, even though it certainly wasn’t the weather we would have wished for.  At least I took a day off work to prepare – I hate to think how bad it would have been if I’d travelled straight from work, like my brother did. I’d been carrying a headache all day and rushing about getting everything ready hadn’t helped.  But it had been bearable until Rob called to say he was stuck in traffic and it became … Continue reading A Wet Weekend in the Lakes