September 30, 2016
Some weather is dubious for walking at best, but there are other reasons to welcome a forecast of ‘sunshine and showers’. On walk 118 I was being battered by hail at one point, and this was the windiest walk for some time. However, there were also advantages to it. I was up on the southern side of the Skiddaw range, bagging Carl Side and Dodd, and Wainwright was once seen to mutter (in the Skiddaw Little Man chapter as it happens) that the view south from these fells is the best in the District. I would be inclined to agree with him, as you can see here. There are several other pictures like this up on the walk 118 page.
Two summits bagged takes my total of second round fells to 76 of the 330, thus I have 254 to go. I hope to get my next walk in before October is out but I have only a couple of available dates so it does depend on the weather. But as this walk proved, sometimes it is worth taking a gamble on this kind of thing…
August 17, 2016
A little belatedly, due to going back to work after my summer break, but I have published the walk 116 page, recounting the details of walk I did the other day — up through Thornthwaite Forest, down Whinlatter then up to bag two more Wainwrights on my second round — Hopegill Head and Whiteside. This was a very good walk in its second half. The final climb up to Hopegill Head is excellent, a scramble on bare rock to a superb little peak, and the ridge to Whiteside one of the best short ridges in the District in my opinion. The descent from Whiteside was also enlivened by an absolute carpet of flowering heather, as you can see here.
On the other hand there was frustration in the first half of the work due to disruptions caused by forestry operations, about which I rant (a little) in the commentary (see walk 116). I just wish things didn’t have to get left in such a mess.
After a good recent run of walks I have now bagged 63 of the 330 Wainwrights, thus have 267 to go in my second round. Having gone back to work now I don’t know quite when the next walk will be, but of course when it happens I will update all the information on here. In the mean time, enjoy the rest of the summer…
August 6, 2016
Finally, yesterday (5th August 2016) was a chance for a walk on a sunny day — not constantly, there was cloud around at times, but a lot more than has been seen by me in the Lakes since early March.
So I made the most of it, with walk 115, a walk of just over 15 miles that surely must count as one of the classic Lake District walks. From Hartsop, up over High Street then along the fantastic Ill Bell ridge, one of the best walks in the District.
Last time I came round here, back in spring 2010, I had a walk blighted by low cloud and never saw anything of the dramatic terrain all around, but today was ample compensation. This is an excellent walk, highly recommended, and as the weather was better I am quite happy with my photos of it as well. So please do take a look at the detailed walk 115 page if you are interested.
Seven summits bagged today as well, so it was a productive walk. That means I have now done 61 of the 330 Wainwrights in my second round, so have 269 to go. I hope to get another walk in next week before I have to go back to work.
July 14, 2016
Distracted myself both from some personal cock-ups which have, let’s say, rather altered my timetable this week, and the broader, institutional cock-ups which presently affect the lives of everyone in Britain — and did what I usually do when I need the space, that is, went for a walk.
Walk 113 of my ever-extending project got me into the heart of the Lake District, from Patterdale to Grasmere via the summits of Dollywaggon Pike and Seat Sandal. Dollywaggon Pike was my main target as it was five years ago that I went up its neighbour Nethermost Pike from Ruthwaite Cove to the east, a climb I since rated as one of the best in the whole first round.
The ascent was certainly adventurous and interesting even if it didn’t turn out as exciting as that of its neighbour. Good walk all round, even if the weather, once again, could have been better. Read the full details on the walk 113 page if interested.
As of today, then, I have reached 51 of the 330 Wainwrights in my second round, thus have 279 to go. With my summer break starting soon I do hope to get another walk in before the end of the month.
June 22, 2016
Midsummer’s Day, June 21st, saw it stop raining for the first time in a week and allowed an opportunity to get out on the fells. Walk 112 got me up the Langdale Pikes, one of the most compact and excellent regions for walking in the whole District. Five fells can be bagged in quick succession, only just over a mile per fell, including Harrison Stickle (pictured) and Pavey Ark, ‘Langdale’s biggest cliff’, which I scrambled and crawled up by way of the Easy Gully route — not that this was particularly easy, especially when having to clamber up some boulders blocking the gully at the top. Well, I made it, just about. If you would like to read more about it, check out the walk 112 page.
As of today, then, I have bagged 49 of the 330 Wainwrights that will comprise my second round, meaning I have 281 to go. We are coming up on the 7th anniversary of 9th July 2009, the day I started on my first round (by attaining Walla Crag), and I intend that my next walk be around that date this year, so check back then for more updates…
May 23, 2016
It took a lot longer than I thought after walk 109 to return to the District for my next expedition. Bad weather around the end of April put paid to plans at that time, and in May I’ve just been too busy.
But finally, things panned out today so I could get out and complete walk 110. This was short — only 4.75 miles approximately — but no simple stroll, as it took me up to the summit of Blencathra, one of the Lakes’ major mountains, and the first real player that I have gone up a second time.
The climb via Hall’s Fell is described in fulsome terms by Wainwright — so was it as good as he makes out? Certainly this was a fine walk, but to get my full review you’ll have to look at the walk 110 page.
As of today, then, I have done 39 of the 330 Wainwrights a second time, thus have 291 to go. I have several more years of this yet I am sure, so keep checking in… But you won’t have to wait that long, because the next walk is planned for this weekend, weather permitting.