Bleaberry Fell summit

The summit of Bleaberry Fell: Bass Lake behind; Miss Daisy Lee nearer the camera

Proving I am not a solitary, misanthropic creature 100% of the time, I was joined today by five other members of my family on the simple but very enjoyable ascent of Bleaberry Fell, and so went walk 41 – the third in five days (but the last for a little while). Some glorious views, to which, hopefully, the photos do justice.

As of today then I have bagged 125 of the 214 Wainwrights, thus have 89 to go. I have walked a total of 390.62 miles and ascended a total of approximately 115,462 feet.

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Devoke Water

Devoke Water and its mysterious little building. Green Crag is in the background on the left; the small hill in the middle distance is Seat How.

Two days after my last walk, which featured one of the best passages in the whole project so far, yesterday’s walk 40 featured one of the worst, as a terribly boggy and bracken-choked path turned a nice sunny morning unpleasant. I don’t want to focus on the irritations however, so let’s also add that this was an interesting walk with some good pictures – but a long one, considering it only bagged one fell (Green Crag).

Anyway, it means I have today bagged 124 of the 214 Wainwrights, thus have 90 to go. I have walked approximately 384.53 miles and ascended a total of approximately 113,973 feet.

Also I would like to put in a word here for my wife Clare, whose physical exertions this weekend will surpass my own; as I type she is being bussed over to Barrow-in-Furness for the start of her first half-marathon – across the sands of Morecambe Bay! And it’s warm and sunny out there… I wish her luck. She is raising money for the NSPCC and Tommy’s; if you would like to sponsor her please see her page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runbunny.

Near Nethermost Pike summit

Near Nethermost Pike summit - Helvellyn in the background

Two more fells done today, big ones too: Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike, on walk 39. On those pages you can hear me wax lyrical about the middle section of this walk particularly – a brilliant climb up through the dramatic, but deserted Ruthwaite Cove then up Nethermost’s east ridge. Thoroughly enjoyable. As of today, then, I have bagged 123 of the 214 Wainwrights, thus have 91 to go. I have walked a total of 371.17 miles and ascended approximately 111,600 feet.

Incidentally, you might like also to look at this story about my project in UK Hillwalking magazine.

In August I’m going to start selling a calendar I have put together, showcasing the best pictures from this web site, as a fundraiser, so keep an eye out for that too.

More walks coming very soon – one this weekend and one on Monday, hopefully…