Walk 86 completed

August 24, 2014

Newton Fell (North) summit

Rain comes in over the cairn on top of Newton Fell (North)

Well, that’s some more picked off. Three summits on walk 86, which was an 11.7-mile circuit starting and finishing at Newby Bridge, near the southern tip of Windermere. Bracken and blackberries were the dominant lifeforms (except on Gummer’s How, where there were plenty of other visitors on this holiday weekend). The picture belies the conditions: this was a summer storm around lunchtime, otherwise the day was warm and sunny. Read the details on the walk 86 page.

As of today then, I have bagged 270 of the full list of 330 Wainwrights — 60 to go. I also approach (at 272 fells) the halfway point of volume 8. Next walk mid-September, hopefully.


Walk 85 completed

August 8, 2014

Buck Barrow summit rocks

Summit rocks of Buck Barrow, Duddon Estuary in the background.

In mostly warm sunshine yesterday (7th August) I hauled myself and an unnecessarily excessive amount of luggage around 15.1 miles of terrain in the south-west of the District, thus completing walk 85. The five summits bagged came from two of the chapters in Wainwright’s Outlying Fells, namely Stainton Pike and Whit Fell. A good walk with fine views, but a long one…

I seem to have been doing the OFs for ages now but am still not yet half-way through the 116 summits in that book, having by now done 53 of them for a total of 267 of the 330 Wainwrights. I do plan a (short and easy!) walk next week, so keep checking back for more updates…