Sunbeams in Great Langdale

Sunbeams in Great Langdale

I’ve just come back from a week’s holiday in the Lake District during which I managed to do four walks, and bag a total of ten summits over about 45 miles of walking and 12,000 feet of climbing — so these ten summits were hard-earned! Even more so as the weather wasn’t particularly great — there were occasional bursts of sunlight (as on this shot) and no one got a total soaking, but for sure, it was cold and windy all week, at least on the tops of mountains. But I’m not complaining too much. (Just a little bit.)

As ever you can read full details on the walks in their separate pages on this site, which amount to the following:

Joe at the quarry

Joe investigates the quarries of Coniston Old Man on walk 132

Following that week’s exertions then, as of today I have bagged 116 of the 330 Wainwrights in my second round, and have 214 to go. There should be another walk in August, hoping for better weather…

Devoke Water

Devoke Water, Water Crag and some very cute little fluffy clouds

These last couple of days have seen me exploiting a) my last chance to get a break before the university term starts up again and b) some decent weather. In fact, yesterday, 16th September, was utterly glorious, one of the best days of weather I’ve ever had in the Lakes. Walk 101 saw me complete the Devoke Water circuit and Stainton Pike chapters.

Prior to that, on 15th Sept, I reached the milestone of walk 100 with a hike in the very westernmost fringe of the District, taking in Cold Fell and Ponsonby Fell. Not an exciting walk, but a decent one; the weather wasn’t quite as good but the sunshine and shadows made for some excellent views. I particularly liked this photo of Haycock above the valley of Worm Gill.

Haycock from Cold Fell

Haycock from Cold Fell.

As of today then, I have bagged 320 of the 330 Wainwrights and thus have ten to go. Eight of them are in the far east of the District, not exactly difficult to get to but requiring a very long walk, possibly even a two-dayer. Whether I will find an opportunity to do these before Christmas depends almost entirely on the weather. But if I don’t, I’ll get some more ‘second-round’ walks in, to get my fix that way. In the mean time, have a look at the walk 100 and walk 101 pages if you would like more details (and photos).

Seat How and Devoke Water

Seat How and Devoke Water, viewed from Rough Crag. The pyramid in the background is Caw.

Hot on the heels of walk 90, done four days previously, comes walk 91 of my project, which saw me do another 14.7 miles (thus making nearly 30 for the week). The route started in Eskdale and went over three of the fells on the ‘Devoke Water circuit‘ including the very cute little tor of Seat How (pictured). Then Hesk Fell and its subsidiary, The Pike, were added to make five summits for the day. Despite chill winds and some hassles with route towards the end of the walk, this was a good one and I feel like the Christmas period has been well spent. Read about it in full on the walk 91 page.

Duddon Valley scene

Another Duddon Valley scene. At least these later winter finishes mean more walking in the ‘Golden Hour’…

As of today, then, I have bagged 286 of the full list of 330 Wainwrights and have 44 to go. Hopefully the next walk will be done in the next two weeks, though at this time of year I am at the mercy of the weather. I have somewhere between 11-13 walks left to go (depending on how I slice up some of the harder-to-reach fells in the east) and it would be nice to get them done before the summer of 2015 is out, so that’s my target.