Ullswater from the Brown Hills

Ullswater from the Brown Hills

I said last time I was hoping to get two walks a month in for most of 2019, but didn’t quite anticipate that January would see me attain this target before it was 10 days old. Nevertheless, the weather yesterday, January 9th, was far too agreeable to waste sat in an office so out I went to Ullswater. Walk 157 bagged me three fells, Gowbarrow Fell, Hart Side (now bagged in excellent weather on both rounds) and Stybarrow Dodd — and the rather good view of Ullswater that you see here. More pictures and a full route description can, as usual, be found on the walk 157 page.

Stybarrow Dodd summit

Stybarrow Dodd summit

Despite this early burst of activity in the year, I don’t really have another good chance to get out now until February, so that’s it for a little while. As of today, I have bagged 181 of the 330 Wainwrights in my second round, thus have 149 to go.

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Joe on Angletarn Pikes summit

Joe relaxes on Angletarn Pikes summit

Walk 150 — a milestone to reach. But as I’m still not halfway through the second round there’s still enough of the Lake District left to allow some flexibility on the day. I headed out with Joe this morning intending to do Caudale Moor and some other fells around Kirkstone, but everything above 2,000 feet was in cloud today making a lower-level walk more desirable. Hence walk 150, which took us up to the fine double summit of Angletarn Pikes and then along the ridge to Beda Fell, dropping down to Howtown. A straightforward walk but one well worth doing. Full details and more photographs are on the walk 150 page. Along with a rant about private capital and the moronocracy, but you can skip that bit.

Deepdale and Hartsop above How

Deepdale, from Angletarn Pikes. Hartsop above How is the ridge embracing the valley.

As of today then, I have bagged 159 of the 330 Wainwrights on my second round, and thus have 171 to go. The next walk should be in two weeks’ time, weather permitting — though as the pictures show today, cloud is not necessarily to be avoided, if dramatic scenes are what you seek out.

Raise from White Side

Looking back to Raise, from White Side

In the two walks done at the start of November, I was out on the fells (admittedly fairly low ones) without need for an outer fleece or jacket. But not yesterday, 29th November — for as you can see I was up above the snowline in the Helvellyn range. Walk 139 was fairly short, at just 6.5 miles, but there was plenty of climbing needed to bag four fells: Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike, Raise and White Side. The latter two were also done in the snow the first time round, making them the first fells in this project to be bagged twice in snow each time. Which, for White Side, is fairly appropriate I suppose.

Thirlmere

View of Thirlmere on the descent. No zipwires, please (see commentary)

As of today, then, I have bagged 130 of the 330 Wainwrights on my second round, thus have exactly 200 to go. I hope to get one more in before Christmas, but it does all depend on the weather in the week of the 18th December.

One more thing while you’re here. I’m not against development per se but the idea that the worth of the Thirlmere valley will be enhanced by running zipwires across the lake might be one that, like me, you find faintly ludicrous. If so, it’s probably not a bad idea to register your objection to the scheme before it gets past the planning authorities. See this page from the Friends of the Lake District site for more information about the scheme and how to register your objection. Thank you.

Martindale

View south to Martindale

Five weeks had passed since my previous walk, I hadn’t intended to go so long but a combination of too much work, poor weather and dubious health meant that it happened. Yesterday, 6th February, opened up however. The weather was quite pleasant in the morning but did deteriorate, so I chose a walk — walk 124 — that could start and finish fairly early. It took me from Pooley Bridge at the foot of Ullswater, over Dunmallet, Little Mell Fell and Great Mell Fell: not particularly exciting walking, but what I needed, and the views were good.

Little Mell Fell summit

Little Mell Fell summit: Pennines behind

As of this morning then I have bagged 90 Wainwrights on my second round, thus have 240 to go. I hope the next walk will be on Saturday February 18th, and I need to start getting round to the west edge of the District, as I’ve rebagged hardly any from over there. Meanwhile, please do have a look at the walk 124 page for more details on yesterday’s ramble.

Sad news from Cumbria

December 7, 2015

River Eamont

The River Eamont, from the bridge that Pooley Bridge is named for.

Very sad to hear the news over the weekend, with intense rain leading to major flooding in the Lake District and elsewhere in Cumbria and north Lancashire. The bridge over the Eamont at Pooley Bridge, at the foot of Ullswater, has collapsed because of the rain: on the right it is pictured as this river normally looks; but see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35021614 . The bridge which takes the old ‘Railway Path’ from Keswick to Threlkeld is also down. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-35015243 for more updates. Very sad 😦

Bonscale Tower and Ullswater

Bonscale Tower and its view of the foot of Ullswater.

In my opinion Ullswater is the most beautiful of the District’s lakes, and on walk 84 I spent a few hours in its vicinity, taking the boat to Howtown and then walking back to Pooley Bridge at the lake’s outflow.

This walk took me to two of the remaining Outlying Fells, Heughscar Hill and Dunmallet, but also to three of the summits in Wainwright’s volume 2, namely Bonscale Pike, Loadpot Hill and Arthur’s Pike. I am now keeping a proper tab on all those summits I have reached twice, because I might as well start thinking about a second round of the full 330. So on those fell pages you can now see proper records of when each fell has been done more than once. So far there have been 8 of this second round of 330.

Ullswater and Catstycam

View from the Ullswater boat. Catstycam is unmistakeable in the background.

However, the first round is still going on — and will be for at least another 18 months I reckon, as despite all my efforts over the last 13 months I’m still not yet halfway through volume 8. As of today I have bagged 262 of the 330 Wainwrights, thus have 68 to go. My next walk will be on 19th July, pretty much rain or shine, as that will be the exact 5th anniversary of my first walk. And no, I still haven’t used a car.