Brant Fell summit

The summit of Brant Fell, looking south, with Windermere below.

Walk 155 took place yesterday as I type, 20th December, and like all walks done around this time of the Solistice, was grey, damp and rather gloomy. Nevertheless it was good to get out as there was a time when I thought the previous walk, on 2nd November, might end up being the last one of the year. But yesterday I did bag four more summits: the three in the School Knott chapter of the Outlying Fells, and then Brant Fell above Bowness. Read all about it and see more photos on the walk 155 page. The walk mostly took place along the last few miles of the Dales Way, which runs from Yorkshire to Bowness, so another nice feature of it was that there was plenty of good signposting. No one’s going to get lost on this walk.

Dales Way signpost

Follow these: there are plenty of them. This was one of my best-signposted walks.

Almost certainly, that was my last walk of 2018. As of today, I have done 174 of the 330 Wainwrights a second time, meaning I have 156 to go. 2018 contained 15 walks (if the two-day walk 152 is counted as one), and 43 fells were bagged, starting with Latrigg in January and ending with Brant Fell today. This is down on my yearly average for both walks and fells, but never mind. With more time coming up in the new year I hope to pick up the pace a bit. Meanwhile: have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and if you’re out on the mountains, be sensible and stay safe.

Walkers and Windermere

Windermere, and walkers heading off Wansfell for Troutbeck

November 2018 dawned — at least, its second day did — with very fine weather and with Saturdays being unavailable for walking at the moment thanks to an endless run of train strikes, it was fortunate that I was not working on this Friday and able to take advantage of it. The walk I did — walk 154 — had to be an accessible one seeing as I had an event to go to in Lancaster this evening, and so I headed up the Troutbeck valley direct from Windermere station to bag Troutbeck Tongue and Wansfell. Not dramatic fells in themselves but the views could not be faulted. Read all the details and see plenty more photos on the walk 154 page.

Ancient bridge

The ancient clapper-bridge over Trout Beck

Let us not talk about the ineptitude of the train companies any further, merely to note that I had to do this walk rather more quickly than planned. Anyway — it was enjoyable, despite some awkward sections in the middle.

As of today, then, I have done 170 of the 330 Wainwrights on my second round, and have 160 to go.

High Street summit

Walkers approaching the summit of High Street.

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.

Troutbeck Valley

View of the Troutbeck valley, from the Garburn Road. The walk goes along the ridge on the right side.

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.

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 83 completed

May 30, 2014

Summit view from Orrest Head

Admiring the view from Orrest Head summit

A simple walk today, walk 83, both physically and logistically, though complicated by the joys of the new train timetables, and (slightly) by having to get Joe round with me. It’s the half-term holiday at the moment; but that also makes it appropriate that one of the fells bagged today was School Knott, rising above Windermere town. Orrest Head (pictured) and Brant Fell bookended it at each end of walk 83. Have a look at the linked pages for more details.

As of today, then I have done 260 of the 330 Wainwrights in the full list, and have 70 to go.

Loughrigg Fell and rainbow

Loughrigg Fell seen from Latterbarrow

After having stayed over in Bowness last night, today saw the second walk in two days, both with Joe. Walk 76 took us both up the west side of Windermere, using the ferry from Bowness then a walk up Claife Heights and on to Latterbarrow. The second summit made the effort worthwhile as it delivered a spectacular view: the picture here is a taster, several more are on the walk 76 page and the individual fell pages as linked.

I hope to get one more walk in before Christmas but long-running engineering works on the line are going to disrupt all journeys from Hebden Bridge to Preston for the next five months. I’ll just have to see how they affect the journey…

Autumn colours: walk 75

October 28, 2013

Rainbow over Windermere

Rainbow over Windermere, as seen from the ‘Swan’ steamer heading for Bowness

Walk 75 took place today, in the company of my son Joe. Southern England currently recovers from a severe storm (though perhaps not quite as bad as one imagined — eh?); in the remote north-west things were pretty good today. With Joe on half-term holidays there was the need to keep him occupied, what better way than to go to the Lakes and pick off one of the easier remaining Outlying Fells, Finsthwaite Heights, on walk 75. A ramble through golden woodland colours, rainbows, trains, buses, boats and beer…

Add the 16 Outlying Fells so far to the 214 ‘main’ Wainwrights done and that makes 230. There are 330 Wainwrights (main + volume 8) altogether – so I have one hundred to go…