Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy

A rather different day to the last time I was on these hills back in January . A superb days weather today though, the only problems road closures and then actually getting parked. I eventually found a place above Manesty Park. So back up the road I walked to gain a foothold on the first fell of the day....Catbells. This is a hill I've avoided for many years because of the crowds. I had thought it would be relatively quiet midweek in October...how wrong I was! Below are some images of the day, many are panoramas so a click will reveal their full glory...or not YOMV!

From the road I took the forbidden route up Skelgill Bank. The view across Derwentwater to Skiddaw and Blencathra really excellent.

From the summit of Catbells looking North..ish the view is similar but different.

And to the Southwest the upper Newland Valley and it's surrounding hills.

South for me though, along the ridge. Leaving the majority of the crowds behind as well.

Looking back from Bull Crag to Catbells.

After crossing Maiden Moor I arrived at High Spy. It's a great viewpoint for Dale Head, which dominates the image. I had lunch here in the warm sun. 

I managed to get down to the top of tongue Gill dryshod amazingly. The Helvellyn Hills fill the horizon.

After passing through Rigg Head quarries and skirting above Lingy Bank I stopped to take a couple of photos of Castle Crag and the view down Broadslack Gill towards Keswick and Skiddaw.

It was then back to the car using mainly the Cumbria Way as far as brandlehow Bay before climbing back up to the car.
A great day, I'd planned to walk the Newlands Horseshoe, but the road closures made that difficult...this was an excellent 2nd choice.
The Strava track can be found here should anyone want to see the exact route.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Corserine & Shalloch on Minnoch

Today's walks were all about finishing the Southern Upland Corbett's. I drove up after an early start arriving at Forrest Lodge just after 9.30am. At this stage I was unsure whether I would just climb Corserine or drive round and climb Shalloch on Minnoch in the afternoon. Images of the day follow as usual....

They're keen on notices/signs on the Forrest estate!

Off up the logging road, (I was passed by 2 artic's) Corserine is more or less in the centre of the distant ridge.

Out of the forestry and onto the open hill...all looking nicely wild.

Sadly the actual summit was shrouded in low cloud when I was there. I turned round and headed back on the route of ascent.

Just a few metres lower at Hennessey's Shelter and I was below the cloud with a great view over to the East. Cairnsmore of Carsphairn is to the right of the cairn.

Castlemaddy, Goats Crag and Meaul form a long ridge to the North.
I returned to the car nd decided that I had enough energy for the expected effort to climb Salloch on Minnoch. So after a snack drove the 30 odd miles round to the high point of the minor road which runs between Straiton and Newton Stewart.

I decided on a beeline to intersect the ridge...BAD choice! Looking back to the car which is to the right nd beyond the group of trees. This was very hard going.

Once on the broad ridge there was a path, quite wet for much of the way...but a million times easier going than the heather bashing I'd endured earlier.
The prominent highpoint in the photo is the site of the trig but not the actual summit.

The actual summit, and a great view to the South and Southeast. The day had improved dramatically, it was now quite warm even with the breeze.

Looking to the highpoint of Shalloch on Minnoch from the trig.
Back along the broad ridge, all the way this time...

The path went all the way back to the road, very wet in places...but way better than my outward route...even with the km back uphill on the road.
So that's the Southern Upland Corbetts completed. Even though they are the highest hills in the area they would appear by the path usage to be rarely visited...indeed I have met very few other people on them...admittedly generally midweek.
A great days walking/Bagging!

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn

Corbett bagging today, in the Southern Uplands. Cairnsmore of Carsphairn....although you might have guessed that from the title! I drove from home this morning, a bit of a last minute decision. I arrived at the bottom of the track about 10.30 and left the car just before 11.00 am. I used the trade route, here's a few images from the day.

The track follows the Water of Deugh for a while.

Before it climbs away, and crosses the flanks of Willieanna and Dunool. The flanks of Cairnsmore in the distance where shrouded in mist.

Shortly after the track ends the Polsue Burn is crossed at this footbridge. from here the wall leads unerringly to the summit...This is one walk where it would be very difficult to get lost IMHO of course.

The summit...no view to distant unclimbed hills today :-(
I waited for a short while but the was no sign of the mist/cloud clearing.
I descended by exactly the same route of ascent.

Following the wall, not to much of a path as you can see.

A little lower the view to the West, albeit rather hazy.

It wouldn't be Scotland in August without a bit of heather!

I took another picture here because I felt the light was a little better...I'm not so sure now.
A good walk, new ground, and a Corbett and of course a Marilyn tick.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Crummackdale & Thieves Moss

Todays walk started in Austwick in the Dales...the Lakes are out of bound for me until the school holiday madness subsides! From Austwick Bridge I walked up Wood Lane and on towards Wharfe. As usual here are few photos from the day....

Moughton Scar & Austwick Beck from Austwick Bridge

Slightly off route, but always worth a visit this is Washfold above Wharfe

Further up Crummackdale and the skyline between the Gateposts is where I was heading.

The cairn of Capple Bank on Moughton Scar.

Having sheltered from the edge of a passing shower having lunch I crossed over to Thieves Moss.
The above photo is of a recent "dig" by some potholers...there was the sound of a significant fall of water not far in!

It was very windy on the edge of the scar, in-fact the day had deteriorated whilst I'd been out.
Here we look down onto Thieves Moss, with Pen-y-Ghent prominent in the background.
I returned to Austwick by the bridleways and footpaths on the Western edge of Crummackdale.
Today had a bit of an Autumnal feel to it at times...colours should be improving....not quite as much "Green"!

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Carlin Gill and the Hills to the South of Said Gill!

Out with @ianwood2011 today, and a trip to the Howgill fells...avoiding the school holiday hordes. We parked near the foot of Carlin Gill (OS name, I have always understood it to be spelt Carling?) and set off up Carlin Gill with an overcast sky and a stiff breeze.....

We both thought the path used to be more obvious n the lower part of the gill, but the walking isn't very taxing.

Further up the gill narrows and the path climbs above the bed of the gill.

We paused to look up the side beck of Black Force...neither of us have ever ascended this...and looking at the looseness of the "rock" I doubt we ever will!

Not much further up the gill is "The Spout", a bit of scrambling is required to get past this obstacle.
Beyond the waterfall and it's associated scramble the ground levels out a bit, we had our butties in the vicinity of Blakethwaite Bottom. It was then a stiff pull up to.... 

....Docker Knott. Here Ian is checking Viewranger,  I think checking the identity of distant hills.

We then walked the ridge over Over Sale, Taffergill Hill, Stowgill Head, Breaks Head and onto this point which is in fact unnamed on the 1:25000 map. A good view to the South and the 3 peaks tho!

Next on the agenda Fell Head, a superb view down the Lune Valley all the way to Morecambe Bay in the distance. It was incredibly windy here.
It was down hill almost all the way back to the car from Fell Head over Linghaw, Knowles and Back Balk.
A good round this, if it hadn't been so windy we would have probably have walked over to The Calf and back....although it isn't a very logical extension, if that kind of thing bothers you!

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Silver How Wildcamp

A great spell of weather just recently here in the Lakes. As Wednesday is one of my days off work I planned an overnight camp. Parking in Grasmere I decided to head up onto Silver How. Heading round the back of Allan Bank, then up by Wray Gill.....


Seat Sandal, Greenhead Gill and in the distance Fairfield from the track round Allan Bank

Across Wray Gill (normally a reliable source of water but last night only a trickle) to the Eastern Fells...Fairfield et al.

Just over half an hour to the top, I was rewarded with the view to Grasmere (not in this image) and Rydal Water.


Time was getting on, and after a chat with a guy who was also planning to camp (in my preferred spot no less!) it was time to find a likely pitch. In the near distance was where I ended up.

A last look down at the two lakes before I went off to pitch up.

I found a good pitch, soon had the tent up and the sac unpacked. Windermere in the distance.

Not so much unpacked as scattered to the four winds!
Wetherlam in the distance.




Nothing really sunset wise, but the sky o the North was rather good.
I turned in, and had a decent nights sleep.


Dawn didn't bring much in the way of a sunrise, again looking North there was a bit of colour in the sky.

I got packed up and walked back over the summit.
Here looking east, the other temporary residents tent on Silver How.
Then it was back to the car, descended the same way I'd ascended he evening before.
 Enjoyed this short trip! :-)