Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Synge's on the Fringes of the Northern Fells

It was windy today....no that's an understatement...it was ****ing wild! As I'm writing this up I still feel battered. It's been a worthwhile day though, another 4 Synge's bagged although I'd planned 5 :-( I'm into single figures left now, The ones left to do now are bit scattered mind. It's a miracle that all my pictures weren't badly blurred, here's a few images from the day.

I parked at the end of the road in Mosedale and set off West...into a vicious headwind. The actual hill I was going to climb is beyond the heather clad slope in the middle of the photo.

Having walked up the quad track over Cocklakes, I contoured round the head of Burdell Gill and at last the top I was aiming for Pike was looking a bit closer. Its seen here infront of Lonscale Pike...(I'm presuming folk will know which one that is!!)

At last he summit of Pike, Carrock Fell looks quite pointy from this angle.
The wind would be behind me on the way back...thank goodness.

Back round Burdell Gill, and over Coomb Height. I descended the ridge back to the waiting car.

A drive round via Caldbeck to park on the Southern Edge of Aughertree Fell. Then only a short walk to Mickle Rigg...I would say this clump of rushes is the highpoint. The sheet of water in the distance is Overwater. I would be over there later (no pun intended!)
This is the summit of Lowthwaite Fell, Binsey in the background. There is no access to this one so no route description I'm afraid. It was still windy, and by the shape of the grown out hedge it often is!

It was then a rather convoluted route to Castle How, another trespass required to visit the top. this is the  view from the summit looking more or less Northeast.
From here I descended to the road near Orthwaite, and walked back along the lanes to the car, again with the wind behind me. I'd planned another top, but basically just felt knackered!! Not like me :-(
Always good to be out and at least it stayed dry.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Hampsfell....By Train!

Another day with only the afternoon available for a walk. As I'd already been driving in the morning iIdecided to take advantage of the train across the bay. Having parked in Arnside which is really handy for home, I caught the train to Grange-over-Sands for the princely sum of £1.65 return. Ahhh the benefits of the senior railcard! Off  went up Windermere road to enter Eggerslack Wood.

As I headed North through the wood I crossed this stream which had some equipment installed to monitor the strength of the spring I would guess...perhaps giving an early warning to the unfortunate folk who seem to be getting flooded on a far more regular basis.

Once out  of the wood a bridleway leads past High Hampsfield Farm, I then passed this well preserved limekiln.

I then had to climb back over Hampsfell, it was rather breezy and showers were being driven in from the west. Just as I'd found this sheltered spot for a brew and buttie the rainbow appeared over to the East.

No walk on Hampsfell is compete without visiting the Hospice, it was a wild spot today though.

I climbed to the top, the view up into the Lakes showed that the coastal areas were a better bet today.

It was downhill all the way back to the station, and only a short wait for the train back to Arnside.
A bit of a change for me to use the train, an enjoyable afternoon out.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Wansfell Pike With Tim

Out with Tim today, always good to catch up and remember past adventures! We met near Troutbeck church and walked up the recently resurfaced bridleway which leads to the Low Fold area of Troutbeck. It was then up again along Robin Lane, before passing High Skelghyll. We had a look into the murk from Jenkin Crag, then it was up through Skelghyll Woods.
Photos aren't very good I'm afraid :-(.....


The broad leaf woodland was very pleasant to walk through...even in the intermittent rain

Once out on the open fell the rain stopped. This structure was built in connection with the Thrirlmere-Manchester pipeline I believe.
Neither of us could remember having climbed Wansfell by this route before...although we had camped somewhere in this immediate area about 40 years ago! 

A little further up and there's a couple of small quarries. An excellent viewpoint on a better day!

It was misty as we reached Wansfell Pike, seen here in the distance.
We sheltered behind a cross wall for some lunch. The mist cleared and we continued to this summit Baystones. It was then downhill all the way to the cars, across the Hundreds and down Nanny Lane.
Mre paths and bridleways completed the circuit, but not before we had a couple of heavy showers.
A great day!

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Dubbs Road to Garburn Quarry

An easy afternoon walk today, we parked beside the Moor Howe Road near Windermere and wandered along the snow covered Dubbs Road in the Winter sunshine. Great views though.....

Dubbs Reservoir frozen over today, as far as I could tell it never got over -1c today. The sun made it feel warmer tough, no wind either unlike yesterday.

The lower slopes of Wansfell with the Coniston fells beyond.

We only went as far as the quarry today, far enough to take in the wonderful view to the head of the Troutbeck valley...I never tire of this view...Great isn't it!
We returned the way we came, soaking up the sun!

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Some Borrowdale Synge's

The was some doubt as I left home this morning with barely a scattering of snow on the car as to whether I would be able to get over Dunmail Raise due to snow according to the radio. True enough the road was well covered when I got there, just passable...in fact the snowplough was just coming over the top of the pass. Once parked in near Grange in Borrowdale, (where the was much less snow) I headed through the village to start the steep climb to Nitting Haws.
As usual here's a few photos from the day....

This is a favourite path of mine, although steep it seems to gain height quickly and provides amazing views

Like this one back towards Derwentwater, a snow shower passing over Walla Crag & Bleaberry Fell

The path crosses below the dark crag. I stopped here got the axe out and put my Microspikes on

The summit of Nitting Haws, first of today's Synge's. Helvellyn is in the distance.

Another view of the summit rocks of Nitting Haws, Stonethwaite snaking away into the distance.

The snow covered rocks on the top of Low Scawdel looking North.
Skiddaw and Blencathra hanging onto low cloud.

A direct line to my next Synge was out of the question, so I headed upwards to the High Spy ridge.
This proved to be very hard work!! Here looking back to the sunlight on Low Scawdel, it took me 45mins to reach this point as I broke trail through the now very deep drifted snow overlaying deep heather...Oh joy :-(

Cloud was skimming the top of Dale Head, but in the distance the sun was catching Base Brown.

Having floundered down to the col, I picked up the fence which leads unerringly to this point...the summit of High Scawdel. This was my last summit of the day.

I turned to retrace my route beside the fence.

A winter wonderland!

I left the fence and walked down beside Rigghead Quarries, the snow thinned out as I descended.

I crossed Tongue Gill on the bridleway which would lead me back to Grange.

Stopping briefly to take this picture below Castle Crag.
Another great day, I enjoyed today in spite of the flogging through deep snow and vegetation!!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Unclimbed Synge's East of Coniston Water

A wild, windy day today...there would be no pleasure in being up high. Although my current task is leading me to lower tops. My targets today were 2 Synges between Coniston Water and Grizedale Forest. This is an area which is very familiar to me, however I have generally been on 2 wheels of one type or another. I had been very close to both of today's tops, but never visited the actual summits.

As I parked at Dodgson Wood car park on the East side of Coniston Water the wind was whipping across the lake. The view of the Coniston Fells would be ever present during the walk...no bad thing at all!

The permissive path gains height easily...I don't think I've ever been on it before...and once clear of the deciduous woodland the views opened up.

Low Parkamoor, a sign calls it "The Cottage In The Clouds". You'll need to walk or cycle to visit/stay here, no access even for a 4x4..to the door anyway.

Following the bridleway North brings you to within 200m of The Park, seen here at the far right of the image. I have been here countless times over the years...so close yet so far!

This is the view from the summit looking West, this photo doesn't show the intensity of the wind. i had to kneel down to try and steady the camera.


Having retraced my route to just South of Low Parkamoor I headed across the moor then South to reach here Heel Toe Hill! Why is it called that I wonder? This was my second Synge of the day it's actually not far from the Wainwright Outlyer, Top O' Selside.
Black Combe is prominent in the distance.

It was incredibly wild on the top, so it was good to descend back the way I'd walked earlier.
the park is in the middle distance to the left of the conifers in this image.

Once on the bridleway it was back to the car by my outward route.
These Catkins caught my eye..Spring must be on the way, although it didn't feel it today.
A relatively short and easy walk but satisfying to tick a couple more hills off.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Mopping Up

A tidying up sort of day today. Bagging Synge's in the Northeastern corner of the Lakes. I've not got  many left  to tick now, so my thoughts are turning to whats next as I thrash across the pathless terrain on many of these walks. There was a scattering of snow as I left home, rather more when I parked at High Row above Dockray.
Below is a selection of photos from the day.....

First top was Matterdale Common (the high point in this image), There were several people setting off ski touring as I walked along the Old Coach Road.

The path beside Groove Beck made for easy progress, with a sort ascent to the top of Matterdale Common. The cloud was starting to disperse revealing Blencathra and closer to hand Wolf Crags.
 I returned to the car the same way, I was surprised how much snow/ice had gone from the lane back to the A5091

Next on the agenda was Loftshaw Hill, the ascent of which requires a trespass. All I'll say is I parked on the old A66. Blencathra, Scales Fell and Souther Fell formed a great panorama to the West.

Hard to tell exactly where the actual summit was on Loftshaw Hill, probably one of the molehills in the foreground from what I could tell!

This is the summit of Greenah Crag my next Synge of the day, again a trespass is required to visit the top. So I'll leave my description at that, it was rather an uninspiring walk to get here anyway.

This wall corner is top of Hutton Roof, surely the easiest Synge to bag? Only 200m from the road on a public footpath kind of behind someones house!
A great view of Carrock Fell though, and there on the shoulder of High Pike was West Fell my last Synge of the day. 

A short drive from Hutton Roof and I parked at Calebreck. There are many paths heading in the general direction of High Pike and West Fell, I chose to head across to pick up the path above Carrock Beck. Leaving it when South of the summit of West Fell, I made a beeline North picking up the path in the image. the cloud was just skimming the summit of High Pike.

This is the top of West Fell, or at least somewhere round here!
Carrock Fell is in the background.
The wind was bitter, and with no shelter I quickly turned and made as straighta route as possible back to the car. The terrain is generally easy going on these slopes...just the old mine stopes to be wary of!!...Only joking they are further West!
So another area cleared, and other than Greenah Crag a very enjoyable day.