Thursday, 19 January 2017

Little Fell, A Pennine Nuttall

Out with Bill today, the first time for a long while. I might struggle to get him out for a while again after today mind! We parked near Aisgill Moor Cottages and headed East on the bridleway/footpath towards Hell Gill.

Hell Gill Beck, soon to be the River Eden
Heading up the long shallow slope towards the broad ridge of Lunds there's quite a bit of this!

Bill on the "summit" of Little Fell, it was a shame we didn't get the view to the East towards Great Shunner Fell. There's not much of a cairn....but then thre aren't many stones here either! 

We dropped down into upper Hell Gill and followed the beck back towards Hell Gill itself.
This sheepfold one of two we saw is falling into ruin sadly.

Here almost back at "The Highway" the stream tumbles down into the narrow limestone gorge of Hell Gill proper.

This plaque is adjacent to the old bridge over Hell Gill. It depicts Dick Turpin and no doubt Black Bess I believe, who is said to have roamed hereabouts.

Almost back at the car and a short diversion to see Hell Gill Force.
It needs more water in it to look it's best
Another Nuttall ticked off..I'll soon be in single figures:-)

Thursday, 5 January 2017

A Ramble From Dockray

A wander today over some bumps to the West of Dockray, very cold in the brisk wind. The bonus being that the heavy frost had frozen the normally soggy terrain! Steep and tussocky enough for P's poorly knees....

A birds eye view of the head of Ullswater from the slopes of Common Fell.

Erratic just below the summit of Common Fell.

North..ish from Common Fell, Blencathra beyond Dowthwaite Head.
Another quiet area little visited by the Wainwright pilgrims!

Monday, 2 January 2017

Meldon Hill Via High Cup

Today it was time to tick Meldon Hill off. This is an English Nuttall (2000'er), I've been chipping away at these for over 20 years in a desultory fashion! This year should see the end of them, with any luck!
I can only conclude from today's walk that not many people have completed the Nuttalls....paths were non-existent from what I could see once beyond Maize Beck.
If ever anyone says you're going to be "cast out" this is probably where you'll end up! On with the photos.....

Climbing up the Pennine Way out of Dufton below Peeping Hill, Dufton Pike in the background.

Approaching Narrowgate, High Cup starts to be seen at its best.
Meldon Hill is in the distant distance!

I took the old "flood path" to Maize Beck

The footbridge is still here, I wasn't sure it would be with the new bridge further down Maize Beck making it redundant to a large degree.
Meldon Hill still looked a long way off, and I knew from here the going would be pathless.

Just me and my shadow out today...the terrain hereabouts is best described as "bloody rough", and that's being polite!

High Cup looks along way back from here. Normally as you gain height the going gets easier..not here.

Eventually of course if you stick at it, you reach the top. This is the view to the Northwest, Great Dun Fell, Little Dun Fell and Cross Fell.

The summit? has the remains of a Trig Point, its been demolished. The OS probably didn't ever want to come back here!

I pretty much reversed my outward route, stopping to take some photos of High Cup with the afternoon sun on it.A great day, but tough under the conditions. I was reduced to less than 1mph at one point. 

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

The Naddle Horseshoe

I've done this before was probably 30 years ago or more. It was probably one of those walks when you get back you think to yourself..."I won't ever need to do that again"! This is a walk for lovers of Elephant Grass and Bog, but it is quiet and the absence of paths is a pleasant change for the Lakes.

I parked the car at the foot of the Naddle valley and headed East onto the South ridge. There was a glimpse of Haweswater in the distance.

Contrary to what I've said above there is a track almost to the summit of Harper Hills.
I had a spot of lunch here, and studied the way onwards...I couldn't remember what I did last time!

Powley Hills....Rough! Next top Hare Shaw in the distance.

There are several areas of planting on here, Holly and Juniper from what I could see. 

The view West from Hare Shaw High Street and Kidsty Pike prominent.

Good to get to this gate which never seemed to get any closer for a long while. High Naddle Forest (the next top...not marked on the map!) is to the right of this image.

The top of High Naddle Forest...the size of the cairn gives a clue to the amount of visitors.

Wallow come its got such a fine cairn?
Here we look East.

This is the fine old cairn on Hugh Laithes Pike, an excellent viewpoint. The hanging valley containing Measand Beck is to the right of the cairn.
From here it was a treacherous descent through the trees which was slippy beyond belief back to the car. Not a single person seen, 

Monday, 26 December 2016

Windy Wetherlam! A Boxing Day Blow Out

A "Free" day saw me parked in Tilbirthwaite. Today would be a selfish Christmas present to myself, Wetherlam is a favourite hill at anytime. It was breezy as I left the car, but nothing compared to what I would experience once I gained a bit of height.

Just Me and my shadow out today it seemed!

Across Dry Cove Bottom to Wetherlam Edge and Birk Fell

The Langdale pikes with a scattering of hail on them from the foot of Wetherlam Edge.

On the summit of Wetherlam, it was blowing a real hoolie.
I can't believe this image isn't completely blurred.

Off down Ladstones it was almost impossible to stay on the path until about this point where the ridge levels out.

Looking back up the ridge across a stormy dub.

It was much calmer once I got down to Hole Rake and set off back across the moor to Tilbirthwaite

The day was improving from a sun point of view although still very windy.
A last look up to the old mine workings and dressing floors above Tilbirthwaite Gill.
A short descent beside the gill and I was back at the car, a really invigorating day.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Scratching an Itch...Or Itching a Scratch...Whatever....

Out on the bike this morning, which left only the afternoon for a walk. I decided on Red Screes from Kirkstone with a return over Middle Dodd and Kirkstone Beck. I had just parked when Oscar and his owner @munro277 appeared out of the gloom. We had a good chat until the cold wind got the better of us. I set off up Red Screes with a modified plan because of the dense low cloud. I would just go up to the summit and back....

As I gained a bit of height the cloud thinned, things were looking better.

Once at the summit of Red Screes I could see blue sky above but all around was cloud.
I had a butty and waited to see if it would didn't.
I reverted to my original plan and set off towards Middle Dodd.

It started to clear....

Although as I looked back to Red Screes it was still in cloud.

Brotherswater framed by the dispersing cloud from the "summit" of Middle Dodd (This is a Wainwright with virtually no ascent in coming down from Red Screes!)

Further down the ridge and below the cloud even Place Fell was clear.

This of all things was the reason for todays walk....The Itch I Had to Scratch...this path beside Kirkstone beck was one of the few I have never walked within the Souhern Lakes.
And very pleasent it was as well!

Further up the path passes the Kirkstone...some idiot painted it white a few years ago, thankfully most of the paint has worn off.
Just over the brow I was back at the car.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Round Brotherswater

Dull and overcast today, but as we're close to Christmas the Lakes are relatively quiet. So over Kirkstone we drove to park near Caudale Beck. A clockwise wander was taken...

Through Sykeside Campsite (no tents, several VW Campers tho) and across to Hartsop Hall.
Middle Dodd on the left and High Hartsop Dodd to the right.

Across Brotherswater to Angletarn Pikes and Brock Crags

Lunch was taken with a great view back to Kirkstone, Caudale Moor and red Screes.

Hartsop Dodd reflected in the outflow of Brotherswater 

Back via Hartsop and the East shore, good views across the lake to Dovedale on here.
Only a short walk, nice and level for P.
Back over Kirkstone, down The Struggle to Ambleside for a bit of retail therapy.