Update Archive

June 2017

I am now back from my second 2017 trip to the Lake District. An epic 8-nighter seeing me move around between Penrith, Ennerdale, Ravenglass and Wasdale! Certainly one of my favourite trips in which I completed some new favourite walks, including the Eskdale peaks of Green Crag, Harter Fell and Hard Knott, and a return to Scafell Pike via Mickledore, then onto Lingmell and Kirk Fell via The South Traverse of Great Gable! I have a lot of typing to do, but will look to pump out the remaining trip reports in a steady fashion over the summer, beginning with my walk to Clough Head and the Dodds via Fisher’s Wife’s Rake which will be up soon.

 

May 2017

I have just posted the first trip report from my Easter visit to Keswick – a return to Latrigg. Somewhat disappointingly, I arrived in the Lake District while starting to come down with a cold/flu and had to take it easy – even taking Good Friday off to rest up. Well down on the number of fells I was attempting to add (23), an epic final day when I was feeling a little better saw me bag a further nine fells, bringing the total for the trip up to 17 – my most productive Easter trip so far! I will try to finish another trip report in the coming week before heading back to The Lakes at the end of the  month for something a little different. Rather than being based in one town, I will be moving about, staying in Penrith, Ennerdale Bridge, Ravenglass and Wasdale  over the course of 8 days with some set in stone routes that I would appreciate some assistance with from the weather gods!

 

April 2017

The final trip report from my October trip is now up covering a long walk and another milestone in Wainwright number 107! – The Climbers Traverse, Bowfell and a Great End (to the first half!)

I have also updated my Gallery List to include new, or improved photos of:

Base Brown

Brandreth

Esk Pike

Glaramara

Green Gable

Kirk Fell

Thunacar Knott

Next I will be heading back to the Lake District for my traditional Easter visit to Keswick!

 

March 2017

The first trip report from my October 2016 visit is now up. Covering day one of an eight night stay between Penrith and Ambleside. This one features my first visit to Pooley Bridge, trip on an Ullswater steamer and a walk around the Far Eastern Martindale Fells.

I have also updated my Gallery List to include new photos of:

Arthur’s Pike

Beda Fell

Bonscale Fell

Gowbarrow Fell

Hallin Fell

Steel Knotts

The Nab

The stats below are correct up to the last fell I have written about, now including up to Hallin Fell.


The second trip report from my October visit is now up – Gowbarrow Fell and the Mell Fells from my base in Penrith.

I have also updated my Gallery List to include new photos of:

Great Mell Fell

Little Mell Fell

Place Fell

The stats below are correct up to the last fell I have written about, now including up to Gowbarrow Fell.


The third trip report – a short walk from Patterdale to Angletarn Pikes and Brock Crags – is now up.

I have also updated my Gallery List to include new or improved photos of:

Arnison Crag

Birks

Gray Crag

Hartsop-Above-How

Rest Dodd

Sheffield Pike

The stats below are correct up to the last fell I have written about, now including up to Brock Crags.


The fourth trip report is now up covering, an afternoon walk to Cold Pike and Pike O’ Blisco after transferring base to Ambleside for the second half of my October trip.

I have also updated my Gallery List to include new or improved photos of:

Blea Rigg

Cold Pike

Crinkle Crags

Great Carrs

Grey Friar

Loft Crag

Pike O’ Blisco

Pike O’ Stickle

Rossett Pike

Swirl How

Wetherlam

The stats below are correct up to the last fell I have written about, now including up to Pike O’ Blisco.


I have now published the Fifth trip report from my October trip – A walk around the Coniston Fells, reaching the milestone of 100 Wainwrights!

I have also updated my Gallery List to include new or improved photos of:

Brim Fell

Dow Crag

Great Carrs

Green Crag

Grey Friar

Hard Knott

Harter Fell

Lingmoor Fell

Coniston Old Man

Pike O’ Blisco

Sca Fell

Scafell Pike

Slight Side

Swirl How

Wetherlam

The stats below are correct up to the last fell I have written about, now including up to Dow Crag.


The Sixth trip report from my October trip is now up – Black Fell & Holme Fell via Tarn Hows. I have also updated my Gallery List to include new or improved photos of: Black Fell, Holme Fell, Lingmoor Fell and Silver How. Next will be the final trip report that will bring this site up-to-date before I head back to the Lake District for my traditional Easter visit to Keswick!

The Stats below are correct up to the last fell I have written about – now including up to Holme Fell


February 2017

The first trip report from my August 2016 trip to Keswick is now up after a lengthy delay attempting to recover the photos I had lost when my phone died! This trip report is illustrated with some generic creative commons photos from the web – it was a wet and windy one anyway so not much has been missed there!

The stats below are correct upto the last fell I have written about, Lord’s Seat.


The second trip report from my August 2016 visit to Keswick is now up, covering my walk to Knott and the Uldale Fells Back O’Skiddaw. Once again missing all the mobile phone pictures I took during the first half of the day, but more than made up for with photos on the camera taken when the weather finally improved, for what felt like the first time that year!

I have also updated the Gallery List to include new or improved photos of :

Bakestall

Binsey

Brae Fell

Great Calva

Great Cockup

Great Sca Fell

Knott

Longlands Fell

Meal Fell

The stats below are correct up to the last fell I have written about, now including up to Great Cockup.


The third trip report from my August 2016 visit to Keswick is now up, covering my walk to the Loweswater Fells. Once again missing all the mobile phone pictures I took during the first couple of hours. I have also updated the Gallery List to include new or improved photos of:

Grasmoor

Wandope

Whiteside

Starling Dodd

Great Bourne

Blake Fell

Hen Comb

Gavel Fell

Mellbreak

The stats below are correct up to the last fell I have written about, now including up to Burnbank Fell.


The final trip report from my August 2016 visit to Keswick is now up – The High Stile Range via Sheepbone Rake! Lost photos on dead mobile are most missed here where I have lost some cool panoramas from up top, and everything while scrambling on Sheepbone Rake. 🙁 Oh Well..

I have also updated my Gallery List to include new or improved photos of the following:

Crag Fell

Green Gable

Grey Knotts

Hen Comb

Knott Rigg

Lank Rigg

Pillar

Rannerdale Knotts

Red Pike (Buttermere)

Robinson

The stats below are correct up to the last fell I have written about, now including up to Red Pike.


January 2017

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2017!

Excuse the lack of updates over the last few months, I had a technical problem with my phone (It stopped working!), and have lost a lot of photos from my August trip to Keswick! With the cost of data recovery coming in at more than the cost to just return and re shoot, I am now forced to proceed with out them. I will most likely use other people’s photos, particularly for the first day trip report where all photos were on the phone. These trip reports will start to be published in February 2017, and will shortly be followed by the write ups of my final 2016 trip to Penrith and Ambleside in October.

 

July 2016

I have now published the final trio of trip reports from my Easter visit to Keswick. The first, covering my Good Friday walk to Great Gable, the second on my trip to Ling Fell and Sale Fell, and the final part on my walk around Buttermere.

The stats below are correct up to the latest trip I have written about, now including up to Sale Fell.

I have also updated my Gallery List to include new or improved photos of the following fells:

Allan Crags
Brandreth
Fleetwith Pike
Great End
Grey Knotts
Haystacks
High Crag
High Stile
Rannerdale Knotts
Sale Fell
Scafell Pike
Ullscarf
Wandope
Whiteless Pike
Yewbarrow

June 2016

I have just published the trip report for the second day of my Easter trip to Keswick. Atrocious conditions on Binsey meant little in the way of good photos or much enjoyment! That will go down as one to return to in better weather, but the trip report and what photos I could get with my phone are here.

May 2016

I have now returned from my first visit to Lakeland of 2016, staying five nights in
Keswick over Easter. My previous good luck with the Cumbrian weather gods came to an
end with a very wet and worse- windy trip! I still managed to get up another 8 fells,
including Great Gable, my main target for the trip, on a relatively fine Good Friday.
I only got to see a clear view from a couple of fells due to cloud and clag, compared
with 60 out of 61 clear views on my previous trips (though Walla Crag and Helvellyn
both took two trips!). A little disappointed not to at least reach 70 fells overall,
but they will all be there for next time. I was digging big time into my back up plans
and occasionally a spur of the moment back up of the back up! On my final walk, I even
turned back from unpleasant conditions on Rannerdale Knotts for a walk around Lake
Buttermere instead. Still another positive is I got to try out my new camera and take
lots of shots of previously unseen tops in the Western Fells. My first trip report on
my walk up Barf is now published. I have updated my Gallery List with new or improved
photos of :

Barf
Binsey
Lord’s Seat

 

April 2016

I have now returned from my first visit to Lakeland of 2016, staying five nights in
Keswick over Easter. My previous good luck with the Cumbrian weather gods came to an
end with a very wet and worse- windy trip! I still managed to get up another 8 fells,
including Great Gable, my main target for the trip, on a relatively fine Good Friday.
I only got to see a clear view from a couple of fells due to cloud and clag, compared
with 60 out of 61 clear views on my previous trips (though Walla Crag and Helvellyn
both took two trips!). A little disappointed not to at least reach 70 fells overall,
but they will all be there for next time. I was digging big time into my back up plans
and occasionally a spur of the moment back up of the back up! On my final walk, I even
turned back from unpleasant conditions on Rannerdale Knotts for a walk around Lake
Buttermere instead. Still another positive is I got to try out my new camera and take
lots of shots of previously unseen tops in the Western Fells. I hope to have the first
trip report posted in the coming week or two and update my gallery as I go.

March 2016

The final trip report from my October visit to Ambleside has now been posted. My next trip to Lakeland is booked in for Easter in a few weeks and a return to Keswick where I will be focusing mainly on the Western fells. The stats below are now up to date. I have updated my gallery list with new or improved photos of:

Gray Crag
Harter Fell
High Street
Ill Bell
Kidsty Pike
Mardale Ill Bell
Rampsgill Head
Rest Dodd
Sallows
Scafell Pike
Shipman Knotts
Sour Howes
The Knott
Thornthwaite Crag
Troutbeck Tongue

February 2016

Some technical issues with the website are now being resolved, thanks largely to my
lovely cousin. My last article on my trip to Red Screes has been reposted and I will
be restoring pics to my gallery list soon. The stats below are correct up to my ascent
of Red Screes. The last trip report of my October visit will be posted soon, before I
head back to the Lake District for the first trip of 2016 at Easter in a few weeks!

January 2016
Happy New Year!

My latest article on my visit to the Langdale Pikes has just been posted, and I hope
to get the remaining two trip reports posted before the end of February. The stats
below will be correct upto the latest walk that I have written about – now including
upto Blea Rigg.

I will shortly be updating my Gallery List with new or improved photos of the
following:

Allen Crags

Blea Rigg

Bow Fell

Crinkle Crags

Esk Pike

Glaramara

Harrison Stickle

High Raise

Lingmoor Fell

Loft Crag

Pavey Ark

Pike O’ Blisco

Pike O’ Stickle

Rossett Pike

Seat Sandal

Sergeant Man

Tarn Crag

Thunacar Knott


 

I have updated my gallery list with new or improved photos taken on the fourth day of
my last visit to Ambleside. This includes photos of:

Glenridding Dodd

Sheffield Pike

White Side

Catstye cam

Helvellyn

Nethermost Pike

Seat Sandal

Fairfield

Place Fell

Birkhouse Moor

The gallery itself has been moved to a permanent page, now divided into 11 pages of no
more than 20 images per page, to make it a lot more user friendly. More photos will be
added after each of the next five trip reports, covering my final trip of 2015, once I
have processed the photos for these reports.

My next article on my visit to the Langdale Pikes will be posted soon. The stats below
will be correct upto the latest walk that I have written about – now including upto
Seat Sandal.

 

December 2015

I have updated my gallery list with new or improved photos taken on the third day of
my last visit to Ambleside. This includes photos of:

Calf Crag

Gibson Knott

Helm Crag

Seat Sandal

Silver How

Steel Feel

Tarn Crag

The gallery itself has been moved to a permanent page, now divided into 11 pages of no
more than 20 images per page, to make it a lot more user friendly. More photos will be
added after each of the next five trip reports, covering my final trip of 2015, once I
have processed the photos for these reports.

My next article on my first visit to Striding Edge will be posted in the coming days.
The stats below will be correct upto the latest walk that I have written about – now
including upto Seat Sandal.

 

November 2015

I have updated my gallery list with new or improved photos taken on the first few days of my last visit to Ambleside. This includes photos of:

Caudale Moor
Coniston Old Man
Froswick
Heron Pike
Ill Bell
Low Pike
Nab Scar
Red Screes
Sallows
Sour Howes
Swirl How
Thornthwaite Crag
Troutbeck Tongue
Wansfell
Wetherlam
Yoke

The gallery itself has been moved to a permanent page, now divided into 11 pages of no more than 20 images per page, to make it a lot more user friendly. More photos will be added after each of the next five trip reports, covering my final trip of 2015, once I have processed the photos for these reports.

My next article on my walk around a few of the Grasmere Fells will be posted in the coming days. The stats below will be correct upto the latest walk that I have written about – now including upto Steel Fell.

October 2015

I’ve now returned from a great week in Ambleside. Continuing my fantastic luck with the Lakeland weather, there was little more than two hours rain for the entire eight day stay! I managed to bag another 28 fells around the Far Eastern, Eastern and Central Fells areas. My trip down to Coniston being put back until next year as after three days of hard walking, I found I really needed a day off, (and a chance to wash all my muddy trousers!) That will be my last trip to the Lake District for 2015 sadly, but I am delighted the latest additions now bring my Wainwright total up to 61, with 50 of those being added in 2015! Continuing at fifty per year would be nice, but I suspect harder going along, unless I utilize a car along the way to help reach those fells not easily accessible from Keswick or Ambleside. But I will think about that in the future. One glaring omission when looking here is that I have yet to bag a single fell in the Western area! That will be remedied on my first spring visit of 2016, with many of those fells being reachable from Keswick via buses to Seatoller, Honistor or Buttermere. For my Gallery List I will be adding new pictures of:

Crinkle Crags

High Street

High Raise (Far East)

Swirl How

Brim Fell

Rampsgill Head

Allen Crags

Thornthwaite Crag

Glaramara

Kidsty Pike

Harter Fell (Far East)

Dow Crag

Grey Friar

Wetherlam

Caudale Moor

High Raise (Central Fells)

Mardale Ill Bell

Ill Bell

The Knott

Sergeant Man

Kentmere Pike

Ullscarf

Thunacar Knott

Froswick

Pike O’ Stickle

Yoke

Pike O’ Blisco

Pavey Ark

Gray Crag

Loadpot Hill

Wether Hill

Middle Dodd

Grey Crag

Little Hart Crag

Shipman Knotts

Hartsop above How

Angletarn Pikes

Steel Fell

Blea Rigg

Calf Crag

High Hartsop Dodd

Sallows

Stone Arthur

Wansfell

Sour Howes

Gibson Knott

Helm Crag

Silver How

Troutback Tongue

I also have numerous improved photos of many others. These will be uploaded in time. I have the next six posts for my Ambleside walks written on paper and ready to post once I have added maps and sorted photos. I hope to have everything done and posted before Christmas. My next article on my walk to Wansfell will be posted in the coming days. The stats below will be correct upto the latest walk that I have written about – now including upto Wansfell.


 

September 2015

I’ve recently returned from a non walking weekend in the Lakes with the family. (Still
managing to bag another cheeky Wainwright with a morning up High Rigg! (Coming soon),
and am looking forward to a return to Ambleside, which is all booked up for a whole
week in October! Weather depending I have some fairly ambitious plans. A first look at
the Far Eastern Fells. A lot of the remaining fells in the southern half of the
Eastern Fells, hopefully including my first go on Striding Edge. The Langdale Pikes
and the Central Fells around Grasmere. And finally a trip to Southern Fells and a go
at the Coniston group. So my full rough list of intended fells is currently:

Far Eastern Fells

Wansfell
Sour Howes
Swallows
Troutbeck Tongue
Yoke
Ill Bell
Froswick
Thornthwaite Crag
Caudale Moor

Eastern Fells

Red Screes
Middle Dodd
Little Hart Crag
High Hartstop Dodd
Birkhouse Moor
Nethermost Pike
Dollywaggon Pike
Seat Sandal
Stone Arthur

Central Fells

Blea Rigg
Pavey Ark
Harrison Stickle
Loft Crag
Pike O’Stickle
Thunacar Knott
Sergeant Man
High Rise
Calf Crag
Gibson Knott
Helm Crag

Southern Fells

Wetherlam
Great Carrs
Grey Friar
Swirl How
Brim Fell
Dow Crag
Old Man of Coniston

36 fells! Two days in each of the Far, East and Central and one down in Coniston. Very
ambitiuos and a lot will depend on the weather. I am intending to keep my fitness up
in the mean time and give it a go- see how many of them I can get done!

 


 

August 2015

After a non-hiking Lakes visit coming up in September 2015 with the lovely wife and
mother, I hope to return to Lakeland at least once more in 2015. (Winter is coming!)
This time a return to Ambleside I think, with the intention of having a go at some of
the Far Eastern Fells, the Langdale Pikes and a return to Helvellyn via Striding Edge,
weather permitting. I would also like to do a winter skills course early in 2016 to
avoid six month exiles from the Lake District fells.