Sunday, 14 December 2014

Great Hill – 13 December

A gorgeous, bright, sunny, frosty morning and a trot over Great Hill on the Curry Run route. Pauline’s OROCS were a good choice of footwear – the ground wasn’t completely frozen but there was plenty of ice on the worn paths. A new fence around Black Brook adds a stile and a kissing-gate to the route so I guess my PB (whatever it is) won’t be beaten.



20141213-1-greathill-1-EditWhite Coppice

20141213-2-greathill-4-EditQuarry above White Coppice


All went well until just after leaving Spittler’s Edge and I found a very deep bog – thigh deep and I hadn’t reached the bottom! Fortunately, my shoe stayed on and I was at the far edge of the bog and able to pull myself out without having to roll in it. We came across an Orienteering event for the Territorial Reservists and they can’t be much good because one of the controls was on the summit of Great Hill and another in the car park at White Coppice.


20141213-3-greathill-15-EditWind blown trees on the side of Great Hill

20141213-4-greathill-18-EditDrinkwaters Farm (i)

20141213-5-greathill-20-EditDrinkwaters Farm (ii)

20141213-6-greathill-22-EditFrom Drinkwaters Farm

A slow gentle outing but before we finished my knee was complaining a bit, on the descent through the wood to the goyt. I should have taken a strap and that would have helped but there have been no lasting effects. Just goes to show how much I am going to have to do to get back to anything like my previous level of fitness. The forecast rain arrived as we approached White Coppice making the car park even more treacherous. So much so that a walker slipped and crashed to the ground. Unable to get back on his feet he was reduced to crying for help. Luckily we were joined by a couple of others who helped too and one gave him a lift home to Chorley. “Fortunately,” he said “my wife and daughter will be out because they are always telling me I shouldn’t go out walking on my own”. Not bad for an 86 year old! Hope your ankle is recovering OK today.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Kinder Letterboxes – 06 December

A Rucksack Club walk over Kinder to find some of the “Kinder Letterboxes” – the letterboxes are containers, often plastic boxes, containing  a visitor’s book, stamp and an ink pad. The origin and, indeed, the age of the letterboxes are unknown and finding them provides a navigational challenge and a great day out if the weather is fine. Fine it was apart from an hour or so around lunchtime. Paul found four out of four and we all went home very happy.


20141206-1-kinder-10-EditMorning sun creeping towards Edale

20141206-2-kinder-14-EditFarm house below Kinder

20141206-3-kinder-16-EditGrindsbrook Clough

20141206-4-kinder-26-EditGrindslow Knoll

20141206-5-kinder-31Grindslow Knoll

20141206-6-kinder-34Crowden Brook

20141206-7-kinder-40-EditLooking down Crowden Brook

20141206-8-kinder-45Pig Rock

20141206-9-kinder-52Kinder River letterbox and stamp

20141206-10-kinder-65Mermaid Pool letterbox and stamp

20141206-11-kinder-71Emerging from Red Brook

20141206-12-kinder-73Letterbox near Red Brook

20141206-13-kinder-77-EditAt Kinder Low

20141206-14-kinder-91-EditLooking south west from near Kinder Low

20141206-17-kinder-99Letterbox at Swine’s Back

20141206-15-kinder-97-EditEdale (1)

20141206-16-kinder-98-EditEdale (2)

Monday, 1 December 2014

Pendle Hill – 30 November

From Clithero for a wander with The Rucksack Club over Pendle Hill, down to Ogden Reservoir and back over Spence Moor. The weather couldn’t have been better and the inversion to the south and west of Pendle Hill was fabulous.


20141130_001_Pendle-5-EditGood to know you can still get Fry’s Milk Chocolate in Clithero

20141130_002_Pendle-7Pendle Hill

20141130_003_Pendle-8Sun strikes the fields

20141130_004_Pendle-13-EditFence just catching the sunlight

20141130_005_Pendle-14The first sign of the inversion as clouds pour over the hill

20141130_006_Pendle-24Final pull up on to the top with the Bowland hills beyond

20141130_007_Pendle-39Above Barley

20141130_008_Pendle-42Walking off the the top of Pendle

20141130_010_Pendle-54Looking south west

20141130_011_Pendle-59One of a number of late afternoon flyers

20141130_012_Pendle-65-EditLate afternoon sun on an outbuilding

20141130_013_Pendle-70-EditEasington Fell

20141130_014_Pendle-80Last look at Pendle Hill

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Easington Fell – 23 November

A short run over Waddington Fell and Easington Fell to ‘bag’ our last Lancashire Marilyn and to test my knee which survived a 6 mile run yesterday. I won’t know how my knee is until tomorrow but it seemed pretty good when we finished the somewhat modest 5 miles today.


20141123-1-easington-5Waddington Fell looking towards Longridge

20141123-2-easington-10Over Clithero to Pendle Hill


20141123-3-easington-22-EditWaddington Fell Quarry

20141123-4-easington-30-Edit-2Easington Fell

20141123-6-easington-42Easington Fell

20141123-5-easington-41-Edit-2Easington Fell looking towards Waddington Fell

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Carrock Fell – 15 November 2014

We have a long “tick-list” - Wainwright High Fells (Third Round), Wainwright Outlyers (First Round), FRCC Fells (First Round), Birketts (First Round) and Marilyns (unlikely that we will complete a first round but a very worthwhile list nevertheless) and unlike previous rounds of the High Fells we are now actively trying to complete the other rounds at the same time.

Carrock Fell was on the Third Round and we planned to visit The Tongue but failed to find it in difficult conditions only to find, after we got home, that we had been there in December 2007 so we got our Birkett, just not in the way we planned. Conditions improved later in the day and we enjoyed spectacular skyscapes on our way to Keswick in the late afternoon.


20141115_001_Northernfells-3-EditGate in Mosedale

20141115_002_Northernfells-14-EditSunshine in front on the Mell Fells

20141115_003_Northernfells-20-EditMountain Bike?


20141115_005_Northernfells-59-EditNear Tarn Crag Top ready to descend to Bowscale Tarn looking at Carrock Fell

20141115_006_Northernfells-1006-EditLooking south west towards Derwent Water

20141115_007_Northernfells-1009-Edit-3-EditTowards Keswick from Blakebeck

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Lead Mines Clough – 09 November

Wee run out to the Bomber Memorial for Remembrance Sunday in warm sunshine – almost like last weekend!

20141109_003_leadminesclough-20-EditSunshine through the trees at Rivington

20141109_001_leadminesclough-7-EditWaterfall at the top of Lead Mines Clough

20141109_002_leadminesclough-17-EditWinter Hill