Friday, 11 August 2017

Around Angle Tarn - 10 August

From Beetham Cottage to Boredale Hause and back to Stony Rigg, Heck Crag, Buck Crag and Satura Crag. Descent to Hartsop by the long diagonal path but we declined the final descent, over the stile, to the valley floor.

Consequently we followed the deer fence away from Hartsop and then back on a path through the woods. The latter was a delight and it mattered not at all on a warm sunny day. Only a pity it wouldn't last until tomorrow when we had intended to bag Pillar Rock.

Towards Glenridding
Brothers Water
Towards Helvellyn
Angle Tarn (i)
Angle Tarn (ii)
Angle Tarn (iii)
Fence with Gate
Hartsop Dodd with Raven Crag
Brothers Water

Monday, 7 August 2017

Hartsop Dodd & Raven Crag - 06 August

With about half a day's fair weather we decided the Synge on the side of Hartsop Dodd would make a reasonable objective from Beetham Cottage. We hadn't anticipated the cold wind before climbing into it just below the summit of Hartsop Dodd. The threatening clouds remained high and the rain stayed away long enough for us to reach Raven Crag, descend directly to the valley and walk back to Beetham Cottage.

Hartsop Dodd
Thresthwaite Mouth
Ullswater from Raven Crag

Troutbeck Parish Boundary - 05 August

Another in the occasional series of Westmorland Parish Boundary walks which starts and finishes at Troutbeck Church which is blessed with, just enough, nearby car parking. 

Over Wansfell Pike and down towards Stockghyll to reach the Kirkstone Road for the path to Red Screes. After threaten for while the drizzle became much closer to proper rain requiring waterproof jackets for the climb up Red Screes. This was the last of the rain.

From Red Screes to Kirkstone Pass, St Raven's Edge, Stoney Cove Pike and Thornthwaite Beacon before heading for the Garburn Road by way of Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke. Just below Yoke lies Rainsborrow Crag, a Synge on our "To Do" list, and well worth the diversion. Warm sunshine accompanied our final descent to Troutbeck Church.

Northwest over Rydal Water
North over Brotherswater
Bella on Red Screes
Towards Thornthwaite Beacon
Rainsborrow Crag and Harter Fell in the distance
Garburn Road and Troutbeck

Monday, 31 July 2017

Coope's Dozen - 29 July

The last Saturday before Borrowdale so it must be "Coope's Dozen" - the annual pilgrimage visiting 12 of the 13 or 14 summits on and around Winter Hill.

Perhaps 12 or 14 runners gathered on the start line with about half that number intending to visit all 12 summits. Some of the summits are visited only rarely and very overgrown. This year is the worst I can remember and even the "fast group" took about 5 hours to complete the route. Of the five hours, one and a half were spent walking through thick and tall vegetation. In a couple of places the bracket was over six feet high - none of us could see over the top of it.

This was long day out - good for getting some miles in the legs and spending time on your feet. Fortunately the company was very good because the route was far from enjoyable.

Winter Hill from Hordern Stoops

Monday, 17 July 2017

Kentmere Horseshoe Fell Race - 16 July

A return to fell racing after a year or so's absence. Running on the roads through the winter seems to have worked because I avoided injuring my right knee for the first time for two years. It probably means I don't have enough climbing in my legs for even AM races like this but it is better than being injured.

This is my first time at Kentmere and before the race started I had been joking that I used to think this race wasn't far enough and now I think it might be too far! This isn't entirely a joke because after such a long layoff and many doubts about ever racing again I am more than a little nervous.

After a slow start at the back of the field I begin to sort myself out and pick up some places after the gradient becomes runnable. Descending is enjoyable again and my knee is still fine when I finish. I nearly avoid cramp but am able to run through it and, finally, walk it off after finishing.

Crikey, racing is hard work and on a less good day I am not sure I would have enjoyed it at all. I am glad I did it so perhaps Lakes AMs are the future.

Pete Bland - Fell Running Legend

Kentmere Church


Wondering - where the race goes

The Bernese Oberland - June/July

Not unlike a year ago we abandoned plans to head for Skye at the end of June because of forecasts of poor weather.With a little more time to prepare this year we sorted an apartment  for a week in Wengen above the Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland. We saw rain for only a couple of days and were able to spend the rest of the time high in the mountains. A truly glorious week.

The Eiger, Munch and Jungfrau

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Mannlichen Gipfel Summit

Approaching the Eiger

Kleine Scheidegg

The Eiger from Kleine Scheidegg

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Lauterbrunnen Valley


Towards Grindelwald

The Eiger and Jungfrau

Train from Schnige Platte

The Eiger and Munch

Jungfraufoch Train

Towards Kleine Scheidegg


The Eiger Trail 
The Eiger Trail 

The Eiger Trail 

Grindelwald Train

Murren below the Eiger, Munch & Jungfrau

The Eiger, Munch & Jungfrau

The Eiger, Munch & Jungfrau

The Eiger, Munch & Jungfrau