Monday, 20 October 2014

Wasdale – 19 October

The morning after the “Joss Dinner” and with the weather poor and forecast to deteriorate we blew away the cobwebs with a walk around the end of the lake with a number of last night’s Dinner party including, of course, Joss.


20141019_001_jossdinner-89-EditYewbarrow and more shrouded in low clouds

20141019_002_jossdinner-92-EditYewbarrow again but with some of the screes more distinct on the right

Furness Fells – 18 October

The Furness Fells lie at the south end of Coniston Water and contain a collection of Wainwright’s Outlying Fell, Birketts and one of the four outstanding FRCC fells we have still to visit. Under heavy low clouds we visited the two ridges to the south of Top o’Selside, then drove over to Blawith Knott to visit the two summits there to give a total of 8 ‘ticks’ for the day. More would have been done but for the difficulty in finding the car parks on the east side of Coniston Water – they may well be there or they may have been closed since my map was published but either way they aren’t visible from the road, which is an odd characteristic for a car park.

20141018_001_jossdinner-3-EditMorecambe Bay




20141018_002_jossdinner-9-EditTowards Kirby Moor wind farm (just visible on the skyline)

20141018_004_jossdinner-61-EditChimney at Stanton Bridge

20141018_003_jossdinner-54-EditLane at Stanton Bridge

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Langdale Horseshoe – 11 October

With a week’s walking in Mallorca just around the corner and wet, slippery conditions almost certain in Langdale the only sensible decision was to look after my knee and not race. Although I should have made my “final” decision earlier I wondered and wondered until late Friday when I reluctantly accepted that not running was the best option. Doctor thinks I have some damage to the cruciate ligament but that physio and some strengthening exercises will sort it out. I can’t say I share his optimism but it has to be worth trying. With the Winter Hill fell race a thing of the past I don’t intend racing again until April which should be plenty of time to get things sorted.

20141011_001_langdale-15Rhys leads the field out on to the fells

20141011_002_langdale-106Towards the Crinkles

20141011_003_langdale-111-EditTowards the Crinkles (II)

20141011_004_langdale-116-EditTowards the Crinkles (III)

20141011_005_langdale-176The Bad Step

20141011_006_langdale-177-Edit-2Running away from below the Bad Step

20141011_001_langdale-198The Langdale Pikes beyond The Band

20141012_008_langdale-44-EditRaw Head (Sunday morning)

20141012_003_langdale-58-EditRobertson Lamb Hut (Sunday morning)

We watched the race, did some gentle peak-bagging and thoroughly enjoyed the day, especially when the clouds began to clear out as we were approaching the Crinkles. A misty start to Sunday morning created very atmospheric conditions before we left the Lakes to head to Buxton to see Charlie Ramsay at the mountain festival.


More photos here

Monday, 6 October 2014

White Hill & Burn Fell – 05 October

White Hill is one of our remaining two Marilyns on Lancashire, Easington Fell being the other and as on at least one previous occasion we planned to visit it on the way home but as before, time slipped away faster than planned. So having recorded what we didn’t do it is time to move to what we did do. From as far up the Hornby Road as it is legal to drive we ran up Croasdale to just short of the quarry and took the track on the right towards White Hill. The track soon finishes but there are bits and pieces of trods that take you to within site of one of the survey pillars. The summit and Trig Point are a little way beyond and this must be one of the few hills in England without a network of paths leading to its summit. Fortunately the heather isn’t particularly high and the bogs are pretty dry so the final stretch isn’t too bad.

20141005-1-bowland-9-EditWhite Hill Trig Point with a survey pillar in the distance

The return to Hornby Road was better because a faint trod follows the fence back to the road from where we took a wonderful, way marked path to Whitendale.

20141005-2-bowland-15-EditFarm house and cottages at Whitendale

20141005-3-bowland-17-EditLooking back down to Whitendale

The track climbing out of Whitendale is an easy way up on to Dunsop Fell from where there is a small trod leading to the Trig Point on Burn Fell. The path back to where we parked proved elusive (too many on the ground, more than on the map) so trudged back to Croasdale by the wall over wet tussocky ground. This is another wonderful corner of Bowland in its own right and because it provides superb views of familiar hills from an unfamiliar viewpoint.

20141005-4-bowland-23-Edit-EditBurn Fell Trig Point

20141005-5-bowland-26-EditLooking south towards Pendle Hill from Burn Fell