Monday, 30 March 2015

Carrock Fell – 28 March

Poor weather disrupted Pauline’s Rucksack Club Meet in the Northern Fells. A delayed start allowed the worst of the weather to blow through but with it went all thoughts of following the original route. An eccentric stravaig saw us reach the foot of Great Calva where the party split. The official party (the Meet organiser & Jean) headed back on a slightly more direct route while Andy dragged me up Great Calva, over Knott, Miton Fell and Round Knott to reach Carrock Fell in mist. I was almost able to find one of the descent routes down the southern flank but one way or another we made it back to the car.

20150328-1-bowscale-1-Edit-EditBarns at Undercrag

20150328-2-bowscale-4-EditLunch in the sheepfold

Monday, 23 March 2015

The Howgills – 21 March

A bright sunny morning awaited us in Sedbergh, warm in the valley but fresh, very fresh in the breeze on the tops. Out of Sedbergh and up the valley to Cautley Spout, Calders, The Calf, Breaks Head, Fell Head, down into the Lune Valley and back to Sedbergh. A very fine day out on wonderful hills in good company with The Rucksack Club.


20150321-1-howgills-4Jean & Pauline

20150321-2-howgills-14Crook Holme

20150321-3-howgills-20Up by Cautley Spout

20150321-4-howgills-31Cautley Spout

20150321-5-howgills-36South West towards Baugh Fell

20150321-6-howgills-38-EditAndy Goldworthy’s Sheepfold – commissioned to mark the end of Foot & Mouth Disease in 2001 


20150321-7-howgills-57Looking south over the westerly flanks of the Howgills

20150321-8-howgills-64-EditWalking off Fell Head

20150321-9-howgills-67Afternoon sun on the river Lune

20150321-10-howgills-72Afternoon Sun at Hole House farm

Monday, 16 March 2015

Winter Hill – 14 March

A grey morning when I might more usually have been doing the Haworth Hobble I enjoyed a trundle over Winter Hill. I need to spend more time running off road and on the hills but it is a joy to be able to run without any knee pain, even if the running is on flat roads. The final stage of my rehab is this week when I go for gait analysis because one of the physios I saw thinks I may have a collapsed arch on my right foot.


20150314-6-winterhill-2-EditOne of the many draining Winter Hill

20150314-5-winterhill-7-EditAnother view of the same one

20150314-4-winterhill-19-EditThe forecast sunshine didn’t appear

20150314-3-winterhill-22-EditWalker Fold

20150314-1-winterhill-28-EditWalker Fold again

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Bridge at Lind End – 07 March

A weekend in the Duddon Valley with Keith, Walter & Joyce when the weather was almost as bad as the worst of the forecasts. The absence of rain on Saturday was only discrepancy but the wind was as strong as the forecast and far too strong for walking at any height. The Blacksmith’s Arms at Broughton was deemed the objective for the day and in attempting to minimise time on tarmac we stumbled across Lind End and a wonderful old packhorse bridge. A very welcome beer was followed by a walk back up Duddon Valley to High Moss to complete an enjoyable day out.


20150307-2-highmoss-7-EditSeathwaite Church


20150307-5-highmoss-27-EditAbandoned Grindstone

20150307-6-highmoss-34-EditBridge at Lind End

20150307-7-highmoss-46-EditThe Anvil

20150307-8-highmoss-47Blacksmiths Arms

20150307-9-highmoss-49-EditBuck Rake

20150307-10-highmoss-51-EditCottage high on the side of Duddon Valley

Monday, 2 March 2015

Struggling with a cold – 01 & 02 March

The head-cold I took to Bleasdale last weekend stayed with me all week and precluded any running until this morning. I managed out again on Sunday, but only just. I hope it isn’t going to last much longer because I really want to get back out on to the hills. Ah well, I’ll get there soon enough, I suppose ….

In the meantime some big skies above the fields beyond Borsdane Wood before the afternoon and the rain arrived.

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