Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Great Hill - 24 December

The traditional Christmas Eve run over Great Hill, this year under a heavy, threatening sky.

Great Hill Summit

Drinkwaters Farm

Looking North from Great Hill
Age and or infirmity made me think twice about trying to keep up with the main group for all of the seven miles. At the start of the slabbed path over Spitler's Edge I decided the struggle would be too much so I headed directly to the summit of Great Hill before following the rest of the route back to White Coppice.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Winter Hill - 11 December

A short walk for some photos on the Mast Road just above the cloud base.

Eastern Fells - 10 December

The Mell Fells and the Meldrums along with a few others with the intention of bagging everything between Brownhow Hill and Ullswater. The final two Synges, closest to Ullswater eluded us as daylight faded faster then we allowed for. Of most significance were the Mell fells because they bring us two summits closer to completing our "Third Round" of Wainwright's High Fells. 21 remain on a round started about 12 years ago. Perhaps we'll finish it next year.

Great Mell Fell

Little Mell Fell

Gowbarrow Fell
 The list for the day was Brownhow Hill and Great Mell Fell followed by Little Mell Fell, Watermillock Fell, Little Meldrum, Great Meldrum, Gowbarrow Park and then both Gowbarrow Fell summits.

Monday, 5 December 2016

North Western Fells - 04 December

Our third round of Wainwright's High Fells is creeping towards completion albeit a little slower than we intended. We almost had a plan to complete the round this year but other things, like life, got in the way and we still have 23 left to re-visit. Having started this round in 2007 another few months is really neither here nor there and days like to today are one or the reasons for the delay.

Some prefer to complete lists from scratch, re-visiting fells because they appear on a new list but this is an affliction we have been able to avoid. In 2007 we were blissfully unaware of most hill lists and wandered over and around Birketts, Synges and others without acknowledgement. Now we aim to bag Birketts and Synges along with Third Round Wainwrights and then we can have a look at our other incomplete lists. Our Marilyn list will always be incomplete but it will provide many good days out in the future.

With glorious sunshine and a cold easterly wind we left Wythop for Sale Fell, Rivings Lothwaite, Burthwaite Heights, Broom Fell, Widow Hause, Graystones (both summits), Kirk Fell (Lorton), Embleton High Common and Ling Fell. This gave us a 'haul' of 1 Trig Point, 3 Third Wainwrights, 9 Birketts (6 new) and 11 Synges (8 new) in addition to a great day out.

Looking at Skiddaw from Lothwaite


Old Scales Farm

Towards Skiddaw from Burthwaite Heights

Skiddaw from Broom Fell

Sunburst through the trees on Widow Hause

Late Afternoon Sunburst above Ling Fell

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Moel Gyw - 27 November

Today we got as far as looking Yr Elen only to find the summit wreathed in clouds and the slopes below the summit still plastered in snow and, all too probably, ice. After trying to persuade ourselves that it would probably be fine we had another look and decided it probably wouldn't so we went to Moel Gyw instead. A grey day with indistinct, hazy views from the top.

Telegraph Pole

Old Railway Wagon

Finger Post 
To The Top

Above Beddgelert - 26 November

Linear walk with The Rucksack Club from Rhyd-Ddu to Beddgelert starting on the Nantille Ridge before heading south towards Moel Hebog on a stunning winter day.

Climbing Y Garn

Towards Snowdon (i)

Towards Snowdon (ii)

Towards Snowdon (iii)

Towards Snowdon (iv)

Mynydd Drws-y-Coed

Flying (i)

Flying (ii)

Towards Snowdon (v)

Into The Quarry

Cardigan Bay (i)

Cardigan Bay (ii)

Mwdwl-eithin - 25 November

Grander plans were shelved to ensure we would be off the hills before darkness fell and the temperature with it so we visited Mwdwl-eithin. A solitary Marilyn west of Betsy-y-Coed and north of the A5, Mwdwl-eithin enjoys fine views of the distant Snowdonia massif. The sense of isolation is noticeable despite the summit being only a couple of miles from the nearest farm.

Trig Pillar

Broken Gate

Field Furniture (i)

Field Furniture (ii)




Monday, 7 November 2016

Kirkstone Pass - 06 November

Bagging Plans abandoned because of inclement weather at the Three Shires Stone, so inclement that neither of us would get out to photograph it. Thinking it might blow through quickly we went to Kirkstone Pass and found even worse weather.

Kirkstone Inn (i)

Kirkstone Inn (ii)

Kirkstone Inn (iii)

Cyclists (i)

Cyclists (ii)

Walna Scar Shepherds' Meet - 05 November

A low key, local Meet complete with Hound Racing, Sheep Judging and Best Pet in Show.