Monday, 28 August 2017

Chipping Show Fell Race - 26 August

There was a time I would have carried a small camera and taken photos during the race but those days are gone, just racing is hard enough. Last year this was a Bowland FR Club Championship race which helped swell the field and this year the field was back to its more usual small size.

Somewhere up the first climb I remind myself short races like this really need a warm up because, as usual, I get left behind in the frantic start in the show ring. I'll have forgotten by next year and will, again, have the fun of working through the field after the first climb is done. Unofficially, I am about 1 minute slower than last year and happy with that.

This is a great day out at a classic Lancashire Show with a good, hard race that deserves more support. Thanks to everyone who helped from Preston Harriers, and anywhere else. We'll be back for more next year.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Around Sty Head - 21 August

From Brackenclose over Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Green Gable, Brandreth, Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Base Brown, Glaramara, Allan Crags, Great End, Broad Crag, Lingmell and back to Brackenclose.

A day out to recce most of the "FRCC Tops" which were purchased after the First World War as a permanent memorial to those who would not be coming back to enjoy them. The tops listed above plus Seathwaite Fell were donated to the National Trust in 1924.

Although I am familiar with all these fells and most of the route in between them there are a few bits I wanted to have another look at before putting together a route around all twelve.

The first part of the day was a cool, clear morning and ideal for my recce but from Glaramara onwards the route was above the cloud base until the final summit, Lingmell. Glaramara apart it all went well and was a fabulous day out.

Great Gable



North from Great Gable


Great End

The Scafells

Great Gable


The Scafells


Scafell Pike

Wasdale Head

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