Roller Coaster over Ullock Pike

Roller Coaster over Ullock Pike

Ullock Pike juts above the ridge like a shark’s fin cutting through waves. Tooth-like it points to the sky above the Allerdale Ramble, the peculiarly named ridge that leads to Skiddaw. We climb from the Ravenstone Hotel on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake along the...
No Stop Till the Top

No Stop Till the Top

Walking can be unpredictable. Weather conditions can change. We need to be able to change itinerary; to take advantage of opportunities to experience the exciting beauty of the Lake District. Last night I finished planning today’s walk over Lingmoor Fell. We didn’t go...
Skylarks & Crosses on Hartsop Dodd

Skylarks & Crosses on Hartsop Dodd

It is very noisy. I didn’t immediately notice the incessant background chatter. Poets, authors and artists go on about the peace and quiet of the Lake District fells. Thousands of words are crafted annually about the ethereal beauty, the peace, the quiet, the solitude...
No Joke on High Street

No Joke on High Street

01-04-2015 – High Street – 8mls – Walking Time: 8 hrs – Ascent: 2506ft It is April Fool’s Day, but it is not funny. We pass by daffodils and watch frolicking lambs, while above our heads the wind is busily ripping snow from the mountaintops, and we are fighting...
Dismal Day on Dale Head

Dismal Day on Dale Head

The car shook under the impact of north westerly winds and driving rain that raced up the pass. We peered through the windscreen; there wasn’t much to see. It was like looking through frosted glass. Mark switched on the windscreen wipers, but they gave us only a brief...
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