Reet up Rannerdale

Reet up Rannerdale

It must have been quite a battle – if the legend is true – that a bluebell grows for each Norman invader killed by the soldiers under Earl Boethar. The skirmish, beneath the crags of Rannerdale Knotts, occurred in the 11th century – in case you are...
Wind and Rain on Fellbarrow

Wind and Rain on Fellbarrow

Today is our first walk on the western fells. Following our gruelling walk around the Coledale Horseshoe – climbing Grisedale and Eel Crags in blizzards and high winds – I make good my promise to Hannah for an easy day. In fact she takes this offer of...
Cruel Day on Coledale

Cruel Day on Coledale

Winter’s wind snarls, its white teeth bite our faces as we scramble over rocks and walk onto the summit plateau of Eel Crag. The incongruous May blizzard washes the summit with snow and ice, and spring’s delicate corniches, tentatively clinging to the edges of hidden...
Fleetwith via Ferrata

Fleetwith via Ferrata

What else can you do while suspended precariously above a 1,500 foot drop, with your legs and arms shaking and wobbling, while white-knuckled fingers grip slender strands and your feet tentatively balance on a one inch thick steel cable, except scream! I am not sure...
Crab Apples and Sour Howes

Crab Apples and Sour Howes

Things do not always go as planned. Our ascent of Sallows and Sour Howes was to be at the end of the walk, instead it became the beginning; in fact, it became the walk itself. It is a couple of weeks since we climbed the surprisingly steep Ullock Pike. Hannah, in a...
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...
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