Lake District Walking

Alfred Wainwright

Wainwright: A Love Letter to the Lakeland Fells

‘All who truly love Lakeland are exiles when away from it.’ The words of Alfred Wainwright, written over 60 years ago in 1955, in his introduction to ‘A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book One, The Eastern Fells’. This was the first of 7 pictorial guides to the Lakeland Fells. A task that kept…

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Bowscale Tarn and Bowscale Fell

Bowscale

April showers are traditionally spoken of in terms of rain, however over the past few days we’ve had some snow showers here in the lakes, nicely decorating the highest tops.  It was only a fleeting thing and the spring air is warming once again so I don’t suppose there will be very much of it…

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High Snockrigg and Robinson

Buttermere

On Saturday morning I made the most of the sunshine and took myself off to Buttermere where I enjoyed a lovely walk round the lake. I walked anti clockwise, and rather than simply sticking with the lake shore path I headed up through Burtness Wood and onto the fell-side beneath High Stile and High Crag….

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Scafell Range

What a Wonderful Week

What a wonderful week we’re having. Spring has certainly arrived in the Lake District. Monday through until Thursday we were blessed with wall to wall sunshine and I was lucky enough to be able to get out and enjoy it. On Monday I parked up at the Three Shire Stone on Wrynose Pass and walked…

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Skiddaw in Spring

Spring

Today is the first day of spring, in the meteorological calendar at least. March 20th marks the beginning of spring in the astronomical calendar. Whichever you follow, there can be no denying that spring was certainly in the air on Sunday morning. I woke to brilliant blue skies and in the minutes that followed, managed…

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Black Combe

Black Combe

I do enjoy long days out on the trail and with spring only just around the corner I’m keen to ensure that I’m ship shape and ready to go when the warmer days and lighter evening arrive. So despite the forecast suggesting Sunday was to be a cold, windy and altogether grim sort of day…

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Dimming of the Day

The First Snow of Winter

This past week we have experienced the first snow of winter. Well the first proper snow that is. We wasted no time at all in getting out and enjoying ourselves. On Friday I headed up Crag Fell in Ennerdale. The view through to the head of the valley was superb. Our Coast to Coast walkers will…

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Scafell

Wasdale Head

I enjoyed my first proper walk of 2016 yesterday. It’s always so good to get back out walking again after the holiday. It’s never an easy walk though is it? What with preparing for Christmas, visiting friends over the holiday and the like, I must confess as far as walking is concerned, I’ve been a…

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Red Pike

Temperature Inversions

Temperature inversions would appear to have been the main topic of conversion in the Lake District this week. News was out on Sunday evening that Monday had a good inversion forecast and walkers were out in numbers with their cameras. Social media was awash with fantastic images. Work commitments prevented me from getting out on…

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Grasmoor from Darling Fell

Low Fell and Darling Fell

Despite having walked extensively throughout the lakes for many years now, there are still many places I have yet to visit. Not just fell tops, but valleys and tarns too. My list of ‘things to do and places to see’ seems to be growing faster than I can tick them off. In fact I do…

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