Welsh hill forts, Blencathra and falling

Welsh hill forts, Blencathra and falling. A busy week in the outdoors this week. Wednesday was a short walk in the Clwydian Hills along Offas Dyke path with my daughter, Hannah. I come from Chester and went up Moel Famau numerous times in my childhood but wanted to avoid the crowds this time. So weContinue reading “Welsh hill forts, Blencathra and falling”

Cuillin Ridge, May 2001

Cuillin Ridge, May 2001 – Still waiting for news of my new nephew and still in need of distractions, so here is an article I wrote for the Durham University Mountaineering Club journal in 2001 following a successful traverse of the Cuillin Ridge with my brother Jim in a year not unlike this year….. TheContinue reading “Cuillin Ridge, May 2001”

Scrambling with children

Scrambling with children – I’m sat at home on a lovely summer’s day looking after 3 young girls and waiting for news of my new nephew, so I thought I’d distract myself and regale you with a few stories about scrambling with my daughter, Hannah. Children love to scramble and my daughter is no exception. Continue reading “Scrambling with children”

In the footsteps of Bentley Beetham

Cam Crag Ridge is one of the best grade 2 scrambles in the Lakes. Hard enough to be interesting but not hard enough that I end up wishing I’d brought a rope and someone to hold the other end. Quick to dry and good solid rock on a broad ridge line. It was first climbedContinue reading “In the footsteps of Bentley Beetham”

Black Force, Howgills

An enjoyable half day scrambling up Black Force in the western Howgills with my 9 year old daughter, Hannah. The Howgills are mostly rounded and grassy hills, but Black Force is a little more interesting. We parked near to Carlingill Bridge, an early start meaning that we had full choice of parking spaces, and followedContinue reading “Black Force, Howgills”