The current wintry conditions bring back memories of Scottish winter climbing when winters were snowy and cold. Here is the story of a winter trip to the Lakes with my brother Jim in the days when I still did a bit of winter climbing. It had snowed and the Cumbrian mountains were white once more.Continue reading “Skew Gill and Custs Gully”
When the Government announced they were relaxing the Covid rules for 5 days over Christmas I made plans to squeeze as much activity as possible into those 5 days. Two and a half days with my family and one day driving my mum home on the 27th. That left the 23rd and half of theContinue reading “A night on Meldon Hill”
As chosen by my 9 year old daughter, in no particular order. These are walks and scrambles she has enjoyed over the last few years and a lot of them have a few things in common – fairly short, steep, often scrambles, good view at the top and as far removed from a “boring walk”Continue reading “Top 10 mountains for kids”
Winter is definitely with us. No clear blue skies and frozen ground though, at least not today. Instead we had North Pennines winter conditions of soft snow, peat hags, low cloud and drizzle. We started at Burnhope Reservoir just up from Wearhead at the top end of Weardale. It was deserted, perhaps unsurprisingly on aContinue reading “Burnhope Seat”
I shouldn’t complain, I am very lucky to live in such a scenic part of the UK with moorland and hills on my doorstep. However it’s human nature to want what you can’t have and so I dream of trips to the Lakes and Scotland and further afield, currently out of bounds to us inContinue reading “More Teesdale walks”
After 30+ years of visiting hills and mountains there are certain places that I return to time and time again. Maybe the walking and climbing is superb, maybe I have memories of good times there with friends and family or maybe the scenery is stunning. Here are my top 10 places in reverse order. 10.Continue reading “My favourite 10 Wild Places”
Two very different walks this week, but variety is good. On Thursday I went to Northumberland for the first time in many years for a long walk with my brother Jim. He was wearing trainers and a lightweight rucksack, prepared to walk as fast as he could. I was as usual in my heavy bootsContinue reading “The Cheviot and back to Teesdale”
Lockdown v2 is giving me an excellent excuse to explore my local hills a bit more. I’m ashamed to say that although I know the Lakes like the back of my hand, I rarely visit the remote hills in Teesdale and the North Pennines. There is a good reason for this – long walks overContinue reading “Fendrith Hill and Chapel Fell Top”
A sense of deja vu came over me this week. Lockdown v2 seemed to be as unexpected as lockdown v1 and once again I had time for one last trip to the Lakes. Driving over there I wondered what would be stopping me from coming this way over the next few weeks, but deep insideContinue reading “Teesdale”
Another early start, another deteriorating weather forecast, but enough of a weather window to climb a Munro and get most of the way down before the bad weather arrived. That was the plan anyway. We started from Glen Feshie, about 3km south of Feshie Bridge and were walking by 8am. Surprisingly enough someone had beatenContinue reading “Sgor Gaoith”
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