Saturday, 31 December 2011

Top O'Selside

This medium length walk from the Forestry Commission centre at Grizedale takes us out of the trees onto an area of unplanted moorland, before visiting Top o'Selside, a rare example of an unplanted fell in this area, and a great viewpoint.

Esk Pike and Bow Fell from Eskdale

Esk Pike and Bow Fell from Eskdale: This lengthy walk takes us up to the head of Esk Dale, then swepts around onto Esk Pike, before finally reaching the summit of Bow Fell, one of the best viewpoints in the district.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Sunday, 11 December 2011


Wicca is a pagan faith, sometimes termed a neopagan faith as although it contains many links to ancient rituals much of the practice has much more modern roots

St. Michael's Church, Liverton

St. Michael's Church, Liverton, is a typical example of the simple Moorland church, originally built in the 12th century, but restored in the late 18th century and again in 1902-3.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Walk up Muncaster Fell

This delightful shorter walk takes us onto the low ridge of Muncaster Fell, at the entrance to Esk Dale

St. Michael's Church, Liverton

St. Michael's Church, Liverton, is a typical example of the simple Moorland church, originally built in the 12th century, but restored in the late 18th century and again in 1902-3.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Saturday, 29 October 2011

High Stile Range

This is one of the classic Lake District ridge walks. Starting with the famous frontal route up Red Pike, it continued along the High Stile Range, which provides the towering south wall to the Buttermere Valley, visiting three major summits before dropping down Gamlin End to Scarth Gap

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Circuit of Buttermere

The circuit of Buttermere is one of the best low-level walks in the Lake District, and perhaps the best circuit of any of the lakes, combining some breathtaking mountain scenery with a comparatively short walk.

Walk up Gavel Fell

This walk takes us up one of the Lake District's less frequented fells, Gavel Fell in the heart of the Loweswater Fells.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Ascent of Mellbreak

This circular route takes us to the summit of Mellbreak, one of the few Lake District fells that isn't connected to any other high ground.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Blea Tarn from Beckfoot, Esk Dale

This walk takes us to Blea Tarn from Beckfoot, returning via Boot, and visiting the remains of the Esk Dale mining industry on the way.

The Sawrey Circuit

This gentle medium length walk around Near and Far Sawrey visits one of the tourist 'honey traps' in the Lakes - Beatrice Potter's Hill Top, before heading off into an alternative Lake District of quiet roads and empty paths, all within a few miles of Windermere's crowds.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Kilton Castle

Kilton Castle was a stone castle built on a ridge above Kilton Dale, and that was occupied from at least the twelfth century until the middle of the fourteenth century, when it was inherited by two priests in a row and apparently went out of use.

Grizzly Bear

The awe inspiring Grizzly Bear is one of the largest and most powerful land carnivores in the world.

Walk on the Blawith Fells

This walk takes us to the top of the Blawith Fells, an unnamed summit give the name Beacon Fell by Wainwright.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Walk up Bleaberry Fell from Great Wood

This walk takes us to two fantastic viewpoints - Bleaberry Fell which gives a great view of the high fells and Lady's Rake above Walla Crag, with its views over Keswick and Derwent Water.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Ayton Castle

Ayton Castle sits on the edge of a plateau just north of the village of West Ayton. It was built in the late 14th century, probably by Sir Ralph Eure, and was a typical Northern tower house.

Orkney Vole

The Orkney Vole is a sub species of the common vole which is unique to the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland.

Circuit of Loweswater

This delightful walk around Loweswater is one of the shorter lake circuits in the area, visiting one of the quiestest of all of the lakes - a rare gem on the very edge of one of the busiest parts of the district.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

European Hare

The European Hare is also known as the Brown Hare or Eastern Jackrabbit in the USA and is a native species to Europe and Western Asia.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Walk around Irton Park

This shorter walk takes us around Irton Park, a delightful area of woodland just to the south of Irton Pike at the entrance to Esk Dale.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Asopius (d.428 BC)

Asopius (d.428 BC) was the son of the successful Athenian commander Phormio, but had a much less successful military career himself, being killed during his first known command.

Phormio son of Asopius (c.470-429/428 BC)

Phormio son of Asopius (c.470-429/428 BC) was a successful Athenian admiral in the early stages of the Great Peloponnesian War, best known for his two naval victories won in the Gulf of Corinth in 429 BC.

Bowfell via the Band

Our next walk takes us up Bowfell along the popular path from Great Langdale via the Band

Saturday, 26 March 2011

OS Overview maps of Peaks, Lakes, Dales and Lleyn

Today we begin to experience with Ordnance Survey Opensource Maps, posting overview maps of the Lake District, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Lleyn Peninsula

Scarborough Castle

The headland at Scarborough is an ideal site for a castle and has been the site of a Norman castle and a Roman fort.

Brown rat

The Brown rat is one of the most common mammals on the planet. It is also known as the common rat, sewer rat, Norway rat (although this is misnomer as the rat didn't evolve in Norway), wharf rat and the Hanover rat.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Ascent of Helm Crag/ Lion and the Lamb

Our 55th walk in the Lakes begins with the classic ascent of Helm Crag from Grasmere, before continuing on to Calf Crag and returning down Far Easedale.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Ascent of Gummer's How

This week we add an ascent of Gummer's How, one of the best viewpoints for Windermere, from the NT property at Fell Foot

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Whorlton Castle

The ruins of Whorlton Castle sit on a small hill to the west of the abandoned village of Whorlton, in a dramatic location at the entrance to Scugdale, and overlooking the village of Swainby.

Low Level walk in Eskdale

We start 2011 at with our eleventh walk, a low level walk in Eskdale

October Buttermere Not Written

We start 2011 at with a new poem by Grace Gant, October Buttermere Not Written