Saturday, 22 December 2012

Sunday, 16 December 2012

River Seven

The River Seven is the river of Rosedale, flowing along the full length of the valley, from the wild north-western end of the dale near Rosedale Head, past the village of Rosedale Abbey and out through a narrow gap in the hills

Gowbarrow Fell

This walk takes us up Gowbarrow Fell, a great example of a minor fell with much more to offer than its height might suggest.

Walk east of Middleton in Teesdale

Our third walk in the North Pennines takes us along the River Tees east of Middleton, and up onto the moors north of the river.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Squrr an t-Searraich

This ascent of Squrr an t-Searraich is a rare example of a shorter mountain walk in an area dominated by the Five Sisters of Kintail and a row of 1,000m high mountains on the south side of Glenshiel.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Haystacks from Honister Pass

This ascent of Haystacks from Honister Pass is one of the easiest ways to reach a high class Lake District summit, cutting off a signficant amount of climbing and bringing us to the fell across some equally high ground.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Ascent of Sale Fell

This walk takes us onto Sale Fell, familiar to drivers on the A 66, which curves around its eastern and northern flanks. Hidden from the road is the quiet Wythop Valley, where we start our walk.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Saturday, 17 November 2012

River Dove

The River Dove is the river of Farndale, running along the full length of that valley, from its source on the high moors in the north to the narrow southern exit, a distance of some six and a half miles.

Butterfly Picture Gallery

We open a Butterfly Picture Gallery, starting with pictures of five species of butterfly.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Barf and Lord's Seat

This walk takes us to the heather-covered summits of Barf and Lord's Seat, starting from the shores of Bassenthwaite.

Saturday, 13 October 2012


Bouth is a small square village in the hilly area between the southern ends of Coniston and Windermere, in the north-eastern corner of Furness.

Water Yeat

The hamlet of Water Yeat is located half a mile south of Coniston Water, just above the Crake valley

Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle is a very attractive and largely unspoilt town located on the River Tees, just outside the rugged upper reaches of Teesdale. The town lies just outside the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

River Rye

The River Rye is the main river of the western moors. Three of it's tributaries, the Rivers Seph, Dove and Seven run through the main valleys in the area (Bilsdale, Farndale and Rosedale) and drain much of the higher ground in the area

Triangular Walk to Stonethwaite

This triangular walk in Borrowdale takes us from Rosthwaite to the dramatic start of Langstrath, before returning via the isolated hamlet of Stonethwaite.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Walk: Seatallan

This walk at the entrance to Wasdale takes us up Seatallan, one of the quieter fells in the area, via Buckbarrow, the dramatic crags that loom over the road into the valley.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

North-western shore of Windermere

This walk explores the north-western shore of Windermere, visiting Far Sawrey, and passing a series of small tarns (most notably Moss Eccles Tarn), before heading into the woods that dominate this area, eventually returning along the lakeshore path.

River Riccal

The River Riccal spends half of its life in the North York Moors, running through a narrow wooded valley and the other half on the flat land south-east of Helmsley.

The Muncaster Blues and Sour Milk Gill

Two new poems today - The Muncaster Blues and Sour Milk Gill, both by Grace Gant

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Ascent of Grisedale Pike

This ascent of Grisedale Pike takes us up one ridge and down another, giving us two different views of this shapely peak.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Ascent of Loughrigg

Loughrigg is one of the shorter fells, just over 1,000ft high, but its position is superb - it is only linked to higher ground to the west, and even there a deep valley separates it from a ridge that leads up to the Langdale Pikes


The small hamlet of Blawith is located on one of the many Smithy Becks in the Lakes, just to the west of the River Crake, and only a mile to the south of Coniston Water.


The small village of Backbarrow sits in a gorge on the River Leven, downstream from Newby Bridge, and was once an industrial village.

River Esk (North York Moors)

The River Esk is the longest river within the North York Moors, the only one to from from west to east and the only one to flow into the sea (at Whitby)

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Church of St. Hilda at Hinderwell

The church of St. Hilda at Hinderwell was built in 1773, replacing a twelfth century church built on the same site.

Church of St. Andrew at Ingleby Greenhow

The Church of St. Andrew at Ingleby Greenhow is a Norman church that was restored in 1741 and again in 1906 but that still contains a great many original features.

Ullswater Steamer and Shore

Ullswater Steamer and Shore: This is a super walk, one of the best in the district, and it combines a trip on the Ullswater steamers with a classic walk along the southern shore of the lake.

Scafell Pike from Wasdale via Sty Head

A more challenging walk, this takes us up Scafell Pike from Wasdale via Sty Head, Sprinkling Tarn and Esk Hause. We also add a picture gallery for the Scafell Range.

Blencathra via Doddick Fell

This is a superbly well balanced ascent of Blencathra, avoiding the nastier ridges, using Doddick Fell to avoid the grassy eastern or western ends of the fell on the way up.

Scafell Pike from Great Langdale

Scafell Pike from Great Langdale: This is a lengthy but deservedly popular walk, taking us from one of Lakeland's best valleys to its highest summit.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Walk - Whiteside and Hopegill Head

This is a splendid walk in the north-western corner of the Lake District, offering some splendid views north towards Scotland, and a super high level walk along the ridge of Whiteside and on to Hopegill Head.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Ascent of Sheffield Pike

This moderate walk takes us onto the summit of Sheffield Pike, the fell that divides the lower reaches of Glencoyne and Glenridding. The summit offers great views of the Helvellyn range, and Ullswater, and is often out of the clouds when the higher fells are covered

All Saint's Church Sinnington, St. Andrew's Church, Upleatham

All Saint's Church, Sinnington, is a 12th century church with a Victorian interior while St. Andrew's Church, Upleatham is a 19th century church built to replace an older building.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Walk - Gosforth and the Bleng

This gentle walk takes us from Gosforth onto the flanks of Bleng Fell, one of the gentle grassy fells that line the lower reaches of the rivers Bleng and Calder, then visits the edge of Blengdale Forest before ending with a walk through the villages of Wellington and Gosforth.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Castle Crag

This is one of the classic shorter walks in the Lake District, visiting Castle Crag, a minor peak, but in a fantastic location at the mouth of Borrowdale, and with views deep into the valley and along Derwent Water towards Keswick.
St. Cuthbert's Church, Kildale, is a 19th century church reached via a footbridge over a railway line, and with a notable porch
All Saints' Church, Ingleby Arncliffe, was built in 1821 close to the site of an earlier church, and is a typical early nineteenth century Gothic church. The old church was located to the south-east of the current building, and was demolished at the same date.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Wildlife of the North York Moors

Today we add twelve new pictures to our Wildlife Gallery.

Old Man of Coniston from Coniston Village

This walk takes us to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston from Coniston village, but avoids the standard tourist routes. Instead we go via Goat's Hause and Goat's Water, and return via Dow Crag, giving us two great summits on a single walk.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Mayburgh Henge, Grace Gant

Our first poem of the year: Mayburgh Henge by Grace Gant

Walk on the Coniston shore

This is a short walk that begins with a trip on the Coniston ferry, before returning around the northern shore of the Coniston Water.
All Saints' Church, Hawnby, is a 14th century building located on a hill overlooking the River Rye, to the west of the main part of the village. 

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Lingmell via the Corridor Route

This walk uses a familiar route to reach an unfamiliar destination. The Corridor Route is normally used for the ascent of Scafell Pike, but is a delightful walk in its own right. This walk uses the same route to reach Lingmell, in many ways a more dramatic summit than Scafell Pike, but inevitably a much quieter one.

Latterbarrow from Hawkshead

This walk takes us to Latterbarrow, an excellent viewpoint for the northern part of the Windermere, starting from the pretty village of Hawkshead.