Tuesday, 5 February 2019

High Cup Nick circular from Dufton 9.5 miles 1800ft ascent


Heading into the valley on the path from Dufton 

 Looking back across the Eden valley to the Howgill fells

Starting the climb up the valley

High Cup Nick comes into view....

.....getting closer

Wild ponies grazing in the valley

Looking back down the length of the valley....

....and at the awkward climb ahead before....

....finally emerging on the summit of the Nick...

....with its stark geology

....and again

The Pennine Way passes across the top and continues over about ten miles of remote fells before dropping into Teesdale  

Spot the bridge in 'the bridge photo' 

Descending back to Dufton with Dufton Pike, Knock Pike and Burney Hill in view to the west..

....and Murton Pike and Roman Fell to the east

Approaching Dufton village....

....on the Pennine Way

Dufton village green

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Pike 'o' Stickle and Harrison Stickle (Langdale) 7.5miles 2660ft ascent



Setting off up Mickleden from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

Pike 'o'Stickle (L) Loft Crag (R)

Reflections in the icy path from the early morning sun

Esk Pike and Rossett Gill with long shadows on the drumlins
(glacial moraine) in the valley

Reaching the snow line on the steep climb up Pike 'o' Stickle, Bowfell behind

Pike 'o' Stickle summit

An exhilarating last push to the summit..... 

.....and again

.....and again

Loft Crag summit with Gimmer Crag on its right shoulder

You're never alone on the Lakeland summits

Harrison Stickle (L) our next objective.
Windermere on the horizon from Pike 'o'stickle summit
709m (2326ft) 

Looking down the Langdale valley from Harrison Stickle

The crags of Pavey Ark above Stickle Tarn, Helvellyn range on the horizon

A very contented Danny on Harrison Stickle summit
736m (2415ft)

Looking ahead to our route down 

Stickle Tarn

Crampons - essential footware!

Stickle Tarn and Pavey Ark

The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

Finally back to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel -
One of my best days ever on the fells!
Thanks for your enjoyable company Danny.

Friday, 25 January 2019

High Rigg and Keswick circular from Threlkeld 11.25m 2050ft ascent


Leaving the warmth of the bus in a very frosty Threlkeld 

The A66 crossing the river Greta with Lonscale fell
and Skiddaw above

Blencathra  summit catching the sun

High Rigg today's lowly objective with Helvellyn
in cloud to the left

Blencathra again from Low Rigg

Tewet Tarn with snowcapped Grizedale Pike behind

The little known but picturesque Tewet Tarn again

St. John-in-the-Vale church on the pass between the two valleys to
serve each valley equally 

 ......and again

Climbing High Rigg with Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre below

Looking south to Thirlmere from the High Rigg summit cairn -
1163ft, 355m

Thirlmere and the central fells in cloud

The autumn colours seem to have lasted a long time this winter

Looking back at High Rigg from Naddle Beck

Derwentwater and the Coledale fells from the path to Walla Crag

Entering Keswick

'A bridge photo' with Grizedale pike framed behind

The stretch of tree-top walkway high above the river Greta

Following the old railway line back to Threlkeld

Spring's coming back in Threlkeld