Blea Rigg via Whitegill Crag

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Whitegill Crag (ravine) – Blea RiggSergeant ManHigh RaiseThunacar KnottHarrison Stickle – Pike Howe – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 6.4 miles     Total Ascent: 778 metres    Time Taken: 4 hours 15 minutes     Start Time: 08:30

What a fantastic morning, the sky and light were excellent today and it was a great day to try out a scramble up to Blea Rigg using the Whitegill Crag ravine. If you like it steep and rough, then this is the way for you. Using this route I hardly saw a soul all morning (only from afar using the more popular paths) but I did bump into Striding Edge stalwarts Pat & Emrys on the way down – nice to see you both up there today.

High Raise

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Tarn Crag Sergeant Man High Raise Thunacar Knott Harrison Stickle Pike Howe – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 5.5 miles     Total Ascent: 752 metres    Time Taken: 3 hours 40 minutes     Start Time: 07:50

Weather: Brightening with long sunny spells later. 12°C

It was very quiet up on the fells today, I hardly saw a soul all morning. The weather was ever improving with sunshine and loveliness all around by the end of the walk.

First of all, an invitation for you if you are around in the Lakes on the weekend of the 10th & 11th of November…

Greenup Round

Start point: Stonethwaite (NY 262 137)

Stonethwaite – Great CragLow Saddle of Coldbarrow FellHigh Saddle of Coldbarrow FellUllscarf – Greenup Edge – Low White StonesHigh RaiseSergeant’s CragEagle Crag – Stonethwaite

Distance: 9.1 miles     Total Ascent: 941 metres   Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:50

Weather: Some bright spells, cold wind. 10C

It started off brightly enough today but the clouds were soon rolling in and the wind was once again mighty cold. There was some fresh snow visible on High Crag showing just how cold it was and the going to Ullscarf from Dock Tarn was made that bit tougher by the boggy going underfoot.

The Langdale Pikes

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Stickle Tarn Pavey Ark Sergeant Man High Raise Thunacar Knott Pike O’Stickle Loft Crag Thorn Crag – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 7 miles     Total Ascent: 822 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Sunny and bright, lots of snow. 7ºC.

What a fantastic day today, the best of the winter by far I think. I knew it was going to be good when I went through Coniston and the snow was down to a low level and the sky was clear. We were nice and early, climbing alongside Stickle Ghyll to meet the sunrise half way up which gave a lovely red hue on the snow. When I reached the dam on Stickle Tarn, I thought I must have died and gone to heaven – this is how winters should be!

High Raise

Start point: Stonethwaite (NY 262 137)

Stonethwaite – Eagle Crag (374) Sergeant’s Crag (375)High Raise –  Low White Stones (376)Lining Crag (377) – Stonethwaite

Distance: 7.9 miles     Total Ascent: 837 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Sunny and warm, 26°C.

It was a warm one today, 22°C when we set off and getting warmer all the time. Every step was a step towards heaven, one of those days you dream all winter about. The climb up to Eagle Crag is very steep from Stonethwaite and the sun beating down did nothing to ease that, once up there it is a great walk with lovely views along Langstrath to the Scafells.

The Langdale Pikes

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Thorn CragLoft CragPike O’StickleThunacar KnottHigh RaiseSergeant ManPavey ArkHarrison Stickle – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 8.2 miles     Total Ascent: 1017 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 50 minutes

Weather: Warmer than of late with the tops in and out of mist all day.

A return visit to old favourites The Langdale Pikes today – it’s a little while since I’ve done them so this round made a nice change today. With it being Easter soon, this area becomes very busy so I thought I’d better get out while the place was virtually deserted…

The Lion & The Lamb

Start point: Grasmere (NY 337 076)

Grasmere – Easedale – Easedale Tarn – Tarn Crag (140) – Codale Head (141) – Sergeant Man (142) – High Raise (143) – Calf Crag (144) – Gibson Knott (145) – Helm Crag (146) – Grasmere

Weather: Sunny at first, rain later.

Today’s walk is a circuit of Grasmere Common, taking in the ever popular Easedale Tarn and the high point of High Raise.

Car parking for this walk is in the village of Grasmere, the popular car park for walks in this area on the Easedale Road has now been transformed into a mini housing estate!

Setting off in bright sunshine (surprising as it was pouring down earlier), I followed the Easedale Road up to Easedale, over the bridge and through an iron gate onto the well defined rocky path.

Grasmere Epic

Grasmere – Steel Fell (186) – Calf Crag – Greenup Edge – Ullscarf (187) – Long Crag – Sergeant’s Crag (188) – Eagle Crag (189) – Sergeant’s Crag – Low White Stones – High RaiseThunacar Knott (190) – Sergeant ManBlea Rigg (191) – Silver How (192) – Grasmere

A raw and bitterly cold day, icy wind on the tops with lots of snow.