Blawith Knott

It was a pleasant autumn afternoon for a stroll along to Blawith Knott and Tottlebank Height with the showing itself at intervals. These fells seemed to be on the line between the sunny and bright weather to the south and west and darker, more ominous looking weather to the north and east. It was to see that Angus Tarn was full again, you may remember that when we visited in July it was completely dry. I also managed to visit a ‘Great Slab’ and ‘Sharp Edge’ today, amazing what you can find on these smaller fells!

Hugill Fell

Start point: Barley Bridge, Staveley (SD 470 987)

Hugill Fell (OF) from Staveley

Distance: 1.6 miles     Total Ascent: 160 metres     Time Taken: 30 minutes

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School Knott

It is ages since I have been up to School Knott, 5 years in fact which I can hardly believe. I guess when they are right on your doorstep you tend to pass them by. There are lovely views from here and it was worth a visit today as Bowness and Windermere seemed to be the only places with any sunshine or views, the rest of the lakes was covered in low lying cloud and there were lots of showers around. Young Dougal had another outing, I love to see him running free – it’s how a dog should be.

Beacon Fell

It was a gorgeous day today, too good to miss out on a walk when the opportunity arose. I really fancied having a swim somewhere and Beacon Fell ticked all the right boxes for that along with the views of course. Although it was sunny and warm, autumn is quickly catching us now and the fells are turning a beautiful golden colour which was enhanced by the sunshine today.

Devoke Water

It was oddly sunny-but-not today as there seemed there was a lot of high level cloud giving shade cover a lot of the time. There has been plenty of rain over the weekend too, so this normally boggy walk was even worse today. It was a good little taster of fell life for Dougal, though, and Connie loves it up here too. Today was the first time I have had a chance to play with my new camera – of course when you upgrade you end up getting more buttons and more menus to learn – I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it all in the end. The camera was purchased with the proceeds from the 2010 calendar, so thanks to all who have bought one.

Brock Barrow

Dougal came of age today being exactly 13 weeks old – what that means in young puppy terms is that you are allowed out into the big wide world, confident that you will not pick up any strange illnesses. For a short and easy walk to tire the young chap out, I decided to climb Brock Barrow at the foot of Coniston Water. It is funny how certain fells bring back memories and this holds more than its fair share for me. It was the fell that Angus got lost on one time and also the last fell he climbed before he hung up his boots (barring the Lance Armstrong style comeback for a crack at climbing Gummer’s How), so it was fitting that this should be Dougal’s first. Unsurprisingly, he carried the walk off with aplomb – he’s going to be a good ‘un that lad, I can tell that for sure.

Stickle Pike

The schools have now finished and Connie only has eight weeks left to occupy herself! We decided to walk up Stickle Pike on this first day of the holidays and it was really sunny and warm when we set off in the car. All that had changed though by the time we made it to Kiln Bank Cross and all thoughts of a swim or a paddle went out of the window with the strong breeze that was blowing across the fells. It’s always a good one, though, is Stickle Pike with fab views all around.

Caw

All who walk up this pyramid shall see the finest land this corner of England has to offer. The view along the Vale of Duddon to the Pikes of Scafell is wondrous and the sight of The Old Man where the old, grey Bearded one lies is enough to lift thine heart, so it is written…extract from The Legend of Pyun Mash

Blawith Knott

It was a lovely afternoon for a short walk to the ever delightful Blawith Knott and Tottlebank Height. It felt like summer was here once more and it was a joy to walk over this way today. Of course we took in the previously self-named Angus Tarn where Casper naturally stopped for a cooling dip, although it is rapidly disappearing to take on its dried up summer status (see the route map as it has been officially named by the StridingEdge mapping service!).

Orrest Head

Winter seems to have returned once more and there is snow on the high fells, in fact it was snowing when I set off for Orrest Head at lunchtime and the wind made it feel really cold. No hanging around for me and the boy wonder then, so it was straight up and down today.

Latterbarrow

It was warm today and really Spring-like, so much so that I only wore a t-shirt (and trousers of course!) for a quick jaunt up to Latterbarrow where the views were as good as ever from this lowly fell which seems to be surrounded by the higher ones. As we head out of winter, I am on a mission now to get into lightweight gear as I am fed up with carting round all my existing heavy stuff. First on the list today was a new rucksack, so it is out with the old 30 litre North Face one and in with an OMM 20 litre Adventure Light. That just means I have to get more compact gear to fit in it now…

Stickle Pike

After another miserable morning, the skies suddenly cleared at lunchtime and it was bright enough for us to get up to that well worn favourite of ours, Stickle Pike. It was fairly windy up there, especially by the tarn but at least we didn’t get wet!

Gummer’s How

Wow, what a change in the weather today after what seems like an age of constant heavy rain. The sun was shining in an unseasonal return to summer – I almost dusted my shorts off for our walk to family favourite, Gummer’s How today!

Stickle Pike

After two days of constant heavy rain, it was a welcome opportunity to get out for some fresh air when the heavy clouds finally cleared this afternoon. Connie and Angus certainly seemed pleased to get out at last up to the nearby favourite Stickle Pike.

Flat Fell and Dent

It looked a bit murky this morning so I had a trip up the west Cumbrian coast to Cleator Moor to follow a Wainright Outlying Fell walk up to Flat Fell and Dent. The summits are nothing spectacular but the Nannycatch valley and Nannycatch Gate were quite striking. The views to the higher fells were obscured by clouds in the main today.

Caw

Closer to home today with a short, steep ascent up to Caw from Kiln Bank Cross above Broughton Mills (normally I climb Stickle Pike from here). It was a bit grey again but there was a good view beyond the cloudy Scafells to the Pillar group which were bathed in sunshine, as was the west Cumbrian coast.

Wet Sleddale Horseshoe

A return to the Shap Fells again today for a remote and boggy walk around the aptly named Wet Sleddale Horseshoe. If anything, this seemed even more remote than the previous walks I have done in this area so there was no chance of bumping into anyone on this grey Monday morning!

Crookdale Horseshoe

Another set of Wainwright Outlying Fells today, this time the walk was on the very eastern edge of the Lake District in the Shap Fells and it takes in ‘The Wasdale Horseshoe’ and ‘The Crookdale Horseshoe’ chapters from the Outlying Fells book. It was breezy on the tops and the clouds were fleeting across the sky giving the occasional sun spot.

Cold Fell

As we were up that way, it seemed a shame on such a nice day to return home early, so we had another short walk to Cold Fell from Coldfell Gate.

Ponsonby Fell

Today’s walk was from Blengdale on the very western edge of the Lake District at Gosforth up to Ponsonby Fell, a Wainwright Outlying fell and later we had another short walk to Cold Fell from Coldfell Gate. Wainwright said of Ponsonby Fell ‘There are no fells not worth climbing, but Ponsonby Fell is very nearly in this category…’. Personally I think he must have gone up there on a bad day because there are some good views with an interesting perspective of the Scafells. See what you think…

Stickle Pike

It was grey with drizzle this morning – there wouldn’t be any views, anywhere – so we went for a short walk up to our often visited favourite, Stickle Pike above Broughton Mills and the Duddon Valley. There was no company this morning either as the children are back at school, so it was back to the old team once again!

Latterbarrow

This morning I took Connie and Angy up to Latterbarrow above Hawkshead. After a grey and drizzly start to the morning, the skies surprisingly turned blue if somewhat breezy. Latterbarrow is a great and easily accessible little fell which offers superb views of higher ground.

Gummer’s How

It was very still and warm this morning for our walk up to the popular Gummer’s How. The high fells were mainly in cloud today but we had great views along the length of Windermere. The top was populated not with people today, but irritating flies – thousands of them! This meant we didn’t hang around for too long…

Irton Pike

It was grey and overcast yet again this morning but very still and warm, the peacefulness shattered by many RAF jets screaming overhead today. We had a walk up to Irton Pike above Eskdale, the easy walk was made harder by the amount of trees still lying across the paths around the afforested base of Irton Fell.

Hugill Fell

I was in Kendal at lunchtime, the sun was shining so I took the opportunity to try and dry out after yesterdays damp affair and headed up to the Wainwright Outlying fell, Hugill Fell from Staveley. A nice and easy one this with some great views, especially when the sun shines.

Today’s short walk follows Wainwright’s Hugill Fell chapters in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 22.