Penrith Beacon, Barbed Wire and hemmed out of the woods

For some reason we’d never walked up to Penrith Beacon (937 feet) until last Sunday, when our little ramble – a short distance after our recent expedition to Cross Fell – was accompanied by the sound of church bells. This was the place where beacon fires were lit throughout history, to warn of the possibilityContinue reading “Penrith Beacon, Barbed Wire and hemmed out of the woods”

On St. Sunday Crag

On a fresher day in this long heatwave, we left Patterdale for the dramatic height of St. Sunday Crag (and does anyone know how it acquired such a lovely name?) There was an absence of the now familiar blue skies, but clear views across the Lake District as far as Morecambe Bay. In fact, asContinue reading “On St. Sunday Crag”

Wainwright’s Forbidden Fell

For many years The Nab, at the heart of the Martindale Deer Forest, was the Wainwright you weren’t supposed to visit, lest you disturbed the hunting preserves of the Martindale Deer Forest owners. The myth was put about that it was the deer they were all keen to save from disturbance. It was never true.Continue reading “Wainwright’s Forbidden Fell”

A Longer Way to Bonscale Pike

Wainwright suggests routes up to Bonscale Pike above Ullswater from Howtown, but there is a pleasant longer route from Askham, which has the advantage of showing the walker some of the important archaeological remains on Askham Fell and Moor Divock.   We did this eleven mile walk on Easter Sunday morning, on a bright dayContinue reading “A Longer Way to Bonscale Pike”

Sticks Pass to Raise and White Side

Sticks Pass is the second highest mountain pass in the Lake District, one of those old ways used in past days to link Glenridding and Patterdale with the areas around St Johns-in-the-Vale and Wythburn. The ancient track takes its name from the sticks used to mark the route – though none survive today. As youContinue reading “Sticks Pass to Raise and White Side”

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