Brae Fell, 18th August 2016

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Brae Fell (just left of centre)


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Todays walk begins in Longlands. We go through the gate and follow the track before turning right to follow Charleton Gill up towards Great Sca Fell. Instead of heading to Little Sca Fell we veer left towards Brae Fell. This photograph is taken looking back over Charleton Gill to Longlands Fell.


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Threatening looking clouds over Skiddaw from the summit of Brae Fell


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We descend over rough grass before rejoining the track back to Longlands. This is Longlands Fell from the lower slopes of Brae Fell.

Newlands Round, 16th August 2016

My brother was up from the midlands visiting for a few days and today we teamed up to tackle the five fells of Maiden Moor (1890ft, 576m), High Spy (2142ft, 653m), Dale Head (2470ft, 753m), Hindscarth (2385ft, 727m) and Robinson (2418ft, 737m). With a beautiful sunny day ahead and excellent visibility we were really looking forward to a full day out in the fells.

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Unfortunately I had a bit of trouble with the GPS on my phone for a little while which meant the full track wasn’t recorded, it missed out the bit from the start of the walk near Little Town up onto the saddle between Catbells and Maiden Moor.

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Looking back from half way up the climb to Hause Gate

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Once the col is reached there is a magnificent view down to Derwent Water


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Catbells with Skiddaw beyond


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Sitting on the edge of Bull Crag on Maiden Moor looking over to Robinson on the left and the North Western Fells on the right


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Looking over the Newlands Valley to Scar Crags, Causey Pike and Grisedale Pike


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The summit of Maiden Moor looking towards our next targets – High Spy (left) and Dale Head (right)


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To be honest it is hard to tear ourselves away from this spot – the view is just breathtaking. Here my brother can be seen admiring the view from Bull Crag looking towards Hindscarth (centre) and Robinson (right)


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High Spy, Dale Head and Hindscarth


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Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson


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Looking back over Catbells to Skiddaw


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The view from Blea Crag looking back over Maiden Moor


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Approaching the summit cairn on High Spy with Dale Head on the right


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Hindscarth


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The North Western Fells


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The summit of High Spy


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Leaving High Spy behind we begin to drop down towards Dalehead Tarn. In front of us now are the Scaffels and Great Gable (right)


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We lose considerable height as we descend to Dalehead Tarn (left of centre). This can only mean one thing! Once we’re down there a tough and steep climb awaits us up on to Dale Head (right)


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With the tough part of the walk now over we can admire the terrific views from Dale Head – this is the impressive Eel Crags on the west side of High Spy


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The summit cairn on Dale Head


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Our next target – Hindscarth, on the left


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Once we leave Dale Head there are tremendous views over Honister Pass and Fleetwith Pike to Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Pillar beyond


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Admiring the view to High Crag, High Stile, Red Pike and Buttermere – just incredible!


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Maiden Moor and High Spy with the Helvellyn range in the distance


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Looking back to the crags of Great Gable on the north side Dale Head


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The summit of Hindscarth


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Another cairn just north of the summit gives a superb view down towards Scope End and Little Town (centre). We then double back on ourselves and descend towards Littledale Edge midway between Hindscarth and Robinson.


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In only 40 minutes we have reached our fifth, and final summit of the day – Robinson


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Mellbreak and Rannerdale Knotts on the left with Whiteless Pike, Grasmoor and Wandope on the right


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We now begin the breathtaking ridge walk down the spine to the northeast of Robinson towards High Snab Bank, there are some impressive drops to our left as we descend, and some scrambling is necessary


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Hindscarth


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Looking back up to Robinson and Robinson Crags from the descent


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The descent of Robinson is very steep and our legs are getting tired after 8 hours of walking! This is looking back up towards Hindscarth.


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Eventually we reach more level ground and pass the pretty Newlands Church near the end of the walk. We hadn’t rushed and we’d both stopped whenever necessary to regain our breaths and enjoy the views – I don’t see the point in rushing, I try to savour every step. The walk was just under 10 miles in distance and we’d spent just over 9hrs in beautiful sunshine. Perfect.

Great Cockup (1726ft, 526m), 13th July 2016

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The road to Longlands


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Today’s walk begins in Longlands. After parking the car we go through the gate and turn immediately right to follow the stone wall, and Great Cockup is soon in view ahead of us.


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Heading towards the pass of Trusmadoor (centre) with Meal Fell on the left and Great Cockup on the right.


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Looking back towards Longlands from Trusmadoor


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The impressive ‘Dead Crags’ below Bakestall. Skiddaw Little Man is on the far left with Skiddaw in the centre.


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Looking towards Bassenthwaite Lake from the summit ‘cairn’ on Great Cockup


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Hart Side (2480ft, 756m), 5th July 2016

This walk begins at the National Trust car park at Park Brow, where a stile and path on the opposite side of the road leads into Glencoyne Park.

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And very quickly my camera was out of the rucksack!…

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Looking over Glencoyne Park and Ullswater towards Red Screes, Arnison Crag, Birks and St. Sunday Crag


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Place Fell, Caudale Moor and Red Screes


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Looking back to Gowbarrow Fell from the path through Glencoyne Park


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St. Sunday Crag on the left with Fairfield in cloud and Heron Pike on the right

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The distinctive shape of Catstycam comes into view on the far left with Helvellyn Lower Man just behind still in cloud. Raise is now also visible in the centre, with the crags of Glencoyne Head on the right. The track I’m on eventually leads to Sticks Pass but at the wall I turn right to follow it steeply up towards Birkett Fell.


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It is a rather monotonous and steep climb up alongside the wall. This is looking down the wall to Glencoynedale below.


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Looking over Nick Head to Helvellyn Lower Man and Helvellyn coming out of the cloud with Catstycam on the left


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Looking back along the wall to Sheffield Pike on the right


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At the highest point alongside the wall the path veers off to the left where the summit cairn of Birkett Fell is soon reached. Hart Side summit is in the centre with Great Dodd on the right.


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Looking east from Birkett Fell


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The summit cairn on Hart Side. Once again some very ominous looking dark clouds are directly overhead! Skiddaw can be seen just to the right of the cairn with Blencathra, Bowscale Fell and Carrock Fell bathed in sunshine.


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What a superb view…and time for for some lunch.


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Helvellyn on the right with Swirral Edge leading towards Catstycam. Hidden behind Catstycam is Striding Edge although some of it can be seen to the left.


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St. Sunday Crag and Fairfield at the back with Birkhouse Moor in the middle distance


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Looking over Sheffield Pike to High Street, Gray Crag, Thornthwaite Crag, Hartsopp Dodd and Caudale Moor.


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Great Dodd, Skiddaw and Blencathra


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Catstycam, Helvellyn, Helvellyn Lower Man, Raise and Stybarrow Dodd


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Blencathra from the summit of Hart Side


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Skiddaw, Clough Head and Blease Fell


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Troutbeck Tongue (1194ft, 364m), 26th June 2016

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It’s been some time since I’ve been out in the fells so I was really looking forward to this walk today, I knew that the weather was forecast to deteriorate as the day went on so an early start was necessary to get the most from the day. As it turned out our walk was timed to perfection as the first spots of rain fell moments after we got back to the car.

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 Heading along Ings Lane – Troutbeck Tongue can be seen over the old barn


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It is a fairly steep, but short climb to the summit. This is nearing the top of the ascent looking south towards Windermere


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The summit cairn comes into view


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Red Screes behind the summit cairn


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Sallows and Sour Howes


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Looking north towards Caudale Moor, Thornthwaite Crag and Froswick


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Rather than return the same way we continue northwards, this gives us superb views towards Threshthwaite Crag, Threshthwaite Mouth and Thornthwaite Crag


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Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick and Ill Bell


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Red Screes


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Golden-ringed Dragonfly


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By descending the eastern slopes of Troutbeck Tongue we rejoin the track alongside Hagg Gill which then joins Ings Lane further south. This is the view looking back towards Threshthwaite Mouth.

Crammel Linn near Gilsland, 2nd June 2016

The last time I visited this waterfall was in mid-winter back in 2014 and it looked very different back on that day – the river was in full flood and the amount of water thundering over the falls made an incredible sight and sound…

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On that day it was impossible and too dangerous to get near the base of the falls. Today however it almost looked like a different place – it had become a peaceful and tranquil place to while away a few lazy hours. The water splashed down onto the rocks below in a soothing and relaxing way, a sound I could listen to forever.

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