Local Walks

Helm Crag from Steel Fell. This is a short walk from our front door

Helm Crag from Steel Fell

Great Rigg 05122011

Great Rigg

Great Rigg 05122011

Great Rigg, Windermere in the distance

Great Rigg 05122011

Great Rigg

Penny, we walked miles together, she was 15 years old when we finally put her down in the back of my landrover, another tearful day

Penny, we walked miles together, she was 15 years old when we finally put her down in the back of my landrover, another tearful day

Alcock Tarn in the snow

Alcock Tarn in the snow

Alcock Tarn, just keep your eyes on the clouds appearing to our left!!

Alcock Tarn, just keep your eyes on the clouds appearing to our left!!

Warm, sunny, and threatening clouds on our left

Warm, sunny, and threatening clouds on our left

Alcock Tarn

Alcock Tarn

Now on Heron Pike, the storm clouds are gathering and moving at a pace

Now on Heron Pike, the storm clouds are gathering and moving at a pace

Jemma and Pepe, Heron Pike looking towards Great Rigg. That is a Leica M2 round my neck

Jemma and Pepe, Heron Pike looking towards Great Rigg. That is a Leica M2 round my neck

Approaching Great Rigg, still in sunshine thinking it would last all day

Approaching Great Rigg, still in sunshine thinking it would last all day

Within minutes a gale blew up, we were hidden in dense freezing cloud, the dogs fur froze, Pepe not amused

Within minutes a gale blew up, we were hidden in dense freezing cloud, the dogs fur froze, Pepe not amused

On our way down

On our way down. Both these dogs died within a few days of each other. First was Jemma with a Kidney problem at the tender age of three, then Pepe of a broken heart……

Blea Tarn, Little Langdale, Side Pike, Harrison Stickle, Pike of Stickle

Blea Tarn, Little Langdale, Side Pike, Harrison Stickle, Pike of Stickle

Alcock Tarn on the walk up to Heron Pike

Sunset over Alcock Tarn. Wetherlam in the background

Sunset over Alcock Tarn. Wetherlam in the background

Helm Crag taken from the walk down from Alcock Tarn

Helm Crag taken from the walk down from Alcock Tarn

Helm Crag, Steel Fell, Raise etc

Helm Crag, Steel Fell, Raise etc

Walna Scar Road, Wetherlam in the distance

Walna Scar Road, Wetherlam in the distance

Coppermines Valley, Coniston

Coppermines Valley, Coniston

Coppermines Valley

Coppermines Valley

Blind Tarn and Brown Pike

Blind Tarn and Brown Pike

Prince, Coniston Old Man area

Prince, Coniston Old Man area

Looking back to Dow Crag

Looking back to Dow Crag

Dow Crag

Dow Crag

Dow Crag and Goat's Water

Dow Crag and Goat’s Water

Dow Crag

Dow Crag

Low Water and Levers Water from Coniston Old Man

Low Water and Levers Water from Coniston Old Man

Low Water

Low Water

Coppermines Valley

Coppermines Valley

Blencathra, on leg 1 of the Bob Graham Round

Blencathra, on leg 1 of the Bob Graham Round

Blencathra, Leg 1 of the Bob Graham Round

Blencathra, Leg 1 of the Bob Graham Round

Looking down one of the ridges of Blencathra towards Helvellyn and Leg Two of the Bob Graham Round

Looking down one of the ridges of Blencathra towards Helvellyn and Leg Two of the Bob Graham Round

Philip on the summit, Leg 1 of the Bob Graham Round. Lucy, an exceptional working Black Labrador.

Philip on the summit, Leg 1 of the Bob Graham Round. Lucy, an exceptional working Black Labrador.

Helm Crag

Helm Crag taken from behind the Swan Hotel

Leg 5 of the Bob Graham Round looking onto Fleetwith Pike from Dale Head

Leg 5 of the Bob Graham Round looking onto Fleetwith Pike from Dale Head

Fleetwith Pike , the quarry, and Honister Pass

Fleetwith Pike , the quarry, and Honister Pass

Looking down at the quarry at Honister on our ascent of Dale Head, final leg of the Bob Graham Round

Looking down at the quarry at Honister on our ascent of Dale Head, final leg of the Bob Graham Round

Final Day of the Bob Graham Round, Keswick just round the corner

Final Day of the Bob Graham Round, Keswick just round the corner

Looking towards Skiddaw, Blencathra and the start of the Bob Graham Round

Looking towards Skiddaw, Blencathra and the start of the Bob Graham Round

Philip final day of the Bob Graham Round

Philip final day of the Bob Graham Round

Honister Pass, Buttermere, High Stile, High Crag, Red Pike in the distance.

Honister Pass, Buttermere, High Stile, High Crag, Red Pike in the distance.

Bob Graham Round taken from Robinson towards Keswick, Hindscarth on the right of the picture

Bob Graham Round taken from Robinson towards Keswick, Hindscarth on the right of the picture

Cousin Michael in the distance

Cousin Michael in the distance

more views towards Keswick. this tirned out to be one hell of a descent

more views towards Keswick. this tirned out to be one hell of a descent

Proceed with caution from here!!

Proceed with caution from here!!

Helm Crag from Greenhead Ghyll side

Helm Crag from Greenhead Ghyll side

Striding Edge

Striding Edge

Langdale Pikes

Langdale Pikes

The Langdales

The Langdales

Helm Crag or the Lion and the Lamb

Helm Crag or the Lion and the Lamb

Langdales this time from Elterwater

Langdales this time from Elterwater

There are some stunning views of the Langdale valley. This one taken from between the Pikes

There are some stunning views of the Langdale valley. This one taken from between the Pikes

Summit of Helvellyn, keep clear of the cornice please

Helvellyn May 2015

Striding Edge in the distance to the right

Striding Edge on our approach to Hellvelyn

Some of the best views in Lakeland, St Sunday Crag, Cofa Pike, Fairfield. Taken from Dollywaggon

St Sunday Crag and Fairfield

The secrets of Borrowdale and Langstrath

Langstrath Dale which is just over Greenup Edge

Langstrath

Langstrathdale, fabulous pools, just over Greenup Edge or drive to Borrowdale

Buttermere from Fleetwith Pike

Looking down onto Buttermere from the top of Fleetwith Pike. Not a difficult walk if you park at the car park on Honister Pass

Philip on the summit of Pike Of Stickle in the Langdales. It is walkable from Raise Cottage but on this particular day we drove to the New Dungeon Ghyll and walked up to Stickle Tarn, then onto Harrison and the Pike. I am picture here with my very faithful Black Labrador called Jemma. She was the most beautiful and adorable of all the dogs we have had. I wept buckets when she was put down in my arms at the tender age of 3.....

Philip on the summit of Pike Of Stickle in the Langdales. It is walkable from Raise Cottage but on this particular day we drove to the New Dungeon Ghyll and walked up to Stickle Tarn, then onto Harrison and the Pike.

Pike Of Stickle taken on the walk down from Harrison Stickle. Loft Crag is on the left out of camera view

Pike Of Stickle taken on the walk down from Harrison Stickle. Loft Crag is on the left out of camera view

Mark beginning the walk up to Fairfield from behind the cottage.

Mark beginning the walk up to Grisedale Tarn and onto Fairfield, from behind the cottage.

 

 

 

Sergeant Man

Philip and his cousin walking up Sergeant Man, Jan 2012.

Philip and his cousin walking up Sergeant Man, Jan 2012.

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Easedale Tarn. This is an easy walk, best done after heavy rain to appreciate the waterfalls. Often busy at the weekends so get up there early on. Ideal for swimming, take some bread to feed the minows.

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Easedale Tarn.

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View of Grasmere from Sergeant Man.

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Harrison Stickle, Pavey Ark and Stickle Tarn.

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En route to Sergeant Man.

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View from summit of Sergeant Man.

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View of the Helvellyn Range.

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Sergeant Man.

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View of Skiddaw.

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Calf Crag and Gibson Knott. Ignore Wainwright, the best ascent of Helm Crag is via Greenburn. You avoid the crowds, it is not as steep, and the approach from Calf Crag affords splendid views of Grasmere.

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Alcock Tarn

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More appropriately, The Tarn at Butter Crag. Ignore Wainwright, this is far from a dreary sheet of water.

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Coniston Fells.

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Coniston Fells.

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View of Helm Crag, Gibson Knott, Calf Crag, etc.

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Helm Crag and Greenburn Valley. Steel Fell to the right and High Raise behind

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Alcock Tarn (foreground) Conniston Fells (background)

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View of Grasmere Village.

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Great Rigg. The small beck is ‘The tumultuous Green-head Ghyll’, the setting for Michael. The sheep-fold is on the right hand side opposite the old copper mines. It really bears no resemblence to a sheep-fold and is probably what is left over from the old mine. The ‘Evening Star’ can be found at the tarn. I doubt very much that it is at Michaels Fold in Above Beck as it would not have had the prospect. By chance there is a sheep-fold by the old sheperd’s hut at the tarn on Butter Crag.

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Helm Crag and Steel Fell.

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The Lion and The Lamb. There are two, the one on the left is more apparent especially when viewed from the Swan, the one on the right hand side is often called ‘The Howitzer’ when viewed from Dunmail.

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The tarn at Butter Crag, that is its original name. Now called Alcock Tarn. Never a dreary sheet of water!

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The Tarn again, those acquainted with Michael will be able to search out and find the Evening Star, with large prospect, north and south, High into Easdale, up to Dunmail-Raise, and westward to the village near the lake…..

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Walk through the gap in this wall o find the Evening Star.

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Looking down onto the tarn from Heron Pike side

Pepe and Penny, another of our working black labradors sadly no longer with us..... Penny, we are on Stone Arthur.

 

Mark on his way up Dollywaggon

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Mark walking up Dollywaggon on his way up to Hellvelyn, June 2013.