Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Category: Northern Fells

  • Blease Fell and Blencathra

    Blease Fell and Blencathra

    Blease Fell is said to be the easy way up Blencathra. Starting from the Blencathra Centre, the complex of slate buildings bottom left in the photo, it is at first a seemingly relentless climb but then follows a pleasant ridge to the highest point at 868¬†m or 2,848¬†ft in old money. The Blencathra Centre is…

  • Bowscale Tarn

    Bowscale Tarn

    Cirques are giant hollows scooped out of the fellside by glacial ice. They are typically referred to as corries in Scotland, as cwms in Wales and more often as coves or combs in the Lake District. But the cirque in which Bowscale Tarn sits is un-named despite it being arguably the best example of a…

  • Trusmadoor


    Looking down on that distinct cleft of Trusmadoor in the Great Cockup/Meal fell ridge. Wainwright wrote of it: Nobody ever sung the praises of Trusmadoor, and it’s time someone did. This lonely passage between the hills, an obvious and easy way for man and beast and beloved by wheeling buzzards and hawks, has a strange…

  • Miller Moss

    Miller Moss

    When the summer of 2018 began it was just an un-named nondescript knoll in the Northern Fells of the Lake District with a spot height on the Ordnance Survey map of 609m. At the end of the summer, it was a nondescript mountain of 610m. Entitling it to be classified as Nuttall, a listing of…

  • Carrock Beck

    Carrock Beck

    In the Northern Fells with Carrock Fell on the right. 649 metres high with a outcrop of gabbro, the only place in the Lake District where this igneous rock is found.

  • Carrock Tungsten Mine

    Carrock Tungsten Mine

    A return visit to the ruins of the Carrock Tungsten Mine at the head of Mosedale in the Northern Fells. Last year’s photo is here,¬†almost a year to the day since my last visit. The circular bin is a bouse team where the ore was stored. These remains in the foreground operated between 1906 to…

  • Carrock Fell

    Carrock Fell

    The Northern Fells of the Lake District are composed mainly of Skiddaw Slates but one exception is Carrock Fell where the bedrock is a hard and ¬†grainy igneous rock called gabbro. I have encountered gabbro before. Just a few days ago on Mull whilst walking through the extinct volcano there. But at¬†between 23 and 66…