Out & About …

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

Tag: fells

  • The Priest’s Hole

    The Priest’s Hole

    The view from the Priest’s Hole, a cave high on the side of Dove Crag and long-established bivouac but so especially since the BBC included it on their series “Secret Britain“. Access can be a little tricky and there has been at least one fatality as a result of the programme. When I was there,…

  • Derwentwater


    I wanted to post a photo of Castle Crag today, the smallest Wainwright, but I couldn’t find a decent image, just a long-range shot from Swanesty How near Grange. Instead, I found this photo of Derwentwater taken, by coincidence, on the same day as my photo of Honister Pass posted four days ago. It actually…

  • The Isle of Grasmoor

    The Isle of Grasmoor

    Lockdown day 1, my daily exercise ration done and dusted. All very quiet today. And afterwards a look through my photo archive. Flashback to New Year’s Eve 2008. This must have been one of my most favourite days out on the Lakeland Fells. We were staying at Helvellyn Youth Hostel. Good friends, good times. I’d…

  • Grasmere from Grey Crag

    Grasmere from Grey Crag

    In 1799 William and Dorothy Wordsworth moved to Dove Cottage, Grasmere. While both siblings composed poetry Dorothy also kept a journal documenting their life in the vale. In one entry in her journal, she writes: “… our dear Grasmere, making a little round lake of nature’s own, with never a house, never a green field,…

  • On the climb up Grisedale Pike

    On the climb up Grisedale Pike

    A smattering of snow, and just about to climb into the cloud. Looking back towards Barrow and Derwentwater. Open Space Web-Map builder Code

  • Newlands Valley

    Newlands Valley

    It seems appropriate that, on what would have been Alfred Wainwright’s 113th birthday, to post a photo of a Wainwright, one of those 214 Lakeland fells listed in the seven volumes of his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. Well, here we have a pair of them, Catbells and Maiden Moor. Grumpy, stubborn, reclusive and…

  • Stool End Farm, Great Langdale

    Stool End Farm, Great Langdale

    Still the worse for wear after Sunday’s exertions in the Lakes so stayed local. Perhaps it’s cheating a bit but I took this photo yesterday morning when we woke up to a cracking sunrise. Stool End Farm at the foot of The Band, a relentless 800m ridge climb to Bowfell. Open Space Web-Map builder Code

  • Sail Pass

    Sail Pass

    Which bright spark designed this path? An utter scar. I had no idea this route up from Sail to Causey Pike was so popular to warrant such “improvement”. A lone walker rests while slogging up it but look closely and there are several others taking the “desire line” on the left, a clear path chosen…

  • Sprinkling Tarn from Green Gable

    Sprinkling Tarn from Green Gable

    It took me a while to recognise some of the fells when the clouds broke descending Green Gable to Windy Gap. Sprinkling Tarn is a long sliver and it seems strange looking down on it. On the right is the bulk of Great End. And in the distance the Langdale Pikes, a different view from…

  • The Fairfield Horseshoe

    The Fairfield Horseshoe

    A classic fell race, up one ridge, down the other, starting from Rydal, 10 miles with 900m of climb. Won in about 75 minutes. Viewed from Loughrigg Fell. Open Space Web-Map builder Code