Out & About …

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

Tag: mountains

  • Uath Lochans

    Uath Lochans

    A brief wander in the Spey valley on the route back south. This is the view east from Creag Far-leitire in Glen Feshie’s Inshriach Forest towards the foothills of the Cairngorms, the highest of which should be Ben Macdhui but I’m not sure if its actually on the skyline. It’s not my first visit to…

  • Beinn Fhada

    Beinn Fhada

    In spite of its Munro status, Beinn Fhada has been described as a boring mountain. The name translates as ‘the long hill’, being as long as the whole of its neighbouring Five Sisters ridge. However, the summit plateau, Plaide Mhòr, is significant. It is the largest extent of preglacial land surface surviving in the western Highlands.…

  • Sgùrr nan Carnach and Sgùrr Fhuaran from Sgùrr na Ciste Duibhe

    Sgùrr nan Carnach and Sgùrr Fhuaran from Sgùrr na Ciste Duibhe

    The Five Sisters of Kintail, on the north side of Glen Shiel, is one of the classic ridge walks in Scotland.  As you might have guessed, the Five Sisters refer to five peaks of which two are Munros: Sgùrr na Ciste Duibhe (The peak of the dark chest) 1027m Sgùrr na Càrnach (The rocky peak)…

  • The Mourne Mountains

    The Mourne Mountains

    In September 2009, I paid a flying visit to the Mourne Mountains in County Down. I was taking a group of junior orienteers to the Junior Inter-Regional Championships at the Silent Valley Mountain Park. So I didn’t have the chance to explore the area as much as I would have liked. In fact, now it…

  • North Ridge of Tryfan

    North Ridge of Tryfan

    I have not done much in Wales. Just a handful of visits really. I’ll always remember my Dad declaring that it always rains in Wales. Besides the Lakes are much nearer. Tryfan is in the Glyderau mountain range, the Glyders. Many consider it to be the finest mountain in Wales, one which requires scrambling to…

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Cuillin Hills from Applecross

    The Cuillin Hills from Applecross

    For another trip. This view is across the Inner Sound and through Caol Mòr, the sound between the Isle of Raasay and Scalpay. I can identify Glamaig, the 775m peak to the right, with some confidence, but not, I have to say, any of the others. Well not sure enough to put in print. Open…