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7th May 2022 - Morecambe Bay Crossing

I had the opportunity to "Walk the Morecambe Bay Sands" on May 7th this year, something I've wanted to do for such a long time.  Friends of the Lake District announced that they were organising a Walk so I signed up to take part and also raise money for a good cause.

     

1st May 2022 - Dean Scarecrow Festival

There's a tradition in many parts of the UK to have Scarecrow Festivals where a village gets together to decorate their homes and gardens with scarecrows and make-believe models. Dean Village led the way and organised a weekend of events covering the four neighbouring hamlets.

     

25th April / 5th May 2022 - Blencathra - Twice

 Far, Far away in land across the sea, the north Atlantic tectonic plates moved and the Cumbrian silt stone crashed into the volcanics of Borrowdale and the Northern Fells were born.  Millennia later an aeroplane left Canada and crossed that same sea and brought people to Cumbria who wanted to climb those fells.

     

24th April 2022 - Newlands and Goldscope

There are several social groups in the valley, some based on walking, some based on exploring local history, or of many other interests. Today two of those interests combined to provide the opportunity to walk into the 'history' of the Newlands Valley.

     

21st April 2022 - Burgh by Sands - The Mob

Another walk with The Mockerkin Mob.  This time the suggestion is to travel to the northern extreme of the county, in fact the northern extreme of England for a walk through history. We're promised battles, bird life and Roman remains on this very different walk.

     

20th April 2022 - Langstrath Black Moss Pot

Beautiful sunshine finds us on a relatively flat walk up the Langstrath Valley, but don't underestimate the walk as the going underfoot is often rocky and the path covered by river washed stones from millennia past.  Some other brave folk also took a dip in the river !

     

Easter 2022     

    - to follow shortly -

     

23rd March 2022 - High Nook with Jane

Once again my walking companion today is my ex-colleague Jane from George Fishers who has driven the short distance from Cockermouth so that we could walk to High Nook Tarn at Loweswater in the lovely sunshine on offer today.

     

19th March 2022 - Longlands and Cleator Moor

Loes suggested a walk out west to explore Longlands Lake near Cleator Moor. After enjoying the lake we just kept on walking and ended up exploring the old railway tracks that encircle Cleator Moor.

     

18th March 2022 - The Sunshine Returns

After a wet few days the forecast is for high pressure, bringing cooler weather but beautiful sunshine to start the week.  These photos are a collection of events and places that filled my time while I try to get a little fitter for the impending arrival of the younger generation over Easter.

     

17th March 2022 - Scale Force - Cafe to Cafe

There's no such thing as bad weather, it's just being out on the wrong day !  The changeable conditions however, bring their own joys and we need the rain to keep the lakes topped up. Today the bad weather arrived early, but also left early which was the bonus.

     

13th March 2022 - Mockerkin with the Mob

Chance to walk with fell walking friends again, members of the local Mockerkin Mob.  A fortnight ago the weather was fine, the planned route more gentle and there were nineteen walkers that day. Today the weather forecast was poor, the route much steeper and the numbers of walkers lower, but it was still a great day out.

     

12th March 2022 - Brougham Castle Walk

An invitation to join a different walking group today . . . the Cockermouth Striders. The walk is more historic than extensive, more gentle undulations rather than steep ascents, but it reaches back over time to the Neolithic the Romans, the Middle Ages, and even has a nice cup of tea at the modern cafe, in a place visited by Winston Churchill and ourselves!

     

8th March 2022 - Drigg Sand dunes

A day over on the west coast with Loes finds us south of Seascale, in order to explore the Drigg seashore. After failing to find a local pub for lunch we drove a short distance inland to Santon Bridge before returning to the coast and spending an hour exploring the dunes.

     

5th March 2022 - Hollins to Hope Beck

Loes suggested a walk along the fell wall below Whiteside as somewhere to walk without much altitude to climb. I prefer not to do out and back walks, so between us we we devised a route that took us along old valley tracks to join the wall for the return half.

     

1st March 2022 - The Gasgale Valley from Home

Loes and I make an early start for this extended local walk.  Loes is unsure of rocky ground but also unaware of what lies ahead so it is up to me to judge the route. The valley offers a gentle but surprisingly tricky climb due to the erosion after years of flood events, but fortunately the return is easier.

     

28th February - The Spring Garden

With the fine weather showing its face there is the incentive to make a first cut of the lawn and tidy up all the winter left-overs.  The pond has been cleared of a large quantity of small-leafed pond weed, the paddock of surplus grass and the garden raised beds dug.

     

27th February - Mockerkin Mob's Fellbarrow

An outing with my local fellwalking group the Mockerkin Mob. Ann and I used to bump into them occasionally when we were out walking, but today I formally joined with the group for the first time. Their walk this week is more local than some so I know the fells well, but even so I walked some paths today I've never walked before !

     

25th February - Back and forth over Low Fell

Just a dog walk today, but my local dog walks aren't normally this long.  I set off thinking it was cold and damp and came home some time later thinking that it wasn't such a bad day after all. My route was decided as I went along.

     

23rd February - Stormy Buttermere

The forecast before we left home was for a misty start, a windy middle and a rainy end to the day.  What would be the best time for a walk ?  There's no such thing as bad weather .... so we kit up accordingly and head out for a walk before lunch.

     

17th February - Maryport Town Walk

Storm Eunice blew through well to the south of Cumbria and the snow that followed also fell a fair way away from Loweswater.  The forecast for today however was for a brighter afternoon so Loes and I decided to leave little to chance and head to the coast to enjoy a low level walk with loads of interest.

     

17th February - Hen Comb between the Storms

What started out as a dog walk in a dry spell between Storms Dudley and Eunice was extended as the weather really wasn't that bad.  The winds up top were strong as expected but the temperature was mild and even the sun came out, as did my foot from my boot.

     

6th February - Stormy St Bees

It wasn't actually a named storm, more of forecasted high winds and blustery, winter showers. After a domestic morning full of gardening and some wildlife views, I headed over to St Bees for an afternoon walk with Loes and to enjoy the wild seaside !

     

2nd February - To Wet and Windy to Climb

To climb or not to climb ... that was the question.  Stephen wanted to re-start his hobby  on his first holiday in the Lakes for many years, so I offered to climb Mellbreak with him.  However the weather had other ideas, so we opted for a low level circuit of the fell.

     

27th January - Blake Fell from Felldyke

We drive round to the western side of the fells to enjoy an afternoon walk up Blake Fell.  An early lunch should give us sufficient hours of sunshine as the sunset is noticeably later now. Loes and I park at Felldyke and head up towards Cogra Moss.

     

23rd January -  Irton Fell with Ian and Loes

Chance to catch up with my fellwalking club friend Ian Smith as he is up in the Lakes at present. Loes and I head over to Eskdale and meet him on the road beneath Irton Fell.  Another linear walk to save the road walk and because we had two cars anyway.

     

A linear walk today with Loes and a friend I've known for years, Diana. She moved over from Sheffield after holidaying in the Lakes for many years.  Today she joined myself and Loes on a walk to visit St Bega's Church on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.

     

The Ratti Railway was closed for winter maintenance but that doesn't stop us enjoying an extended circular walk around the village of Boot in Eskdale.  Loes and I pick a low level walk on the map but who knows if we'll stick to it in this area she knows so well.

     

Another fine walk with my ex-colleague and friend Julie as we venture up the Borrowdale Valley to circumnavigate Castle Crag. Julie is progressively extending her walking after recent surgery so we pass on a summit climb in favour of a more reasonable route today.

     

5th January -  Mellbreak the Steep Way

What set out as a dog walk down to Crummock Water became extended due to the beautiful winter weather.  On reaching Low Ling Crag I could either backtrack to home or become more adventurous and head up onto High Ling and who knows where after that !

     

A big thanks all who bought a copy from us, to Lee and Arwen of Lorton Village Shop and to the Kirkstile, the local hotels and the guest houses who also kindly stocked the calendars on the run up to Christmas this year. 

     

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