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This page gives some notes of expeditions undertaken before those described in the Saunterings blog of walks in North-West England, started in 2018. I've included only those outings for which I have evidence that would stand up in a court of law (diary entries, photographs, and so on). If I only have a vague memory, forget it. Of course, only outings in North-West England qualify. Some of the outings were walks and some were runs - generally speaking, the longer ago it was the more likely it was a run. I never took a camera on a run, and quite often not on a walk either, especially in the early days, so photographic enlightenment becomes a little sparse. Nevertheless, I hope this page provides some background to Saunterings and an assurance that my feet, at least, are familiar with the region.

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-1.  Around the Windmills of Caton Moor

On December 31 2017 I had my last run. I had resolved in December 2016 to run every day in 2017, and then stop, before starting the Saunterings blog. I wanted to end my running with a bang, rather than let it just wither away. So on my valedictory run, I ran around my old friends, the Caton windmills. I will not list the other 364 runs (sigh of relief). Since I ran every day, I didn't have much energy left for walks in 2017 but occasionally some friends insisted.
[December 2017; SD5464; Brookhouse - E, Quarry Road - Caton Moor Wind Farm - S, W, N, W, Quarry Road - Brookhouse; 6 miles]

-2.  Roeburndale's Hornby Road

It's a track really - described as "the finest moorland track in the north of England" (by whom I don't know).
[September 2017; SD5965; above Backsbottom Farm - S - Lower Salter - SE - High Salter Close - and back; 8 miles]

-3.  The Eastern Slopes of Bannisdale


Bannisdale from Capplefall

[August 2017; NY5401; near Bannisdale Low Bridge - E - Dryhowe Bridge - N - The Forest - SE - Cappelfall, near Bannisdale Low Bridge; 5 miles]

-4.  Around Crook

Actually, this was two short runs, on two days.
[August 2017; SD4795; Pound Farm - W - Crook - NW - Waingap - NE, E, S, Crook Road - E - Pound Farm - S, Cappelrigg Lane - S, W, N - Lindreth Brow - NE, W - Pound Farm; 8 miles]

-5.  Malham Cove and Gordale Bridge

We went hoping to see the peregrines. We arrived to find the car-park full and the adjoining field filling fast. I assumed that there was some event on but the stewards said that it was like this every summer weekend. The poor residents of Malham - but then they have this spectacular scenery every day whereas most visitors have somewhere like Leeds or Bradford every day. We didn't see the peregrines.
[April 2017; SD9062; Malham - N - Malham Cove - SE - Gordale Bridge - SW - Mires Barn - N - Malham; 4.5 miles]

-6.  By Langden Brook

We went hoping to see a hen harrier. We didn't, and neither did most people in Bowland in 2017. No hen harriers nested in 2017 in Bowland, although the region was, a few years ago, the stronghold for hen harriers in England.
[April 2017; SD6351; south of Sykes Farm - W - Langden Castle - and back; 4 miles]

-7.  Great Mell Fell

Great Mell Fell

Clough Head and Blencathra from Great Mell Fell

This was a short walk up the not-very-high Great Mell Fell (537m) after riding/running around the Troutbeck Head campsite in the morning.
[April 2017; NY4024; near Brownrigg Farm - E, N - Great Mell Fell - and back; 4 miles]

-8.  From Troutbeck to Ambleside

A Boxing Day amble (from the Mortal Man (coffee) to Zeffirellis (lunch)).
[December 2016; NY4103; (linear) Troutbeck - S, W, Robin Lane - Skelghyll Wood - NW - Ambleside; 4 miles]

-9.  Yewbarrow

Great Gable

Great Gable and Sca Fell, from the foot of Yewbarrow

This was an afternoon scramble up Yewbarrow (628m), with magnificent views of Wasdale and Sca Fell, before a stay at the Santon Green campsite, with a starry night plus meteors.
[October 2016; NY1606; Overbeck Bridge - N - Dropping Crag - Yewbarrow - and back; 3 miles]

-10.  The Orton Crayfish

This was the last of a series of walks intended to investigate the wildlife of the region. These walks were rather unsuccessful and ultimately depressing. The species that I wanted to see did not want to be seen by me. Even the immobile ones (plants) made themselves scarce. And it was always us that had made the species rare. For example, white-clawed crayfish are now found in only a few North-West England watercourses because of pollution and the introduction of alien species. Our crayfish are now legally protected and therefore should not be disturbed. So I didn't really search for crayfish in the becks about Orton: I just had a walk instead.
[October 2016; NY6105; Old Tebay - NE - Coatflatt Hall, Coatflatt Bridge - E, NW - Orton - E, SE - Fawcett Mill - S, SW - Row End - W - Old Tebay; 7 miles]

-11.  A Circuit of The Cragg

[September 2016; SD5461; Little Cragg - SE - Skelbow Barn - E - Belhill Farm - N - Bradley's Farm - W - Pott Yeats - SW - Rushy Lee - NE - Baines Cragg - E - Little Cragg; 5 miles]

-12.  From Burneside to Potter Fell

Whenever we take our van to Burneside for a service we leave it there and go for a walk, usually up to Potter Fell. But I will only mention once a walk that is more or less repeated.
[August 2016; SD5095; Burneside - NW, Dales Way - Hagg Foot - E, N - Ghyll Pool, Potter Tarn - E - Gurnal Dubs, Birk Rigg - S, W - Gilpin Bank - S - Burneside; 8 miles]

-13.  Castle Knott on Middleton Fell

This walk up Castle Knott (538m) extended itself in response to our co-walkers' enthusiasm.
[July 2016; SD6582; Blindbeck Bridge - N - Castle Knott - SW, W - Eskholme Pike - W, S, E - Blindbeck Bridge; 5 miles]

-14.  Summersgill Fell

We walked on a concessionary path where nest-boxes had been installed for pied flycatchers. We saw plenty of nest-boxes but no flycatchers. But we heard a cuckoo, and a buzzard glided above.
[May 2016; SD6564; east of Stairend Bridge - W, S - Botton Mill - SW, concessionary path - Summersgill Fell - N, E - Stairend Bridge; 4 miles]

-15.  The Blue Fields of Middleton Fell


Bluebells on Heartside Plantation

Every spring some fields on the western slopes of Middleton Fell turn blue. What are bluebells doing here in the open? The answer seems to be that they weren't always in the open: 150 years ago these fields were woodland.
[May 2016; SD6287; A683 - S - Larum Gill - W, concessionary path by Larum Gill and Brow Gill - Heartside Plantation - and back; 4 miles]

-16.  Hareden Fell

[April 2016; SD6450; By bridge to Hareden Farm - SE, along track by Hareden Brook - Hareden Fell - back along ridge; 5 miles]

-17.  Belted Beauty Moths at Sunderland Point

belted beauty moths

Searching for belted beauty moths at Potts Corner

Lepidopterists carry out an annual survey of the rare belted beauty moth at Sunderland Point. I infiltrated the search party and managed to see a couple of the moths.
[April 2016; SD4357; The Ship, Overton - W - Trumley Farm, Middle Brows - SW - Potts Corner - S - Sunderland Point - and back; 7 miles]

-18.  Outhwaite Wood, Roeburndale

[March 2016; SD5965; above Backsbottom Farm - E, S - through Outhwaite Wood - Barkin Bridge - N - above Backsbottom Farm; 5 miles]

-19.  Ingleton Falls

The 'tourist' walk around the Ingleton Falls, followed by an amble around the Ribblehead Viaduct and a trip into the White Scar Caves.
[March 2016; SD6973; Ingleton - N - Raven Ray - SE - Beezleys - SW - Ingleton; 4.5 miles]

-20.  Snowy Caton Moor

Caton Moor

The track down from Caton Moor

After the first snow of winter I set out looking for white stoats. I have only ever seen two on Caton Moor - so I wasn't likely to see one just when I wanted to.
[January 2016; SD5464; Brookhouse – SE – Reservoir – E – Traitor’s Gill, Caton Moor wind turbines – N – picnic spot – E – Caton Moor trig point – W – picnic spot, Quarry Road, Moorside Farm, Brookhouse; 6 miles]

-21.  Along the Lune from Arkholme

I hoped to see salmon leaping here (as I had a decade or so ago) but the Lune seemed devoid of life. I saw one fisherman but I didn't see him catch anything.
[October 2015; SD5872; Arkholme - SE - River Lune - N, along Lune - opposite Nether Burrow - and back; 8 miles]

-22.  Middleton Sands

Middleton Sands

From Middleton Sands towards Heysham Power Station (with yellow horned-poppy in the foreground)

I walked along a coastline that was pristine, if ordinary, 200 years ago. Today we have thoroughly trashed it.
[September 2015; SD4157; Potts Corner - N, along 'beach' - Red Nab - and back (partly over the mud); 4 miles]

-23.  Great Coum and Gragareth

This was the last of a set of walks to get to the 70 highest tops within the Lune watershed in the 70 days before my 70th birthday.
[June 2015; SD6779; by Lost John's Cave - NE - Green Hill (628m) - N - Great Coum (687m) - S - Green Hill, Gragareth (627m) - W - Three Men of Gragareth - SW - by Lost John's Cave; 9 miles]

-24.  A Circuit of Upper Borrowdale

This is not the Borrowdale near Derwent Water but the Borrowdale of the Shap Fells.
[June 2015; NY5403; south of High Borrow Bridge - W - The Forest (528m) - NW - White Howe (530m), Long Crag (493m) - N - Lord's Seat (524m) - SE - Robin Hood (493m), High House Bank (495m) - NE - Hazel Bank - E - road - S - High Borrow Bridge; 8 miles]

-25.  Baugh Fell

Baugh Fell

The southern Howgills from the slope up Baugh Fell

[June 2015; SD6991; Tom Croft Hill - NW - Garsdale Foot - N, E - Knoutberry Haw (676m) - Tarn Rigg Hill (678m) - and back; 8 miles]

-26.  The Calf from Sedbergh

The main memory of this walk is of the very welcome ice-cream provided at Lockbank Farm.
[June 2015; SD6592; near Lockbank Farm - NW - Winder (473m) - N - Arant Haw (605m), Calders (674m) - E - Great Dummacks (663m) - W - Bram Rigg Top (672m) - N - The Calf (676m) - S - Sedbergh; 9 miles]

-27.  A Langdale Loop

This is not the Langdale of the Lake District but the Langdale of the Howgills.
[June 2015; NY6405; Gaisgill - SE - Longdale, Langdale Knott (477m) - E - West Fell (542m) - S - Hazelgill Knott (578m) - W - Simon's Seat (587m) - NW - Middleton (496m) - N, NW - Gaisgill; 11 miles]

-28.  The North-Eastern Howgills


Cautley Crag and Yarlside from Wandale Hill

This walk was enlivened by buzzards. Two mewed agitatedly above me near Murthwaite, and then repeatedly swooped aggressively towards me. Obviously, they had young nearby - but where? I decided, bravely, to walk up the open fell as buzzards do not nest there.
[June 2015; SD7197; by Rawthey Bridge - NE, N - Murthwaite - N - Harter Fell (521m) - W - Adamthwaite Bank (481m), Grere Fell (544m) - N - Knoutberry (529m) - W - Green Bell (605m) - SW, NW - Hooksey Top (586m) - S - Randygill Top (620m) - S - Kensgriff (574m) - S - Yarlside (639m) - E - Wandale Hill (497m) - E, S - Narthwaite - NE - Rawthey Bridge; 11 miles]

-29.  Blea Moor and Great Knoutberry Hill

Blea Moor

Ingleborough and the Ribblehead Viaduct from Blea Moor

[June 2015; SD7784; Dent Head Viaduct - NW - Bridge End - S - Dent Head Farm - SW, SE - Blea Moor (535m) - E, NE - Blake Rake Road - N, SE, N - Wold Fell (558m), Great Knoutberry Hill (672m) - SW - Arten Gill Viaduct - W, S - Dent Head Viaduct; 10 miles]

-30.  Calf Top

[June 2015; SD6582; Blindbeck Bridge - N - Castle Knott (538m), Calf Top (610m), Barkin Top - SE - road - S - Blindbeck Bridge; 6 miles]

-31.  The North-Western Howgills

On this walk I met two runners who were attempting the Harvey Howgills, that is, they aimed to run up all 40 named Howgill tops over 400m in one day (that's about 60km and 3,500m of ascent). Why do people set themselves these ridiculous challenges? Mind you, many of the Howgill tops are conveniently huddled together - I visited ten of them on this walk, taking me to nearly half-way through my 70 Lune tops.
[May 2015; SD6299; Carlingill Bridge - SE - Linghaw (490m) - E - Fell Head, Breaks Head (638m) - SE - Bush Howe (623m) - NW, NE, NW - Over Sale (520m) - N - Docker Knott (530m) - NW - Hand Lake (495m) - SW - Uldale Head (530m) - N - Rispa Pike 470m) - E - Hare Shaw (472m) - S - Blease Fell (474m) - SE, SW - Carlingill Bridge; 10 miles]

-32.  Whernside

[May 2015; SD7179; Kingsdale Head - NE - Whernside (736m) - W - the road - N, W - High Pike (537m) - SW, S by Back Gill - Kingsdale Head; 7 miles]

-33.  White Hill and Great Harlow

White Hill

The Three Peaks (Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent) from Great Harlow

This was really two short walks with the car parked at the Cross of Greet on the Slaidburn Road at the middle of a sort of figure of eight.
[May 2015; SD6860; Cross of Greet - S - White Hill (544m) - and back - NE - Crowd Stones - SE - Great Harlow (486m) - W - Grey Crag, Cross of Greet; 6 miles]

-34.  An Extended Wasdale Loop

This is not the Wasdale of the Lake District but the Wasdale of the Shap Fells. At Wasdale Pike a couple of red deer passed us and then, as we dropped into Wasdale, a herd of perhaps thirty red deer contoured around the fell opposite.
[May 2015; NY5506; P on A6 - W - Whatshaw Common (484m) - NW - Little Yarlside (516m), Great Yarlside (585m) - W - Harrop Pike (637m) - back to Great Yarlside - NE - Wasdale Pike (565m) - SE - P on A6; 10 miles]

-35.  Wild Boar Fell

Wild Boar Fell

Wild Boar Fell from Swarth Fell

[May 2015; SD7298; by Foggy Hill - SE - Uldale House, Holmes Moss - E - Joseph's House, Swarth Fell Pike (651m) - NW - Swarth Fell (681m) - N, NE - Wild Boar Fell (708m) - SW - Fox Hole - W, NW - Foggy Hill; 11 miles]

-36.  The Whinfell Ridge

[May 2015; NY6001; by Borrowdale Wood - S - Grayrigg Pike 478m) - W - Grayrigg Forest (494m) - W - Whinfell Beacon (472m) - N - Castle Fell (482m) - NW - Mabbin Crag (482m) - E, by Borrow Beck - Borrowdale Wood; 9 miles]

-37.  Aye Gill Pike

Aye Gill Pike is a 'loner', so only one top could be visited on this outing.
[May 2015; SD7087; Dent - NE, via Hall Bank permissive path - Aye Gill Pike (556m) - NW, to Dales High Way - S - Barth Bridge - SE - Dent; 7 miles]

-38.  Ward's Stone and Wolfhole Crag

Wolfhole Crag

Wolfhole Crag trig point

This walk was partly to see how the lesser black-backed gulls were getting on. The short answer is 'not very well'. The long answer is too long for here.
[May 2015; SD6063; Barkin Bridge - SE - Alderstone Bank - SW, on track - Brown Syke - E - Wolfhole Crag (527m) - W - Brown Syke, Grey Crag, Ward's Stone (561m) - NE, N - High Stephen's Head - NW, N - Mallowdale, Barkin Bridge; 14 miles]

-39.  Ingleborough

This was the first walk in the 70-in-70-by-70 challenge. Although it was late April, it was cold on the snowy top of Ingleborough. Two lady walkers in shorts had red raw legs.
[April 2015; SD7578; by Sleights Pasture - SE - Park Fell (563m) - SW - Simon Fell (650m), Ingleborough (723m) - SW, NW - Tatham Wife Moss - NE - Meregill Hole, Scar Close, Sleights Pasture; 10 miles]

-40.  Winmarleigh Moss


Winmarleigh Moss (the re-wetted part to the right is a metre higher than the green fields to the left)

I went to see how the project to re-wet Winmarleigh Moss, a rare remnant of a lowland raised bog, was progressing.
[April 2015; SD4551; Cocker Bridge - SE - Great Crimbles, Hardhead - SE, SW (along Crawley's Dyke) - Poplar Farm - N - Moss Edge Farm - NE - Great Crimbles - N - Cocker Bridge; 8 miles]

-41.  Dowbiggin, at the foot of Baugh Fell

This was a short walk mainly to see the alpacas at Ghyllas.
[March 2015; SD6792; Straight Bridge - E - Fellgate - NE - Nor Gill - SW - Hebblethwaite Hall, Ghyllas, Straight Bridge; 5 miles]

-42.  Ward's Stone

[March 2015; SD5754; by church on Long Lane - SE - Top of Emmetts - NE (Wyre Way) - Tarnbrook - N - luncheon hut - NW - Ward's Stone Breast - NE - Ward's Stone - S - luncheon hut, and back; 8 miles]

-43.  Beetham

A walk after visiting the garden centre, seeing kingfisher and nuthatch (at the same time) and hearing woodpecker.
[February 2015; SD4979; Garden Centre - S - Beetham Hall, Hale - E, through Marble Quarry - NW - Fairy Steps - N, NE - Garden Centre; 4 miles]

-44.  Barbondale


Barbon Beck

I went wondering if the wrens that frolic by Barbon Beck in the summer are still there in the winter. They aren't. I suppose they hunker down in the woods. I did see dippers though.
[January 2015; SD6282; Barbon village hall - N, E (through wood) - Blindbeck Bridge - N (on west bank) - Short Gill - S, W (on road) - Barbon; 8 miles]

-45.  Loughrigg

A post-Christmas stroll on Loughrigg, shortened by a slip and bashed knee.
[December 2014; NY3506; White Moss - S - Loughrigg Terrace, Loughrigg Fell - and back; 2 miles]

-46.  Blea Moor and Dent Head

I went to see what was happening with the Mossy Bottom Plantation. Good news: the Sitka was being felled. Bad news: it was being replaced by young Sitka.
[December 2014; SD7679; by Ribblehead Viaduct - N - Little Dale, over Blea Moor Tunnel, Dent Head Farm - SE, S - Gearstones - SW - Ribblehead Viaduct; 9 miles]

-47.  The Lune above Loyn Bridge

Loyn Bridge

Loyn Bridge at Hornby

I wanted to see where some rare wolf spiders live (too rare for me to expect to see the wolf spiders themselves).
[September 2014; SD5869; Loyn Bridge - N, by Lune - Arkholme - and back; 4 miles]

-48.  Moughton


Pen-y-ghent from Moughton

I had heard that the juniper (now rare in the Dales) on Moughton had become diseased. We found juniper dying of old age but couldn't really see signs of a recent disease. We didn't search the juniper for too long, preferring instead to wander over Moughton Scars.
[September 2014; SD7668; by Austwick Bridge - NE - Wharfe - NW, N, NE - Whetstone Hole - S - Moughton trig point - N, NW, along Moughton Scars - Beggar's Stile - S - Crummack, Austwick Bridge; 9 miles]

-49.  Pike of Blisco from Wrynose

A short walk but with a heavy backpack.
[August 2014; NY2702; Three Shire Stone, Wrynose - NW, NE - Pike of Blisco - SE - Wrynose Bridge - SW - Three Shire Stone; 3 miles]

-50.  Lawkland Moss

This was actually two short walks, a week apart, in search of the small pearl-bordered fritillary (first walk, no; second walk, yes).
[June 2014; SD7665; Eldroth - N - Middlesber - E - Lawkland - SW - Eldroth; SD7668; by Austwick Bridge - S - Owlet Hall, Middlesber - E - lawkland - N - Austwick Bridge; 6 miles]

-51.  Lowgill in Tatham

A figure of eight walk around the village of Lowgill.
[June 2014; SD6367; by Ridges - S - Furnessford Bridge, Lower Houses - SE - Lowgill - S, SW - Stairend Bridge - N - Over Houses Great Wood - E - Mill Bridge - N - Spen Row - NW - Ridges; 9 miles]

-52.  From the Crook o'Lune

One of many short walks from the Crook o'Lune (the only one I'll add here).
[June 2014; SD5264; Crook o'Lune - W - Halton Bridge - E - Halton Mills, Crook o'Lune; 3 miles]

-53.  Roundthwaite and lower Borrowdale

lower Borrowdale

Lower Borrowdale from Belt Howe

Fell ponies and skylarks.
[April 2014; NY6003; Roundthwaite - SW, W - Belt Howe - NW - Roundthwaite Common, Whinash, Breasthigh Road - SW - Borrow Beck - SE - Low Borrowdale - E - Belt Howe - NE - Roundthwaite; 9 miles]

-54.  Clougha from The Cragg

[April 2014; SD5461; Little Cragg - W - Bark Barn - S, SE, along track - N - Sweet Beck, Little Cragg; 5 miles]

-55.  Ingleborough


Ingleborough from Raven Scar, with old landslip prominent

On a walk to see the purple saxifrage I found a cagoule with car-keys, which caused me much mental anguish. I left it there but driving home through Ingleton I noticed a police station so I told them. They more or less told me to go back for it and bring it to them, which I did. I also tried the keys in the few cars parked and left a note on the windscreen of the car (actually a camper van) that they fitted. Whether the driver was happy about that, I don't know.
[March 2014; SD7175; layby by disused quarry - E, over Tatham Wife Moss - Black Shiver (where I potted about amongst the purple saxifrage) - E - Ingleborough - SW, S - layby; 5 miles]

-56.  Barbondale and Kirkby Lonsdale

Two short walks, before and after a Barbon Boxing Day lunch.
[December 2013; SD6282; Barbon - N, E - Blindbeck Bridge - W - Barbon; SD6178; Devil's Bridge - N, NW - Ruskin's View - S, SE - Devil's Bridge; 6 miles]

-57.  Roeburndale, below Whit Moor

Many starlings and a bird of prey.
[November 2013; SD5863; by cattle grid - SE - Haylot Farm - N - Thornbush - SW - cattle grid; 5 miles]

-58.  Murthwaite and The Clouds

The Clouds

Fell End Clouds, with its lone sycamore (Wild Boar Fell in the cloud)

[September 2013; SD7197; Rawthey Bridge - NE, W, NW - Murthwaite - E - Streetside - N - Cold Keld - E - Fell End Clouds - SW - Wraygreen, Rawthey Bridge; 6 miles]

-59.  Reston Scar, Staveley

[August 2013; SD4698; Staveley - NW - Reston Scar - N - Black Crag - SE - Staveley; 3 miles]

-60.  Heysham Moss

I went to see how Heysham Moss had been affected by the disastrous fire reported in the paper - I could see no sign of it. It must have recovered quickly!
[July 2013; SD4462; (linear) VW garage - SW - North Farm, Heysham Moss - W, NW - Lower Heysham - NE - The Platform; 7 miles]

-61.  Great Asby Scar and Sunbiggin Tarn

Orton Scar

Below Great Asby Scar (guess which field doesn't have sheep in it)

I searched for flowers on the limestone scars and around the tarn. Plenty of orchids. I was puzzled by a bogbean with the wrong number of petals. I see now that I photographed a bird's eye primrose without knowing it.
[June 2013; NY6208; Orton - E - stone circle - N, NW - Little Kinmond - S - Sunbiggin Tarn - W - Raisbeck, Orton; 10 miles]

-62.  Robert Hall Moor

Robert Hall Moor is a SSSI for being a rare example of unimproved grassland in Lancashire, but it didn't look anything special to me.
[June 2013; SD6569; Low Bentham - SW - Hunter's Barn - W, S, W - Perry Moor - N, E - Hunter's Barn - NE - Low Bentham; 4 miles]

-63.  Green Bell and Randygill Top

Green Bell

The northern Howgills from Green Bell trig point

This was the first of a series of walks investigating the wildlife of the Lune region. I began at the source of the Lune, Green Bell. I soon realised that I needed to be at the right place at the right time for wildlife.
[April 2013; NY7103; Greenside, Ravenstonedale - SW - Green Bell, Randygill Top - and back; 8 miles]

-64.  From Hornby by the Lune

We took the bus to Hornby and walked back alongside the Lune (using a permissive path to Claughton Beck that is no longer available: the bridge has been washed away).
[March 2013; SD5868; (linear) Hornby - SE, on south bank of Wenning and Lune - Bull Beck - S - Brookhouse; 5 miles]

-65.  Pike of Blisco from Blea Tarn

Pike of Blisco

Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell from Pike of Blisco

An Easter walk in the snow.
[March 2013; NY2904; Blea Tarn - N, W, SW - Pike of Blisco - SE - Wrynose Bridge - E, N - Blea Tarn; 5 miles]

-66.  Raise ski-lift

I walked up with skis, then walked on.
[February 2013; NY3617; Glenridding youth hostel - NW, W along The Chimney - ski-lift - and about, and back; 5 miles]

-67.  Malham Cove

A post-Christmas, post-lunch stroll over Malham Cove, including a foot stuck in a grike.
[December 2012; SD9062; Malham - N - Malham Cove - SE - Malham; 4 miles]

-68.  Millom Park

Millom Park

Lake District hills (Coniston hills central) from Millom Park

[October 2012; SD1782; layby east of Park Plantation - clockwise around Millom Park - layby; 3 miles]

-69.  Black Combe

After a ride on Silecroft beach.
[October 2012; SD1382; Murthwaite Green Farm - N - Black Combe - and back; 6 miles]

-70.  Highfields from Crook o'Lune

We gathered from a farmer that he wasn't overly fond of foxes and badgers.
[October 2012; SD6264; Crook o'Lune - NE - Hawkshead, beyond Middle Highfield - and back; 5 miles]

-71.  Dunsop Bridge

Swallows still nesting, late September.
[September 2012; SD6550; Dunsop Bridge - N - Foot Holme - anticlockwise around Middle Knott - and back; 8 miles]

-72.  Whernside


Ingleborough and hang-glider from Whernside

[September 2012; SD7477; Old Hill Inn - SW, N - Bruntscar, Whernside - and back; 7 miles]

-73.  Norber

One of a few short walks on a drive around Ribblehead Viaduct, Horton and Norber.
[July 2012; SD7668; Austwick - N - Norber - and back; 3 miles]

-74.  From Sellet Hall

A short walk while some horse event was happening at Sellet Hall.
[November 2011; SD5185; Settle Hall - E, N - Crosscrake - NE - Mill Bridge - S, SW - Stainton, Settle Hall; 3 miles]

-75.  Blind Tarn from Torver

Old Man

Dow Crag and The Old Man of Coniston

I cannot remember where we went after Blind Tarn!
[October 2011; SD2894; Torver - N, NW - Torver Bridge - E - Blind Tarn - and back; 6 miles]

-76.  Torver from Park Coppice

This walk from the Park Coppice camp-site included a meal in Torver followed by a walk back in the dark (by mobile phone light).
[October 2011; SD2995; Park Coppice - NE, S on Cumbria Way - SW - Reservoir - N - Torver - NE - Park Coppice; 6 miles]

-77.  Melling Wood and Mallowdale

[September 2011; SD5863; by cattle grid - E, SE - Mallowdale - E, N - Middle Salter - S - Haylot Farm - NW, W - cattle grid; 4 miles]

-78.  Farleton Knott

A short walk on the way to collect music. Saw a fox scampering over the crags.
[September 2011; SD5279; Holme - W - Holmepark Fell - N - Farleton Knott - S, on grassy strip - Holme Park Farm; 4 miles]

-79.  From Netherby, Gressingham to home

A number of my walks/runs were after I was tipped out of the car and left to make my way home. I include this one as representative of them.
[August 2011; SD5569; (linear) Netherby - S - Aughton, Aughton Barns - SW - Waterworks Bridge - S - Brookhouse; 5 miles]

-80.  Smardale

Smardale Viaduct

Smardalegill Viaduct

We went looking for Scotch argus butterflies (which are found in only a few places in England). We picnicked among hundreds of them.
[August 2011; NY7308; Smardale Hall - SW, on old railway line - old quarries - NE - Smardale Fell - N - Smardale Hall; 5 miles]

-81.  Conder Head

[July 2011; SD5461; Little Cragg - SE, SW - below source of River Conder - W - Birkbank - NE - Bark Barn - E - Little Cragg; 4 miles]

-82.  Longridge Fell


Parlick and Saddle Fell from Longridge Fell

[January 2011; SD6340; Cardwell House car park - NE - Spire Hill - and back; 4 miles]

-83.  Gatescarth Pass, Longsleddale

Gatescarth Pass

The beginning of Gatescarth Pass at Sadgill

A Boxing Day outing. Some of us preferred to return over Kentmere Pike and Shipman Knotts; others (including me) opted to go back down the pass.
[December 2010; NY4805; Sadgill - N - top of Gatescarth Pass - and back; 6 miles]

-84.  Raise

A reconnaisance mission, to locate The Chimney (after the problems mentioned in walk -90 and in preparation for, for example, walk -66). We continued to Raise and became a little disoriented in the cloud.
[October 2010; NY3617; Glenridding youth hostel - NW, W along The Chimney - ski-lift, Raise, along ridge - and back; 6 miles]

-85.  Across the Howgills, from Sedbergh to Ravenstonedale

I don't normally meet people on the Howgills but this time I had two odd encounters. First, on Calders a couple refused to believe that they were not at The Calf even though I pointed out The Calf trig point a mile ahead. Then, at The Calf, a group there seemed to find my arrival amusing. OK, maybe I looked a bit weary but what can be expected of a 65-year-old running (mainly) all the way across the Howgills, south to north, in 2 hours 20?
[July 2010; SD6592; (linear) Lockbank Farm - NW, N - past Winder, past Arant Haw, Calders, The Calf - NE - Yarlside - N - Kensgriff, Randygill Top - NE - Green Bell , Knoutberry, Town Head, Ravenstonedale; 10 miles]

-86.  Hayshaw Fell

[June 2010; SD5349; Grizedale Bridge - NE - Grizedale Fell - N - Stones (with inscriptions), as it says on OS map - W - Foxhouses Brook - S - Grizedale Bridge; 4 miles]

-87.  Roeburndale and Mallowdale

[June 2010; SD6065; above Backsbottom Farm - E, across Roeburn - road - S - Stauvin, Harterbeck - SW - High Salter, Mallowdale - NW - Haylot Farm - N - above Backsbottom Farm; 9 miles]

-88.  From Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Birkwith Moor

[April 2010; SD8072; Horton - N, along Pennine Way - Birkwith Moor - W - Old Ing - N - Ling Gill Bridge - W, SW - Nether Lodge - SE - High Birkwith - S - Scale Pasture - E - High Pasture - S - Sell Gill Holes, Horton; 11 miles]

-89.  From Keswick around Glenderaterra Beck

[April 2010; NY2822; Castlerigg Farm - E, N - stone circle - NE (under A66) - Wescoe - NW, N - ford across Glenderaterra Beck - S, SW - Latrigg, Keswick - SE - Castlerigg Farm; 10 miles]

-90.  Bleaberry Fell

Causey Pike

Skiddaw from Bleaberry Fell

Two of us opted to walk on Bleaberry Fell; and two of us opted to ski (in April!) at Raise (the latter two missed The Chimney and floundered somewhat in snow drifts before reaching the ski-lift).
[April 2010; NY2822; Castlerigg Farm - S, SE - Castlerigg Fell - S - Bleaberry Fell - W - Brown Knotts - N - Castlerigg Farm; 5 miles]

-91.  Grit Fell from Jubilee Tower

[March 2010; SD5457; Jubilee Tower - SE - Lower Lee - NW - Tarnbrook - N - luncheon hut - NW, W, across Dunkenshaw Fell - luncheon hut - N - watershed - W - Grit Fell - SW - Jubilee Tower; 9 miles]

-92.  Around Pilling


Towards Pilling from Lane Ends

This was the last of many walks 'researching' for the The Land of the Lune book.
[March 2010; SD4149; Lane Ends - SE - Moss House - SW - Bond's Farm - SE - Bone Hill Bridge - W - Bradshaw Lane - N - Broadfleet Bridge - NE - Land Ends; 6 miles]

-93.  Clapdale

[February 2010; SD7469; Clapham - E, N, along Long Lane - Grange Rigg - W, SE - Trow Gill - S - Clapham; 7 miles]

-94.  Up Blackberry Lane

Blackberry Lane

The Lune valley and, beyond the ridge, some of the Lake District tops

Our most common short walk is up what we call Blackberry Lane. After a mile or so, from the gate, we can see the Lake District tops, and a little further we see Ward's Stone, the highest point of Bowland, and from the top we see the Dales' Three Peaks. I just include this entry to represent many such walks.
[February 2010; SD5464; Brookhouse - SE - bridge over Traitor's Gill - and back; 4 miles]

-95.  Easedale Tarn

A post-Christmas walk in snow.
[December 2009; NY3307; Grasmere - NW - Easedale, Easedale Tarn - and back; 7 miles]

-96.  Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct

The Ribblehead Viaduct and Pen-y-ghent

[November 2009; SD7679; Blea Moor Road - NW, N - aqueduct - SW - Winterscales - S - Gunnerfleet Farm - E - Blea Moor Road; 5 miles]

-97.  Middleton Fell

[October 2009; SD6289; layby on A683 - E - Fellside - E, SE - Barkin Top - SW - Calf Top - NW - Cartsaddle Hill - NE, N, W - Fellside, layby; 9 miles]

-98.  Great Shunner Fell

[October 2009; SD8691; Hardraw - NW - Cotterdale - N, NE - Great Shunner Fell - S, SE, along Pennine Way - Hardraw; 12 miles]

-99.  Around Dockray and Aira Force


The head of Ullswater

This was a walk between two concerts of the Lake District Music Festival, at Penrith and Ambleside.
[August 2009; NY3921; P near Parkgate Farm - E, N, W - Dockray - SW - below Swineside Knott - NE - Aira Force - N, W - P; 5 miles]

-100.  Green Bell

A walk up Green Bell while others were rehearsing for the Ravenstonedale Prom.
[July 2009; NY7204; Ravenstonedale - W, SW - High Cocklake, Green Bell - E, NE - Town Head, Ravenstonedale; 7 miles]

-101.  Goodber Common

It was very isolated on Goodber Common, apart from the curlews and lapwings angry at their nesting being disturbed.
[June 2009; SD6563; Stairend Bridge - W, SW, permissive path - Summersgill Fell - N - Grey Stone, Jack's Nook - W - White Moss, Stairend Bridge; 5 miles]

-102.  Scafell Pike

Great Gable

Lingmell and Great Gable from Scafell Pike

With friends (not serious walkers) who wanted to conquer England's highest peak.
[May 2009; NY1807; P at Brackenclose - E - Mickledore - NE - Scafell Pike - NW - Lingmell - W, SW - P; 6 miles]

-103.  Leck Valley

[May 2009; SD6376; Cowan Bridge - NE - Ease Gill Kirk - and back; 8 miles]

-104.  The Upper Lune

[May 2009; SD6805; Wath - W - Potlands, Kelleth - S - Cotegill - E - Bowderdale - SE - Weasdale - N - Gars, Wath; 7 miles]

-105.  Around Winmarleigh

[April 2009; SD4847; A6 layby - W - Davis Bridge, Winmarleigh Hall, Gift Hall - SW - Island Farm - S - (another) Island Farm - SE, N - Nateby Hall - NE, along canal - Davis Bridge - E - layby; 7 miles]

-106.  Crag Hill

Richard Man

The Howgills from Richard Man

[February 2009; SD6681; Bullpot - NE - Richard Man, Crag Hill - NE - Short Gill Bridge - SW - Blindbeck Bridge - SE, S - Bullpot; 8 miles]

-107.  Dow Crag and The Old Man of Coniston

A Boxing Day walk in heavy frost.
[December 2008; SD2894; Torver - NW - Walna Scar - N - Brown Pike, Dow Crag - NE, SE - The Old Man of Coniston - S, over Little Arrow Moor - SE - Torver; 8 miles]

-108.  Black Force

[November 2008; SD6299; Carlingill Bridge - E - Black Force - S, on east ridge - footpath - SW - Linghaw - NW - Carlingill Bridge; 5 miles]

-109.  To Aughton from Home

[November 2008; SD5464; Brookhouse - N - Waterworks Bridge - NE (higher path in Lawson's Wood) - Aughton Barns - N - Aughton - around triangle - and back (on lower path), Brookhouse; 7 miles]

-110.  A Circuit of Bowderdale


Langdale from West Fell

[September 2008; NY6805; Wath - SW - Bowderdale, West Fell - S, SW - The Calf - NE - Bowderdale Beck, Yarlside - N - Randygill Top - NE - Green Bell - S - Weasdale - NW - Gars, Wath; 14 miles]

-111.  Fell End Clouds and Uldale Gill

We had our lunch break overlooking three streams gushing from the bank of Uldale Gill, indicating that we were on the line of the Dent Fault, with a transition from limestone to millstone grit.
[September 2008; NY7300; old quarry - SE - above Fell End Clouds - S - Uldale Gill - S - Whin Stone Gill Bridge - NW - Streetside - NE - quarry; 9 miles]

-112.  Ease Gill

There were tadpoles at Ease Gill Kirk. It must have its own micro-climate.
[September 2008; SD6681; Bullpot - E, SE - Ease Gill - W - Ease Gill Kirk - N - Bullpot; 4 miles]

-113.  Hawthornthwaite Fell Top


Black Clough, on the way up Hawthornthwaite Fell

The most memorable thing about this walk was the trig point at the top! It was perched on its concrete base about five feet above ground level, that amount of peat having been eroded away.
[August 2008; SD5953; by Marshaw Wyre - SE, S - Black Clough - SW, W - Hawthornthwaite Fell Top - and back; 6 miles]

-114.  Ingleborough and Simon Fell


Whernside and Chapel-le-Dale

[July 2008; SD7175; layby by old quarry - SE, NW, across Tatham Wife Moss - SE, SW - Ingleborough - NE - Simon Fell - NW, across Souther Scales Fell - W, across Harry Hallam's Moss, along Raven Scar, layby; 8 miles]

-115.  Blencathra


Sunset over Blencathra from Askew Rigg Farm

This was the second of two walks from Askew Rigg Farm, marking our anniversary. We did not set out intending to walk up Blencthra but we did, as is the way.
[April 2008; NY3727; Askew Rigg Farm - W - Southerfell - SW - Mousthwaite Comb - NW - Blencathra - and back; 8 miles]

-116.  Bannerdale Crags

[April 2008; NY3727; Askew Rigg Farm - N - Mungrisdale - W, around Bannerdale Crags - SE - White Horse Bent - NE, by River Glenderamackin - Mungrisdale (meal) - S - Askew Rigg Farm; 10 miles]

-117.  Masongill and Ireby

[February 2008; SD6571; Burton-in-Lonsdale, by river - N, NW - Masongill Lowfields - N - Masongill - W - Ireby - S - Burton-in-Lonsdale; 6 miles]

-118.  Crummackdale

Studrigg Scar

Studrigg Scar

This walk was mainly to photograph the unconformity on Studrigg Scar. Two merlins were squabbling noisily on the cliffs.
[September 2007; SD7668; Austwick Bridge - NE - Wharfe - N - Studrigg - S - Austwick; 5 miles]

-119.  Wansfell

[August 2007; NY3704; Ambleside - E - Wansfell Pike - E, S, Hundreds Road - NW - Ambleside; 5 miles]

-120.  By Duddon Sands

[August 2007; SD2381; Low Hall campsite - SW - Soutergate Crossing, Dunnerholme - E - Marsh Grange - N - Soutergate - NE - Low Hall; 5 miles]

-121.  Totridge


North-east from Totridge (Ingleborough just visible in the middle)

[August 2007; SD6450; By Hareden Bridge - S, across Riggs Plantation - SW - Totridge - SW - near David's Tomb - N - Hareden Fell shooting lodge - N, W, along track - Hareden Farm; 7 miles]

-122.  Loughrigg and Elterwater

We walked our Australian friends over to Elterwater for a good lunch but then, unbeknownst to us, they ordered a full cream tea too. It was a bloated walk back.
[August 2007; NY3506; White Moss car park - S - Loughrigg - SE - Elterwater - NE - High Close, White Moss car park; 5 miles]

-123.  Striding Edge, Helvellyn and Swirral Edge

Striding Edge

Striding Edge

The classic Striding Edge loop!
[April 2007; NY3816; Glenridding - SW - Striding Edge, Helvellyn - NE - Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam, Youth Hostel - E - Glenridding; 9 miles]

-124.  Roeburndale and Wolfhole Crag


The head of Roeburndale, with the Hornby Road track

[April 2007; SD6063; Barkin Bridge - SE - High Salter, Alderstone Bank - S, on track - Brown Syke - E - Wolfhole Crag - and back; 14 miles]

-125.  Calf Top and Great Coum

This walk was part of an orchestra's 'away weekend'. The walk organisers had not allowed for the varying walking fitness of the walkers. The walk proved far too long, with some being left behind to straggle back late. There was a barn dance in the evening! (Not for me.)
[April 2007; SD6282; Barbon - N, E, NE - Castle Knott, Calf Top, Barkin Top - SE, track on South Lord's Land - S, SE, S - Great Coum - SW - Crag Hill, track near Bullpot - NW, W - Barbon; 14 miles]

-126.  Bowber Head, Bents, Clouds and the Rawthey

We managed a number of short walks to/from/during a stay at Bowber Head campsite, none warranting a full entry, so I'll just mention them here, without details: around Bowber Head to the Fat Lamb (and back in the dark); around Brownber and Bents Farm, north of Newbiggin-on-Lune; on Fell End Clouds; by the River Rawthey from Middleton Bridge, where we came across strange holes dug out in the bank (for worms, by mink?).

-127.  Murthwaite Park and Wandale Hill

Wandale Hill

Swarth Fell and Baugh Fell from Wandale Hill

I had promised that we'd see red squirrels, and we did.
[February 2007; SD7197; by Rawthey Bridge - E, W - Murthwaite Park - N - Adamthwaite - W, S - Wandale Hill, Narthwaite - E - Rawthey Bridge; 5 miles]

-128.  Levens Water and Boulder Valley

A Boxing Day walk in the cloud (with one of the party non-plussed that this should be considered a fun activity for Boxing Day).
[December 2006; SD63097; Coniston - NW - Levens Water - S, in Boulder Valley - SE - Coniston; 5 miles]

-129.  Thornton Force and Kingsdale

[December 2006; SD6975; by Ravenray quarry - N, E, S - Thornton Force - NW - Tow Scar, Turbary Road - NE - Rowten Pot, Jingling Pot, Yordas Cave - S - Ravenray quarry; 7 miles]

... to be continued, probably ...

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Top photo: The western Howgills from Dillicar; Bottom photo: Blencathra from Great Mell Fell