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  3. 14-02-2016 16:02
Far better than the football

Red tarn from low spying how bottled striding edge due to the wind :lol:

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  1. 07-05-2018 12:04
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Borrowdale doing Glaramara from Rosthwaite up Langstrath Beck and some great scrambling on Cam Crag. :cool:

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Still a few remains of the beast from the East.;)

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  1. 07-05-2018 19:05
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Great pics as always Alan.
Me the wife and my 6 yearold did Dodd yesterday and Loughrigg today. Theyre both fine and my feet are knackered. I really need to shift some weight!!!. .
  1. 07-05-2018 19:17
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Great pics as always Alan.
Me the wife and my 6 yearold did Dodd yesterday and Loughrigg today. Theyre both fine and my feet are knackered. I really need to shift some weight!!!. .


Ha ha if you keep that up it drop off quite quickly I shed nearly 3 stone in two years but been on the creep up since Christmas
Need to cut down on beer and sugary shit.
I'd imagine Dodd was busy yesterday and Loughrigg today too both lovely walks though been some weekend weather wise too.
  1. 07-05-2018 19:36
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Loughrigg today was like walking through the middle of Carlisle it was that busy. Bit steep coming down on Grasmere side with folks going up.
  1. 07-05-2018 19:50
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Eagle Crag from Stonethwaite Borrowdale a couple of weeks ago without doubt the trickiest Fell I've done (due to a poor bit of navigation :lol:) wet slippery rock, steep Scrambling no defined path.
Real buzz once up there though well worth it.
Would imagine it to be a death trap decending in fog.
Great spot for a chill out too. B)

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  1. 02-06-2018 19:31
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Was up there today. Still not sussed out how to post pic's, despite all the help from everyone! I don't have pc/laptop. Anyhow I'm loving getting out & about in this green & pleasant land! Lost a bit of timber aswell, so it's all good. Hopefully out again tomorrow, depending on weather. I've probably bagged more wainwright's this yr than Bennett scored!
  1. 02-06-2018 20:07
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Was up there today. Still not sussed out how to post pic's, despite all the help from everyone! I don't have pc/laptop. Anyhow I'm loving getting out & about in this green & pleasant land! Lost a bit of timber aswell, so it's all good. Hopefully out again tomorrow, depending on weather. I've probably bagged more wainwright's this yr than Bennett scored!


Slacking a bit there BB.
  1. 04-06-2018 21:44
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Done a few walks lately, Caldbeck Common, Geltsdale, Mungrizedale, nice wide tracks, gentle climbs, can fairly knock the miles in.

Eagle crag...a wrong turn/route and ye can be in serious trouble
Went out on a fine day, rain and mist came in, stuck on Pinnacle Ridge on st sunday crag, am not religious, but i prayed, wished we had rope and pitons :S weather cleared and we slithered doon like crabs :lol: on wet slippery smooth rock. Hammered a pint or two in hikers bar lol

Fabulous pics Alan, ye must have a good camera. Keep posting, enjoying other pics and comments too, well done lads.
  1. 05-06-2018 21:58
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Done a few walks lately, Caldbeck Common, Geltsdale, Mungrizedale, nice wide tracks, gentle climbs, can fairly knock the miles in.

Eagle crag...a wrong turn/route and ye can be in serious trouble
Went out on a fine day, rain and mist came in, stuck on Pinnacle Ridge on st sunday crag, am not religious, but i prayed, wished we had rope and pitons :S weather cleared and we slithered doon like crabs :lol: on wet slippery smooth rock. Hammered a pint or two in hikers bar lol

Fabulous pics Alan, ye must have a good camera. Keep posting, enjoying other pics and comments too, well done lads.


Love it round Caldbeck and Uldale me and the other half did did the Cock ups up to Meal Fell and Knott the back by Brae fell to Ovewater.
It was Grand National Day betting on horses whilst on top of a Fell is a first for me technology
bloody hellm:)
  1. 05-06-2018 22:14
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Done a few walks lately, Caldbeck Common, Geltsdale, Mungrizedale, nice wide tracks, gentle climbs, can fairly knock the miles in.

Eagle crag...a wrong turn/route and ye can be in serious trouble
Went out on a fine day, rain and mist came in, stuck on Pinnacle Ridge on st sunday crag, am not religious, but i prayed, wished we had rope and pitons :S weather cleared and we slithered doon like crabs :lol: on wet slippery smooth rock. Hammered a pint or two in hikers bar lol

Fabulous pics Alan, ye must have a good camera. Keep posting, enjoying other pics and comments too, well done lads.


Love it round Caldbeck and Uldale me and the other half did did the Cock ups up to Meal Fell and Knott the back by Brae fell to Ovewater.
It was Grand National Day betting on horses whilst on top of a Fell is a first for me technology
bloody hell :)
  1. 05-06-2018 22:15
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Great and Little Cock up, bit like oor club :woohoo:

Trussmador..great name that lol, Twatt is best name mind, village on Orkney isles, we should send oor BOD s theere on hols :lol:

We were in rio, the mrs voted for some crap act on BGT from the christ the redeemer statue, it came third lol.
  1. 06-06-2018 00:27
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Been looking at doing St Sunday Crag from Pinnacle Ridge route one for Yorkie and Cumbrianblue or anyone else with a bit of knowledge is there a path or route up to summit by that way avoiding and grade 2 or 3 stuff dont mind a bit of a test but I ain't ropes trained yet.
  1. 07-06-2018 19:29
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Hi Alan, there`s one crux move on Pinnacle Ridge graded as a moderate rock climb, but it can be by-passed, generally the ridge is graded at 1 or 2, but as I recall you can get round any tricky stuff. most of the impressive photo shoots are taken on a couple of spikes near the top end of the ridge. To get to the base of the ridge take the Elmhow zig zag path up from the Elmhow plantation in Grizedale (parking at the White Lion Patterdale), when the gradient of the path eases off a bit you`re in Blind Cove, look for a thin track off to your right and that track will take you towards Pinnacle Ridge, cross a couple of small scree shoots, then when you reach a larger scree shoot start directly uphill which should bring you to the base of Pinnacle Ridge.
  1. 07-06-2018 19:52
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Thanks mate been doing a bit of research on it and that climb comes up on it but no mention of avoiding it (I assume it's the steep climb up V in corner to avoid vertical Slab)

Might give it a go this weekend need a bit of wakening up :lol:
  1. 07-06-2018 20:08
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you might`ve seen this.

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/how-to-scramble-pinnacle-ridge

If you do it you`ll have earned a pint down in Patterdale or Glenridding.
  1. 07-06-2018 20:19
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Staying with the outlaws in Whitehaven for a few days with our lass, this morning Wasdale was calling, it being only 20 miles away, and a good forecast. Off we went and had a very pleasant day taking in Yewbarrow and Red Pike.

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  1. 07-06-2018 21:18
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Buttermere, Red Pike, Starling Dodd, Great Bourne my nemesis Hen Comb (The Hill with a moat) and Finally Mellbreak last Sunday a tad warm and sweaty is an understatement.

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  1. 07-06-2018 21:44
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Crackin` photos.
  1. 07-06-2018 21:59
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Yorkie I'm assuming this is Crux Corner this is as far is a dare go as a couple of mins later there was a cloudburst and the last thing I want to do is get someone up from their Sunday dinner to rescue some cragfast pillock.
It deffo looks doable so will be back very soon great climb up to that point too cracking day despite the Royal drenching B)


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  1. 10-06-2018 19:59
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Aye, that's the crux Alan, near the top of the corner you can get yer feet into bridging stance, then from that it`s straightforward to get yerself onto the top of that bit of crag. That corner can feel a bit greasy in damp weather so you made the right call there fella.
  1. 10-06-2018 21:47
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Eagle Crag from Stonethwaite Borrowdale a couple of weeks ago without doubt the trickiest Fell I've done (due to a poor bit of navigation :lol:) wet slippery rock, steep Scrambling no defined path.
Real buzz once up there though well worth it.
Would imagine it to be a death trap decending in fog.
Great spot for a chill out too. B)

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Maybe you strayed onto shepherds crag, jackdaw ridge/donkeys ears :) Yorkie is correct about Elmhow zig zags, couple of scrambling routes, trial and error really lol, you look down and think, fk that...so you have to find the way up lol.
Great pics Alan, if it looks bad, its probs worse doing it!!!

sheepbone above buttermere is another challenge

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done Cardunneth pike from Castle Carrock on Sunday, a grouse moor, but lots old quaries and lime kilns,

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best thread on the forum this is, pls keep posting pics.
  1. 13-06-2018 22:53
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Eagle Crag from Stonethwaite Borrowdale a couple of weeks ago without doubt the trickiest Fell I've done (due to a poor bit of navigation :lol:) wet slippery rock, steep Scrambling no defined path.
Real buzz once up there though well worth it.
Would imagine it to be a death trap decending in fog.
Great spot for a chill out too. B)

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Maybe you strayed onto shepherds crag, jackdaw ridge/donkeys ears :) Yorkie is correct about Elmhow zig zags, couple of scrambling routes, trial and error really lol, you look down and think, fk that...so you have to find the way up lol.
Great pics Alan, if it looks bad, its probs worse doing it!!!

sheepbone above buttermere is another challenge

http://www.alanwaters.org.uk/gallery/45/Buttermere_Three_Peaks

done Cardunneth pike from Castle Carrock on Sunday, a grouse moor, but lots old quaries and lime kilns,

http://www.markrichards.info/walk-free/open-access-walks/cardunneth-pike.html

best thread on the forum this is, pls keep posting pics.


Cheers for that mate.
  1. 14-06-2018 19:56
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Pinnacle Ridge, St Sunday Crag last weekend.


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Looks like you done it, heart rate and adreneline on full blast :)

certain places get in your head, you gota do em, then you find sumat else to obsess about. Mine was Cuillin Ridge.

ahhh, memories.
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Sacked work off today and headed for Grasmoor to have a go at Grasmoor End looked impossible on the approach turned out to be a superb scramble B)
Crummock Water was like a mirror too stunning stuff.

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Helvellyn Sunset last night worth the effort to get up there :)
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One for regular A66 travelers this morning.
Barf.
Touch and go id end up in divorce court with the route we took (it was tricky tbh) a nice dinner and a pint at the Royal oak Braithwaite got me back in the good books. B)

The Bishop


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The rock band is a tricky little scramble for a few feet.
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The rock band is a tricky little scramble for a few feet.


Ha ha getting past Slape Crag was a mission thank god for A.Ws book never seen an oak tree growing horizontally before good fun today .
Head for Heights was put to the test.
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Always have respect for the folk who haul a pot of paint up there to put a coat on the Bishop.
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Is that a euphemism?
  1. 02-07-2018 08:54
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Bishop? It's The Horses Head isn't it. That's what it's known around here anyways.
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Solo hike on Sunday the plan was Great End Via Skew Gill and Custs Gully the sticking point was Custs Gully.
Managed to scramble to all but 30m from summit only to be met with a vertical pitch of slimey mossbound Rock impossible for a novice like me will return in winter when several feet of Snow have filled this in.
Did make summit but it was all the way down and back up another route.

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  1. 09-07-2018 20:08
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Beautiful photos again, Alan. Keep them coming.
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Bishop? It's The Horses Head isn't it. That's what it's known around here anyways.


Folk lore has it that in the 19th century a bloke in the Swan after a few drinks bet that he could ride his horse up to the top. He only managed to get as far as this rock before his horse fell and he was killed. In his memory the stone has been painted white ever since and called the horses head.
If true it was a bloody good effort to get that far, never mind on a horse.
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Bishop? It's The Horses Head isn't it. That's what it's known around here anyways.


Folk lore has it that in the 19th century a bloke in the Swan after a few drinks bet that he could ride his horse up to the top. He only managed to get as far as this rock before his horse fell and he was killed. In his memory the stone has been painted white ever since and called the horses head.
If true it was a bloody good effort to get that far, never mind on a horse.


Seems like the Bishop story is a myth if wikipedia is to be believed...

"On a rocky site at 700 ft and clearly visible from the Cockermouth to Keswick road, is the "Bishop of Barf", a white painted stone marking the spot where, according to local legend, the Bishop of Derry was killed falling from his horse in 1783, after drunkenly betting he could ride up the hill. Both the Bishop and his horse are said to be buried near a smaller stone, the Clerk, at the base of the hill. Sadly, the story, although imaginative, forgets that the Bishop of Derry of the time died 20 years later in Italy. However, this Bishop's colourful life no doubt inspired a tale capable of capturing the imagination. The stone was whitewashed each year by staff at the nearby Swan Hotel, until the Hotel was converted to apartments. The whitewashing is now carried out by members of Keswick Mountain Rescue.

The Bishop stands about 7 ft high on the shortest side, while the Clerk is a much smaller conical stone"
  1. 10-07-2018 08:19
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Bishop? It's The Horses Head isn't it. That's what it's known around here anyways.


Folk lore has it that in the 19th century a bloke in the Swan after a few drinks bet that he could ride his horse up to the top. He only managed to get as far as this rock before his horse fell and he was killed. In his memory the stone has been painted white ever since and called the horses head.
If true it was a bloody good effort to get that far, never mind on a horse.


That's the story I was told as a kid too. Moral of the story is don't believe everything you read on Wikipedia!
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Early start, parked up near Hartsop and walked over Middle Dodd, Red Screes, LIttle Hart Crag and High Hartsop Dodd, that Middle Dodd was steep, like scrambling on grass. Cracking day all the same, at the end of the walk it was a choice between getting in the pub and watching England, or going on a few miles to Penrith to see Carlisle, chose the pub and England - maybe wrong choice.

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  1. 14-07-2018 21:02
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Anyone after a nice not over demanding walk with a great view too give Low Fell a try less than an hours walk from Loweswater car park pic taken last night a great way to enjoy the summer we are having whilst improving your fitness levels.
It's win win B)

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Chances are that the only way that I will ever get to see these beautiful views are on here or if I ever get rich enough to purchase a helicopter :)

Some of them though I would not be able to do in my youth, no chance.
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Chances are that the only way that I will ever get to see these beautiful views are on here or if I ever get rich enough to purchase a helicopter :)

Some of them though I would not be able to do in my youth, no chance.


Sad to here that munchy hope your health improves to be able to do some.
If not you could get up here on a quad bike :P
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Chances are that the only way that I will ever get to see these beautiful views are on here or if I ever get rich enough to purchase a helicopter :)

Some of them though I would not be able to do in my youth, no chance.


Sad to here that munchy hope your health improves to be able to do some.
If not you could get up here on a quad bike :P


Cheers pal, it might be an option :)
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Sad news indeed m8, good job you're a trooper with a sense of humour. Your wife has been carrying you home from every pub you've frequented for years, maybe she will take you up Middle Dodd sometime.

Sending some good karma your way munchy. :(
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Sorry to hear you are out of sorts Munchy. I hope you get back on track soon. I'm happy to be Secretary of the Keith Curle fan club. Keith is a God in our family.
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Cheers all - and thank for the karma Ganny, my lottery ticket will win us all a trip in a helicopter trip around these sights, navigated by Alan and Yorkie.

I will pick you all up in your gardens or the most convenient park/field nearest to your homes :)
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I hope all of you on here who live in Cumbria appreciate just how lucky you are. Drove into the county tonight on the A66. Was like the middle of winter driving past Stainmore on that high bit and even had the fog lights on. Yet, passing Blencathra could see Newlands and Borrowdale looking stunning with the last of the sun and the clouds hugging and drifting across the hills.
Whoever has that banner at games that says to be born Cumbrian is to win the lottery is not far off.
Makes you feel good to be alive.
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Well I was born half Cumbrian half Northumbrian couldn't really ask for two more beautiful counties albeit contrasting
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Blencathra my favourite go to High Fell for a summer evening Bimble B)

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The beauty of an evening stroll up Sharp Edge - no crowds.
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