Tag Archives: Wainwrights

Raise, from White Side

Wednesday 29th November 2017, 1.15pm (day 2,288)

Raise from White Side, 29/11/17

I had a book to read for work. I read it today. Did I need to be in an office to do this? No, I didn’t.

There are actually two other people (who had the same idea as me) visible on this photo. While away a pleasant couple of minutes seeing if you can locate them.

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Sheep on Rough Crag

Friday 28th July 2017, 3.50pm (day 2,164)

Sheep on Rough Crag, 28/7/17

Back out into the mountains — for a long and rather difficult walk from Coniston to Eskdale. This shot was taken towards the end, by which time I had already done 12 miles and was feeling rather knackered. The sheep seen here probably wondered what I was doing out on their heaf. I was wondering this too, to some extent.

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Styhead Gill

Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 2.15pm (day 2,077)

Sty Head, 2/5/17

I worked Sunday and Monday (I have witnesses) so this was a walk day. Destination, the well-known peak of Great Gable: pictured here, however, is Great End, rising above the stream of Styhead Gill which comes down from Sty Head, one of the major walkers’ crossroads of Lakeland. A very fine day, the sort that makes one glad one has a flexible job sometimes.

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View east from Sail

Friday 7th April 2017, 12.10pm (day 2,052)

Descending Sail, 7/4/17

The summit of Sail is 2536 feet above sea level but the fell is described by Wainwright as ‘the least obtrusive of the 2,500-footers’ and he has a point, there’s not really much to it. Still, it was the highest point reached on my walk today, and the view is a good one despite the grey clouds: the distinct northern group (Skiddaw and Blencathra) on the horizon, Keswick below. A good walk today — I’m having my weekend Friday and Saturday.

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Steel Knotts

Monday 6th February 2017, 10.50am (day 1,992)

Steel Knotts, 6/2/17

Three-day weekend, so went out on a walk before the weather deteriorated and I had to go back to work. Steel Knotts is only 1412 feet above sea level but asserts itself ruggedly among the taller fells all around.

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Combe Gill

Monday 2nd January 2017, 11.20am (day 1,957)

Combe Gill, 2/1/17

Public holiday today, and a beautiful day of weather, so I made the most of it and went on a Lake District walk. The remaining photos will be up on my other blog some time tomorrow morning. Combe Gill is a hanging valley above upper Borrowdale, tucked into the massif that is known as Glaramara. And yes, there’s something, well, intimate-looking about it.

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Bowfell

Friday 25th November 2016, 12.50pm (day 1,919)

Bowfell, 25/11/16

Having worked five of the last six Sundays, and as I’m going to be working this Sunday too, and with it being the only Friday morning all semester when I wasn’t teaching — I arranged weeks ago to make thisĀ  a completely guilt-free day off. It could have been raining, misty, foul, all the things it usually is in late November….

…. but it wasn’t. Thank you world.

Back on 7th October 2011 this summit, Bowfell, was pictured from a greater distance on an earlier Lake District walk, and it also popped up on 22nd June this year, which makes it the first mountain to get on the blog three times (excepting the obvious case of Kilimanjaro).

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View from Dove Crag’s summit

Saturday 5th November 2016, 1.20pm (day 1,899)

Dove Crag summit, 5/11/16

“This is my church. This is where I heal my hurts.” (Faithless: God is a DJ)

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Newlands valley, from Carl Side

Thursday 29th September 2016, 12.25pm (day 1,862)

Newlands, 29/9/16

I accept I am lucky to have a job which allows me, some days anyway, to get paid for reading and thinking, and there’s no particular reason why I need to do those things in an office, or at home. Alfred Wainwright — a man who did know a thing or two about the Lake District — calls the view south from the Skiddaw range the best one there is, and I think there are more people who would agree with him than dispute this. Particularly today….

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Summit of Thornthwaite Crag

Friday 5th August 2016, 1.05pm (day 1,807)

Thornthwaite Crag summit, 5/8/16

A decent day of weather (it was nice to see blue skies for a change); I’m still off work so no reason not to go on a walk. Thornthwaite Crag was one of seven summits reached today, and has what is probably the tallest summit cairn in the Lake District.

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