Monthly Archives: December 2014

Newlands round wander

This was my last walk of my holiday in the lake district, i decided to walk the Newlands round (more or less) and set of from Keswick Camping & Caravan site, the weather was set fair so it was perfect walking weather.

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Taking the quiet route in

Instead of taking the more direct route up cat bells i decided to head towards little town and head up Robinson hoping to avoid the crowds.

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Busy up Cat bells

As

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Dam good view

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The only way is up!

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Cracking views

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Perfect weather

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Above the paraglider

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Someone's head on Robinson

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Got lucky with the weather

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Hindscarth

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Dale head

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Time for a top up

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Oh bugger broken charging cable

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Eye spy High spy

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Nearly done

http://www.shareyouradventure.com/map/50675/dribelad/15th-July-2014

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A wander to the Steall waterfalls

For my 40th birthday i decided to run away to Scotland for a few days ( i didn’t actually run i drove up its a lot quicker) the Glen Nevis campsite was my destination perfectly located for some wandering in the hills.

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Glen nevis looking good

As i awoke on my first day i could see that Ben Nevis was covered in cloud so i studied the map (looked at it) and decided that there was a riverside walk that would take me to the falls direct from the campsite.

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Good to be back in the mountains

So i got all my gear together and set off on what i thought would be a nice gentle stroll along the river to the falls, i couldn’t have been more wrong, what i thought was a gentle stroll turned into a bit of an obstacle course, shimming across wet poles (logs) to cross parts that had washed away, hopping from rock to rock & bog hopping eventually brought me to the road that leads up to the car park near the falls.

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A sneaky peak at the falls

After walking up the road a while i stopped for a while and chatted to a outward bound instructor (may not have been outward bound but that sort) she had a group of kids climbing nearby and there was a second group canyoneering (not sure on the spelling) we exchanged pleasantries and carried on up the road

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Gorgeous

Upon reaching the car park i saw the sign for the dangerous path and thought i must be getting near,after walking along the “dangerous” path for a while it suddenly open out into a cracking valley (or glen as i was later told off on twitter for calling a valley a valley not a glen) and i got my first glimpse of the falls

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Steall waterfalls

As i neared the falls i could see that there was a wire bridge crossing the river, after watching a couple of people wobbling there way across (one who could barely reach the top cables) i decided to go for it, it wasn’t as bad as i had expected until i reached the middle, if it wasn’t bad enough that the cable twists under your feet there was also a bit of a breeze so the bridge swayed to the right quite a bit, i eventually made it across and made my way to the falls(which was another boggy experience)

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Unexpected surprise

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Right here we go don’t fall in

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Yay made it over

After taking numerous photos of the falls i made my way back across the bridge (without falling in) and back down the “dangerous” path, this time instead of following the road back i crossed the river and followed a track back to the main road, not wanting to walk the obstacle course of the river again i opted to head up into the woods and made my way back to the campsite that way, it was on this path that i bumped into a guy from Norway who was doing the WHW (might put it on my to do list)

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Cracking area to explore

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Ok try not to fall over for once

High Seat wander

On the fifth day of my break in the lake district i decided to walk to High seat via High Tove again leaving the car at the campsite (spot the theme).

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Derwent water

After a walk along side Derwent water and a long drag up a road section(past surprise view) i eventually came to the hidden valley that leads to Watendlath tarn. In the valley there seemed to be a large scout meeting.

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Scout camp? Hidden valley

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Hidden valley

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Buzzard

As i walked along the valley i spotted a Buzzard flying overhead (a bird i have found notoriously difficult to photograph due to focus issues) i got my camera ready and attempted to photograph it. (Decide for yourselves on the result).

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Cracking views

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High Tove

Upon reaching the Watendlath tarn i began the long slog (with many false summits) up hill towards High Tove. Unfortunately this is the part of the walk that is a pain, the route from High Tove to High Seat (is it called the pewitts?) is notoriously boggy but i hoped that it would be dry after a dry few days ha! No chance splodge! straight up to the knee, luckily I didn’t lose my trail shoe.

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High Seat

After the struggle to High Seat the going was a lot easier and i made good progress to Bleaberry Fell and i stopped a while taking in the good weather and the fine views before heading down to Walla Crag.

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More excellent views

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Dem bones dem bones dem dry bones

Upon reaching Walla Crag there was a few Paragliders taking off and as i made my way back to Keswick i could see that quite a few more had joined them.

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Paraglider Walla crag

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More Paragliders

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Walkers reward


http://www.shareyouradventure.com/map/50577/dribelad/10th-July-2014

Whinlatter wander

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Derwent water

Day four of my holiday in the lake district and i decided to have a wander to Whinlatter forest again leaving the car at the campsite. The walk to the woods was quite boring and uninspiring road walking but once i got into the woods that was soon forgotten.

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Bassenthwaite lake

After wandering around the woods for a while (some cracking trees) i eventually made my way up to Seat How and took a seat. The views were excellent so i lingered a while before heading back down and then up to Barf.

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Monument to the Bishop of Barf

On my way to Barf i noticed what looked to me like a statue of a white teddy bear waving at me so i waved back (it was a hot day) not knowing what this was i posted a photo on twitter and got several responses telling me the story of the Bishop of Barf, twitter at its best.

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Cracking views

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Broom fell

After taking in the cracking views from Barf i turned and headed towards Lords seat and then on to Broom Fell where a group of three walkers asked if i could take their photo, so i obliged no probs they then asked if i wanted my photo taken? Err no thanks i like to stay this side of the camera.

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More excellent views

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Walkers reward

So it was time to retrace my steps to Lords seat and head back down, i decided to head towards the monument to Barf and the path he allegedly tried to ride up which was very steep, after leaving the woods i made my way to the Royal Oak pub and a well deserved pint (or two) of Jennings Cumberland Ale.
http://www.shareyouradventure.com/map/50555/dribelad/9th-July-2014