My ‘Lord of The Rings’ hike!

The Route: Bowfell and Esk Pike | Distance: 17km | Time: 7.5 Hours
Height gain: 1,129m | Max Altitude: 897m | Start: Langdale Campsite
Finish: The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel | Map: OS Explorer OL6 | Date: 07/02/2013

Langdale Route MapClick to enlarge route map

You don’t need to go to New Zealand to walk in a landscape full of myth and wilderness, oh no! Now this might shock and surprise some people and even sound a tad absurd, but you can get your Tolkien fix right here in the UK. Oh shut-up I hear you say, but wait, it’s really true, please let me explain. Continue reading “My ‘Lord of The Rings’ hike!”

Let the Adventures begin!

Langdale Fells

I’m off to the Great Langdale Valley next week for a much needed outdoor fix. I’ll be camping in the valley for a week at the beautiful National Trust campsite. My tent will be ringed on three sides by some of the most dramatic and rugged mountains this country has to offer. The fells here are much beloved by generations of hikers, climbers and campers alike. Continue reading “Let the Adventures begin!”

A Solo Winter Ascent of Blencathra

The Route: Blencathra | Distance: 8km | Time: 3 Hours
Height gain: 699m | Max Altitude: 862m | Start: Scales Farm | Finish: back at Scales Farm
Map: OS Explorer OL6 | Date: 05/02/2013

As the day dawned on my birthday the snow began to fall. This was exactly what I had been praying for. I had travelled up from London two days prior together with my ice axe and micro spikes plus an array of other assorted winter garb all in the hope of striking it lucky with some winter conditions up in The Lakes this February. A regular visitor in the summer I had long dreamt of returning when the national park became transformed each year into a winter playground.

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Ascent of Goatfell and North Goatfell – Isle of Arran

The Route: Goatfell and North Goatfell | Distance: 12.4km | Time: 4 Hrs
Height gain: 954m | Max Altitude: 874m
Start: Brodick Castle Grounds | Finish: Corrie
Map: OS Explorer OL361 | Date: 12/06/2012

Route Map

The clouds finally lifted after a week spent on the island and the high summits where finally revealed for the first time since landing ashore all those days ago. The opportunity had come at last – Summit Day!

I excitedly packed my rucksack before I’d even had time to consume my breakfast. The car door was quickly slammed shut and I drove south towards The Goatfell Range eager for some high adventure in Arran’s highest mountains. Continue reading “Ascent of Goatfell and North Goatfell – Isle of Arran”