Sunday, 24 February 2013

Bleasdale Circle Fell Race – 23rd February 2013


Ian and I turned up to marshall on the Bleasdale Circle Fell Race, pretty much expecting to be allocated the first gate duty, as per last year – not out too long and not too high up!   Instead we ended up on the summit of Parlick for a couple of hours.  Fortunately we were well prepared for the conditions.

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Approaching Blindhurst Farm with Parlick on the left

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Blindhurst Farm with its date stone of 1731

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Fair Snape Fell with a dusting of snow from the lower path onto Parlick

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Lone tree on Parlick

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Andy (R), Ian (centre) and other marshall on gate duty

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Looking east into the snow heading our way with Fell Foot below

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Above and below - Longridge Fell (SE) from Parlick summit

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Fair Snape Fell from Parlick

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Weather closing in at the summit cairn

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and east to Burnslack Fell and Totridge

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The path to Fair Snape along which the runners will arrive

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Andy saves the day!

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Job Done

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Quick here comes the snow!

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Waiting for the runners

No opportunity to get any pics of the runners as I was in the shelter recording their numbers!

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Blindhurst Farm resident

Great to catch up with good friends over pie and peas back at the hall – dash home for shower etc and then back to the ceilidh in the evening.  Good time was had by all thanks to the Race Organiser and the Bowland team.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Far Eastern Fells Sunday 17th February

Glorious sunny day in the Lakeland Fells albeit with a bitterly cold wind requiring plenty layers.  Ian and I are on our third round of the 214 Wainwright summits and today we added another four giving us 149.  Ticking off the summits in this way gives a purpose to visiting all the different areas of the Lake District rather than going back to the same fells. 

Starting at the 17th century hamlet of Hartsop we headed up Hayeswater Gill to the small lake of the same name which serves as a reservoir for the town of Penrith about 12 miles away.  Our first summit was Rest Dodd then out and back to The Nab before heading out to Angletarn Pikes and back over Brock Crags.  Only eight miles covered, but quite a lot of climbing giving us spectacular view of the fells all around.

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The outflow from Hayeswater

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Straits of Rggindale from Hayeswater

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L to R Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield from Rest Dodd

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Caudale Moor

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Looking back at the Knott

A great day to trot out to the Nab as the ground was mostly frozen and as you can see it’s a bit of a bog otherwise.

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The Nab

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Ian heading back towards Rest Dodd from the Nab before heading off to the right towards Angle Tarn

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Fairfield with Hart Crag to the left and Cofa Pike to the right

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Walker on one of the outlying fells

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Birks in the midground left with  Striding Edge leading to Helvellyn on the right

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Angle Tarn with the Helvellyn rdge beyond

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Angle Tarn with High Street in the distance – Hartsop Dodd centre

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Birks left with the distinctive pyramid shape of Catstye Cam to the right

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Descending back to Hartsop – Gray Crag with High Street beyond

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Farm buildings close to the hamlet of Hartsop

Fantastic day on the fells – looking forward to the next time.

Healey Nab

Very enjoyable morning out on the local hills with Ed.  Twelve miles covered from Rivington out to Healey Nab, White Coppice, Great Hill, Round Loaf and back through Lead Mines Clough.  Legs still a little sluggish from last week’s Anglezarke Amble.

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Rivington Reservoir

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Winter Sun

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Anglezarke Amble - Saturday 9th February


This 24-mile tour of the West Pennine Moors, over the summits of Winter Hill, Darwen Moor and Great Hill is a bit of a livener for what is hoped to be the tail end of winter.  The weather certainly lived up to the forecast of low cloud and drizzle.  Unfortunately I hadn’t anticipated this much snow and consequently had trail shoes on, instead of studs which meant the descents on snow on wet grass were very entertaining, and very slow.  Given the fact that my longest run for weeks, of sixteen miles the previous Saturday together with a couple of niggling injuries, I was pleased to get round in under six hours – 5.53.  Almost an hour slower than my best time, but that was in perfect conditions and injury free. 

The camera only came out of its waterproof bag once and that was on the first climb on to Winter Hill and below is the result.

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First climb onto Winter Hill

Lots of friends doing this event with varying degrees of success/enjoyment.  Ian and Albert were however the only two that I’m aware of that chose to make a weekend of it by completing the gruelling Winter Hill Fell Race the following day.  Well done!

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Ian battling with his race number!

Sunday’s weather was much worse than Saturday.  My plan to have a gentle stroll up to the Pike and possibly see the runners at the top of the ramp on Winter HIll was abandoned in favour of sitting in the car and reading the Sunday paper!

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The view from the car

In other news there had been some glorious opportunities to snap the low winter sun in the morning and evening midweek.

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Above and below – morning shift, baking bread at New Springs bakery

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Winter evening at Haigh Hall

Saturday, 2 February 2013

‘Amble’ Reccy

Great morning out reccying the Anglezarke Amble which takes place next Saturday.  I was keen to take another look at one or two places on the route as I haven’t run over them for a while.  Six set out, but with injuries and time commitments only two of us completed a sixteen mile run over part of the route. 

Couldn’t believe the glorious conditions when setting off to drive over to Rivington this morning - stunning blue skies and sunshine.  Stopped for a couple of shots of the local farm on my way with the sun just coming up from behind them.

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Catching the first rays – bird on the wire (click on image to look large)

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Another quick stop to snap The Pike on the way

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Rivington Pike

Our route skirted Winter Hill on the western side, so we were in the shadows for a while but the ‘alpen glow’ on the moors where we were heading was a stunning sight.

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Still some ice around in the shaded areas

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Car park at Lower Houses

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Climbing the stile to the path beyond heading to the sunny uplands

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Out of the woods

Watching our steps on the icy footbridge – but heading to the sunshine

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Over to Belmont and its reservoir

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Belmont sailing club

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On the way home the clouds were forming so a quick stop off as they looked so picturesque

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We’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed for similar conditions next Saturday – not looking likely Winking smile