Wednesday, 26 March 2014

St Martins Church, Martindale


In stark contrast to the blizzards on the high fells on Saturday, Sunday was bright and sunny if a little fresh.  We had a gentle stroll up on to Hallin Fell for some stunning views of Ullswater but before that a wander around the old Church of St Martin in Martindale.  There’s been a church on this spot since at least 1220.  It is probable that the present building was erected at the end of the 16th Century.  There have been successive restorations to the present building, the last major restoration being in 1882 when the roof was replaced.  Inside the church the font is believed to have been a Roman alter and the church bell is over 500 years old.  

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This tombstone commemorates a former vicar and the yew tree which protects it is estimated to be about 1300 years old.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Buttermere Parish Boundary


Great walk with friends from the Rucksack Club around the parish boundary of Buttermere – thirteen and a half miles and over 6,000ft of ascent in fairly demanding conditions in parts.  Taking in the summits of Red Pike, High Stile, Seat,  Hay Stacks, Brandreth, Grey Knotts, Dale Head, Robinson, and High Snockrigg.   Snow overnight made for interesting conditions and amazing photo opportunities Smile


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Early morning at Penruddock

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The Hellvellyn range from our base at the hamlet of Penruddock

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Rain at the start in Buttermere would become a blizzard on the high fells

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Leaving Buttermere

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Newlands Fells from the ascent to Red Pike

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Buttermere village with Grasmoor above

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Andy with Grasmoor behing and Buttermere below

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Fleetwith Pike

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Crummock Water

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The onset of the blizzard on the approach to Red Pike

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Heading down to Honister

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The long climb up to Dale Head

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Our leader - Jean

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Two Lads and Whimberry Hill

A battle with the wind for this morning’s run.  Although very blustery, no rain and with the sun breaking through the heavy cloud intermittently some interesting lighting to capture on our thirteen mile romp.  Summits visited were Two Lads, Whimberry Hill and Egg Hillock before dropping down into Belmont and back along the Quarrymen’s path to Hordern Stoops.  From there a diagonal before the summit of Spitlers Edge out to Lead Mines Clough and back to Rivington.  A good outing with excellent company Smile

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Crossing the River Douglas – a brief respite from the wind

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Up to Two Lads

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Whimberry Hill

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Ed and Rachel chasing a couple of walkers

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Batttling the strong winds

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Bowland Fells

With a great weather forecast of sunshine and blue skies, we headed up to Fell Foot just below Parlick.   No sign of the summit as the low cloud sat on the hill.  No problem it would lift soon – it didn’t, for quite some time.  No visibility on the tops – an easy job to make our way out to Fair Snape Fell or Paddy’s Pole if you prefer.  The plan was to pick up two further trigpoints, but this turned into a bit of a jog up and down a few hills before returning to Fair Snape and back to Parlick Fell.  Not quite the outing we had planned, but a good nine miles and yes as we got back to the car the sun came out Smile

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Summit of Fair Snape Fell

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Ian ventures from the shelter for a snap!

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A quick snap of where we’ve been Fair Snape Fell in the distance from Parlick

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