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Matterdale Common and the Dodds

Matterdale Common and the Dodds

ROUTE STATS (including map) Matterdale Common and the Dodds The Eastern Fells in the Lake District form the large mass of high ground between Thirlmere in the west and Ullswater in the east. The jewel in the crown is always going to be Helvellyn, with its precipitous ridges drawing thrill-seekers from the east, and its gentler, yet still-to-be-respected western slopes dominating the scenery around Thirlmere. Let’s not forget good old north and south too. South of the mountain everyone wants…

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Eastern Glyderau – Y Foel Goch and Gallt yr Ogof

Eastern Glyderau – Y Foel Goch and Gallt yr Ogof

ROUTE STATS (including map) Eastern Glyderau Lorries thunder past as I perch on the lip of the car boot, lacing up for the day’s hike. The dark shape of Tryfan rises ominously over my right shoulder, like a huge shark’s fin ploughing through an ocean of cloud. The bulky giants of the Carneddau stand resolutely above the frigid waters of Llyn Ogwen. After tentatively dipping a toe into the Northern Carneddau on my last visit, I am now among the…

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What to expect on mountain leader training

What to expect on mountain leader training

What to expect on mountain leader training You’ve probably ended up on this page if you’re thinking about signing up for the mountain leader training course. Perhaps you’re a little nervous about committing and want to feel more confident about what to expect. While you can (and should) start with Mountain Training’s website to find out more, it’s always nice to hear a first hand account from someone who’s recently experienced what it’s like to attend a mountain leader training course. It’s only…

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Warnscale Round

Warnscale Round

ROUTE STATS (including map) Warnscale Round I’ll start with an apology. There aren’t many photos of this walk to share with you. It was just too wet and windy to even think about testing the limits of my camera. So it’s mainly words today, with the odd washed out picture thrown in for good measure. It was cold too. Particularly for the end of June. And particularly since I’d promised to show off the best of the Lake District to…

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Blencathra: Sharp Edge and Hall’s Fell Ridge

Blencathra: Sharp Edge and Hall’s Fell Ridge

ROUTE STATS (including map) Blencathra scrambling I don’t often feel nervous on the morning of a mountain walk. It’s normally a mixture of excitement, anticipation and longing for being in places where I feel most at ease. But today, parked in a lay-by just off the A66, I’ll admit to noticing the odd butterfly in my stomach. This walk has been almost 30 years in the making. Today I’m visiting the spikier ends of Blencathra: Sharp Edge and Hall’s Fell…

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Martindale Expedition

Martindale Expedition

ROUTE STATS (including map) Martindale Expedition The rain, accelerated by the strengthening wind, stings my face like hundreds of tiny pin pricks. Ominous clouds have gathered throughout the morning, jostling for position before choosing their moment to move in on the ridge. I pass a pair of fell runners. We don’t speak a word but the looks on their faces tell me they won’t be hanging around either. Sometimes there’s no need for a weather forecast to tell you to…

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The Easedale Skyline

The Easedale Skyline

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Easedale Skyline Mountains are the classic metaphor for strength, resilience and fortitude. Always there to reassure us with their perpetuity, they are steadfast and strong, oblivious to the troubles of the world. When you frame the mountains in our human timelines, the metaphor holds true. Even with the passing of the seasons, their underlying presence is undoubtedly permanent. ‘The mountains will always be there’ has been an oft-quoted phrase during lockdown. But switch your eyes…

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Five Essential Accessories for Car Camping

Five Essential Accessories for Car Camping

Car Camping Accessories Since we’ve been allowed out and about again, I’ve had quite a bit of interest in my car camping setup. It seems more people than ever like the idea of having more four-wheeled adventures but can’t quite commit to a proper camper van! The good news is the solution might be closer than you think. With a little imagination, there’s no reason you can’t accessorise your bog-standard family SUV, MPV, estate or even large hatchback to use…

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The Northern Carneddau and Aber Falls

The Northern Carneddau and Aber Falls

ROUTE STATS (including map) Aber Falls and the Northern Carneddau I’ll admit to feeling a little nervous about heading across the border. Even a casual glance at the headlines in 2020 would have you convinced the entire population of the British Isles could be found jostling for position on the summit of Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa. I certainly don’t want to add to the pressures and become part of the problem. But equally, I’ve learnt that the press is rather…

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Northern Fells Expedition

Northern Fells Expedition

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Northern Fells The light is fading. I am cocooned in my sleeping bag. Alone, yet surrounded by old friends. My belly is full of warm pasta as I lay gazing at the inky-blue sky. I have completed the ritualistic tasks of collecting water, cooking a meal and erecting my shelter. There is nothing more to do. My phone is switched off – the only thing requiring power now is my head torch. Everything else I…

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