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Lakes of the Lakes : Ullswater

Lakes of the Lakes : Ullswater

ROUTE STATS (including map) Ullswater K2 is the second highest mountain on Earth and it’s way cooler than Everest. Without belittling the  challenge of climbing the world’s highest mountain, K2 is properly hardcore. Nicknamed the Savage Mountain, that tells you all you need to know. Compared with Everest, only a handful of climbers have reached the summit, and a successful Winter climb is still up for grabs. Jupiter might beat Saturn in terms of size but our solar system’s second…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Brothers Water

Lakes of the Lakes : Brothers Water

ROUTE STATS (including map) Brothers Water The Mr Men and Little Miss books are flavour of the month in my house. My favourite was always Mr Tickle. He’s big and orange with long arms – what’s not to like? But I’m also enjoying some of the characters which didn’t get a look in when I was a youngster. One we’ve been reading a lot lately is Mr Small. Poor Mr Small is sad because he can’t think of a job…

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Father’s Day – Adventures With Kids

Father’s Day – Adventures With Kids

Being a dad is the greatest adventure on earth. It’s not unlike climbing a mountain. It requires stamina, patience and ingenuity, not to mention a touch of luck to avoid stormy weather. It takes a lot of effort but the rewards for being shattered at the end of each day are huge. Any dad who loves the outdoors naturally wants his children to share his enthusiasm. Who wouldn’t want a miniature walking buddy pestering them to get outside at every…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Bassenthwaite Lake

Lakes of the Lakes : Bassenthwaite Lake

ROUTE STATS (including map) Bassenthwaite Lake If you watch Dave on television for long enough, you’ll come across an episode of QI where Stephen Fry poses the question: “What is the only lake in the Lake District?” The panel is quick to shout out ‘Windermere’ and ‘Coniston’ both of which trigger the klaxon. An audience member comes to the rescue with an authoritative shout of “Bassenthwaite” from off-camera. Applying a purely lexical analysis, this is correct. There are ‘meres’ and…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Coniston Water

Lakes of the Lakes : Coniston Water

ROUTE STATS (including map) Coniston Water It’s Spring! For outdoorsy-types of a three-season disposition, 20th March is an exciting day. Winter is over and the start of the outdoors season has begun. Lighter evenings, longer days, new adventures to be had. Now, to be fair, this Winter has been kind, so no excuses for not getting outside. No beasts from the east, daffodils in February and even a few days wearing shorts. Even so, it feels like a turning point…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Wet Sleddale

Lakes of the Lakes : Wet Sleddale

ROUTE STATS (including map) Wet Sleddale Wet Sleddale. The name doesn’t sound too appealing does it? It immediately conjures up images of grey landscapes and a sense of being quite dull. Type it into Google and you’ll find articles telling you it’s a ‘gem of a walk’. I suspect it features regularly as a weekend walk in the Sunday papers. Complete with a little map and description about points of interest en route. Using words like ‘bijou’ and ‘underrated’. I…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Haweswater

Lakes of the Lakes : Haweswater

ROUTE STATS (including map) Haweswater Human beings are pretty clever. Look at some of the incredible things we’ve made. Cars. Planes. Suspension bridges. MRI scanners. Computers. The Internet. The list goes on. Our inventions clearly serve a purpose but we humans don’t stop there. We become obsessed with design. How the thing looks, performs, feels. Apple made laptop computers and telephones sexy. Brompton makes beautiful folding bikes. The Alfa Romeo Brera has an exquisite back end. I have vague memories…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Elter Water

Lakes of the Lakes : Elter Water

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Pretzel: Part 3 No jumping ahead… if you’ve not read parts 1 and 2 of “The Pretzel” yet, head over to Rydal Water and start from the beginning. All caught up? Good. Let’s carry on… Leaving Grasmere behind, you climb up the lower slopes of Loughrigg Fell to reach the Red Bank road. After a quick burst of energy up the slope, I eased the pace towards the Langdale YHA. I forget how well-situated some…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Grasmere

Lakes of the Lakes : Grasmere

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Pretzel: Part 2 If you have landed straight on this page, you might like to read part one of “The Pretzel” before continuing. You can jump back to Rydal Water here. Moving away from Rydal Water, I began the circuit of Grasmere. A small incline greeted me exiting the wood where the wind picked up and the rain became more intense. To avoid getting cold, I increased the pace as the path dropped down to…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Rydal Water

Lakes of the Lakes : Rydal Water

ROUTE STATS (including map) The Pretzel : Part 1 Determined not to let my challenge meet the same fate as so many resolutions before it, I put round 2 in the diary soon after my Derwent Water excursion. Date booked, my thoughts turned to choosing a lake. I craved variety and wanted to turn some of the more pedestrian walks into a proper adventure. Something that required a little planning. An excuse to look at maps and design the perfect…

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