Sunday, 29 April 2012

Smithills Reser Run Sat 26 April

For a variety of reasons like injuries and weekends away, this was my first outing with the Saturday Squad for quite some time.  Arriving at the Lower Barn, the wind was fairly cutting, although not raining which is always good at the start.   Only three of us out this morning, Ed and new kid on the block Chris, pressganged recruited last week by Ed whilst minding his own business running on Great Hill.

The wind wasn’t quite as strong as I thought it would be on the tops so although we could remain upright, it was very, very cold.  Visibility was fair with Pendle, Darwen Tower etc all clear.  But looking towards Ingleborough there was a distinctive white shroud completely covering the hill and I thought about friends who were running the Three Peaks Fell Race and those onthe much longer Fellsman.  Glad I wasn’t marshalling, let alone participating in either today.  Later last night out with friends who had done the 3Ps and indeed there was a brief snowstorm on Ingleborough which is what we were looking at from the relative benign tops of Winter Hill.

Our little outing was much tamer, amounting to eleven miles and a couple of thousand feet of climbing at an easy pace.  Starting with Two Lads we passed Pike cottage, now a dog kennels but previously a local hostelry and then, shooting lodge.

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One of the residents of Pike Cottage!

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Pike cottage on Georges Lane catching a rare bit of sunshine  -  from Rivington Pike

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Looking across to Two Lads from Burnt Edge

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The Trespass Stone – full story can be read on IWC's blog

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My two companions at Smithills Reservoir

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Looking north from Noon Hill summit

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Lower Rivington Reservoir from The Pike

 

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Sunshine at the end of the run

Great to be out on the hills and looking forward to the next time Smile

NLN

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

High Rigg, St John’s in the Vale

 

It’s a short walk across the road  from the front door of the Salving House and on Saturday night the Walker’s Bar in the Scafell Hotel was very welcoming offering good food and a few recovery drinks.  Rain overnight, but the dire weather forecast never materialised and we woke up with the overnight cloud clearing to dappled sunshine.

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Rosthwaite

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Stopping off on the shores of Derwentwater gave some lovely vistas

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Local residents on the shores of the Lake

We drove the Threlkeld to recce the route for a 60-mile walk Ian is leading for the Rucksack Club in a couple of week’s time.  Picking up the path through St John’s in the the Vale we were able to check out a couple of options.

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Ancient steps leading up to the road near Threlkeld Bridge

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Yew Tree Farm

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St John’s Beck

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Looking up at High Rigg, which we would climb on the way back

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The lovely pastures of St John’s in the Vale

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Sosgill Bridge - eighteenth century packhorse bridge, grade II listed

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Hebridean Black Sheep a long way from home!

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How about that for a comfy seat

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Looking down to Thirlmere from the ridge up to High Rigg

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Patches of sunlight on the flanks of Blencathra from High Rigg

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Knott Halloo in shadow in the foreground have a look here to see it in best winter condition

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These little fellas were playing King of the castle on this boulder

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The old railway bridge at Threlkeld

Nice gentle outing for weary-legged runners and marshalls!

Monday, 23 April 2012

More from Anniversary Waltz Weekend

Great weekend in Borrowdale staying at the Salving House (FRCC). As always superb organisation by Wynne and Steve of the classic AW and its more recent and bigger brother successor TWA. Ian and Albert were taking part in the big one and there’s a nice pic of the two of them here. I offered to marshall and was teamed up with Gav and Andy to cover Hindscarth.

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The lovely path up Scope End with Hindscarth beyond

Having taken a very circuitous and entertaining approach, completely ignoring the well trodden path up Scope End we arrived at the summit of Hindscarth to join fellow marshalls Mike and Keir.

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Looking towards Hindscarth

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Runners approaching Hindscarth summit

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Driving back to Rosthwaite - evening sunshine on Skiddaw

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Looking across Derwentwater to the Lodore Falls Hotel

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Anniversary Waltz –Teenager With Altitude

 

A Marshalls Perspective

 

Marshalling on an event is a great way to be involved in a fell race without suffering the pain of running.  A few snaps from Saturday’s race below.

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The walk in to Hindscarth summit – looks like we’re gonna get wet guys!

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With fellow marshalls Gav and Andy

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Chief Marshal Keir was already in place having set up a shelter with supporter Mike below

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Keir and Assistant marshall waiting for the first runners to appear

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Here they come!

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After a couple of hours the shelter is very welcome

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First Lady

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Drama on the tops

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With Keswick in sunshine below

Great day out and we didn’t get wet after all!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Bryn Hafod

 

A few pics of Bryn Hafod, the Stafford Mountain Club Hut and our residence last weekend.  The The word hafod is Welsh for 'summer dwelling' or 'farm', and refers to the seasonal cycle of transhumance - the movement of livestock and people from a lowland winter pasture at the main residence (Welsh hendre) to a higher summer pasture from roughly May through October.   This way of life was common up until around the early 20th century when the desire for a permanent dwelling and settled life brought it to an end.

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We woke up Sunday morning to glorious sunshine on the crags and hills to be seen from the door of the hut

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The water supply

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Set at the head of the magnificent Cwm Cywarch this was a great place to stay in the Aran Mountains of Mid Wales within easy reach of Cadair Idris.