Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Rucksack Club Navigation Challenge - 3rd October

Perfect weather for this annual event, having helped to put the controls out the day before, we couldn’t take part in the competition, instead, Ian Keith and I enjoyed a walk up from High Moss in the Duddon Valley.  Our route took us along the track to Seathwaite Tarn and up onto Grey Friar, Great Carrs, Swirl How and up onto the Old Man of Coniston before heading back over Dow Crag and along the ridge to White Maiden.  The Indian summer made for a fine day on the fells and a successful meet organised by Rae and Helen – many thanks for all the hard work and excellent hospitality  : )

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Doctor Bridge over the River Esk 

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Sunshine and shadows in Eskdale – putting out the controls on Friday

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Early morning mists at Turner Hall Farm, Duddon

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Late summer sunshine attracts the butterflies

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Heading to the Newfield Inn having put out some of the controls on Friday

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Along the lane

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Saturday – early morning mists clearing from Seathwaite Tarn

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Looking down to Seathwaite Tarn

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Inversion from the summit of Grey Friar

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The Grey Friar or little Matterhorn

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Looking down Prison Band to a mist covered Wetherlam

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Back at High Moss for the sunset

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Collecting the flags in on Sunday morning

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Winter Hill - Tuesday 15 September

A lovely afternoon for a trot over Winter Hill – gorgeous light meant too much stopping for pics along the way, but hey that’s what this retirement lark is all about  : )

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Gateway to the moors

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Lucky Heather

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Into the Clouds

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Yr Aran – 30th August

Bank Holiday Monday is not a day for the summit of Snowdon with its hundreds of visitors and so in better weather than yesterday we headed along the Watkin Path we ascended the steep grassy ridge up to the summit of Y Aran.  Not a soul seen  but with great views of Snowdon and Crib Goch on the other side of the valley

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Ian Looking across the valley to Snowdon and Crib Goch

Afternoon tea in Porthmadog completed the day Smile

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Bank Holiday Weekend at Beudy Mawr

A bit of a catch up from a weekend at the Rucksack Club hut in Nant Peris a couple of weeks ago.  Can’t believe how little time there is in the week now that we’re retired!  Smile

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Friday at Llandudno

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and a stroll up onto the Great Orme

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Heading down from Great Orme Summit

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The Prom from The Pier

A change in weather on Saturday saw us heading up the valley from Creosor through the disused Rhosydd Quarry and up onto the summit of Moelwyn Mawr where the clad descended and robbed us of any views to be had

 

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The old quarry road

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Rhosydd Quarry

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A break in the clouds

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Salving House Weekend –14th-16th August

A few belated pictures from a FRCC meet at the Salving House in Borrowdale, now able to travel up to the Lakes on a Friday makes a big difference to dashing up Friday evening and will be even more welcome as the days grow shorter.  Great company and another opportunity to add a few more Birketts to our list on Saturday by heading up east of the valley past Dock Tarn and over High and Low Saddle, through the old quarry and onto Shivery Knott, Shivery Man and Middle Crag before dropping down to the tea shop at Watendlath for a nice cup of tea and a scone.  We then climbed up from the valley over Grange Fell and Kings Howe before dropping back to Rosthwaite where the meet adjourned to the Scafell Hotel for a pint or two : ) 

 

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Over the garden wall at the Salving House

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On the Cumbrian Way before Stonethwaite

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Climbing up to Dock Tarn

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The Old Quarry – looking towards Blencathra

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Heather in bloom

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Dropping down to Watendlath

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Watendlath

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Derwentwater and Skiddaw beyong

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Heading down from Kings Howe

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Gateway to Borrowdale

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That Garden wall again

Sunday was a short outing to Castle Crag – a visit on our third round of the Wainrights

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The view from the approach to Castle Crag

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Weather closing in on the high fells – looking from Castle Crag