Monday, 12 August 2013


Hi everyone just to let you know i will be updating in the next few days about the rest of our holiday in the lakes and our wild camp last week :)

Monday, 8 July 2013

Old Man Coniston via Swirl How & Savin Hill

Today we started our walk at Coniston with Sean navigating we headed towards Wetherlam through Bolder Valley across the Prison Band to the summit of Swirl How. From there we made our way over to the summit of Savin Hill towards Old Man Coniston, we then dropped back down to Coniston village via the disused quarries, We had blue skies and clouds all day so it was really humid and not a bit of wind even on the summits, we were very happy to get back to Conister for ice cream and beer
Me at the top of Old Man Coniston

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Lakeland holiday :)

Set off for our week in the lakes in the morning, starting our holiday with a walk up old man conister, will update with photos tomorrow evening

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Mam Tor

On Saturday 22/6/13 we did a smaller walk than planned as i wasn't very well, but still a great walk. We walked Mam Tor 517 m (1,696 ft) hill near Castleton in the High Peak of Derbyshire. The Name Mam Tor means Mother Hill, it was named this because of landslips on its eastern face that have created many mini hills beneath it. We had glorious weather with views of Edale Valley, Winnats Pass, Rushup Edge, Losehill Pike, Lords Seat & Jacobs Ladder.

Sean @ the top of Mam Tor with a view of Lords Seat behind him

Thursday, 20 June 2013

update for our week in the lakes

we have decided to walk Haystacks while we are on our week away in the lakes, although it is not the biggest at only 597 m, 1,958 ft it was one of Alfred Wainwright's favorites and the place he wanted his ashes scattered, it is a must that we walk it :)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

330 days

Only 330 days till we set off on our 3rd coast to coast :)

A week in the lake district

Setting off to the Lakes for a week on the 8th of July to do some mountain walking, one of the fells we will be walking is Old Man Coniston, which lies to the west of the village of Coniston and is 2,634 feet (803 m) high another we will be walking is Skiddaw which lies just north of the town of Keswick With a summit at 931 m (3,054 ft) above sea level it is the fourth highest mountain in England. Neither me or Sean have walked these yet so really excited. We will be walking more but not certain which yet so will keep you informed.

This Saturdays circular walk

Again we will be doing a circular walk in the peak district this Saturday the walk i have chosen is Monsal Head, Cressbrook Dale & Foolow.We start the walk at Monsal Head car park-Viaduct and Monsal Trail - Cressbrook Dale -Wardlow Mires -Stanley House - Grindlow - Longstone Moor - Little Longstone back to Monsal Head. The walk is 9.5 miles and should take about 4.5 hours. The start is a famous view point overlooking the spectacular Monsal Head & viaduct along the way we walk through woodland, wide grassy sections in the upper part of the dale, through pretty villages, the open moorland of Longstone Moore where we will see views of Kinder behind and the rolling hills of the white peak ahead. Cant wait but if the weather is bad i may leave Sean to do the Navigation

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Sarah's email

Hi everyone, just to let you know if you need to email me its, it can get a bit confusing on here :)

Monday, 3 June 2013

Practice walk plans

Got a new circular walk book yesterday for the Yorkshire dales and found a perfect practise walk for C2C 10.5 miles (17km) starting in Gunnerside going through Muker & Keld and past the desolate ruins of Crackpot Hall, this walk includes part of the Pennine Way and more important part of the C2C This walk has a little bit of everything from field walking, river walking, high level walking, waterfalls, views of all the dales, woodland, Mining remains, strenuous climbs, Moorland and Valley walking, i cant think of anything more you could want for a days walking 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Bakewell circular walk

Had an amazing walk today, was very pleased that i did the navigating for the first time and didn't get us lost, might have to finally learn how to read a map! As we left the car park on moor lane (a very narrow very quiet road) we made our way over to the first field of the day, walking past a little ice cream vendor i was very tempted but was a bit early in the walk, but it looked really nice. Heading through the first field looking over a never ending view of fields i started to panic as the only thing i could see was fields of cows, I'm not good with cows, but as i saw the calf's my heart melted and felt more comfortable.

We soon approached Low Moor Wood and back onto fields all along we had amazing views above the dales.We then hit the steep lime stone steps down into Cale Dale (was glad it wasn't wet, would have been a bit tricky if it had been) we walked back up the steep and rocky path on the other side which took us below the limestone cliffs where again the views were amazing, under the cliffs you feel very small.
Limestone Cliffs

We then head on through some farms passing a cave that may have been used for cooling cheese (it now has a statue of the baby Jesus, Mary & Joseph inside) we then pass medieval piggeries, in this little area there is a barn with a freezer that has ice cream in and an honesty box, which is a very welcome little surprise on a hot day like today. we then enter The National trust fern dale area and head towards Monyash, where there is a lovely little cafe Sean had a chip muffin and coffee and i had a bowl of what seemed like a never ending chips and a tea, i was very pleased to see a public toilet there as well as about 10 Min's down the route. As we carry on with the walk we were back on the fields as we head for Lathkill Dale we start off this part of the walk on a wide grass path, then becoming a narrow rocky path with steep limestone cliffs, we passed a large cavern from which the river Lathkill flows after periods of heavy rain, the path gets wider from here and moor wooded, walking by the river for 3 miles was very peaceful and beautiful. we walked past an interesting building (part of anyway) called Bateman's house a lead mine,home to James Bateman, the agent for Lathkill Mines in the 1840s. Its most unusual feature is that it is built directly over a deep lead mineshaft. the building has been made safe and will not suffer further deterioration and visitors can safely explore it.
Bateman's House

At the end of the river we start to follow a steep track up towards Meadow Place Grange and carry on through the fields back towards the car park, unfortunately the ice cream vendor was no longer near the car park, but i know that next time i should either get one at the start or set off earlier :)

Friday, 31 May 2013

Another Peak District Walk

Iv picked a walk for tomorrow 9 miles Moore Lane - Limestone Way via One Ash Grange - Monyash - Bagshaw Dale - Lathkill Dale - Meadow Place Grange back to Moor Lane.

This walk starts across open fields with great views above the Dales, then into a lovely little village call Monyash, then following Lathkill Dale the scenery varies from gentle open fields to narrow rocky gorges and wide tree-lined paths below the limestone cliffs, the end of the walk is across open fields.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Wainwright memorial

 A MEMORIAL for fell walker, guidebook writer and illustrator Alfred Wainwright  in Blackburn, designed by Nick Riley made out of cast metal, took around four years and cost £6,000, which was donated jointly by Blackburn with Darwen Council, Twin Valley Homes, Housing Pendle and Groundwork Pennine Lancashire.

Monday, 27 May 2013

lord stones update

just found a new website for lord stones that says it will be opening in august this year, hope it does was very upset that i didn't get a cup of tea and a peace of cake last year


Loard stones cafe

hi everyone was wondering if any of you know whats happening with lord stones cafe? heard that its been stripped inside and the land at the back has been cleared but that it dosnt seem to have any work being done now!

Accommodation for coast to coast 2014

Just booked the accommodation for Blackey Ridge & Patterdale for next years coast to coast, very excited now

Information board unveiled at St Bees by Eric Robson

Gutted that we couldn't make it to the unveiling of this but look forward to seeing it next May, Check out the wainwright society web site and see all the great work there doing

Information board unveiled at St Bees by Eric Robson

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Castleton & Peak forest circular walk

Winnats Pass

Did a lovely 7 mile walk today in the peak district taking three and a half hours. Starting in Castleton we followed the riverside walk up to Goose Hill, passed the speedwell cavern entrance up Winnats pass to Sweetknoll, the peak forest, old Dam Lane, Oxlow rake, Limestone Way, Cave Dale and back to Castleton. Had blue skies and sunshine all the way, so a few sunburn patches are now visible. Was really quiet for a bank holiday weekend just a little busy on limestone way, but Castleton town center was very busy. Stopped off for a coffee and a Bakewell slice when we finished (very very nice). We finished the day with a curry and a few pints locally, so all in all a perfect day and now we're both ready for a good nights sleep :)

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sean's marathon

Sean finished the Windermere marathon in a really good tome of 3:38:32

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Brathay Marathon

Me and Sean are currently chilling out in Greenhowe caravan park in the heart of the lake district getting ready for Sean's Windermere marathon tomorrow morning, he will be starting the race at 10.30am and hopes to be finished in under four hours, so wishing him lots of luck and want to say a big thanks to everyone coming along to support him :)

The Marathon Route

Friday, 10 May 2013

Volunteers clear the way for Wainwright anniversary

Check out the latest news on the coast to coast path, great work being done for the 40th anniversary of the publication of his guide book :)

the wainwright society

A new Coast to Coast information board is to be unveiled at St. Bees on Sunday 26th May 10 a.m. by Eric Robson, Chairman of The Wainwright Society.
Location: The 'Wainwright Wall' adjacent to the beach. 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Brathay Windermere Marathon

So our next visit to the lakes  18th -20th of May but not walking this time Sean will be running the Windermere Marathon 19/05/13 raising money for Brathay Trust  Brathay works with many of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged to help them develop the skills, confidence and motivation to make positive choices in their lives.Its a great charity based in Ambleside, check out his just giving page

Sean after the Chester marathon 7th October 2912

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Derwent Moor & Ladybower Reservoir

Sean Standing on White Tor

Sean picked a lovely 6 mile walk in the peak district for us to do today starting at cutthroat bridge then Derwent moor, Wheel Stones, White Tor, Whinstone Lee Tor, Grindle, Clough, Ladybower Reservoir, Ashopton back to cutthroat Bridge we had amazing weather sunny all day with a little wind making it not too hot, we were rewarded with superb views although it was a very easy walk with little effort needed. All i all a very enjoyable day and a good way to break myself back into the walking after having nearly 8 months of no walking, glad to be back out there :)

Standing on Lead Hill looking over upper Derwent Reservoir

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Coast to Coast 2014

Set the dates for next years coast to coast setting off from St Bee's on the 7th and finishing on the 18th
miles itinerary and approximate per day below;
7th- St Bee's - Ennerdale -14 miles
8th- Ennerdale -Borrowdale - 16 miles
9th- Borrowdale - Patterdale - 15 miles
10th- Patterdale - Shap - 16 miles
11th- Shap - Kirkby Stephen - 20 miles
12th- Kirkby Stephen - Keld - 14 miles
13th- Keld - Reeth - 12 miles
14th- Reeth - Richmond - 12 miles
15th- Richmond - Ingleby Cross - 23 miles
16th- Ingleby Cross - Blakey Ridge - 21 miles
17th- Blakey Ridge - Egton Bridge -14 miles
18th- Egton Bridge - Robin Hood's Bay - 15 miles

Monday, 29 April 2013

3rd Coast to Coast

Me and Sean have decided to do our 3rd Coast to Coast in May 2014 will keep you all informed of dates and stuff

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Christian around Britain

I think this is defornatly worth a read, Christian Nock is walking unaided to raise money for Help for Heroes and sleeping rough to highlight the plight of ex-servicemen and women who become homeless.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

2 day lake district circular walk 28 Feb & 1 March

Summit of Bowfell 902 meters (2959ft)
Two day lake district circular walk, langdale pikes, highrise, Allen crags, Glaramara to Borrowdale day 1, Scafell pike via corridor route, broad crag, Esk pike, bow fell back to Langdale day 2, unfortunately Sean had to go with a friend as i was unwell but they got some great photos :)

 Check out photos below

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Another Great walkers blog

Hi Guys,
Check out this amazing blog of a 7000 mile walk round Britain, the guy who is walking it is doing it for the Sussex Air Ambulance Trust which is a great cause and the blog is a great read :)