#53 – Carlin Gill in the Howgills.

Carlin Gill – Quiet and lonely

Between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales lie the Howgills.  These hills are a mixture of contradictions.  They are quiet, lonely hills, yet several thousand motorists drive by them each day.  They are small hills, with the highest top at a mere 676 metres, but to walk across them without huge height gain and loss is almost impossible.  They are in the County of Cumbria, but half of the range lies in the Yorkshire Dales national Park.  They are unique – they are the Howgills.

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#52 – The Aonach Eagach Ridge, Glencoe

The Aonach Eagach ("The Notched Ridge")

Walking from valley to valley has featured largely in both my walking and my blog posts for the last couple of weeks, but to keep a balanced view (and to keep the mountain men/women happy) here’s a look at the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe, widely regarded as being the finest ridge walk on the UK mainland.  For many, only the Cuillin Ridge on Skye can beat it.

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#51 – Wet Sleddale, Swindale and Mosedale- more purposeful wandering

The high ground between Wet Sleddale and Swindale (JB)

Last weeks walk and blog (#50) prompted the idea to have more of the same, but to go one better, so plans were hatched to revisit the eastern side of the Lake District.  The Far Eastern Fells bear little resemblance to the popular ‘chocolate box’ images of Lakeland, but they don’t have a Pennine or Dales feel either.  These hills are like the misfit cousins who turn up at the family wedding, looking strange and wild in their outlandish clothing.

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#50 – Upper Wharfedale and Littondale – Wandering with a purpose

Heading for Arncliffe in Littondale

 It was Chris who, a few years ago, introduced me to the idea of walking from valley to valley.  After almost thirty years of walking, scrambling and climbing up pointy peaks, I had asked the question, “Why”?  She could have explained her walking preferences at length, but instead she went straight to the point – “You can visit a pub halfway round”.  You can’t really argue with logic like that, which is how I started wandering with a purpose.

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#49 – Blackstone Edge, back to “True Grit”.

On Blackstone Edge

 I’ve previously proclaimed my allegiance to gritstone edges and peat moors in this blog, and as a true Lancastrian you wouldn’t expect me to say anything else.  The trouble is, I’ve been spoiled by years of walking and climbing in the Lake District, Snowdonia, Scottish Highlands and abroad, so the dubious pleasures of wading through knee-deep peat bogs are even more dubious than they were in my youth.

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#48 – Cnicht, the “Welsh Matterhorn”

Cnicht, “The Welsh Matterhorn” (JB)

 Sat at home in the middle of ‘normal’ UK October weather (dank, misty drizzle), it seems strange that two weeks ago we were walking the hills of Snowdonia wearing T-shirts.  Yet, that’s exactly what happened, and I have the evidence! (Blogs #46 and #47)  And we still had another day to go on Cnicht, sometimes known as the “Welsh Matterhorn”.

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#47 – From Ogwen to Capel Curig – The High Route

On the High Route from Ogwen to Capel Curig

“…..the can of cold cider in the camper fridge didn’t touch the sides on the way down”!  (Blog #46 – Foel Fras and Drum in the Carneddau)    Now, that’s the way to end a walk, a variation on the old ending “….and they all lived happily ever after”.  Our day in the Carneddau had been a ‘biggy’, with a lot of height gain before reaching the high ground.  Day 2 was set for something a bit kinder, so over a couple more ciders, plans were made.

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