Category Archives: 2. Lake District

#210 – Skiddaw and t’ Back o’ Skidda

I’ve avoided Skiddaw (or ‘Skidda’ as the locals call it) for many years.  My first brush with the mountain as a teenager ended in a dismal retreat in a rainstorm, and I didn’t go back for almost twenty years.    … Continue reading

Posted in 2. Lake District | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

#185 – Great Gable from Honister Pass

Despite living near to some of the best mountain walking in Britain just an hour or so away in Snowdonia, Chris and I have had a couple of trips back to Cumbria over the summer months to revisit the Lake … Continue reading

Posted in 2. Lake District | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

#182 – Coniston Old Man and Swirl How

I’ve been writing routes for Walking World for several years now, and one of my earliest contributions was Coniston Old Man and Swirl How, returning by the Coppermines Valley.    Not only is it one of my earliest routes for … Continue reading

Posted in 2. Lake District, Aircrash Sites | Tagged , , , , , | 16 Comments

#179 – Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag

1974 was a black time for hill-going Lancastrians – it was the year that ‘They’ changed the county boundaries and the Old Man of Coniston, the highest point in Lancashire at 803 metres (2634ft), became part of the new county … Continue reading

Posted in 2. Lake District | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

#147 – Ring out the old … 2013 hill memories

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s good to look back in pictures at another year in the hills, so here are some of my best memories of the old year.  Best wishes to all my readers, and here’s wishing … Continue reading

Posted in 2. Lake District, 3. Yorkshire Dales, 4. Northern England, 5. North Wales, 6. Mid and South Wales | Tagged , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

#132 – “A hard day’s night”? – or – A fun night out with a search dog

Some people might have wondered why I recently returned to mountain rescue after a break of 15 years.  It’s quite simple really – it’s fun!  It’s not always easy to remember that when the phone rings in the early hours … Continue reading

Posted in 2. Lake District | Tagged , , , , , , | 11 Comments

# 130 – A busy week!

A busy week doesn’t come anywhere near describing it!  It went something like this –  Sunday –  Fund raising for my mountain rescue team, NEWSAR (North East Wales Search And Rescue) Monday – Awareness day and fund raising for NEWSAR. … Continue reading

Posted in 1. Scotland, 2. Lake District, 3. Yorkshire Dales, 4. Northern England, 5. North Wales, 6. Mid and South Wales, 7. Everywhere Else! | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

#124 – Avalanche!

There has been little incentive to head for the higher hills over the past week – strong winds have made walking difficult in the mountains, and wind chill on top of an already cold temperature has made it feel like … Continue reading

Posted in 1. Scotland, 2. Lake District, 3. Yorkshire Dales, 4. Northern England, 5. North Wales, 6. Mid and South Wales, 7. Everywhere Else! | Tagged , , , , , , | 17 Comments

#123 – Fun in the snow – Helvellyn by Swirral Edge and Striding Edge

“The Spine” has gained a reputation for being one of the toughest challenges in the UK adventure-racing calendar, and with good reason – after all, running 268 miles along the Pennine Hills in winter in seven days is never going … Continue reading

Posted in 2. Lake District | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

#110 – Happy New Year!

Have a ‘magical’ New Year in 2013 – best wishes from Paul, Chris and Border Collie ‘Mist’. Text and images © Paul Shorrock p.s. The above image was taken just before Christmas, on a walk in the Elen Valley in … Continue reading

Posted in 1. Scotland, 2. Lake District, 3. Yorkshire Dales, 4. Northern England, 5. North Wales, 6. Mid and South Wales, 7. Everywhere Else! | Tagged , , | 10 Comments