#72 – “It looked like a canny way down….”

Gloomy weather moving in – Buttermere in the Lake District

After twenty five years, I can still remember those words being spoken as if it was yesterday –  “It looked like a canny way down….”   The person speaking was the survivor from a mountain accident that I became involved with.  Two walkers had been caught by a storm on a Lake District mountain, and had been benighted as a result.  Early the next morning, tired and cold, they tried to find the way down ….

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#71 – Buckden Pike (with dry feet!)

On the way up to Buckden Pike, looking back towards Cray

After plundering other great blogs for inspiration for walks, I thought it was time to come up with an original idea – less easy when you only have a short walking day and have walked all the obvious local routes, as we have by now.  If more time had been available we could have been in the Lake District or Peak District, but it would have to be Yorkshire this week – but where?

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#70 – Castles in the Sky (Alport Castles near Ladybower)

‘The Tower’ and Alport Castles

After a successful raid last week on Mark Kelly’s blog in search of ideas for a walk, it was time to go plundering again.  I already had a walk in mind, from another Mark.  Mark’s Walking Blog had recently featured a trip to Alport Castles, a place I hadn’t even heard of never mind visited, but the photos were intriguing – a trip was definitely called for.

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#69 – The Standedge Trail and the Pennine Way OR The day we didn’t go up Pule Hill

Pule Hill above the Standedge Trail

 After a couple of weeks of indifferent weather combined with domestic chores, it came as a relief to have a free day and a good weather forecast.  It didn’t take long to prepare a couple of rucksacks, and even less time to decide where to go – time to fill in another gap in my Peak District knowledge.  Only in this case we didn’t actually walk in the ‘Peak’ – we did park the car there, though.  Today we were heading for the StandedgeTrail.

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#68 – Helm Crag and Far Easedale

Late afternoon view of Helm Crag seen from Far Easedale

There seems to be a bit of a theme developing in this blog.  In #65 I described a warm and sunny February day on Cadair Idris in 2008.  Last week in #67 it was a February ski trip up Pen y Ghent, which although snow-bound was again blessed by sunshine and blue skies.  Circumstances kept us off the hills last week, so I returned to plunder the archives and found this – yet another warm and sunny day in February in 2007, this time in the Lake District.

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#67 – Pen y Ghent on skis

Sunset over Pen y Ghent - January 2010

Well here we are hurtling into March and still no real winter.  A couple more weeks and it will be spring, though you might think it had already arrived.  In post #65 I told the story of a very unseasonal (and summery) February day on Cadair Idris in 2008, but sometimes it works the other way round.  In January 2010 there was enough snow to ski from the roadside at Horton-in-Ribblesdale.  With that possibility there could only be one target – Pen y Ghent.

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#66 – More ‘Peak District’ wandering – The Crowden Horseshoe

Laddow Rocks above Crowden Great Brook

Long before I first visited The Peak District, I wondered why it was divided into ‘The White Peak’ and ‘The Dark Peak’ …. I think I get it now.  The White Peak is named after the white limestone rock that dominates the landscape in that area, whereas the Dark Peak is named after the colour of the water you have just washed your socks in after walking there – the Dark Peak is the land of the peat bog!

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