Headed up in to the highlands for New Year and stayed at the excellent Kinlochewe Hotel. The weather was a big letdown and high winds kept me off the mountain tops. Unfortunately the flat light really didn’t help with photography either in fact my most interesting images from the trip were taken whilst driving home.


This forlorn looking hut was one of those driveby shootings. It just looked interesting. The other is the Falls of Rogie which is a short way of the road but worth the walk, certainly after heavy rain.


Morning Mists

One of my sons goes to school in Langdale and although this is a reasonable drive to get him to school in the mornings, it’s always an interesting one. Elterwater common is a favourite stopping place for tourists wanting the classic image of the Langdale Pikes but this morning the view southward towards the Coniston Fells was more rewarding with a gentle mist rising from Elterwater and slowly making it’s way up the valley. There’s a larger version here.


Remembrance Day 11-11-11

Remembrance day for me invariably means a trip up Great Gable. I have no familial experience of loosing anyone in either of the Great Wars nor in the many conflicts since so I go and pay my respects to the members of the FRCC who lost their lives in the wars and to whom the memorial on Great Gable is dedicated.

Besides it’s a good excuse to get out in the mountains before before winter’s icy grip descends. For the first time in many years the weather was calm and the assembled crowd could hear the simple address from the FRCC representative.

On the way down I spotted someone I vaguely knew and when we had said hello and remembered where we knew each other from, Mike told me about his son Tom Quinn who was wounded a few weeks ago, whilst serving in the Royal Marines in Afghanistan. As a thank you to all those who’ve help Tom in his recovery, Mike has set out to walk all the Lakeland Peaks in Wainwrights ‘Guide to the Lakes series AND climb the 15 Lakeland climbs in Ken Wilson’s Classic Rock.

Details of Mike’s challenge can be found here and their experience made me treasure the time I have with own boys even more.

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Cole on the way up

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Looking back at Green Gable

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It’s one time when I don’t begrudge the crowds on the summit.

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