I love a good yarn almost as much as I love a good fell walk. I live in a small hamlet in the beautiful Cumbrian Lake District. My kitchen window looks out over the fields to the Coniston fells with Dow Crag centre stage. Whenever I can, I get out hill walking to explore these wild peaks that were forged by volcanoes and glaciers hundreds of millons of years ago. What intrigues me nearly as much as their rocky crags and sweepings vistas is their rich history and mythology.
In this blog I describe memorable Lake District walks and recount the tales that surround them. This is not a conventional walking site, full of detailed directions about which stile to cross or at which cairn to fork left or right. There are plenty of those already. If you need one, may I recommend walklakes.co.uk. However, each post on here should furnish you with sufficient detail to sit down with an OS map and plot the route.
What I hope they will do is to inspire you to pull on your walking boots and explore these remarkable hills and dales. If you need no such encouragement, then perhaps they will, in some small way, enrich your experience by giving you fresh insights into the men and women, real or mythical, who trod these paths before you. If you lack the energy or inclination to haul yourself up to these demanding peaks, then I hope these stories will allow you to experience some classic hill walks from the comfort of your armchair.
|Sympathy For The Devil
Blencathra Via Halls Fell Ridge
|This Is the Sea
Morecambe Bay, Hampsfell & Cartmel
Langdale Pikes and Castlerigg
Herdwicks and Harter Fell
|The Boatman’s Call
Claife Heights and Sawrey
|Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Scafell Pike and Sca Fell
|Trial By Water
Grisedale Pike and Force Crag Mine
|King of the Copper Mountains
Dow Crag via the South Rake
|Manchester, So Much To Answer For
High Street From Haweswater
|The Stuff of Legend
Helvellyn via Grisedale Tarn