Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd

Sheffield Pike looking over Ullswater.  The boundary stone can be seen on the left with the M on it

We were on training in Penrith on Friday so planned to hit up Gowbarrow on the way home.  My planned route was to park at the Glencoyne NT car park, go up and around Glencoyne Head, over Watermillock Common and then pick up the usual Gowbarrow track.  There was a fair bit of snow and ice over Glencoyne Head so we doubled back over Sheffield Pike and then on to Glenridding Dodd.  We found a track down through the woods and spotted a couple of deer on they way.  A lovely evening, always nice to get out after work and, typing this on Saturday morning as it is pouring with rain outside, glad to have a few Wainwrights in already this weekend.

Jonathan and Dean at Bleabank Side

Dean on Sheffield Pike

and me on Glenridding Dodd

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ling and Sale

head torch procession along Sale Fell shelf

Good Wednesday night Hardly AC run tonight.  A gentle run up Ling Fell, Jonathan turned his anke half way up.  He carried on to the top and then hobbled back down.  At the cars, he set off home while the rest of us went up and around Sale Fell.  Lovely night, good climbing practice with good people.

weak ankled Ashworth

top of Ling Fell

coming around the corner at Sale Fell

top of Sale Fell

Friday, March 13, 2015

latest running

last few miles on the Ullswater Trail

No updates for a while mainly because my phone needed to be sent away for a repair so I hadn't taken any photos.  I've still been getting the runs in.  In particular, I had a really nice run around Ullswater with Howard.  Quite a fast pace for me, I was done in for the last few miles.  I also went on what was supposed to be a recce of the Helvellyn Triathlon run course but we took a wrong turn at the start and didn't go up Swirral Edge due to snow and ice.  Still a nice run out with Rachel, Dean and Jonathan and we bagged the summit of Birkhouse Moor on the way up.

as far as we were getting on this run
 thanks to Rachel and Howard for the pics, got my phone back now so watch this space.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sale and Sale

Well this blog was originally conceived to document my Wainwright ascents.  I've been up Sale Fell twice this week but shockingly took no pictures!  Wednesday was a lovely sunny day off.  Today, it was blowing a gale, so bad that I cut my run short and headed home for a bath.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Place Fell

looking back from the first climb up to Boredale Hause.  Brothers Water is on the left (to the left of the woods).  My car is parked near here.  Hartsop above How is the peak above the woods with St Sunday Crag on the right although both are disapearing into the clouds at this point.  Hartsop Dodd is to the right of Brotherswater.  The track visible from the centre of the picture going off to the mid right takes you to the A592 (main Glenridding road).  It curves around below those trees on Hartsop above Howe.  I followed a track at the start of the trees, thinking it might cut the elbow off the road but it seemed to be carrying on up to the tops so I turned off to drop steeply through the woods.

A midweek day off is a strategy I like to employ.  It breaks the week up easily and by Wednesday I've recovered sufficiently from weekend exploits to have a decent day out.  The forecast for today wasn't great so I planned a lowish level trail run around the Ullswater area.  My original plan was to go over Boredale Hause and into Boredale but the skies cleared a bit and I was having fun so I decided to head for Place Fell.  I cut off the path and climbed steeply up to Round How (which I'll admit, I thought was the summit) from Round How summit, I saw the distinct trig point on the summit of Place Fell across the way a little.  I headed over, the path was covered in a lot of snow so I had to find an alternative.  The snow was very deep in parts, particularly coming off Place Fell over to Low Moss.  I took a left at Low Moss, skirting in front of High Dodd on a nice track along the side of Scalehow Beck.  This joined up with the shoreline path along Ullswater which I followed back to Side Farm and on, cutting across to Deepdale Bridge before taking the little detour up through and back down through the woods to the car park.

looking back from the steep climb up to Round How.  Beda Fell directly across and the same Hartsop Fells and others visible on the right.  High Street ridge will be at the back.  Clearing up a bit eh?

Place Fell summit (the one on the right) from Round How

Place Fell summit, looking over towards High Street at the back.  It looks like The Nab in the middle

this got a bit tiring after a while

back on the shoreline track.  A good run

from my little woodland wander looking back to Place Fell

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Anniversary Waltz route

looking down Newlands Beck and to the ascent up to High Spy

Another early starting Saturday for a run around the Anniversary Waltz Fell Race route with Howard, Paul and Dean.  Conditions were as good as we could have hoped for, it stayed dry all around, there was little wind, it was just a pity the cloud was down over Robinson to Dale Head preventing up from seeing the beautiful views of Newlands Valley and other places.

We took a bit of a wrong turn near the start, carring on to Goldscope Lead Mine instead of turning off to run past the church.  On realising, we turned around and followed the track around scope end to cross Scope Beck and then pick up the route just before the climb up to Robinson from near the reservoir.  As I said above, the cloud was down from the top of Robinson, we dropped out of the cloud in the dip between Robinson and Hindscarth but then got back into it at Hindscarth.  There was a thin snow layer which made the descent to Dalehead Tarn difficult.  The climb up to High Spy seemed easier than I remembered and then the run down over Maiden Moor and Cat Bells, passing lots of people out for a weekend stroll.  With the wrong turn (and perhaps a few laps of the car) the run was bang on half marathon distance.  Back in time for a big lunch.

first steep climb up to Robinson

the team

Dean on Robinson

briefly out of the cloud before climbing back up to Hindscarth

L=R, Howard, me, Paul, Dean

summits of Hindscarth and Dale Head

on the descent from Dale Head, the view opened up over to High Spy

descending to Dale Head Tarn

Howard looking up towards High Spy

High Spy

Maiden Moor

Dean and Howard having a moment

Cat Bells, last summit

Friday, February 20, 2015

Leisurely Ling

rounding the corner on Ling Fell

A nice leisurely run up and down Ling Fell chatting with Jonathan.  Lovely evening, nights are drawing out.


Jonathan running up

me running up and down

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Helvellyn and a few others

Paul and Lee following mountain bike tracks up to Helvellyn

A big run today.  The plan was to go from Keswick, along the old railway line to Threlkeld, up Clough Head, over the Dodds to Helvellyn, down to Whythburn, around the bottom of Thirlmere, up to Harrop Tarn, over to Watendlath, over to Rosthwaite, up to Dale Head and along High Spy to Cat Bells back to Keswick.  We ended up heading back from Watendlath through Ashness Woods and along the shore of Derwent Water.  26.8miles.  Not to be sniffed at?

full route

looking back to Blencathra from the arduous climb up Clough Head

strange happenings on Clough Head

climbing up to Great Dodd, lots of slushy snow right across the Dodds.  Due to a navigational error, we ended up on Great Dodd summit twice.  Carrying on in the direction we thought was right, rather than stopping to check the map/take a bearing.  The Dodds can be disorientating in mist.

looking back to Calfhow Pike, we were in cloud for most of the traverse over the Dodds to Helvellyn.

Raise summit.  The ski tow was operating today.

dropping down from Raise

brief glimpse of Thirmere as the cloud cleared.

slushy steep climbing

figure in the mist on Helvellyn

Helvellyn summit trig

dropping down from Helvellyn, there is a fast descent on a particular bearing but today the snow made it treacherous.  We were glad to intercept the path and steadily wind down to Whythburn.

From Whythburn we ran along the road for a bit, around to the footpath at Stenkin.  We got a bit mixed up on this path and ended up heading south west instead of northwest.  We found our way back to Harrop Tarn and followed the footpath towards Watendlath.  We ran alongside the fence at the top before getting back on the footpath.  The urge to descend when we saw Watendlath below got the better of us and we had a difficult half mile climbing up and down before getting on the windy track down to Watendlath.  I went to fill my waterbottles from the tap in the toilets.  When I came out, Paul and Lee were suggesting an easier route back along the trail to Ashness Bridge and along Derwent Water shore.  It was about 2pm at this point and it was a bit touch and go whether we could complete the run in daylight.  My feet were pretty sore at this point so I didn't take much convincing.

sheep heading up the road to Ashness Bridge.  As we got further on, a tour guide was bringing a group up the road.  He shouted, "MOVE FOR THE RUNNERS!"  The group split and gave us a little round of applause, it was like finishing a marathon.

final stretch around Derwent Water, looking over to the Jaws of Borrowdale

Here's what happened on our little Great Dodd mishap.  We thought we were dropping a bit too much and didn't recognise the valley (Deepdale) which in my head should have been looking down towards Thirlmere.  We decided to climb back up.  Paul couldn't believe we had looped back to the top.  We took a bearing here and quickly found the path towards Watson's Dodd.