Category: Mountains UK

Hallin Fell: walk to views over Ullswater and beyond

Hallin Fell is one of the easier and small climbs in the Lake District but the views all around at the top are spectacular. Situated half way down the side of Ullswater it is a perfect short walk and climb for the family or for those seeking to pause and reflect in beauty. From the top the summits of great peaks can be seen as well as one of the most expansive views of Ullswater itself down below you. In a previous post I showed the lakeside walk done from Howton, a tiny place half way down Ullswater’s eastern...

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High Rigg from Legburthwaite: little climb, grand views

High Rigg, at first glance, looks a very insignificant fell. But get up on to the wide ridge and the views in each and every direction are astounding, even by the high standards set by the rest of the Lake District. Travel a couple of miles south out of Keswick on the A591 and well before you reach Thirlmere you will see a line of low crags and High Rigg summit to your left. I find the route starting at the southern end the most enjoyable way to see all. Along the crags, each of the numerous views always...

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A walk up Catbells – a favourite of many

A climb of Catbells, not being so high at 451 metres (1,480 ft), but blessed with incredible scenery, is something that has become a popular undertaking for many. Many thousands, from small children to the elderly have took the time to wander up the gentle ridge to the top. So many more thousands have seen it, as we have shown before across Derwentwater from Keswick, a grassy ridge leading up to the bump of a summit. The route for most is the North Ridge, walking up the ‘bumps’ to the top. Within just a few minutes of getting on the path...

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To The Nine Standards from Kirkby Stephen

If you are in the hills and villages around the Upper Eden Valley and have looked southwards to the area where the Howgills meet the Pennines you may have seen up on the tops an unusual sight. Stone structures like giant cairns, in a row, standing against the skyline. A landmark shrouded in mystery and quirkiness, The Nine Standards. A great place to head to on a sunny days hike and climb up. For those that have been you will know it is a charming and different kind of top. But those of you that know me by now...

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Great Mell Fell: views in every direction

The expanse of Blencathra from the summit of Great Mell Fell For many people, the first sight of the English Lake District is coming off the M6 at Penrith and hitting the A66 towards Keswick. It is all so natural to sit in the car and be wowed at the beautiful lofty heights en route. The Helvellyn range towering over to the left and the great Blencathra standing majestic to the right, with its towering rows of ridges and peak tops. Many travel to this mountainous area, not just to play some elite game of getting to the top...

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High Street from Haweswater via Riggindale Ridge

Over to the east of the Lake District lies one my favourite summit areas, High Street – 828 metres (2,718 ft). For many reasons, near towns, main roads etc the fells over to the centre of the district get quite busy when the sun comes out but for those in the know this remoter climb is a stunner and is ‘close’ to being ‘the favourite’ of mine in Cumbria. In the picture above you can see the climb, The ridge Rough/Riggindale Crag rising up the middle of the picture from Haweswater up to the top. Why called High Street, Haweswater the controversial...

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