Tag: climb

Murton Pike and views over the Eden Valley

Murton Pike is an unmistakeable conical hill sitting at the foot of the Northern Pennines in the Eden Valley, Cumbria. A tempter for many a quick ramble, family walk, dog walk or for the keener, a fell run sprint. Being only a 5 minute drive from Appleby in Westmorland it is a big local favourite as well as a draw for visitors wanting a shorter climb in the area. There are fewer summits that give such vast views from a relatively low height. lets take a look at the views and why there are some uniquely rocked and shaped peaks...

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Barrow from Braithwaite – A short ridge walk to stunning views

Barrow is a small fell in the Northern Lake District that height wise reaches just 1,494 feet (455 metres). But, the short walk up its ridge from the village of Braithwaite gives some spectacular views over the vales of Keswick and Newlands.  This photo above shows the view looking back from just half way up, just half an hour steady easy climbing. Already here it commands views back down over Braithwaite to Bassenthwaite Lake behind, with Skiddaw towering in the background. You will see this is a gem of a climb for many standards. A fantastic first climb for the...

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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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Up Haystacks and around Buttermere – A day for making memories

The climb of Haystacks combined with a walk around Buttermere is a Lake District favourite for myself and many. I have done this in many weather conditions and in different seasons. It never ceases to amaze me with variety, beauty and a truly calming effect. A gorgeous walk around one of the finest lakes combined with a fell top, although not the highest of the land but with one of the best 360 viewpoints and truly interesting and unique summits. I am a lover of doing circular routes rather than up then back down whence I came. The start...

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