Thirlmere Green Walk

14th January – Reflecting on a walk I did last week when the snow was lovely on the tops. I walked from Station Coppice request bus stop opposite The Swirls car park. Wandering down the eastern shore of Thirlmere to the dam. Turning right by High bridgend to cross the lovely footbridge over St John’s Beck to Smaithwate and on to Shoulthwaite request bus stop on the 555 bus route along the A591 south of Keswick.

Stone and flannking plank footbridges over St John’s Beck, below High Bridgend Farm
Snow-dusted Watson’s Dodd from Smaithwaite (Viking for “the small clearing”)


27th December – So we stand at the threshold of an important year for Roman Wall enthusiasts. 2022 marks the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s only known visit to Britain in AD122 and, importantly for him, the opportunity to inspect the ongoing works to establish his remarkable frontier.

Looking east along the Whin Sill from Cuddy’s Crags to Housesteads Crags plantation.

3rd December – Recorded the Countrystride Christmas episode from Grasmere, ascending Huntingstile Lonnin onto Dow Bank and over Silver How bound for Blind Tarn and Easedale. Our festive guest Alan Cleaver taking this photo of David Felton (producer) and myself in the cobbled lonning.

Glenridding Dodd

Summit cairn of Glenridding Dodd, backed by Heron Pike, part of Sheffield Pike.

December 2nd – Currently I am converting these two scenes into linescapes to complete the graphic component of The Ullswater Walking Companion. Twenty fabulous walks all geared to start and finish from either bus stops and/or lake steamer landing stages. This will make this guide, in common with our The Threlkeld Walking Companion dedicated for GREEN WALKS. You can leave your car either at home or at a convenient base or your holiday accommodation and free-up your walking day.

Looking south to Arnison Crag on the horizon see High Street, Thornythwaite Crag and Caudale Moor.

Birkhouse Moor

Panoramic station on Birkhouse Moor, a path trends down east for this cairn as toward Ullswater and is quickly lost, whereupon veer pathless right.

November 28th – Spotted last Monday a valuable off beat way to the summit of Birkhouse Moor branching from the regular Mires Beck path above the sheepfold. You can see two walkers descending from the eastern brink of the fell evading bracken and outcropping (see below).