Travel on the 505 bus from Ambleside to alight at Hawkshead and walk the six miles back via Blelham Tarn, Wray Castle and Clappersgate. In the summer months a launch plies between Waterhead, Brockhole and Wray landing stages, giving an alternative means of completing the 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.
27th December – This coming February my Ullswater Walking Companion will be published by Countrystride. 20 fell and dale walks that reveal the scenic magic of the Ullswater valley Pooley Bridge to Brotherswater.
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.
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.
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.
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).
27th November – enjoyed creating this drawing today of Catstycam a startling component of the Helvellyn massif, I climbed this on Monday by the right-hand edge, the fell’s north-west ridge.