November 24th – Travellers coming off the M6 from Penrith by Rheged arrive at Waterfoot and are greeted by this stunning scene. It was sheer magic at 9.20am on Monday calm, serene, all its autumn loveliness brilliantly on display.
23rd November – Following a conversation today with Stagecoach Bus Co and the Lake District National Park Authority I am starting to consider a section of five walks cultivating the use of the 555 bus service. This will be in the form of digital walk descriptions, aimed at visitors not used to travelling by bus. Invariably people with little geographical knowledge of the fells and dales, but who wish to explore responsibly without their car. So it will be a great way to start to roll out Green Walks into this beautiful traffic-burdened landscape of narrow roads and bulging car parks.
Took the fabulous weather window to climb Catstycam from Glenridding. Ascending direct from the breached dam by the north-west ridge, a seldom trod steep pull with a tremendous culmination bang on the summit. Visibilty was superb from The Cheviot in the north to Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales and a great array of eastern Lakeland fells beyond Ullswater on show. Coming back towards Birkhouse Moor I captured this handsome shot of the peak with light feathered whispy clouds.
12th November – Yesterday I took a downhill stroll from Caw Gap to Haltwhsitle with the Roman military way adjacent to the vallum and so via Pilgrim’s Gap at Milecastle 42 through Cawfields Quarry to track down Haltwhistle Burn. I was looking at part of my first planned GREEN WALK based upon the Hadrian’s Wall WHS, springboarding off the Tyne Valley Railway at Haltwhistle Station. The twin-banked vallum is at its most convincing here. Autumn colours making the lower wooded gorge wonderfully pleasing to the eye too. I spotted the Fell Chimney a restored element of a drift colliery in the depths of the valley.
7th November – The Artful Ways exhibition came to an end yesterday and is set to go into store ready for Spring 2022 when it reappears at the gallery in Morland and before moving south to Kendal. Hence I paid a visit to soak up all the magical art on display, it is so diverse and uplifting to feel a small part of a much bigger artistic whole.
3rd November – Great afternoon recording our #68th episode of Countrystride reaching the modest but stunning brow of Orrest Head to survey the majesty of Lakeland. My primary guest being Richard Leafe, the Chief Executive Officer of the Lake District National Park Authority.
30th October – Creative plans for this winter include preparing a Keswick Walking Companion with emphasis on green travel. Alongside this I wish to prepare Green Walks in harmony with the bus services 555 Kendal to Keswick and the 77 orbit from Keswick via the Whinlatter and Honister Passes. I prepared guides for both of these bus stop to bus stop routes back in 2009 and 2011. I have long been guilty of seeing the future far too soon! With COP26 so prominent in the public consciousness at the moment, getting more people to use public transport for their recreational visits and out of their cars, to reduce pressure of our narrow roads and tight car parks too, has never been more pertinent.
28 October — Episode #67 walking the England Coast Path from Drigg to Ravenglass with Peter Frost-Pennington from Muncaster Castle, and Angela Harker from Natural England, goes live on 29 October.