Dale Head and Hindscarth

Setting off later than planned (as always), I picked this walk as I was hoping to meet Evie’s Auntie Imo on the tops, who was doing a Fell race in the opposite direction to our walk.

A combination of the start time, a very long walk in, and a very steep and therefore slow ascent, meant we didn’t see her. But we did have a lovely day!

Parking in an obscure layby by Birkrigg Farm, we set off through fields on a beautiful warm Easter weekend day. Up a long track until we came to the path that veered off to the right over the stream.

I looked at the stepping stones but didn’t fancy them with a weighty pack on my back, so went for a mildly wet feet river crossing instead.

From that point onwards the uphil was relentless. And because the walk in had taken longer than predicted, by 2/3 of the way up we were both ready for our lunch.

So Evie had a good leg stretch before we were back in the pack up to the summit of Dale Head.

Time for another run around whilst I enjoyed the view.

The next question was Hindscarth, Robinson, both, or straight back down? Having missed Auntie on the top, we didn’t want to miss her completely before she and Sam went home again.

After much indecision we plugged for Hindscarth, making the most of being up high! To do Robinson as well was quite a drop and climb again. And the hours were ticking by.

So on up to Hindscarth and a quick break from the pack for both of us.

Coming down the Hindscarth ridge was not easy with a pack on. Quite a few rocky scrambles meant that the decent took considerably longer than anticipated.

So lots of singing later we finally made the bottom, but we needed a second picnic snack stop and further Evie pack break.

Once over it was an pleasant walk back through the fields, past the lambs, and a gorgeous bank of primroses, to the car.

Time to get to the pub to meet the others and enjoy a well deserved tea!

Latrigg – 19 April 2019

After starting the day with a swim at Keswick pool and a play in the park with cousin Sam

The bank holiday Friday was so beautiful and warm that we decided to head up a fell that was achievable for Sam.

So parking at the Underskiddaw car park, we set off in search of the Latrigg summit!

Sam and Omi make it up the hill and Evie decides that the day is too exciting for sleep, but this does give the opportunity for some lovely cuddles on top!

A nice place for al to enjoy the view

Evie and Sam enjoy a good run around, and Sam is very good at looking after Evie to make sure she stays safe!

Sam runs down the hill – this time a bit fast for Evie, leaving her to look for him and toddle in her own time.

The inevitable fall happens and a cuddle with Auntie Imo to make everything better

And a nice picture at the viewpoint. Before heading back to the car.

Place Fell – 14 April 2019

A great local fell, from which we set off from Patterdale in this cold April morning.

It’s a steady climb up the path to where you get to the first plateau,but gorgeous views all around to keep you going.

Turning left for Place Fell the climb up steepens until you are almost at the top.

Where there was still ice!! So time to put the jackets and hits back on after the climb.

The summit cairn is quite obvious on the top of Place Fell, on a rocky outcrop which makes it difficult to let Evie walk around on.

But she does like to make sure she knows she has visited the summit!

After a little picnic sheltered out of the rain, we decided on a decent down that we had not done before.it was also pretty steep and rocky to, dropping up out just a little way along the lakeshore path.

Another snack and a little chance for Evie to stretch her legs, she certainly does enjoy her walks to. Before finally heading back along to the car, at which point Evie wanted to walk the other way back to the hill…. of course!

Great Dodd, Calfhow Pike, Clough Head – 10/04/19

The forecast was set to be fabulous but cold so my plan was to get out and make the most of the day. Typically the forecast wasn’t quite correct, and the day happened in the opposite weather way round!

Setting off from the Red Head car park, we walked around the old coach road until getting to the long plod up.

A boggy path that just keeps on going, we got to a point where there was a bit of shelter, so I thought it perfect for a picnic.

Turned out Evie was possibly even hungrier than me. Gobbling up one of her date and cashew bars along with other lunch, we were set to continue.

By the summit of Great Dodd the food and motion had had its normal effect and Evie was fast asleep!!

An amazing 360 degree panorama to take in.

At this point I had a decision to make. To head straight back down the way I had come (as planned), or to do a loop. Evie was asleep and the sun came out. So I decided on the loop.

Moving on from Calfhow Pike we had a great view back to Great Dodd.

Onwards and upwards again to Clough Head, where Evie got woken by an enthusiastic dog!

So she got to appreciate the view – what a view! Quite a decent down again to the Old Coach Road. Felt like a bit of a trog back to the car and we needed lots of singing. But there were still some good views and I wonder about the Old Coach Road as a bike ride.

St Sunday’s Crag and Birks – 29/03/19

A beautiful blue skies spring morning – perfect for a walk with friends and ticking off another couple of Wainwright’s with the bubas.

Meeting in Patterdale, despite the warmth in the valley, Oliver, Evie and Sam are wrapped up all snug for our walk. Ready to go mummies!

Setting out up the hill – watching out for their heads under this tree!

A steep climb up, but it did mean that we quickly gained some views.

Stopping half way up for a picnic, the tummies needed filling….

And Sam fed his lunch to Roxy!

Then time for the bubas to have a little potter…

…. before time to pack up again and head to the summit.

Stunning views at the top

Finally we get the the summit

Another walk around for the babies

And a cairn scramble

And this is just too cute! What are they talking about??

After two tearful falls it was time to head back down – we came down over the top of Birks

Even from this lower fell the view was still amazing

The knees knew about it going down, a very steep descent. As did the ears! I think it’s true to say that we did more singing coming down to keep the babies happy. They had about had enough of the packs.

But it was all well worth it, a great day out in the fells and a different environment for Evie, Sam & Oliver to run around in.

Grizedale Pike – 28/03/19

Meeting up with Lou & Evan, we could just see the tops as we set off Grizedale Pike.

Lou & Evan March their way up the hill – I thought Evan looked a bit like superman!

We didn’t hang around long on the summit as it was a cold wind.

But long enough for a piccie on the summit!

So many glorious views all around it was hard to decide the backdrop for our summit photo!!

Mummy & mini !!

Hunger called on the way back down, so we stopped for a little picnic on the slope.

Once we had said our goodbyes to Lou & Evan and played a bit of chase, Evie and me settled down for our 2nd lunch picnic in Keswick park. Was a lovely warm spring afternoon, before toddling off to Keswick markets for a shop.

Bowscale Fell – 25/03/19

Too nice a day for my normal Monday activity of a short ‘mummy’s walk’, I decided to take Evie on a walk I hadn’t done before.

I was glad that the washed away path from the floods of 2015 had been replaced so I didn’t have to get wet feet walking through the big at the start of the walk!

Evie fell to sleep quite quickly giving me a peaceful ascent and getting to enjoy looking up and across at the Bannerdale Crags.

At the top Blencathra peeked into view.

Turning around there were great views back down into the Mungrisdale valley that we had come from.

Evie was still asleep at the top…..

So I woke her up for lunch! After lunch Evie enjoyed a walk…

And because it was such a safe summit, she spent nearly an hour walking, exploring…

…. and climbing!

For me it was just a perfect morning with my amazing Bean, who is developing at such a pace I can hardly keep up!

After such a big romp at the top, she had another good slew on the way back down!