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Caw Fell, Haycock and Ennerdale, and St. Bees

Posted in Furness and South Cumbria, Lake District by jonsphotopage on September 13, 2011

A long break between posts on this blog due to work, but here are a few photographs taken over the last couple of months. One set are from a walk from Ennerdale to Haycock and Caw Fell, a very pleasant walk in remote scenery, and also some photographs taken from the St. Bees head area. In addition a few local photos from the Askam area are included too, and one from School Knott above Windermere.

Crag Fell and Anglers’ Crag viewed from the shore of Ennerdale Water.

The summit of Caw Fell, looking across to the Solway Firth and Criffel.

A wider view of Ennerdale Water.

A view from Haycock down across the moors to the coast.

Looking up to Haycock from the shore of Ennerdale Water – the route of ascent was the tongue of land in shade.

The view from School Knott above Windermere, looking towards the central and southern Fells.

Looking across the Duddon Estuary to Black Combe.

St. Bees Head on a sunny and pleasant day.

Looking north towards Whitehaven harbour.

Zooming in on Pillar and Steeple above the Cold Fell moorlands.

An unusual sky over the Duddon Estuary at sunset, as viewed from Askam.


More local photos, and Lonscale Fell

Posted in Furness and South Cumbria, Lake District by jonsphotopage on July 15, 2011

A range of photos from around Askam, and a few photos from a walk up Lonscale Fell from Keswick. This is a very pleasant walk on good paths throughout, with excellent views and a return along the Keswick railway path.

Black Combe and Askam pier.

The Duddon Estuary.

A walk on a very hot day to Roanhead beach, looking to the central fells.

The Coniston fells and Fairfield above Dunnerholme Rock.

Ireleth church.

Now to the walk up to Lonscale Fell from Keswick. The first part of the walk is a pleasant path to Gale Road, which offers good views to Keswick, Derwent Water and the Newlands fells.

The Hawell Monument at the start of the main path to Skiddaw, the Mell Fells behind.

Skiddaw Little Man from the summit of Lonscale Fell.

The superb view to the Helvellyn range from the descent from Lonscale Fell. The valley is St. John’s-in-the-Vale and Tewit Tarn is the small sheet of water in the middle distance.


Posted in Furness and South Cumbria, Lake District by jonsphotopage on June 26, 2011

A number of locations are represented in this set of photos. How Tun Woods in Barrow, Askam and some photographs from Great Mell Fell in the eastern Lake District.

Windmills off the coast of Walney Island from How Tun Woods.

Some flowers in Askam

A walk up Great Mell Fell (and Little Mell Fell before it) last weekend. The weather was wet and blustery, but it started to brighten up on the way down from Great Mell Fell.

Little Mell Fell viewed from Great Mell Fell.

A clearing view towards Ullswater, with Red Screes in the far distance.

The National Trust sign at the bottom of Great Mell Fell with a bright display of foxgloves behind.

And finally a much sunnier day in Askam later this week.


Bank House Moor – Kirkby Moors

Posted in Furness and South Cumbria, Uncategorized by jonsphotopage on June 12, 2011

Towards the end of this week there have been some exceptionally clear views. On Friday evening I went up onto Bank House Moor to get some views, with the Welsh mountains clearly visible across Morecambe Bay.

Looking to Blackpool Tower across Morecambe Bay. Note that this and following photos are not in the order which I took them.

Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag to the north.

Looking south over Barrow-in-Furness to Morecambe Bay from the viewpoint (memorial cairn) on Bank House Moor.

Zooming in on Roa and Piel islands, with the lighthouse on the southern end of Walney also visible.

Saturday lunchtime, looking across the Duddon Estuary to Millom and Black Combe.

And a view to the fells from Sandside on Saturday afternoon.


A few recent photos – Aberystwyth, Askam and Walney

Posted in Furness and South Cumbria by jonsphotopage on June 7, 2011

A range of photos from recent weeks, showing some coastal scenery in the main.

Wild and windy in Aberystwyth, Wales, showing Constitution Hill.

Back nearer home… a view from the north end of Walney to a cloudy Duddon Estuary.

Some quite artistic grafitti near the ponds at the nature reserve on Walney.

Windsurfers at Earnse Bay.

Now on Askam Pier, looking across the estuary to Hodbarrow.

Askam beach looking past the end of the pier, Buck Barrow is the jagged summit above the moors.

Looking north to the Scafells above the Duddon Estuary, yesterday.

How Tun Woods, in Hawcoat, is a superb viewpoint. This view looks down to Holker Street, the home ground of Barrow A.F.C., Walney Island and out to sea, with the hills of Wales visible across Morecambe Bay.

A nice evening yesterday, looking up the Duddon Estuary to the fells.


Recent photos, and some old ones of Helvellyn

Posted in Furness and South Cumbria, Lake District by jonsphotopage on May 15, 2011

This past week has seen mainly blustery and changeable weather. In addition to some photos taken over the last few days, I have included some that I took on a family walk up to Helvellyn from Dunmail Raise in March. This walk was done when the snow was still hanging about on the high summits.

A view down to Soutergate from the steep climb to Bank House Moor. I had parked at Soutergate to try the bridleway route to Bank House Moor from Gargreave as I had never been that way before. However the route is overgrown and steep and cannot really be recommended.

An evening on Askam Pier, zooming in on Stickle Pike.

Stickle Pike and Caw from Askam Pier, with the rest of the fells in cloud.

This Saturday I went a family walk to Knott Rigg and Ard Crags in the north-western fells. It was very windy and we got hit by a shower on the way down, but the route itself was a pleasant ridge. This is a view to Causey Pike and Blencathra from Ard Crags.

Back to March now, the view down Grisedale to Place Fell, Penrith and the Pennines from Dollywaggon Pike.

Walkers on Striding Edge with the Pennines in the distance.

The view from the summit of Helvellyn: Ullswater, Penrith and Cross Fell.

There was still a cornice of snow on Helvellyn.

The view south from Helvellyn. Nethermost Pike is the flat summit in the middle ground with High Pike and Dollywaggon Pike in the background. The path down to Wythburn heads off the right.

The descent to Wythburn passes past Comb Crags, where there is an excellent view over Thirlmere to Skiddaw. High Seat and Raven Crag are the lower fells on the west/left side of Thirlmere.

Dovedale, High Seat and High Tove, Ravenglass and Muncaster Fell, Roa Island

Posted in Furness and South Cumbria, Lake District by jonsphotopage on May 12, 2011

Further photos from my backlog, from a number of walks across Cumbria. The weather for most of these walks was very good, in particular the walk up to High Seat, High Tove and Armboth Fell from Armboth saw clear views.

A view down to Brotherswater, Angletarn Pikes and the ridge of High Hartsop Dodd in the foreground, from Little Hart Crag. This walk was a round of Dovedale, taking in Hartsop-above-How and Dove Crag as well as Little Hart Crag and High Hartsop Dodd.

And a view of Brotherswater from High Hartsop Dodd. The village of Hartsop lies beneath Angletarn Pikes.

The excellent view northwards from High Seat. Although the central ridge is very boggy we were able to avoid the worst bits as the recent weather had been dry. This walk climbed up to High Tove from Armboth, and then an out-and-back walk to High Seat. Then we visited Armboth Fell and followed a pathless, not recommended route above the Thirlmere plantations to a forest road descending from Harrop Tarn, before following the lakeside path back to Armboth.

The view from High Seat towards the head of Borrowdale, the Scafell range and Great Gable.

Raven Crag and Blencathra.

The excellent view to Raven Crag, Blencathra and Thirlmere from the pathless route above the plantations.

On the Thirlmere lakeshore path now, looking up to Raven Crag. Great Calva is the peaked fell in the far distance.

Blencathra from the Thirlmere lakeside path.

The third walk now, starting at Ravenglass and walking up to Muncaster Fell with a return through Muncaster Castle. This is a very pleasant and enjoyable walk. In Ravenglass there is an old petrol pump.

Zooming in on the Hardknott Pass from Muncaster Fell. The day started cloudy but got much brighter.

The view from Ravenglass to the railway bridge, Dent is the fell in the background.

The day had really got out nicely on the drive back home. This is a view of the Duddon Valley from the Corney Fell road.

The Scafells, Esk Pike and Green Crag from the same place.

An earlier photo from a visit to Roa Island – looking across to Piel Island.

Black Combe, Black Crag and various local photos

Posted in Furness and South Cumbria, Lake District by jonsphotopage on May 9, 2011

A while since the last update, I have done several walks but have been rather lazy in updating the site. It is now spring with generally pleasant, warm weather. This update shows a range of photos from recent walks: mainly from the last two walks – Black Combe from Whicham (last Sunday) and Black Crag and Tarn Hows from Coniston.

On the way to Coniston, the familiar view of Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man from Torver.

Ambleside, the Ill Bell ridge and Wansfell Pike viewed from Black Crag.

Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and Pike O’Blisco viewed from the summit of Black Crag.

Bowfell above Little Langdale.

Walking up Black Combe on the familar and pleasant climb from Whicham, looking across to Barrow. This was an afternoon walk where we dodged some extremely heavy downpours and thunderstorms in the south Cumbria area.

The west Cumbrian plain viewed from Black Combe. The Esk/Irt/Mite estuary in the foreground, Sellafield and the southern uplands of Scotland are all visible.

The central Lake District fells. The tip of Skiddaw is visible to the left of Great Gable.

A brighter West Cumbria.

Some various local photos now, looking up to Stickle Pike and Caw, with the Scafells and Harter Fell between them, from near Sandside (Kirkby).

The view north from Askam Pier to Dunnerholme Rock, Caw  and the Coniston Fells.

Scafell, Stickle Pike and Foxfield.

And a wider view from Askam Pier.

The desert-like view towards the windfarm off Walney, viewed from Sandscale Haws.

The countryside around Askam

Posted in Furness and South Cumbria by jonsphotopage on March 24, 2011

The last few weeks have seen a steady transition from winter to spring, and from cold and windy weather to (at present) sunny and mild conditions. I have been a few local walks over this period, with the photos below shown in no particular order.

Wild weather at Walney, looking from Earnse Bay to Black Combe and the windmills at Haverigg.

Much better sunshine from Bank House Moor on Kirkby Moors, looking up to Pillar and the Scafells above Grizebeck.

A similar view looking up to Esk Pike, Bowfell and Crinkle Crags above the head of the Lickle Valley.

Looking across the Duddon Estuary to Buckbarrow, the tide is clearly out.

Looking to the windfarms and oil developments over Sandscale Haws, from Out Park on Kirkby Moors.

A walk around Sandscale Haws now, looking over to Askam (The Lots) from Sandscale with Kirkby Moors in the background.

Mottled sunshine on the Coniston Fells with Fairfield in the background, with Dunnerholme Rock and Askam Pier on the right. This was a very high tide.

Zooming in on Haverigg. The hill in the background is Seaness, often visited on the way down from Black Combe.

A panorama of fells above the Duddon Estuary with the tide now on its way out.

The most recent couple of photos were taken from Dunnerholme Rock on another lovely sunny day – this is looking across the estuary to Buckbarrow with St. Anne’s church at Hallthwaites visible.

Looking north from Dunnerholme Rock, with Green Crag, Stickle Pike and Great Stickle the lower hills in the middle distance with the Scafells in the background. The houses on the coast are at Foxfield.

Birkrigg Common, Sandscale Haws and Walna Scar

Posted in Furness and South Cumbria, Lake District by jonsphotopage on March 5, 2011

A few photos from the week including those taken on two walks – firstly to Scarth Bight and back from Askam, secondly to Walna Scar and White Pike from the Lickle Valley, an excellent walk.

Looking to the sunlit Fairfield Horseshoe and Grisedale Forest beyond Hoad, from Birkrigg Common.

Askam and Ireleth with Kirkby Moors behind, viewed from Sandscale Haws.

The Lots and Kirkby Moors again, from the beach at Sandscale Haws.

Today’s walk started from the upper Lickle Valley, a very pleasant and quiet area of countryside. The upland valley of the Lickle can be used as a starting point for walks onto Caw, but today I followed the forest road up to the Walna Scar pass via the old quarries on the side of Walna Scar. This view looks up to White Pike.

Passing the old quarries on a pleasant path, looking to Esk Pike, Bowfell and Crinkle Crags.

A further view looking to the Scafells, with Hard Knott in sunshine in the middle distance.