More rain and even lower cloud but we were not deterred. Today’s destination was the limestone escarpment of Whitbarrow.


We parked by Millside and started up through the woods climbing into the rain and mist. I am sure there are good views from up here but you will have to “google”them.


At least one view as we climbed


It says it all


Nice summit cairn

Following lunch the mist cleared a little as we descended steeply through more woods to the valley floor passing Witherslack Hall.

Keep the home fired burning


Apparently we were up there


Lovely welcoming sign

We also passed an interesting art gallery before coming out at Beck Head where it seemed a stream came from under a limestone outcrop and some very nice private homes.

Beck Head

It was still raining.

Back to base for our last meal and packing up for the  trip home on Friday.

Although we could have done with better weather I still enjoyed the walks and countryside we saw in this part of the Lakes.

Cumbria Way – west of Coniston Water

Our week is coming to an end but the weather is still being a little selfish with low cloud and light rain forecast.

The benefit of this of course, is that we don’t have to flog up the biggies!

Today we were heading for the low hills to the west of Coniston roughly the Blawith fells in a figure of eight walk.


We parked near Brown How and walked up the lane to join the Cumbria Way to Beacon Tarn heading southwards to Tottlebank and then south west to the Giants Grave.


Beacon Tarn


We are somewhere on here.


Coffee at Beacon Tarn




Might be Giants Grave

Here I was able to remove the over trousers before the climb up to Blawith Knott where we had lunch.

Blawith Knott

The top half of the “eight” was accomplished by walking north eastish to the east side of Beacon tarn and up onto Beacon Hill and dropping back to the car.




Arnside and Cicerone

Well the forecast was correct, it’s raining!  However looks like it will improve as the day goes on. The Navigator fellow had a plan! We could go to Milnthorpe and  visit the Cicerone Guide Book HQ and look for some books about Switzerland and other countries where there may be some Alps and then go for a walk around Arnside.


Now Milnthorpe has an odd way of displaying parking tickets.  You have to find a shop which supplies a timing card, similar to the blue badge scheme and then select your time of parking and leave it on view. The good news is that there is a free period.

We were expecting a big advertising hoarding on the Cicerone office but it was very discreet and not obvious, but we found them. What a lovely bunch of people. They showed us the many racks and the Navigator purred as he wandered through the books, I stroked the office dog. We eventually left with a dent in the credit card and a collection of guide books.

The rain had stopped and we drove to Arnside and parked up on the front for a coffee and sandwich. When this was finished the rain started again and the wind was blowing a hooley. Not deterred we donned the suitable clothing and set off around the coast.



Pieces of eight


No he wasn’t I was walking in the rain


Common today

By the time we reached the corner by New Barns it was becoming hard to stand up so we cut inland and rejoined the coast by Arnside Point.

We continued around passing Far Arnside, the Arnside Tower and then uphill to Arnside Knott before returning to the car just before another downpour.


belted Galloway?


Looking down on Arnside


Do the passengers know there is gold on board?


Coniston Waterfalls

Monday was wet and windy but with loins girded we set off for Coniston village where we parked the car and set off for Yewdale beck.


We walked under Yewdale Fellside and took the road up towards Low Tilberthwaite and the quarries.

Yew Fellside


First waterfall


Our route


Road up to quarry


Herdwick sheep



The Yewdale Beck was followed and crossing the river onto Tilberthwaite Gill. There was some concern about crossing the Gill but we saw two others make it look easy and we followed using the stepping stones. In clear and less windy weather the walk could have gone over Wetherlam but not today.



Why the brush?




Bracket fungi





We had lunch behind a handy rock looking back to Birks Fell. The path was then followed to the bwlch and on down along Hole Rake overlooking the Youth Hostel and eventually back to the car.

Birks Fell




Coppermines Youth Hostel



Autumn Colour


Another Waterfall

There were numerous water falls on this walk.

High Nibthwaite, Top O Selside

Sunday’s walk was on the hills to the east of Coniston Water which includes Bethecar Moor and the high spot Top O Selside.

Route (as best remembered)

We parked near the property known as Water Park and walked back to High Nibthwaite.


There is a path which climbs straight up to Brock Barrow but we headed around the hill to the east and took an easier path to the summit.

Looking down on the south end of Coniston Water


Summit of Brock Barrow


Coniston Water


More of Coniston Water

From there we crossed rough and in places boggy ground taking in Low Light Haw, High Light Haw, Arnsbarrow Hill and down to Arnsbarrow Tarn before reaching Top O Selside.

Handy shelter for lunch


Arnsbarrow Tarn


Top O Selside

From here we dropped down west to a major path and turned north to again turn west near Low Parkamoor dropping through a wooded area to gain the road back to the car.

Coniston water


From the main path



Nice wall



Dunnerdale Horseshoe

Our first full day was walking the Dunnerdale Horseshoe. There was little likelihood of climbing any of the big tops this week with high winds and low clouds forecast but the benefit of the Lakes is that there is lots of alternatives.

We parked at Broughton Mills at the village hall car park where a voluntary fee was paid.

Route (as best remembered)

The route was north over The Knott, Ravens Crag and near Fox Haw we stopped for a break and watched a family making good progress up Caw.




Towards The Knott


Turning south west our route was over the Dunnerdale Fells taking in Stickle Pike and Great Stickle before heading back to Broughton Mills.

Stickle Tarn


Towards Caw






Good path


Tarns leading to Great Stickle


Great Stickle Trig


Yours truly


Interesting hinge


Newby Bridge

Our October “boys week” had arrived again. The Navigator and I had travelled from West Wales up to the Southern Lakes for a week based in Greenodd. Unfortunately the weather was not the best and hence a lot of the photos will looked washed out. However we walked everyday and despite the gloomy conditions natures colour scheme was looking good.

As usual we try to get in a shortish walk on the way to our accommodation and the choice this year was close to Newby Bridge. Our log cabin was one of three in the grounds of Summerhill.

Our Cabin


Summerhill Mansion


View from Cabin

Route ( as best as I remember)

Because of various motorway road works we did not arrive until 1600, Those walkers we did see were heading back to their cars. After visiting the two lakes, Lower and Upper Dams we walked north west and then south following white topped posts to Rusland Heights. We can only assume these posts were just there to show the way to  the high spot as they stopped and we had to find our onward way back to the car via Boretree Tarn and the woods to Finsthwaite in the increasing darkness.

Model of the area



Low Dam


Lower Dam
High Dam


Penbre Area

Although “The Navigator” had cancelled today`s walk because of a grim weather forecast he phoned me at 0900 to tell me the Met. Office had made a mistake and a walk was on if I wanted to join in. Well, washing down paintwork as I had promised Mrs Bob, took a back seat and rushing around I was ready to go at 1000.


We parked the car on the hill on the outskirts of Trimsaran where the rain was already easing and we headed on lanes and footpaths down towards Penbre Park including one along a long disused canal and a diverted NCN 4 cycle route – not one for road bikes.

Woodland path near the start

Views towards the Gwendraeth estuary

Path along the disused canal

A coffee break was taken near the Park and then onto the Millennium Coast Path to Burry Port.

Empty beach at Burry Port

View towards Worms Head, Gower

We came across an odd directional sign post but realised this had to do with Amelia Earhart. Trepassey is the place in Newfoundland where she took off.

Decorated bike in local shop

We found shelter from the wind behind the harbour lighthouse and then walked inland again on some lovely paths back to our start.

Another woodland path towards the end of walk

Mynydd Llangendeirne

With the forecast for my usual walking day, Monday, looking grim I made the most of a blue sky Sunday for a local walk. I can see Mynydd Llangendeirne from my back garden and there is a good circular walk that can be made from home.


Tree lined lane near Cwmisfael

Recycled post boxes

The area surrounding the top is known for artefacts including a small cromlech which at last I found and photographed.

The views from the top were clear with views of the Preselis, The National Botanic Garden Great Glasshouse, Paxton Tower and many villages throughout the area.

The Tywi Valley to the north still had mist despite it had gone mid morning.

Something new on the mountain were a number of interpretation panels and a compass with distant points outlined.

On the way home I came across some curious horses and then crossed the Afon Gwendraeth Fach,

Curious horses
Gwenraeth Fach

Mon and Brec Canal

Not a walk but a paddle on the Mo. and Brec. Canal

My stern paddler today was Judy and we paddled east passing through Llangattock and after lunch turned to head back to our start.



The weather was yet another day of good weather but with autumn in the air and the trees turning colour.


Surprisingly there were a number of narrow boats chugging along.

Judy stopped the canoe at one point to show me a huge wellingtonia tree and this was indeed worth stopping to see.