Thursday, June 2, 2022
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Wainwrights: Dodd (1612ft) , Carl Side (2420ft), Long Side (2405ft), Ullock Pike (2230ft), Skiddaw (3053ft), Little Man (2837ft), Lonscale Fell (2344ft), Latrigg (1203ft)
Time Taken: 8 hours
|The views get better with height|
|Early morning mist over Derwent Water|
|Forestry path leading up to Dodd|
|Dodd summit view west over Bassenthwaite Lake ...|
|... and south towards Derwent Water ...|
|... and finally north towards Ullock Pike and Long Side|
|Postcard view of the Coledale Fells|
|The path to Little Man|
|Little Man summit view over Derwent Water|
|Little Man summit view back to Skiddaw|
|Little Man summit towards Lonscale Fell with Blencathra beyond|
|Lonscale Fell summit view east towards Blencathra|
|Views of Keswick from the descent path|
|Looking back along the descent path from the Hawell memorial|
|Looking back along the route taken from the flanks of Latrigg|
|Latrigg summit view of Keswick and Derwent Water|
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Well its been a while since I've posted a camping / hiking video. Lots of reasons. Covid, work (healthcare), kids - basically a lack of time. I have however managed to finish most of the outstanding jobs on our camper van and I thought I would share the results before I wrap her up in her cosy cover for the winter.
See the video below
So let me introduce you to 'Skippy', our original Devon conversion 1979 VW type 2, bay window, 2 litre air cooled camper van (called a ‘late bay’ by fellow ‘dub campers’).
She is 42 years old and officially a historic vehicle, meaning no road tax and no MOT needed (although I always get her MOT'd anyway). We bought her about 6 years ago from a local lady who had 3 vans that she hired out for weddings etc. Skippy was surplus to requirement at the time and as we had hired her for 2 previous holidays, and knew her well, we decided to bite the bullet and buy her.
|The front of our bay window camper|
She was is reasonable condition when we got her. The engine & gearbox had been recently replaced and were in great condition but there was some bodywork rust bubbling through in the usual spots and the interior was starting to look a bit tatty. We therefore decided to spruce her up. We wanted to keep as many of her original features as possible and so we renovated, rather than updating her.
|She's a pop top with a sliding side door|
We started the work 3 years ago and since then she's had all her underneath sealed, rusted panels replaced and welded and a complete re-spray in baby blue. The pop-top roof was really tatty so we've had it removed and completely renovated with new canvas and head lining. She's been rewired and had a new split charge system fitted (a system which charges a separate 12v leisure battery in the engine bay and also allows for 240v hook up at camp sites). This powers the new interior LED lights, the sink tap and the radio. The system also powered the fridge but we found it was flattening the leisure battery in about 2 days (unless we used 240v hook up - which we wanted to avoid). We therefore decided to fit a 180w solar panel to the roof and this now charges a separate leisure battery in the van which is enough to power the fridge continually as well as a few 12v USB ports.
|This is the original Devon interior from 1979|
We have removed, sanded down and re-stained all of the original wooden furniture and then re-fitted it over a newly tiled floor. All the door cards and interior panels have also been replaced. In fact the only jobs now remaining are to have the seats recovered, fit some new curtains and have the original rusty wheels sand blasted and spruced up. Then she will be ready to take camping next year.
|The new floor & renovated interior furniture|
Of course there are always other jobs to do with a van of this age. I also want to fit a gas heater so we can use her in winter and a separate bottle fridge between the 2 front seats, also powered by the solar panel.
For a more thorough tour, see the video at the start of this post.
Monday, January 11, 2021
Bowfell is the 6th highest mountain the Lake District. It's pyramid shaped profile stands at the head of the Great Langdale, Eskdale and Langstrath valleys.
It forms part of a continuous horseshoe ridge of high rocky ground from Crinkle Crags at the south eastern end to Slight Side at the south western end, with Great End and the Scafell Massif occupying its northern apex.
Angle Tarn sits in a glacial corrie under the steep eastern crags of Bowfell. A cluster of much smaller tarns called '3 tarns' (but varying between 1 and 5 bodies of water depending on weather) nestle in the col between Bowfell and Crinkle Crags.
Bowfell is most commonly climbed from Stool End Farm in the Great Langdale valley via the 'Band', or as part of a ridge walk from Crinkle Crags. It can also be climbed from the Eskdale or Mosedale valleys from where its steep gully scarred southern aspect (Bowfell Links) can be best appreciated.
Bowfell Walks :-
: from Oxendale via Crinkle Crags
: from The Band & Climbers Traverse (and then on to Scafell Pike)
: from the Band & Climbers Traverse in Winter
Bowfell Summit View Panorama
|Crinkle Crags and Bowfell over the Oxendale valley|
|Bowfell Links from Shelter Crags, at the northern end of Crinkle Crags|
|Bowfell and Esk Pike from Esk Hause|
|Bowfell over Angle Tarn|
|Great Slab and the Boulderfield from Rossett Pike|
|A Classic Lakeland View - The Great Slab on Bowfell|
|Bowfell Summit, looking south over Crinkle Crags|
|Bowfell summit panorama west - towards the Scafells|
|Bowfell summit panorama east - towards Langdale|