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Coast to Coast

Posted on Tuesday, 19 June 2018 . Permalink

Rob Gale walked the Coast to Coast in June, to make our Season Update. Thanks Rob! Many days saw brilliant spring weather, of the type that lucky trekkers get in May or June.

The classic green fields and open hillsides of the Lake District.

New 'aw' signs after Alfred Wainwright, originator of the Coast to Coast route. Traditionally the CTC has not been marked as its own trail, instead running along existing paths and being described in books (and our routecards!) The National Parks take charge of their own signage and here is a Yorkshire Dales National Park sign.

On route to Kirkby Stephen the trail drops to Smardale Bridge.

Kirkby Stephen's church yard.

Here is a typical wooden signpost on the Coast to Coast.

On Nine Standards Rigg, a Yorkshire Dales view.

Nine Standards Rigg.

Coastal views, nearing Robin Hood's Bay. The CTC walks along short sections of coastline at either end.

Near Moor Row, the metal signposts on the old railway path.

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Lake District Circuit

Posted on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 . Permalink

Joy O'Flanagan undertook our Lakes recces for 2018. Our Lake District Circuit is made up of the South, East, North and West each of 4 stages. The result is - we hope - a pretty full exploration of the Lake District and its different areas.

 Walking to Keswick, Skiddaw House behind. This is the day from Threlkeld to Keswick.

The Langdale Pikes and a typical Cumbrian dry stone wall. We are looking into Great Langdale.

In the West, this is Black Sail hut in Ennerdale.

Walkers relax outside the Black Sail hut. This is a small hostel, unusual for the UK in being in the wilds yet manned.

From the Lake District Circuit and Coast to Coast routes, which are similar here, we see Crummock Water and Buttermere. The peaks are Red Pike on the Left and Grasmoor on the Right.

The North circuit has these views of Grasmoor and Grizedale Pike.

At Tarn Hows near Coniston, the view to Wetherlam.

Thanks Joy!

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Pennine Way

Posted on Monday, 14 May 2018 . Permalink

Alpine Exploratory's Rob Gale completed the Pennine Way in March, April and May 2018. Rob made several shorter visits, to complete the route in sections. This is our recce before the 2018 season.

At Colden Clough the old packhorse bridge is under repair, passable with care.

Hadrian's Wall from above Once Brewed.

Hadrian's Wall with the moorland of the North to the Right.

The double bridge over the canal at East Marton.

At Fountains Fell in the Yorkshire Dales.

High Cup Nick.

A path winds through Ing Scar.

Leaving High Cup on the way down to Dufton.

Pen-y-ghent in the Dales. This approach is the opposite from the usual one from Horton-in-Ribblesdale. The Pennine Way takes a bold route over Fountains Fell and across the moor to Pen-y-ghent.

The shelter after the highest hills of the Cheviot.

Long moorland approach to Stoodley Pike in West Yorkshire.

At Top Withens above Haworth.

Watlows Raven Scar.

At Wessenden Head, an iron picture frame.

Looking to Windy Gyle, the summit before the Cheviot. This is the long two-day run into Kirk Yetholm.

Thanks Rob!

Pennine Way - please join us on this wild route

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Great Glen Way

Posted on Thursday, 10 May 2018 . Permalink

Joy followed on from the West Highland Way to trek the Great Glen Way. Together these walks take you from Glasgow to Inverness.

A bench typical of the GGW with a wooden seat built into a dry-stone wall. Behind is Loch Ness. The GGW climbs above the lock in two main stretches, either side of Invermoriston.

There are two old stone bridges in Invermoriston. This is the village part-way up Loch Ness. There is a ceilidh in the village hall every Thursday evening.


Nearer Fort William, the ski area of Aonach Moor (Nevis Range) with Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis to the right of the scene. The GGW crosses the glen to gain these views of the peaks and start the Caledonian Canal.

Looking down the length of Loch Ness.

A second high view above Loch Ness. The hills on the far side ultimately form the Monadh Liath, a rolling stretch of moorland and rounded peaks.

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West Highland Way

Posted on Friday, 4 May 2018 . Permalink

Joy O'Flanagan walked the West Highland Way in late April 2018. This was our pre-season recce for 2018. Joy had bright Spring weather.

Looking over Loch Lomond from Conich Hill.

 The Black Mount and Ben Starav area from above Inveroran.. the edge of Rannoch Moor.

 A rainbow over Rannoch Moor.

The Kingshouse Hotel is undergoing extensive building work this Summer and so will - sadly - be out of action for WHW walkers.

Blackrock cottages at the top of Glen Coe, the Buachaille Etive Mor behind.

 West Highland Way - our self-guided trek 

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Tour du Mont Blanc

Posted on Friday, 9 February 2018 . Permalink

Joy made our pre-season TMB recces, in June for our 1st July season-start. Early Summer is a fabulous time for flowers in the Alps.

The view from the Grand Col Ferret ascent, looking towards Col de la Seigne.

Minor snow patches at Grand Col Ferret...

... on the way down to La Fouly.

At Lac Blanc above Argentiere. This bowl often holds snow into early Summer. This has not been a snowy start to the season.

Meadows like this burst with colour in June and early July. Here we are looking up to the Trient glacier.

The globe flower on a grassy hillside.

Thanks Joy!

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