Category Archives: Cumbria

On Eycott Hill

Eycott Hill isn’t one that comes immediately to mind when thinking Lake District fells, unless you are a geologist apparently.  This small volcanic outcrop is the centre on a newly opened Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve, visited on the day it … Continue reading

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A Hill in the Middle

Positioned at what must be about the centre of the Lake District, Fleetwith Pike holds a commanding position at the top of the Buttermere Valley.  It’s a steep climb from the valley floor with a few false summits along the … Continue reading

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Looking over Ennerdale

The rolling fells to the south-west of Ennerdale just sneak into the edge of the Lake District National Park but lack the rugged nature of much else in the area.  A long finger of forest used to stick into these … Continue reading

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Sandstone and Coal

The cliffs of St Bees Head continue north of the main headland around Saltom Bay and towards Whitehaven.  Here the remains of Haig Pit, the last of the area’s deep coal mines, stand high above the sea; the old winding … Continue reading

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Back on the Nent

Duncan was back on the River Nent near Alston yesterday doing some maintenance and remedial work on sections of river bank protection.  Shortly after installation last winter the river suffered a severe flood.  This scoured out some of the newly … Continue reading

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Stainton Tower

A bit of research would have indicated that the way up to this odd little tower was not the one we chose.  The structure goes by the grandiose name of Stainton Tower although locally it’s know as the pepperpot.  There … Continue reading

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Eskdale Clouds

Occasionally there is a day around Christmas when it is worth getting out, although this year they have been very few and far between.  We did manage a relatively short wander in Eskdale (Cumbria) up to Blea Tarn above Boot.  … Continue reading

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