I’m away for a couple of weeks so will not be out before 15th Sept at the earliest but more probably 22nd. Enjoy your runs.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Can’t find NLN’s actual picture to check, but, to the best of my knowledge, her bar headed goose is, in fact, a Bar–headed Goose. My reference says that it is an escaped Asiatic goose usually found in the company of other grey geese. I saw one at Pennington Flash, near Leigh on the 4th. May 1999!
Then Steve and I drive to Dunmail, head direct for Dollywagon and then track north along the route, until the four of us meet.
As ever, the best laid plans...
Anyone else fancy coming, might need another car? Leaving Blackrod 8:00 a.m.
Note to all, it'll be handy to have a home base contact to relay messages if mobile coverage is poor.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Thursday 23rd Aug - NLN, Steve, CW, KLM and yours truly headed for Two Lads, then Winter Hill trig (see NLN's blip for that date), then across Douglas Springs towards the Pike. At the stream crossing CW and KLM headed for home leaving the three of us to take in the Pike. Finally Brinks Row, West View and back to the cars. Just over 6 miles; good to see a bigger turnout than of late.
Saturday 25th - After having neglected the Tower of Terror for quite some time, NLN and I had decided last week to treat it to a visit when next we met. So fairly promptly after 8:30 NLN, Mat, CW, KLM and I set off for Darwen via NLN's "optimum" route. Again, we lost CW and KLM fairly soon after the start, as they turned for home on Spitler's Edge. Despite my trailing behind, we got to the tower inside 2 hours. We returned via a quicker (than the "optimum"?) route (ask NLN) although I broke my journey by returning to my car, which I had stashed at Hordern Stoops earlier that morning. Total time for my outing, including my early morning run down from Hordern Stoops to the barn was 3:51. NLN and Mat were probably quicker? Total distance probably about 14 miles.
Having enjoyed the run out to Darwen Tower, Saturday morning, it was a quick shower, bag packing and then off to the Lakes. Stopping off at Bowness for an ice cream on our way to Langdale and supper in the Stickle Barn – highly recommended as its now in the hands of the National Trust. An early start from Bishops Scale, Sunday morning, to Keswick for the start of the 4 x 3s for Ian and Steve. Write up on blog if it’s of interest. Some pics from the day.
The start – 7.00am
Two hours later – things are looking up!
Leaving Seathwaite in heavy rain for the long stretch over the Scafells
At the Flock Inn, Tea Rooms, Rosthwaite – this little sparra had his eye on my scone!
Cyclists at Honister
Having fun at Honister Quarry
Fleetwith Pike – the via ferrata
Looking down at Buttermere from the climb up to Dale Head
Buttermere through the cloud
The descent from Dale Head
Evening sunshine in Grasmere!
A day of mixed weather for this classic Lakeland Challenge. Ian and Steve completed 48 miles and 13,000ft of climbing in 14 hours 38mins, and after all that, the chippy was shut!
Sustainance heading up to the ridge
Thursday, August 23, 2012
You'll see that John had another win at Weasedale, three places ahead of Paul Murray.
I've not checked whether all four races count, if they do, it's not over until after the Kielder Blast, in which case, with his current 9 point lead, he'd just need a middling position to secure the trophy. If only three count, he can buy the silver polish now!
Taken some time to get these sorted for one reason or another but hope you agree they are worth waiting for. Not for the skill of the photographer, but just to be able to see what I think is an amazing natural event. More, and as always, different pics here and on Fleetwood’s fascinating history.
Blackpool Tower from Bispham
Clouds beginning to gather offshore
The North Pier
Patches of sunlight illuminate the sea in between the clouds
but Black Coombe still in sunshine
Storm almost at the North Pier
and coming right at us – time to put the camera away…… and leg it!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
A day at the races – rain stopped play for some. More here if it’s of interest.
Final instructions from RO John Broxap who still holds the record for the
most Munros summited in 24 hours, achieved in 1988 – many have tried, many have failed!
No idea what this is, but it looked rather pretty
A perfect combination for a well spent Saturday! More pics of Lytham.
Grand morning out, if a little humid, 12 miles enough in those conditions.
Where did it go then!
Morning haze over Barrow Bridge
… and your point is? Oh yes, the bomber memorial!
Quick shower and change before heading west to Lytham where the sun shone beautifully
Beautiful weather on the Fylde coast
Tide’s out then
The Old Pier