Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

A couple of weekends ago, we stayed at Lumley Fee Bunkhouse, just outside of Kendal, with a group of friends for a weekend of walks, drinks, catching up and good food. It was fabulous! We can’t recommend the bunkhouse enough, it was simply stunning!

Wainwrights Challenge – Little Mell Fell

We have given ourselves the challenge of bagging all of the Wainwrights within a year. We’ve already been up a few, bu decided to start from the beginning and do it properly.

We started on our 3 year anniversary and ticked our first one off: Little Mell Fell. Straight from work, we headed over the A69 and took the Alston road, over the top. It was a lovely evening, we were so lucky.

We turned off the A66 on the way to Keswick, and headed to the Lowthwaite where we parked up just opposite the footpath onto the flanks of Little Mell Fell. Following this up until it started to contour and then drop, we turned off the path up the gentle(ish) hill to reach the trig point.

Standing at a mere 505 meters, Little Mell Fell isn’t large by Lake District standards, but holds a situation shared only by its larger sibling Great Mell Fell – way out on its own, completely separate from any of the nearby large ranges. This isolation means that even with its diminutive stature, the views from the top are just awesome! Ullswater, the Helvellyn Range, Blencathra, the Solway Firth, and the Northern Pennines surround you with views even Scafell Pike would be proud of.

Reaching the top, we took in the views and got the stove out to start boiling the water for our boil-in-the-bag Extreme Food. Tucking into our meals, we watched the clouds begin to boil dramatically over the far eastern fells. By the time we had finished the temperature had begun to drop, plus it was passed 9.30. Time to head back down from our idyllic eyrie and towards home.

Little Mell Fell is surely a hidden gem within the National Park. Everyone drives by it; if you’ve been to Keswick you’ll have seen it sitting there in isolation, nestled behind its larger sibling. It is however, well worth a visit, giving vistas far in excess of the moderate climb required to reach its summit. But enough for now, it’s time to let the pictures do the real talking…

Northumberland

Rather than write separate posts for each of these walks, I’ve decided to put them together as a photo blog and not go into too much detail.

Future walks and adventures will be documented more fully though as we post as we go along. But if you’d like more details, just shout!

Alwinton – Shilhope

A walk that began just north of Alwinton in the Coquet Valley starting and ending via Shilhope

Border Ridge

Starting at Alwinton again, and heading up to the Border Ridge along to The Street and back down.

The first selection of photos were taken using my little old faithful Canon compact.

 

These next photos were taken using my iPhone. These show more of the wonderfully boggy terrain and views across into Scotland and over to the Cheviots

 

Hadrian’s Wall

Another glorious day in Northumberland. We parked at Steel Rigg, walked along the wall, past the fables Sycamore Gap and down to where the Pennine Way intersects. We then split away from the wall and along to a parallel track, making our way back to the car park.

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