Mount Teide

Mount Teide (Spanish: Pico del Teide) is a volcano on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. Its 3,718-metre (12,198 ft) summit is the highest point in Spain, rising 7,500 metres above the ocean floor, it is regarded as the world’s third-tallest volcanic structure and stands in a spectacular environment. Mount Teide was formed from three…

Crummock Water

Crummock Water is a lake in the Lake District in Cumbria, North West England situated between Buttermere to the south and Loweswater to the north. Crummock Water is 2.5 miles long, 0.75 mile wide and 140 feet deep. The hill of Mellbreak runs the full length of the lake on its western side; as Alfred…

A Winters Walk

I haven’t had a good walk with my sister for quite some time among the lake district fells. I’ll have to get out with her soon, and allow our dogs to socialise a bit more. It’s good for dogs to mix with others. My sisters dog is a Manchester Terrier – he’s a little star…

Forest Sunset Surprise

There is nothing better than seeing a sunset, and experiencing that happy feeling when your heart skips a beat at the magnificence set before you. This was once such occasion, when I was wandering through a local forest. I love surprises, and this one stopped me dead in my tracks for a few minutes as…

Nannycatch: Skull On A Fell

With Halloween around the corner, I thought I would share with you a photo of a sheep’s sun-bleached skull that I found on the fell-side, at Nannycatch (near Cleator Moor) in West Cumbria. Morbid, I know ☠️ Nannycatch is an interesting, and intriguing place name. The English Dialect Dictionary claims that Nanny means to catch…

The River Liza

I could sit for hours upon hours at the side of the River Liza. The roaring water; the nature; the tranquillity – they all add up to something special. The meandering River Liza, flows through the wonderfully remote Ennerdale Valley. The river spawns Trout, Salmon, Charr, among others. The name of the Liza derives from old…

Autumnal Carpet

This was the scene to greet me on a riverside walk at Calderbridge in West Cumbria. The fallen leaves paved the way with a golden carpet of joy. The walk is a hidden gem, and follows the River Calder upstream. Access to the public footpath is located to the left of St. Bridgets Church. The…

I Can’t Wait For The Snow

In recent weeks, we’ve seen temperatures plummet, with below freezing being recorded on some fell tops. Soon, there will be snow. Some people hate snow, but I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand all the hazards that come with snow, and like most, I avoid blizzard conditions like I would, the plague….

Fork In The Road

This photo is a little bit of fun, and was taken while on a walk up nearby Dent Fell. At its highest point, the fell stands at only 352 metres (1155 feet), but offers uninterrupted views of the Cumbrian coast from the Ravenglass estuary in the south to the Solway Firth and across to Scotland…

Walking In Ennerdale Valley

Walking in the glorious Ennerdale Valley is one of my favourite pastimes. The valley has the River Liza meandering through its centre, is lined with an assortment of trees, has a wealth of wildlife and has impressive mountains at the sides. It’s a truly stunning place, and offers up peace and tranquillity. The Liza flows…

Whitehaven To St. Bees

Twelve months ago, I set off on a coastal walk from Whitehaven to St. Bees, and then a little further inland, back to my home in West Cumbria. The route was approximately 13 mile in total. I’ve done the walk quite a few times, but on this occasion, I recorded it on my GoPro too…

Bronze Age Devoke Water

I’ve previously shared with you a photo of Devoke Water, and I thought I would share another with you. The tarn (a lake on a mountain) is off the beaten track, but is a wonder to behold, with much history. Devoke Water can be reached via a bridle track from the fell road, off Birker…

My Favourite Place: Ennerdale

If I was to recommend to you, one place to visit in Cumbria, it would be Ennerdale Water, and its associated valley. I have a number of favourite locations throughout the County, but Ennerdale is way ahead of the pack, on my list of places. Ennerdale Water is the most westerly lake in the Lake…

Black Sail Hostel

Black Sail Hostel, operated by YHA, is remote and accessible only on foot, it’s a unique rural retreat that lovers of the great outdoors can normally only dream about. I’ve often walked to the hostel, but have never stayed there. It is something I’ve contemplated on numerous occasions. Maybe I’ll get around to doing it at…

Burnmoor Tarn

Burnmoor Tarn, on Eskdale Fell in Cumbria, England, is one of the largest entirely natural tarns in the Lake District. Its waters flow into Whillan Beck at the tarn’s north-eastern corner, which immediately turns south and flows into Eskdale, joining the Esk at Beckfoot. Burnmoor Lodge, a former fishing lodge, stands by the southern shore…

Devoke Water

Devoke Water is a Tarn (mountain lake). It is a hidden gem. It is the largest tarn in the Lake District National Park. It lies on Birker Fell, 1 km to the west of the road between Ulpha and Eskdale, at an altitude of 770 feet (223 m). It has a depth of 46 ft…