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Back home in the Lake District and Cathy and Alexander join us here for a few days before they are joined by Richard on Saturday.  Today we stretch our legs on a local Wainwright fell, Rannerdale Knotts.


1st to 10th April 2017 - Swansea Visit to see Luke

A new arrival to the Hiley Family as Luke Michael is born to Gareth and Rhian, seventeen days overdue. First pictures by proxy then we have chance to drive down to see him and enjoy a real family weekend in Swansea.


5. Mewslade

Jo is over from her caravan near Ullswater and Mike and Ian from their place in Seascale and after lunch we pile everyone in one car for a short drive down the Lorton Valley to climb Hopegill's Dodd Fell.


27th March 2017 - Sale Fell via Kelsick Farm

Sunny weather has been temporarily on hold this last few days but on Monday afternoon, before it turned stormy, we managed to climb Sale Fell. We chose the more indirect ascent, via Kelsick Farm and Lothwaite Fell.


25th March 2017 - Stickle Pike and Great Stickle

The forecasted sunshine was almost guaranteed from the weather charts so we pack some lunch and head down to the south western corner of The Lakes, down to the Dunnerdale fells of Stickle Pike and Great Stickle.


After a busy morning at home we venture out for a walk in a valley which has been very much in the shade all winter.  Now the sun is higher in the sky the Hope Gill Valley is enjoying more sunshine and is welcoming once again.


23rd March 2017 - Cinderdale to Home with Jo

A simple local walk but a bit longer this time as we complete the linear walk from Cinderdale, part way along Crummock Water, to the foot of the lake then on to home where a birthday cake and celebratory dinner awaits.


21st March 2017 - Mellbreak North End with Fred

Occasionally some of our regular correspondents gives us a shout to say he, she or they are over in the Lakes and would like to walk with us, or just call in and see the dogs. The offer of a cup of tea and some cake was enough to encourage Fred to travel over from the Skipton area to see us today.


19th March 2017 - Padley Gorge - Grindleford

Sunday finds us in Sheffield. Our daughter Jenna has invited us over on our way back from Tickhill in order to see the house she is hoping to buy.  First we take advantage of the sunny morning to go for a local Peak District walk.


18th March 2017 - Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood

We're away for a few days to catch up with family in person rather than on the phone.  Paula invited us down to Tickhill near Doncaster and Saturday found us in Sherwood Forest . . . Edwinstowe Village to be precise.


15th March 2017 - Low Fell on a Wednesday

A day of un-forecasted sunshine and we take the chance to do a longer local walk, modified slightly as we went along to give Dylan a chance of an extra run. The weather improved as the day progressed, right through to sunset.


10th March 2017 - Keswick and Isthmus Bay

Yesterday's Ennerdale sunshine is replaced by low cloud and drizzle as we venture over to Keswick to meet Dee and John and fit in some retail therapy around a walk for the dogs . . . Dee and Ann go one way, John and I the other.


9th March 2017 - Sunny Ennerdale Lake

On a recent visit to the lakeshore at Ennerdale we were greeted with high winds and wintery showers.  Today the weather was exactly opposite, sunny and warm with blue skies and no wind. We walk the section of path from Bowness to the old hotel.


We knew about Harrop Tarn many years ago but had heard that the forestry damage and subsequent clearance of trees had spoilt a delightful upland lake.  However Trevor and Gill said that they would love to see how it had changed over the years.


18 - 26th February 2017 - Doris, Ewan and Jenna

The title this time comes from two less welcome visitors to the Lakes at Half Term. Fortunately Storm Doris missed us here in Cumbria but Ewan has "topped up the lakes" to say the least. The third name is our daughter's of course.


24th February 2017 - Knott Rigg and Ard Crags

This time last year Jenna and I had a fabulous walk up Skiddaw in perfect snow conditions. This half term the weather hasn't been so kind, but there is a covering of snow on the high fells that she still wanted to experience.


22nd February 2017 - Aira Force with Jenna

Our daughter is with us for the week of her half term, but unfortunately so is the poor weather.  Thursday was forecasted for Storm Doris, but before that we managed a walk over at Aira Force which was delightful.


14th February 2017 - Harrot Fell from High Armaside

Never two days the same as the bright morning sunshine gives way to gloomy conditions that fly in and blanket the sky from the west like that spaceship in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" ... just as we are ready for our walk !


13th February 2017 - Scale Hill from Lanthwaite Green

The wet weather gives way to sunshine and a cool breeze due to a fresh fall of snow on the high fells.  Today Ann and I take a local walk up to Scale Hill to admire this major view from this minor fell.


12th February 2017 - Blustery Ennerdale Lake

On Sherran and Bill's second full day in the Lakes we decided to avoid the tops once again. A trip round to Ennerdale Valley and a lakeside walk would do the trick.  How far we got rather depended on weather conditions.


11th February 2017 - Loweswater Garden Birds

It was the Great British Bird Watch weekend recently and though we didn't take part in the survey it did inspire me to try and record what birds have been visiting our garden. This weekend Bill and I spend time at the lounge window.


10th February 2017 - Local with Sherran and Bill

It has been a changeable week for weather including fresh snow on the high fells and sunshine in between the clouds. However, a period of cooler weather arives just as we have visitors for the weekend.


1st February 2017 - Rannerdale with Jo

After the snow on the high fells that we saw from our last outing we are back to mild weather and a thaw. Jo was in Loweswater overnight and enjoyed a late morning walk with us on Rannerdale before driving for home.


30th January 2017 - Lake Distillery Visit and Lunch

We had planned a Tuesday visit and lunch at the Lakes Distillery but Dee and John rang as they had had the same idea for Monday. They would be returning home Tuesday so we booked four places on the next available tour.


28th January 2017 - Late January Walks and Visitors

No major events and outings but a generally sociable week with friends. The walks were shorter due to the normal day to day commitments or the recent poor weather.  Last week it was Harry's birthday, this week Dylan's.


24th January 2017 - Loweswater's Burns Night

This is the first year this Cumbrian Village has really celebrated Burns Night Tickets were sold, posh clothes and even a few kilts brought out from the old dressers. The tables were laid to celebrate the life of Scotland's famous poet.


21st January 2017 - Dale Head in Winter Sunshine

With a forecast of clear winter sunshine in the north west of England and being a Saturday the car parks were all full, but there was plenty of space and fine views on offer as we ventured up to our lofty summit today.


13th January 2017 - Lanthwaite Hill with Ian

Wainwright mentions it as a "less fashionable as an attraction for tourists" but that the view from this "insignificant mound" is still superb.  We often climb it but this is Ian's first time up this local wooded hill.


Possible heavy snow showers were forecasted but only the tops were covered when we left by car for Whitehaven. By the time Ann walked on Darling Fell later in the afternoon a more extensive snow cover had fallen.


We started off early enough for an afternoon walk but with the short days and a bank of clouds from an approaching cold front, it meant we lost the sun prematurely & with it went the late afternoon sunlight and the warm colours.


4th January 2017 - The Lad Hows Holly Tree

Another busy morning in paradise leaving a short afternoon for a walk.  A trip to Buttermere was required to buy some free range eggs from the farm that has the chickens running all over the road and a walk was needed too.


2nd January 2017 - Sunset on a Western Fell

We fancied another walk in the sunshine so we headed west to Knock Murton and climbed the fell at what would be normally considered an early afternoon start time. Warning . . . this set has seriously doggy and sunset-ty pictures. 


1st January 2017 - Low Fell on New Year's Day

The day after the fireworks and the weather is fine for a stroll out along Low Fell.  A cool north easterly is bringing clouds over but we start the walk in lovely sunshine. However there's fresh snow on Gable by the end of the day.


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