Monthly Archives: August 2012

Littlehampton & South Downs

I made an early morning visit to have a look around Littlehampton before taking myself off onto the South Downs for a 7?? mile walk with 800ft of ascent. It was a cracking morning and as I visited the quayside at Littlehampton, a flotilla of small fishing vessels was setting out for the day. Littlehampton doesn’t really have a harbour and the boats are moored on the River Arun just where it flows out into the sea.

A little later, I made a short drive up onto the South Downs for my main walk. For the last day of summer, it was almost perfect walking weather with bright sunshine and a cooling breeze. This was a walk of huge vistas, rolling hills and a distant sea views. It made quite a change from the hills of the Lake District with enjoyable easy walking.

20120831_082558Dscn2582Dscn2583Dscn2584

Advertisements

Brighton

The weather forecast for today was a bit iffy, so rather than walking, I took myself off for a look around Brighton. Every time that I go into a town or city I ask myself WHY? – I still don’t have an answer but know that I won’t be repeating this exercise again. There was one heavy shower whilst I was there but I’d rather have got wet on a hill somewhere.

The only good thing to come out of this was that I got to use my bus pass for the first time and saved ??4.40. Now I know I’m getting old!

Dscn2578Dscn2577Dscn2576

Hallaton

On what was a lovely day for walking, it was disappointing that only 4 people turned up for a 10.5 mile walk with 800ft of ascent starting from Hallaton. Bea, Amanda and I were joined by Tommy from the Kettering ramblers. Although of similar age to me, he was an ex-Marine and seemed keen to walk at a good pace. As a consequence, we averaged something like 22 minute miles on what was a warm day.

I think that the distance to travel from Wisbech (50 miles), the length of the walk and the fact that it was a Bank Holiday weekend combined to deter potential walkers. Never mind, their loss was our gain.

Dscn2570Dscn2569Dscn2571

Sale & Ling Fells

The last walk of my “Lakes” holiday took in two of the smaller (around 1,200ft) outlying Wainwright fells. It was 6 miles with 1,900ft of ascent. Sale was first and involved a climb of 700ft. The second Wainwright was Ling Fell next with another climb of 650ft. It started to rain towards the end of the walk so we took a short cut back to the car but this added a further 200ft of ascent to our route. The total walked on this holiday was just over 61 miles and 20,700ft of ascent and I feel like I now need a rest.

Dscn2560
Dscn2561
Dscn2563
Dscn2566

Ennerdale Water

It was an odd day weather-wise. Dawn broke with heavy rain and low cloud so we delayed our start until 10:00 and stopped for tea/coffee & cake/biscuits at Ennerdale Bridge on the way. By 11:00 it was starting to improve but there was still low cloud on the fells so our planned 3 Wainwright walk was abandoned in favour of a circuit of Ennerdale Water. The overnight downpour had left the lakeside path flooded and we had to turn back about a quarter of the way along the north shore. We had been told that the south shore path was also impassable at Red Beck but thought that we would go and have a look for ourselves. At times, it was difficult to distinguish between path & stream, and sure enough Red Beck was in spate but could be crossed with care as shown by Terry. The sun broke through the clouds on our way back to make the 6.5 mile walk with 550ft of ascent all the more enjoyable.

Dscn2558Dscn2545Dscn2548Dscn2556

Loughrigg & Rydal Water

For Karen’s last walk on this holiday we selected something less taxing with only 5.5 miles and 1,320ft of ascent. Starting from White Moss Common, we made our way towards Loughrigg for the 800ft climb to the summit of Loughrigg Fell at 1,060ft. It was a winding but gradual descent to Cote How for mid-walk refreshments before dashing back to the cars as our parking tickets were about to time-expire.

There are only 2 pictures today as a heavy rain shower on the Loughrigg ascent must have found its way into my new camera and now it doesn’t work and the lens won’t retract.

Img_0870
Img_0871

Whinlatter

An easy 6.5 mile walk with 1,600ft of ascent today. Starting from Whinlatter we walked up through the forest to Lord’s Seat where Karen waited for us while we went out & back to Broom Fell. On our return we took in Barf to make it 3 Wainwright’s in one day. It was blowing a gale on top but remained dry. Sadly, it is now pouring as I write this in my caravan.

Img_0869Img_0865Img_0868Img_0867