A great day out from Three Shires Stone

Our first mountain day of the year was an excellent day out starting from Three Shires Stone on Wrynose and taking in Pike o’Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Cold Fell.  The Three Shires Stone is made from limestone and was first erected in 1860, though it was actually created in 1816 in Cartmel.  It is situated at the meeting point of the old counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire and has been broken, knocked over and resurrected on several occasions. The weather on our day from this old boundary marker was cold but clear; the views were good in all directions.  The image shows the Scafells from Crinkle Crags.

If you’re interested in guided walks and scrambles in winter or summer conditions Steve will be pleased to help.  Get in touch on 07796 213817 or email at steve@stevebanksoutdoors.co.uk

By |January 21st, 2022|Mountain walking|Comments Off on A great day out from Three Shires Stone

Blencathra in winter

Blencathra in winter

Due to the coronavirus restrictions we’ve been unable to take clients out or to travel from home.  We have though, managed to walk from our front door, including a good family trip in the snow up Hallsfell Ridge on Blencathra returning via Blease Fell.   Some short roping was required to protect our young son from being blown away in the frequent and strong mini-blizzards (image) but an exciting adventure was had.

Steve is looking forward to being able to take clients out again once we’re allowed to do so.  If you have any mountain adventures of your own you’d like some support for please do get in touch and we can discuss how best to assist you.  We’ll be pleased to hear from you and happy to help.

By |February 18th, 2021|Mountain walking, Winter mountain walking|Comments Off on Blencathra in winter

A winter walk from Grasmere

Lake District Winter Walks

A fabulous end of year winter day allowed us to walk up to Easedale Tarn from Grasmere with a round of Blea Rigg, Codale Tarn (image) and Tarn Crag.  Steve managed to find a quiet area even though the Lake District was extremely busy with car parks overflowing and verges crammed with vehicles.

Whilst the mountains look very inviting in the sunshine and when covered in snow, the National Park and mountain rescue teams have been expressing their concern over ill-equipped and inexperienced folk venturing into the winter mountains. We’re pleased at the increased interest in the hills and outdoors in general, though also observed several parties who didn’t appear to have the requisite knowledge or gear to stay safe in the winter hills.  If you are keen to venture up the mountains in winter but have little or no prior experience, you are strongly advised to seek professional support: the appropriate qualifications are Winter Mountain Leader, Mountain Instructor Certificate and British Mountain Guide.  All of these award holders will be able to help you enjoy your winter experience safely as well as advise you on the selection and use of appropriate equipment.  They’ll also likely save you money and mistakes in the long run and will help you become competent and independent.

By |January 1st, 2021|Mountain walking|Comments Off on A winter walk from Grasmere

Guided winter walks in the Lake District

Harter Fell

Winter conditions have arrived in the Lakes and we had a good walk from Mardale up by Small Water and Nan Bield over Harter Fell, Branstree and Selside Pike returning from Gatesgarth Pass.  The plan was to find a less trodden route – and this one certainly is, partly because of its relative remoteness and partly due to the boggy ground up to Selside Pike.  We were hoping this would be frozen, though the thawing conditions beat us there and it was a bit squashy in places.  A great day out was still had – dinner was well earned!

If you’d like support for your winter walking or scrambling Steve will be pleased to help.  Please get in touch by email or call 07796 213817.

By |December 10th, 2020|Mountain walking|Comments Off on Guided winter walks in the Lake District
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