Tuesday, 10 April 2018

High Rigg

After the long day before, we took it easy, setting off after lunch for a short walk, and not aiming to go too high given the forecast.  Well, the idea was that it was quite short, but these things are relative, and by the end of the walk it didn't feel too short...  High Rigg was one of the Wainwrights that it's hard to do as a joint walk with others, so fitted the bill as a single point destination.

Difficulty: 3
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Grace (13), Evie (10), Poppy (7)
14:36, 0.0km 0h00 0m, Start (173)
16:13, 4.3km 1h37 254m, High Rigg (357, Wainwright)
18:19, 10.2km 3h43 392m, End (173)

We parked at the very small car park just off the main road, walking up the main road and then straight up the hillside to the peak, before coming down off the far end and walking around back to the car.

The path up to the top had it's obstacles to overcome.

Looking back south down the valley.

Similar view a little later, this time seeing Thirlmere to the right. 

Poppy at High Rigg, 

Back down the far end, around the corner, and heading back home.  Grace out in front, other various children in various states of disagreement and arguing.

Same point, looking north east, vaguely towards Troutbeck.  On a clear day I'm sure you can see Blencathra from here, but not today...

Monday, 9 April 2018

Fairfield Horseshoe with kids

The forecast was looking good, so we decided to attempt a longer higher walk with the children and our friends.  Some early cloud covered the peaks, but by the time we'd got up to the main ridge and was climbing up high it had cleared.  The reason for doing this walk was that the other two times Caroline and I had been at Fairfield there had been no view, so I was really happy!

Difficulty: 6
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Grace (13), Evie (10), Poppy (7)
9:55, 0.0km 0h00 0m, Start (65)
10:57, 2.5km 1h01 408m, Nab Scar (450, Wainwright)
11:49, 3.7km 1h54 562m, Heron Pike (612, Wainwright)
13:03, 6.1km 3h08 763m, Great Rigg (766, Wainwright, Hewitt)
13:33, 7.5km 3h38 906m, Fairfield (873, Wainwright, Hewitt)
14:26, 9.2km 4h31 960m, Hart Crag (822, Wainwright, Hewitt)
15:05, 10.3km 5h10 1005m, Dove Crag (792, Wainwright, Hewitt)
15:35, 12.0km 5h40 1005m, High Pike (Scandale) (656, Wainwright)
16:32, 13.2km 6h37 1017m, Low Pike (508, Wainwright)
18:42, 18.7km 8h47 1067m, End (63)

Fairly straightforward route, parking at the car park in Rydal, the south side of River Rothay, since the road up to Rydal Mount was full by the time we got there - not helped since lots of the road was coned off because the edges of the road surface had been worn away.

Rydal Water, with Windermere in the back left.

Top of Nab Scar, after the hour long burn up the path.

On to Heron Pike, and many stops for taking off and putting on layers, with the sun coming out and alternating shelter and exposure from the wind.

The view onwards, towards Great Rigg and Fairfield.

Great Rigg after a stop for lunch, now with both Windermere and Consiton visible.

Top of Fairfield, here looking first towards St Sunday Crag and then back south towards Windermere.

View from the head of the horseshoe, looking back down south, with Fairfield on the right and the route onwards to Hart Crag on the left.

On the way to Hart Crag, not quite the Beetles album cover...

Looking down the valley from Hart Crag.  I didn't particularly mention that we were only half way through at this point, given this was Wainwright 5 of 8.

Poppy not looking quite so excited to be at the top of Dove Crag.

High Pike, after walking with Grace ahead and then having to wait for 10 minutes for everyone else to catch up.  We were not quite sure what the cloud most looked like - we were thinking pig, but I think rat was the best suggestion.

Beautiful Grace, and beautiful view.

Looking back up from Low Pike towards High Pike and an array of stragglers.

Thankfully the dark clouds didn't drop any rain, but gave some beautiful views looking into the sun from High Sweden coppice. 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Lingmoor and Cathedral Cavern

First walk for our Easter week staying in Elterwater with friends.  The first time we've walked in the lakes with other people, so we're happy to do some similar walks from previous trips and to have more excuses to go to the pub!

Difficulty: 5
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Grace (13), Evie (10), Poppy (7)
10:10, 0.0km 0h00 0m, Start (74)
13:47, 8.4km 3h36 596m, Lingmoor Fell (469, Wainwright)
17:24, 16.9km 7h13 713m, End (68)

Starting from our house in Elterwater, we headed south to Cathedral Cavern, before heading back up to Lingmoor Fell and Squeeze Rock.  Poppy started off wearing her new gaiters, tested last week on a 10 mile walk, but she fell over three times in a few minutes after her gaiters hitting each other.  I think she needs larger hips to get her legs further apart...

We went through the dark tunnel first, then climbed down and through in to the main cavern.

Slater Bridge, forecast was for the fog to lift by 9am, but no signs of going anywhere just yet.  Very light drizzle occasionally.

After crossing over the road at Little Langdale we stopped for lunch before we climbed enough to get in the clouds and lose the view.  We did pick up some cake at the farm just before turning up the fell, my flapjack was great.

Top of Lingmoor Fell.

On the way along the ridge we started to get views over to the Langdales and to Blea Tarn to our left.  Just enough to let you know what you were missing before it clouded over again, but steadily was becoming clearer.

Looking up towards Blea Tarn. 

We had tried not to hype up Squeeze Rock too much to our friends, but I suspect they could not help to be slightly disappointed.  Yes it's a tight fit, but it's not exactly very arduous or long...

Coming back along the Langdale Valley, the cloud was really clearing up, and was quite impressive blowing over the top of the Crinkle Crags.

Grace, who set the pace for much of the day.

Family heading down, now in sunshine!  Suddenly a trip to the pub on the way home sounded like quite a great idea, if only the younger and slower members of the party would cooperate and keep the pace up. 

Evidence of sheep in the Lake District. 

Super still water, and Grace unaware I was taking her picture. We finished off walking through Chapel Stile and back to Elterwater, with a pint at the Britannia Inn.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Lesson 158: Croissants au Beurre

In preparation for my pastries course at the cookery school next week I thought I'd have a go first and see.

First off, the pasty made fine in the kitchen aid, it took much less than 6 min to ball up on the dough hook, but it wasn't smooth at this point.  I didn't get any fresh yeast so used some of the water (warm) and dried yeast mixed.  This is the pasty rolled out, and the extra butter placed on top.  It would have been nice to get it more square at this point, but probably didn't matter too much,

Now after arranging into 4 layer.

After a chill, more folding, and more chilling, here's my 50cm x 50cm pastry rolled out.

Half cut up, and made into mini croissants. 

All out, ready to rise.  However it was 11pm at night, so no chance of a nice warm kitchen to rise in.  All in the oven to keep the cats from licking them, one of the ovens was slightly warm from being used that evening.

The next morning - unsurprisingly the ones in the warm oven had risen more than the others, although still not really enough.

After baking at about 185C fan for 15min.

The full set - more risen ones on the left.  Both tasted fine, the smaller ones were just a bit more dense.  The larger ones didn't have any real air gaps in like the ones you buy - I suspect this is partly insufficient rising and partly a trick to make them cost less to make!  Still, they all went (40!) for breakfast and lunch that day, with a request for Pains au Chocolate next... 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Heading up high in the wind

The forecast was windy - the impact of storm Eleanor hitting the west coast of the UK bringing 70mph winds.  We stuck to the plan of heading up higher, mainly since all the route was fairly level with no ridges or cliffs to be careful of.  In the event the wind was high but pretty consistent, so much easier to compensate for.

Difficulty: 5
10:13, 0.0km 0h00 0m, Start (212)
11:45, 3.2km 1h31 506m, Bakestall (673, Wainwright)
13:37, 7.2km 3h23 830m, Great Calva (690, Wainwright, Hewitt)
15:11, 13.0km 4h57 855m, End (210)

We parked at the obvious off road space for half a dozen cars, after passing very close to where we had stayed a few years earlier.  The footpath goes straight from here following the Cumbria Way.

Following the path, with Bakestall straight ahead.  The route skirts around the base to the left, before going steeply up just where the hillside juts out slightly.

The fairly steep uphill section.  It was so grassy that it really didn't present many problems.

And up into the familiar cloud cover at around 600m.

Finally at the top of Bakestall, sheltering from the wind as usual.

We headed down, careful to stay to the right of Birkett Edge, using the fence to the right as a guide.  From here, it's straight down back to the Cumbria Way, then up the other side to Little Calva. 

We stopped at the bottom and had some lunch in the shelter of the wall next to the path, before heading back up the other side, another steep ascent.

After following another fence uphill, the path curves off to the right, heading up this gully towards the top.

Poppy at Little Calva.  So Little that the others had marched off, towards Great Calva that was lurking in the cloud.  Did I already mention it was quite windy?

At the top of Great Calva.  The walk up to the top was another where I held onto Poppy and Evie to stop them getting blown off their feet, and to make sure they kept on walking uphill.  We got enough view to know that it could give spectacular views if only it was clearer, so yet another peak that we need to revisit in good weather! 

Heading down the hillside, back towards the Cumbria Way, with our children showing a rare moment of unity.

We kept a good pace back along the path, since it was a very easy flat surface.  The views back were stunning, with Bakestall rising up to the left of the path.  A great end to a great week.  The lack of rain was a huge bonus that day!