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A Blustery Weekend in the Lakes

Posted in Lakes, outdoorsmagic.com with tags , on January 23, 2012 by ayrshiretiger

We headed south on Friday for a weekend in the Lakes with friends from http://www.outdoorsmagic.com. Accommodation for the weekend was in the excellent Bury Outdoor Pursuits Centre near Glenridding.

A good night was had on Friday evening with a variety of Tesco Curries. There may also have been the odd bottle of beer consumed also!

The forecast for the weekend wasn’t too bad, a few wintry showers and a bit breezy. Elaina is still building up her hill fitness so we decided to do a relatively easy day doing Catstye Cam next to Helvellyn. However it turned out to be a bit more challenging than anticipated. The walk up towards Red Tarn was easy enough but as we headed up the east ridge of Catsty Cam the wind started to pick up. By the time we got to the summit we were literally on all fours crawling. I’ve been in some pretty windy conditions but the difference this time was the sheer strength of the gusts interspersed with lulls. We had planned to head off the north ridge but quickly decided to head southwest to the bottom of Swirral Edge and down to Red Tarn. From there we had a leisurely walk back to the bunkhouse. Thankfully the only casualties were two lost hats! Later that evening we found out that a woman had been airlifted from near Coniston.

As we were back a lot earlier than planned we headed to Ambleside for a well earned hot chocolate and cheesecake. An entertaining evening again followed with excellent home made lasagne and rice pudding.

An absolutely cracking weekend, looking forward to meeting up with the same folk at Black Sail in March!

I didn’t take many photos so here’s some taken by Maria and Robin.

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Off to the Lakes…

Posted in Hull City, Lakes, outdoorsmagic.com with tags , , on January 20, 2012 by ayrshiretiger

OK, I know I’ve not really kept up my New Year resolution to post more often despite good intentions on the first two days! However this weekend we are heading to the Lakes to meet up with friends from outdoorsmagic.com so will hopefully have adventures to report on when we return!

In the meantime hopefully the Tigers can get a result at fellow play-off contenders Reading. Hesitate to say it but we might just have an outside chance of going back up to the Premiership…

Friends, Romans and Countrymen…

Posted in North York Moors, outdoorsmagic.com, Yorkshire on September 6, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

Some time ago I suggested to a few friends from outdoorsmagic.com that we should perhaps have a meet on the North York Moors as a change from our usual haunts of Scotland and the Lakes. Having used the campsite at the White Swan in Newton-on-Rawcliffe in May it seemed an ideal location.

We arrived on Friday afternoon after a very wet drive down from Ayrshire. Having said that it did clear up considerably as we crossed the Pennines and the forecast for the weekend had also improved remarkably from a few days earlier. Just goes to prove that God is indeed a Yorkshireman!

We managed to get our new family sized tent (which some likened to an air balloon!) pitched in between the showers. We then retreated to the pub for an excellent meal and one or two (OK, probably five or six!) beers.

Saturday morning saw us wake to fine, dry weather so after a cuppa and breakfast we headed down to Levisham station to catch the train up to Grosmont. Unfortunately a couple of steam trains were being repaired so it was a diesel that took us through the depths of Newtondale.

We arrived at Grosmont just after ten o’clock and were soon on our way towards our first stop of the day, Beck Hole. We very sensibly refrained from alcoholic refreshment at the wonderful Birch Hall Inn instead having coffees outside. We then made our way across the river, pausing to spot trout, and up above the railway line to Darnholm and Goathland station. We continued on into the village past the “Aidensfield Arms” and “Scripps’ Garage” to have lunch on the village green.

Looking down on Grosmont

Looking down on Grosmont

From Goathland we headed onto the heather moors of Two Howes Rigg and down to the forest. Through the forest tracks we eventually found ourselves at Newtondale Halt where Paul decided to get he train back to Levisham. The rest of us crossed under the railway line, climbed up out of Newtondale and made our way along the edge of the valley to Skelton Tower. We had another break for food and admired the fabulous view. A bit of improvised scrambling took place as well!

The motley crew leaving Goathland!

The motley crew leaving Goathland!

Skelton Tower above Newtondale

Skelton Tower above Newtondale

We finally made the drop down to Levisham station for an ice cream before the final pull back up the campsite and another a lovely meal and drinks in the pub.

Sunday saw us having a leisurely breakfast with barbequed sausages (both links and square varieties!) then packing up the tents before heading to Cawthorne Roman Camp for a highly entertaining overview of Roman warfare from Dr Kate Gilliver! We also had a re-enactment of Romans v Celts with replica sword although the outfits might not have been completely authentic!

Sunday morning BBQ breakfast

Sunday morning BBQ breakfast

Celts versus Romans!

Celts versus Romans!

We finished the weekend off with lunch at the excellent New Inn in nearby Cropton. Oh, how I miss good Yorkshire pubs!

Many thanks for all who turned up including Ian, Hilary, Jonathon and Emily from Hornsea who just happened to be staying with friends at the White Swan campsite again – I hope you weren’t too traumatised by meeting what my daughter Jennifer calls our weird internet friends!

Walking towards Skelton Tower

Walking towards Skelton Tower

“Outdoors blogs well worth reading”…hmmm

Posted in outdoorsmagic.com, scottishhills.com with tags , , on November 20, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Apologies for the length of time since my last post…I was actually wondering whether it was worth carrying on with the blog as I do sometimes wonder if folk are actually interested in reading my ramblings!

Anyway it would seem I will have to keep posting as I have just seen that the new edition of the MCoS “Scottish Mountaineer” magazine have an article on “Hill walking on the web” and for some obscure reason think that this blog is “an outdoors blog well worth reading”. Now I’m not really sure about that but I guess someone must be reading it!

Last weekend we ventured south to Langdale in the Lake District for an outdoorsmagic meet. The weather wasn’t great and things weren’t helped by yours truly being sick on Friday night. not much walking and no photos unfortunately. Still had a good time meeting up with old and new friends. At least we went last weekend – if it had been this weekend we probably wouldn’t even have got there!

Next weekend we are heading north to Corran Bunkhouse with scottishhills.com. Hopefully the weather will pick up and there might even be a dusting of the white stuff on the tops. And photos!

Glencoe OutdoorsMagic Meet

Posted in Glencoe, Munros, outdoorsmagic.com with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Had a great weekend up in Glencoe meeting up with old and new faces from OutdoorsMagic.com.  We had Friday off so decided to head up and do Meall a’ Bhuiridh and Criese, two Munros that Elaina hadn’t done.  In the event we only did Meall a’ Bhuiridh as we spent so much time chatting to a couple of other walkers.  Not a particularly exciting hill  what with all the skiing infrastructure about but there were some interesting bits…

Elaina attempts a bridge crossing!

Elaina attempts a bridge crossing!

We arrived at Signal Rock Cottage just after 4pm.  We’ve stayed here before and after a chat with Slawek and Luiza we had a quick shower before heading for the Clachaig Inn for dinner.  Eventually the rest of the crowd arrived although we did have to bring Polly the Parrot out to attract some of the OM folk who were on their first meet!  Highlight of the night had to be the arrival of Sir Jimmy Savile!  Have to say he’s looking well for someone who’s going to be 83 in a few weeks time!

Saturday morning saw reasonable weather to start with as some of us met at Mamore Lodge.

OMers meet at Mamore Lodge

OMers meet at Mamore Lodge

We set off along the landrover track with the aim of doing Binnein Beag.  It’s a long walk in to the remotest of the Mamore Munros and it wasn’t long until we realised as we approached Loch Eilde Mor that we had walked past the turn off that takes you around the shoulder of Sgurr Eilde Beag.  A quick re-assessment saw us take the path up the east side of the Allt Coire nan Laogh (a route we had taken in reverse last winter when the stream was in spate!).  We eventually got back on the planned route and carried on towards Coire an Lochain below Sgurr Eilde Mor.  The weather had deteriorated by this time and Sandy and Louise decided to make Louise’s first Munro Sgurr Eilde Mor rather than Binnein Beag.

Sgurr Eilde Mor

Sgurr Eilde Mor

The rest of us carried on hoping for the weather to clear and with immaculate timing it did as we approached Binnein Beag.

The summit party contemplate the final ascent!

The summit party contemplate the final ascent!

Looking towards Buachaille Etive Mor

Looking towards Buachaille Etive Mor

We did have discussions about going on to do Binnein Mor but the weather was still being temperamental and the realisation that it would probably add a good couple of hours to the day made it an easy decision to take the long path back to Kinlochleven for Haggis Fritters and Steak and Chips at the MacDonald Hotel!

Loch Leven Sunset from MacDonald Hotel

Loch Leven Sunset from MacDonald Hotel

It was late by the time we got back to Glencoe and the campers decided to stay at the camp site.  Elaina and I headed for the Clachaig planning to meet Ian Gallagher of Kendall Mountaineering Services who had taken three OMers scrambling on Ben Nevis.  Unfortunately the pub was mobbed and we didn’t realise that they had decided to go through to the Lounge Bar.  So we just had the one pint before heading back to the B&B.

Sunday saw ourselves, Sandy and Louise heading for Glen Nevis and a walk up to Steall Falls and a play on the wire bridge!

Elaina crossing Steall wire bridge

Elaina crossing Steall wire bridge

On the way back we were interviewed by someone from the John Muir Trust who were doing a survey to find out if people thought the path to Steall was appropriate.  There have been several accidents, some fatal, and the Trust are looking to be able to justify not making changes to the path.  Hopefully our response will assist in that aim as it would be crazy if health and safety concerns led to “improvements” being imposed!

Sunday night saw us back in the Clachaig for a really excellent night with a dozen of us staying on to the bitter end of a cracking weekend.  It’s a good sign when you are having to be chucked out of the Clachaig at closing time on Sunday night!

On Monday we all headed home but not before we introduced Iain to the joys of the Real Food Cafe!  Two egg and bacon rolls, a very large coffee and a large hot chocolate later (and that was just for Iain!) we parted company with plans already in hand for the next OM meet in Great Langdale in the Lakes.

Got home and watched a recording of Sunday night’s “Munro – Mountain Man” programme in which I made a fleeting out of focus appearance in the background of the Clachaig Inn as Nick Crane was interviewing folk for the programme – you’d think I was never out of the place!

Heading for Glencoe…

Posted in Munros, outdoorsmagic.com with tags , , on September 18, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Heading north shortly for a weekend in Glencoe with friends from outdoorsmagic.com.  Hopefully will have tales to tell on Monday of great adventures…assuming we survive the weather/navigational challenges/Clachaig Inn*  of course 😉

*delete as appropriate!