Heelwalker1: Rocks, ropes & conquering fear with Lakeland Ascents
From high heels to high hills. Friday, 14 June 2013. Rocks, ropes and conquering fear with Lakeland Ascents. To say I was out of my comfort zone is putting it mildly. Rock-climbing and abseiling are things that in my mind other people do. However, when the opportunity came to spend the day with Lakeland Ascents. We met Si from Lakeland Ascents. Equipped with hard hats we headed over to the crag to begin rock-climbing. Scout Crag - my first rock climbing challenge! Me on a rock. I recovered a little bit o...
Heelwalker1: Tilly, Skiddaw & Sledging
From high heels to high hills. Tuesday, 18 December 2012. Tilly, Skiddaw and Sledging. Arriving at the car-park. Following the success of the last Twitter group walk (in terms of fun rather than navigation at least) we decided to set forth again, this time heading for Skiddaw Little Man, Skiddaw, Bakestall and back around the Cumbria Way on a 12 mile horseshoe route. What could possibly go wrong? A rather misty Skiddaw. Tilly in action in the mist. Tilly was scampering around and having a great time.
Heelwalker1: January 2014
From high heels to high hills. Tuesday, 7 January 2014. Book Review: "Lake District Woodland Walks". It takes a lot to persuade me away from lakes and mountains when I am walking in the Lake District. It is such a beautiful place that I am always after extensive views so have never really explored the spectacular woodlands in the area. I have recently put that right with the help of Northern Eye’s “Lake District Woodland Walks”, written by Vivienne Crow. I tried one of them to find out. To take when ther...
Heelwalker1: February 2014
From high heels to high hills. Friday, 21 February 2014. A crisp sunny day beckoned and I had Tilly the beautiful Labrador for company so we headed for the fells. Catbells was our destination. Tilly was beyond excited as we walked through the woods on the Cumbria Way in the grounds of the Lingholm Estate, running back and forth, jumping at leaves and paddling in the stream. She is such lovely company. The view from the summit. Tilly on the summit. After soaking up the views we headed down the other side ...
Heelwalker1: Ashdown Forest (or Winnie-the-Pooh land!)
From high heels to high hills. Monday, 21 November 2011. Ashdown Forest (or Winnie-the-Pooh land! Ashdown Forest also has a rich heritage and history (other than Winnie-the-Pooh). To highlight just a few areas, it as an important part of the iron-making history of England, a hunting forest since the Norman times and it had a key role in World War II (including being the base for Radio Aspidistra)! I found this beautiful toadstool though which sealed the magic for me. A few hundred yards further on, I hea...
Heelwalker1: The Valley of the Deer
From high heels to high hills. Tuesday, 17 January 2012. The Valley of the Deer. A beautiful deer (photo not taken by me sadly! Hayeswater - with moraines at the edge. He also taught me how to map read, a skill which has been developed much more fully over the years than my knowledge of glaciers! Rest Dodd and The Knott from Gray Crag. Rest Dodd and The Nab. Peat Bogs on The Nab. It is a basic error in fell-walking to assume anyone knows where they are going or if they do, that it is the same way you wan...
Heelwalker1: The Coledale Horseshoe (finally!)
From high heels to high hills. Thursday, 5 June 2014. The Coledale Horseshoe (finally! 18 months after the “ Not quite the Coledale Horseshoe. 8221; incident, I ventured back to the area. This time I was without a large group of friends but had the lovely Tilly for company. Scrambling up Grizedale Pike. Swirling mists on the ascent. Crummock Water and Mellbreak from Grasmoor. It was definitely worth the additional height and distance. We had the summit to ourselves and had lunch looking over Crummock...
Heelwalker1: Hever: A Castle & A Labrador
From high heels to high hills. Wednesday, 7 March 2012. Hever: A Castle and A Labrador. A friendly duck in daffodils. The castle fell into disrepair over the following centuries, particularly in the 1700’s when the Groombridge gang of smugglers used it to store their contraband (a different gang of smugglers from those featured in Ancient Woodlands and the Hawkhurst Gang. Tilly the Black Labrador. St Peter's Church 14th Century, Hever. The sun was shining and felt lovely and warm and the snowdrops and da...
Heelwalker1: Bewl Water & Rupert Bear
From high heels to high hills. Tuesday, 10 January 2012. Bewl Water and Rupert Bear. Low water levels at Bewl Water. The Kent/Sussex area has some beautiful landscapes and walks and one of the walks I enjoy the most is around Bewl Water (not to be confused with Bluewater. The shopping centre, although I am partial to a long walk around there as well! Sailing boats near the Visitor Centre. Crossing the bridge over a cascade. The water tower and dam. View from the dam. Rupert Bear and Badger. Whilst I mana...