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Monday, 15 October 2012

Kentmere Horseshoe

A walking blog post today folks!  I finally got to do a walk I've been wanting to do for quite a while, the Kentmere Horseshoe, taking in 8 Wainwright fells - I've mentioned before that a few friends of mine have completed or are planning to complete all 214 Lakeland fells that Wainwright documented in his Pictorial Guides - I don't know whether I'll ever climb them all but I'm keeping track of those that I do - just in case.....:-) - so it was quite nice to get 8 under my belt in one walk - and what a gorgeous walk it was....


Gary's done this walk many a time before - this shows most of the horseshoe, up the right hand side, to the head of the valley and down the ridge on the left back to the start, 20k (12.5 miles) and taking in 8 fells on the way, taking us 6 hours including a nice lunch stop on a rather breezy Nan Bield Pass -  a wonderful day out in the fells!

First peak Shipman Knotts 

 Holly and I on the 2nd peak of the day Kentmere Pike

Gary and I on Harter Fell

The beautiful Small Water with Haweswater beyond

Mardale Ill Bell

 The beautiful view from the Nan Bield Pass at the head of the valley down the Ill Bell Ridge 

Holly and I on Thornthwaite Crag

 Holly and I on Froswick

 A bit of cairn hugging on Ill Bell - I told my friend I'd give Ill Bell a hug! (it's her favourite fell)

and the final fell of the day - Yoke


I've not had time to do any more on the sparrowhawk over the weekend but did a little bit on him this evening so here's an update...


Hoping to get it finished in the next couple of days - and hoping for another sighting!

As always your comments are very welcome, have a wonderful day :-)

18 comments:

  1. Sharon.Glad you had a super walk around the Kentmere Horseshoe..it really is a magnificent walk..I managed it a few years ago but would probably struggle now The sparrow hawk is looking good and looking forward to the finished painting.

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    1. I struggled a bit myself to be honest Brian! Full of a rotten cold and now Gary's caught it, although his is much worse of course lol!

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  2. Sharon, Love the photos - I'm a bit envious and wish I had someplace like that to hike.

    I'm also loving the sparrow hawk and look forward to seeing more on it.

    xoxo

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    1. Vicki I feel very blessed to be able to visit these gorgeous places

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  3. The scenery is absolutely stunning, Sharon. How I would love to hike through that area!
    Your sparrow hawk is coming along beautifully.

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    1. thank you Kathryn, I've spent most of my life not really being aware of places like this so intend on making the most of it while I can!

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  4. Looks like a great hike! And the hawk is looking good.

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  5. The walk, words, pictures, all inspiring.

    The Sparrowhawk is looking good. We had a male in our garden this very morning, he is a little beauty if deadly threatening to the birds we feed....the price to pay I'm afraid.

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    1. Lucky you Pete - I wish mine would make a return appearance!

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  6. Wow! Awesome scenery! I especially like the shot of small water and the one with the sheep.No wonder your an artist living out there.If that setting doesn't inspire you to draw then nothing will. 214 sounds like an awfully challenging goal.

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    1. Hi Larry not sure if I'll ever reach the 214 - I'm just happy to be up there when I can

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  7. Stop all this enjoying yourself and get back to the paints, you've got a job to finish with that sparrow hawk. Great photographs from what looks like a fabulous day in our beautiful countryside.

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    1. Haha Mick - I make sure there's time in my life for both my passions Mick!

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  8. Beautiful scenery and the sparrowhawk is really taking shape.

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