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9/APRIL/2021 GRASMOOR BY LADHOWS

I guess the full title of this outing should be "Grasmoor by Lad Hows Ridge and descent by Wandhope, Thirdgill Head Man and Whiteless Pike after nipping up Crag Hill". A description of this admirable round can be found in the North-Western Fells, Grasmoor Group,...

MARCH 2021

MARCH 2021

Twin peaks of Ullock Pike and Longside Edge from outside Melbecks. Taken at 5:44pm.1 March 2021 | ULLOCK PIKE and LONGSIDE EDGE to SKIDDAW - descending by BAKESTALL and BIRKETT EDGE. In the valleys of central Lakeland, a hazy mist draped around the heights and hung in...

FEBRUARY 2021

FEBRUARY 2021

My room of sky; clouds reflected from Alcock Tarn. Taken at 2:13pm.21 January 2021 | EAST ABOVE GRASMERE Another great day emerges from the winter gloom. So heading for the heights took me up beside Swan Intake Wood. Snow showers and big clouds all around but somehow...

JANUARY 2021

JANUARY 2021

Seathwaite Memorial Bridge or Wallowbarrow Woods Footbridge if you prefer.I saw a reference to ‘the magic symbol engraved on the Seathwaite Footbridge’ the other day – in the Duddon chapter of Robert Gambles excellent book “The Story Of The Lakeland Dales”. I was...

DECEMBER 2020

DECEMBER 2020

Jet on Silver How Christmas Day 2019. Taken  25/12/2019  at 2:12pm.Jet in her new home of Grasmere. Taken 1st October 2016 at 12:37pm.Jet was a long haired Border Collie and her father had been a working farm dog. When she was just a pup, off the lead in Little...

NOVEMBER 2020

NOVEMBER 2020

Seen centrally is an ash with a distinct white canopy of twigs. Taken 19/01/2020 at 12:02pm.BILL BIRKETT COUNTRY DIARY 19TH to 25TH NOVEMBER 2020 Apart from a few stubborn oaks all the deciduous trees around Grasmere have now lost their leaves. Gone all the...

Bowfell’s Secret Hut Location

Bowfell’s Secret Hut Location

This is looking down Bowfell's Great Slab and the crag beyond is Bowfell Buttress. The secret hut is somewhere in this photograph. Sorry can't be more helpful at the moment.

Bowfell’s Secret Hut

Bowfell’s Secret Hut

This is the secret hut on Bowfell. Anybody know the location? I wonder what age it is?

A Quiet Day In The Duddon

A Quiet Day In The Duddon

Walked around by Frith Hall and the Lower Duddon a few days ago and saw no one! Summer in the Lake District.

Bill Birkett – Cicerone

Bill Birkett – Cicerone

BiographyLakeland native Bill Birkett is one of Britain's foremost mountain writers and photographers. A leading climber and hill walker, and a former civil engineer, he has spent a lifetime exploring the hills and wild places of the world. His breathtaking...

The Centre – Eden Rock

Eden Rick - Lakeland native Bill Birkett is one of Britain’s foremost mountain writers and photographers. A leading climber and hill walker, and a former civil engineer, he has spent a lifetime exploring the hills and wild places of the world. His breathtaking...

BBC Countryfile in Langdale – with “the Birkett’s”

BBC Countryfile in Langdale – with “the Birkett’s”

Towards the end of January 2014 I was asked if I would like to take part in a BBC Countryfile Programme featuring the Langdale Valley and covering The Birkett's involvement  in rock climbing. Of course I was only too pleased to take part. Helen Skelton interviewed me...

Countryfile

Countryfile

Clockwise from top left: Bill with Helen Skelton in the Old Dungeon Ghyll looking at Jim's old climbing rope and some of Bill's books. | Bill greeting Helen at the top of of Scout Crag. | Jim Birkett using a shoulder belay at the top of Gimmer Crag sometime in the...

Visit from Mark Ward and the Neolithic axe factory

Visit from Mark Ward and the Neolithic axe factory

Mark Ward came over to the house and we talked about the Neolithic axe factory on Pike of Stickle. Seathwaite Tuff is a silica rich white volcanic rock that formed in a crater lake over a hundred million years ago. It appears as a two metre wide seam fifteen hundred...

Jim Birkett – Rock climber and quarryman

Jim Birkett – Rock climber and quarryman

Jim Birkett was heralded as one of the greatest rock climbers of his generation and again one of the very first,  before the rise to prominence  of Don Whillans  and Joe Brown,  to enter the sport of ‘Gentleman’ as a local from a working class background. Jim was a...