High Cup Nick

Posted in High Cup Nick on September 20th, 2013 by David Murphy

On the 14th September I met Mr. Kilburn in a pub which of late has become a regular meet. This time would be a little different as a one time member to the fold would make a special guest appearance in the shape of Mr. Bates, not any relationship to Norman Bates, well he tells me anyway.
high cup nick

This time it would be the infamous HighCup Nick or Highcup fucken Nick as it has been called, on the doorstep of recent camps of Dufton Pike and Murton Pike.
I was in the Stag Inn at 15:00 and Paul “Killy” turned up early at 15:50 (which up till now had been the suprise of the trip until the whole night went by without a drop of alcohol across themuss’s lips) and Paul “themuss” it was around 17:00 we met him outside.
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It was around 4 miles from our parking to the pitch location which would be right on the Nick, not Killys sweaty Nick but the one of highcup.
The weather was good no rain some sunshine and light winds, so Daveswildcamping kitchen was soon in full swing with liver and onions, bacon, mushrooms and whole tomatoes.
Sitting here knowing it was forecast gale force winds later I couldn’t imagine how this could be, surely the forecast had to be wrong. It was totally calm around 22:00 I was looking out past the sweaty Nick over to the Lake district and it was so peaceful at least till around 02:00 and things were a total contrast the winds were battering my poor akto which of late hasn’t been performing too well, the fly I think has stretched over the years and tensioning of the guys don’t do the job that’s need to stop the tent slopping around like a wet fish as themuss put it. So I have came up with a few Akto mods of my own to try and combat this and also be able to remove the inner to a seperate dry bag to benefit keeping it dry for when in more that one night of soaking weather and will give more room inside for packing away.
The video below serves another purpose for me and that’s to give a shout out to a great guy called Matt whom me and Kilburnicus think very fondly of.
Just as I was packing my rucksack around 10:50 on the morning before I set off a package came through the letterbox which I pushed into my pack to open on the wildcamp as I had a good idea what it was and from whom.
So you can watch the video below to see what this was.

Thanks to Mr. Kilburn and to Mr. Bates for finally get off his fat arse and come camping with the No. One myself and the No. Two best wildcampers the planet has ever had the pleasure of supporting.

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North Pennines, Thack Moor

Posted in North Pennines on August 28th, 2013 by David Murphy

thackmoor On the 25th August 2013 I thought it was about time I done a solo wildcamp, my last was Cape Cornwall last December. I had the opportunity to do this one alone so why not. The place I decided was a hill I see everyweek on my way to the Lake District but always wondered what it was like on the top. Hiking upto Hartside Heights then onto Black Fell and over to Watch Hill which I liked and sort of wished I stayed. But carried on to Thack Moor, it was around 2pm so plenty of hot daylight for the wasps and flies to have there fun in my tent and food bag. I fired up Daveswildcamping Kitchen, which was a Chicken Curry with rice and then decided to sit on my Osprey Atmos backpack to read my paper and forgot my Platypus big zip sl hydration bladder was inside and burst it and lost next to all my water. This limited my options for a second night and kept me from a relaxing trip as it niggled at my mind sinse thinking the mileage I had to walk back to the car without water. This was probably one of the most calm wildcamps I have ever had no rain, sunshine a sunset and clear skies all night. After the hike in being very boggy I decided to hike out a different way mostly via road and it was a touch uphill towards hartside cafe. I have sinse purchased a new Big Zip SL bladder as my old one served me well for many years right back to the Cheviots Wildcamp when I remembered the filth I was drinking turned the plastic a dirty colour. So bring on my next solo. thackmoor1

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Cross Fell North Pennines WildCamp

Posted in Cross Fell on June 15th, 2011 by David Murphy

Me and Paul Wildcamping on Cross Fell 18th June 2011

On the 18th June 2011 me and Paul (read his account of the trip here) set off for a Wild Camp on Cross Fell north Pennines. After I planned the parking location in a village called Kirkland and some arguments on which way to get there shortest distance and fastest time Paul insisted on his way as he was driving I agreed.
We arrived at Kirkland about one hour 30 mins driving.
The weather was occasional drizzle we set off hiking which turned out as 4 miles to the summit 2936ft to be exact by my satmap, we were greeted by the usual fog and low cloud, we proceeded straight to the trig point took a few photos and looked for a suitabe pitch, after walking about 100 ft away from the trig point we lost sight of it the fog was that thick.
We found a pitch basically anywhere flat as per usual as the views were well in the back of our mind a mear dream.
I started cooking my meal which was two tuna steaks with sweetcorn and some onion some mixed nuts and pasta, I didn’t enjoy it much as I realised I didn’t care for heated tuna yuk.
Booze time wasnt that good as usual as we didn’t have our usual stand and talk with the drizzle increasly becoming heavier we were prisoners in our tents very soon after we errected them, I had my usual poor sleep, morning came I herd Paul making some noise I said are you awake it was 5 am he said the fog is still thick outside I never even checked we had a bit more sleep then I awoke to screams of cloud inversion I got my boots on and straight out and we went to investgate different side of the hill and we seen something that’s eluded us up till now.

Keep an eye out for them and my vid over the next few days.
Thanks for all your comments which am very grateful for it makes this website worth the effort 🙂

Link to Cloud Inversion Photos

Me and Paul Just setting off.


At Cross Fell Summit Trig
Cross Fell Summit Trig Point

My Hilleberg Akto & Pauls Terra Nova Voyager Super Lite

My Hilleberg Akto &Pauls Terra Nova Voyager Super Lite

Our Route up Cross Fell

Me Relaxing

Me relaxing

Me and Paul and the Cloud Inversion

cloud inversion

Me admiring the view


cloud inversion

 Link to Cloud Inversion Photos

Cross Fell
Cross Fell seen from the Eden Valley
Elevation 893 m (2,930 ft)
Prominence 651 m (2,136 ft)
Parent peak Helvellyn
Listing Hewitt, Marilyn, Nuttall
Cross Fell is located in Cumbria
Cross Fell
Location of Cross Fell in Cumbria
Location North Pennines, England
OS grid NY687343
Coordinates 54°42′10″N 2°29′14″W / 54.70278°N 2.48722°W / 54.70278; -2.48722Coordinates: 54°42′10″N 2°29′14″W / 54.70278°N 2.48722°W / 54.70278; -2.48722
Topo map OS Landranger 91

Cross Fell is the highest point in the Pennine Hills of northern England and the highest point in England outside of the Lake District.

The summit, at 893 metres (2,930 ft), is a stony plateau, part of a 12.5 km (7.8 mi) long ridge running North West to South East, which also incorporates Little Dun Fell at 842 metres (2,762 ft) and Great Dun Fell at 849 metres (2,785 ft). The three adjoining fells form an escarpment that rises steeply above the Eden Valley on its south western side and drops off more gently on its north eastern side towards the South Tyne and Tees Valleys.

Cross Fell summit is crowned by a cross-shaped dry-stone shelter. On a clear day there are excellent views from the summit across the Eden Valley to the mountains of the Lake District. On the northern side of Cross Fell there are also fine views across the Solway Firth to the Southern Uplands of Scotland.

The fell is prone to dense hill fog and fierce winds. A shrieking noise induced by the Helm Wind is a characteristic of the locality.[note 1] It can be an inhospitable place for much of the year. In ancient times it was known as "Fiends Fell" and believed to be the haunt of evil spirits. It has been speculated that this last feature may be why the fell became known as Cross Fell ("cross" meaning "angry").[2][dead link]

Local geography

Cross Fell and the adjoining fells are mainly a bed of hard, carboniferous limestone. Where this bed surfaces, there are steep rock faces. There are also strata of shale and gritstone that surface on the fell. On the south and west facing slopes of Cross Fell the rock faces have been broken up by frost action to give a scree slope made up of large boulders. The local terrain shows obvious evidence of recent glaciation and is covered by thin soil and acidic peat.

The summit of Cross Fell with Great Dun Fell in the background. The object in the centre is a triangulation point

Cross Fell, Great Dun Fell and Little Dun Fell form a block of high terrain which is all over 800 metres (2,625 ft) in altitude. This is the largest block of high ground in England and tends to retain snow-cover longer than neighbouring areas. Snow can be found in gullies on the north side of Cross Fell as late as May in most years. In some years, lying snow has been known to persist until July and fresh snowfall in June (mid-summer in the Northern Hemisphere) is common.

Precipitation on Cross Fell averages around 280 centimetres (110 in) per year. Local flora includes a number of rare alpine plants such as the Starry Saxifrage and a mountain Forget-me-not.[3] Cross Fell is covered by what is known as "siliceous alpine and boreal grassland". It is the southernmost outlier of this vegetation type, which is common to highlands in Scotland and Scandinavia. It is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC). Local farmers are required to keep free-roaming sheep off the tops of the fells in order to avoid damaging the natural flora.[4]

Cross Fell is a conspicuous feature in the landscape. It dominates the skyline on almost the entire 20 miles (32 km) length of the A66 trunk road between Penrith and Stainmore. It can also be seen from Helvellyn summit in the Lake District and from high ground throughout Dumfriesshire and Northumberland.



  1. ^ The Helm Wind can be very strong where it is channelled down gullies in the side of the escarpment. It is experienced particularly in the villages of Milburn and Kirkland.[1]

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