Windy as Hell

Posted in Windy as Hell on March 25th, 2015 by David Murphy


On the 6th and 7th March 2015 Me and Julie set off to do a spot of wild camping, the first night would be Latrigg in the Lake District. We’ve camped here several times before not much work for a stunning view. The gusts were forecast for 89mph on surrounding high hills. We constructed a tent bailout debriefing to get back down safely and minimize loss of gear.
On the menu for this evening was Green Thai Curry, rice and prawn crackers.
After the evening meal it was time to wrap up in our sleeping bags and listen to the sound of wind and the patter of rain as the moon would keep appearing in the Nemo Moki skylights.
Breakfast time, and Julie was mostly in charge of the kitchen and by God I’m making a good cook out of her. Bacon, mushrooms, fried egg and beans
With Warburtons thins. Well done Julie!
On the way to our next wild camp we stopped off for a pint before heading to Father Murphy’s diocese for his sermon at the pulpit.
The second wild camping location was new to us and it was a by chance spot as we didn’t fancy the second hill we planned due to time, this was definitely a good call and we left the planned hill to our next camp, blog to follow soon.
I thought we would be a bit sheltered from the strong winds by a rock formation behind us and being quite a bit lower down than last night. This proved to be wrong as the gusts battered us more, and this time we could here the gust building up around 5 seconds before it hit the tent with a thud.

The evening meal was Marks & Spencer Chicken, mushroom and rice soup, very nice and as you will see from the video very fulfilling too.
It was time to settle and soak up the sounds of nature the wind and rain that would continued all night.
Breakfast was smokey bacon, fried eggs, mushrooms and beans With Warburtons thins.

Great fun with Julie and I’m sure we’ll be visiting this spot soon.

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Coastal Wild Camping

Posted in Coastal Wild Camping on January 7th, 2015 by David Murphy

On the 28th March 2014 Myself and Julie headed for the Northumberland Coast to do a Wild Camp.
It was Julie’s first try of the Wild Country Hoolie tent.
The next morning we decided to cook our breakfast on the nearby beach which was Sausage and egg sandwiches.
After feeding the swans it was time to meet Ray, sorry Rob a new member to the fold whom would spend the night on the coast with us eating steak or rather Gizmo Julies dog eating his.
It was a great night, great crack with our new guest Ray oh sorry Rob.
The breakfast was good with bacon, egg and sausage with blackberries for dessert and Julie said she’d come again.

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Two Nights Wild Camping In The Lakes

Posted in Two Night Wildcamping on December 22nd, 2014 by David Murphy

On the 7th March 2014 Myself and Julie fancied hiking and camping a couple of days in the lake District North West England.
We arrived at the pub and spent a bit longer than planned. A little happy we hit the summit of Sale Fell, I still don’t no till this day how we made it up. A few stumbles later we reached the summit at 00:30 hrs.
It’s was more than a midnight feast possibly around 01:30 when the food fit for a King and a Queen commenced, two beautiful Steaks with all the trimmings.
When we were settled in our tents and out came Julies wine and chocolates which we enjoyed along with Gizmo who had a few to many judging by what came out his rear all over my tent.
It was a windy night which thumped the Black Diamond Bombshelter all night. Luckily it didn’t leak then as it does now so we had a dry night.

The next morning it was still very windy on the hills and getting worse to the point we struggled to walk, so the intended hill for the second night didn’t happen and we ended up walking on lower ground to try and find options.
We found an area near a stream which was ideal. The weather was good so after pitching the tent and collecting water we laid down a tarp and lay there for hours watching the sky whilst preparing the evening meal which was a Chicken Curry. I have fond memories of a great time.

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Wildcamping on the Moors

Posted in WildCamping on the Moors on December 18th, 2014 by David Murphy

On 1st March 2014 I Wild Camped on local Moors.

I’m going to try and update this blog its been neglected for quite some time, it will be difficult as nothing was written down post camp as I always did before on previous Wild camps. Something happened around the time of the last entry which I don’t want to get into involving a one time good friend.
I went through some periods of Wild camping but never filmed them so they are lost all together in my memory. This WildCamp was the first I did In a brand new spot which I was quite excited about within 20mins drive from my home. I intend visiting it again sometime soon but my last time here didn’t go down to well as the camp was foiled when I was seen with Darren carrying a fire pit and reported but that was another story, on that night we ended up packing up and heading to another local spot which I didn’t film.

It was a night to remember for Newcastle United fans I seem to remember as we beat Hull 0-4 it was a clear night with reports of some Northern Lights activity. As the match came to an end, happy with my recently new tent the Black Diamond Bomshelter I proceeded to erect it. The skies were clear with stars, had some hail during the night, it was a lovely morning with a sunrise.

Daveswildcamping kitchen:-
400g Beef Rump Steak
Red onions
Mushrooms with Garlic Butter
Hot & Spicy Stir fry
Chow Mein stir-fry sauce
Daveswildcamping toffees
Bacon Medallions
2 eggs

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Helm Crag

Posted in Helm Crag on July 24th, 2013 by David Murphy

On the 20th July 2013 myself Daveswildcamping my friends John and Paul headed to the Lake District near the town of Grasmere to a miniature hill call Helm Crag. See my video below the photos to see what happens.

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Akto on Helm Crag

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Me John and Paul

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The howitzer
Daveswildcamping myself sitting on The howitzer

Helm Crag
Helm Crag from Gibson Knott.jpg
Looking to Helm Crag from Gibson Knott
Elevation 405 m (1,329 ft)
Prominence c. 60 metres (197 ft)
Parent peak High Raise
Listing Wainwright
Location Cumbria,  England
Range Lake District, Central Fells
OS grid NY327094
Topo map OS Explorer OL5, OL7

Helm Crag is a fell in the English Lake District situated in the Central Fells to the north of Grasmere. Despite its low height it sits prominently at the end of a ridge, easily seen from the village. This, combined with the distinctive summit rocks which provide the alternative name 'The Lion and the Lamb', makes it one of the most recognised hills in the District.

Alfred Wainwright wrote of Helm Crag that "The virtues of Helm Crag have not been lauded enough. It gives an exhilarating little climb, a brief essay in real mountaineering, and, in a region where all is beautiful, it makes a notable contribution to the natural charms and attractions of Grasmere."[1]


A rocky ridge curves east and then south east from Calf Crag, passing over Gibson Knott and the depression of Bracken Hause, before ending at Helm Crag where it falls steeply on all sides. To the north and east of the ridge is the Greenburn valley, which joins the Rothay at Helm Side. To the west and south is Easedale Beck, which is also a feeder of the Rothay, the watersmeet being just north of Grasmere village. Helm Crag is generally rough, with particular features being High and Low Raven Crags on the eastern side and White Crag on the southern extremity.


The geology of the fell is complex, but the summit is in an area of outcropping andesite sill.[2] There is no history of mining.

Summit and view[edit]

The summit is unusual, having two short parallel ridges running north west to south east with a hollow in between, the western ridge being the higher. Some distance below the eastern ridge the scene is repeated as, still keeping parallel, a third ridge, ditch and parapet are crossed before the crags are reached. The whole complex initially appears man-made, but is entirely natural. The summit commands views of the Langdale Pikes, Coniston Fells and Eastern Fells.[3][4]

The 'Old Woman playing the Organ' rocks.
The Summit

The Lion and the Lamb[edit]

At either end of the highest ridge are the rock outcrops that ensure Helm Crag's fame. Only one can be seen from any point in the surrounding valleys, and they have a variety of names depending upon the profile seen from the particular vantage point. The northwestern outcrop is the true summit of the fell, a tricky little scramble being needed to stand on the top. It is variously called 'The old lady playing the organ' when seen from Mill Gill, 'The howitzer' from the summit of Dunmail Raise and 'The lion and the lamb' or 'The lion couchant' from a point in between. The southern outcrop is prominent from Grasmere and this is the traditional 'Lion and the lamb'.[3]


Helm Crag is normally ascended from Grasmere, though can also be approached from either valley via Bracken Hause, or along the ridge from Gibson Knott.[3][4]

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Old Man of Coniston

Posted in Old Man of Coniston on July 19th, 2013 by David Murphy

On the 13th July 2013 Me and Paul left home to head to the lake District to hike and Wildcamp on the Old Man of Coniston.
We stayed up all night to the most amazing cloud inversion we’ve seen to date.





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Extreme Wild Hammock Hang

Posted in Extreme Wild Hammock Hang on March 31st, 2013 by David Murphy


I arrived at our meeting point the travellers rest early as usual, so it was too the bar for my first.
Paul came approx 30 mins later it was now around 13:00 hrs.
A couple of hours spent drinking and catching up on matters we headed to the wildcamping location which would be one of 3 woods which I picked out in earlier videos.
Walking deeper into the woods we were amazed at seeing still a covering of snow still here as was seen in my prusik knots and tarp setup video.
I took alone my Clark Camo Nx-250 hammock and Vertex fly and Paul (Kilburnicus) his Dutch army Bivi and tarp.
No sooner we were putting final touches to our setups Paul (themuss) had arrived. Me and The muss had made arrangements the day before to meet here for him to see what he was missing and to have a bit of overdue crack, he wouldn’t be staying tonight on this occasion.

Paul helped us with the fire as he is always keen to look after his friends he prepared some kindling and a fire area for us.
After Paul’s departure it was time to crack open a can and sit by a raging hot fire we had bacon for a starter.


Me and Kilburnicus had quite abit of catching up to do as well which would take us into the early hours.

I started my cooking off first with a Lamb Casserole cooked on the fire with a new pan I had been buying the day before. I will let the video do the talking here as its hard to explain in writing.


Paul set away his new hexi stove which he purchased for £4 and cooked two minted lamb steaks and he was well chuffed by the performance of his new stove.
I only took my usual 4 cans with me and spilled practically a full can and came home with one in backpack, am not sure on killys intake but I can guarantee it was more than that.
Out came my stove to make a brew to drink whilst in my hammock but ended up drinking while we nattering well into the morning. My mobile was saying 04:30 the clocks were going forward on to BST that morning and I wasn’t sure that my phone had done this for me so was thinking it could be even 05:30. It was time to retire to our beds.
We were awaken about 09:00 with shotgun fire which carried on for a few hours I new then there was no more sleeping so it was a slapup breakfast cooked for two in my new pan, six rashers of bacon, mushrooms, pepperoni and six eggs.

There was no hurry to pack away so we hung around a few hours soaking up the occasion.
On leaving the woods someone else was interested in our activities as our vehicles had been reported to the law after explaining things and me forwarding on my website they were happy and went on there way.
Thanks to my mate Paul themuss and to my friend Paul Kilburnicus for the great evening a one to go into my catalogue of memories that will follow me the rest of my life.
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Hadrians Wall

Posted in Hadrians Wall on March 8th, 2013 by David Murphy

I arranged to meet Paul “Kiburnicus” at the Twice Brewed Inn near Bardon Mill, Hexham an exact time wasnt arranged just “we’ll see you there” I arrived around 12pm and Paul about 2:30 so decided on passing some time by having a drink I didnt have any cash on me so used my debit card so decided on a bacon butty too. Still no Paul so I decided on driving upto where we planned to park near a foot path which takes you along to the planned camp location. I arrived back to the pub and only waited a few mins then Paul arrived so we had a drive back up to where I’d just been had a look around and we decided on leaving the cars in the pub carpark overnight.
So off back to the pub we went for another couple and headed off on foot to Hadrians Wall about 20 mins walk we walked around the wall a bit and didnt pitch the tents till the sun went down.

Our Pitch photo taken in the morning

The location we picked had a view of Crag Lough Sycamore Gap and Milecastle 39,

The remains of Milecastle 39, near Steel Rigg.

Milecastle 39, also known as Castle Nick, is a Roman fortification along Hadrian's Wall.

Milecastle 39 was partly excavated by archaeologists in the 19th century, and more fully in the 1980s by conservation workers. The milecastle measures 19m long by 15.5m across with stone walls standing 1.75m high. The excavations in the mid-1980s[1] revealed that barracks blocks that were initially built inside the milecastle had later been replaced by small individual buildings. The milecastle was occupied continuously until the fourth century AD.


  1. ^ Photographs and commentary from the dig during the mid-1980s that revealed the milecastle as it is seen today can be found at

External links

Media related to Milecastle 39 at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 55°0′13.12″N 2°22′32.74″W / 55.0036444°N 2.3757611°W / 55.0036444; -2.3757611 (Milecastle 39)

A photo below of Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall was used for the scene when Robin first confronts the Sheriff’s men.

Another of Sycamore Gaphadrians_wall1

Below is Milecastle 39 where we cooked.
After the tents went up it was time to retire to The fort for a drink and something to eat, steak was on the menu for me and Paul had some fried Chicken in Garlic butter.

This to date was my tastiest steak it was absolutely beautiful we had some good laughs in a great historical place something to remember thanks to Paul for the idea and coming alone with me, before leaving we made sure we left no rubbish or any signs we had been there and the fire was on a grid raise off the stone to take heat away from.

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All photos used are taken by myself.
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Cape Cornwall

Posted in Cape Cornwall on March 8th, 2013 by David Murphy

Looking over towards Cape Conwall.

On the 8th of December 2012 on my tour around Cornwall I first camped in Exmoor National Park carried on to Bodmin Moor where I wildcamped and then around the north coast to Lands End I was then going to carry on along the south coast take in St. Michaels Mount and onto Dartmoor.

But my Wildcamping on Cape Cornwall was to be my last on this trip the problems with my Exped Downmat caused me to lose a day looking for a replacement and the plan to cross over to St Michaels Mount at the time of arrival I would have been met by darkness and didnt fancy crossing and looking for a spot to camp in darkness.

I had a chart for the firing times on Dartmoor and the two day window I planned to camp was gonna be to tight now, dark nights were becoming a problem moral wasnt at its best, packing up going into town for breakfast travelling around to my next unplanned location, using my mobiles Internet to plan my next spot (this is great in the summer months when daylight is plentiful)  and hoping to arrive there in daylight to survey the wildcamp spot.

After visiting Lands End I had then to look into wildcamping spots I was looking at the map and looking at extreme Western headlands and Cape Cornwall was the one I settle for I first surveyed the spot during daylight and walking around the side to discover an occupied lookout tower and thought this could be a little tricky camping here unseen.

 National Coastwatch look out


On seeing my pitch I then needed to pass some time and find somewhere I would park overnight, the golf club 5 Min’s walk away would prove to be the answer.
Heinz Monument (the 1864 chimney of the former Cape Cornwall Mine in Background.

After downing a few pints here the prospect of meeting that Coastwatch guard didn’t seem as much of a problem lol.
I took mt backpack from my car and walked up the path I had gone previous, it was pitch black. I proceeded to errect my tent only using the red light on my head torch in-case of been seen.
I didn’t cook on this camp due to noise of the stove and a slap up meal I had earlier in the golf club, but I did have four cans of lager with me to enjoy on the top on Heinz Monument.
Heinz Monument Below

The View from Heinz Monument

More of the Akto

Looking up to the Monument

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Coordinates: 50°07′37″N 5°42′22″W / 50.127°N 5.706°W / 50.127; -5.706

Cape Cornwall (Cornish: Kilgoodh Ust, meaning "goose back of St Just") is a small headland in Cornwall, UK. It is four miles north of Land's End near the town of St Just.[1] A cape is the point of land where two bodies of water meet and until the first Ordnance Survey, 200 years ago, it was thought that Cape Cornwall was the most westerly point in Cornwall.[2]

Most of the headland is owned by the National Trust. There is also a National Coastwatch look out on the seaward side. The only tourist infrastructure at present is a car park (owned by the National Trust) and a public toilet and refreshments van during the summer.

The Brisons, two offshore rocks, are located approximately one mile southwest of Cape Cornwall and are the finish line of the annual swimming race from Priest Cove.[1][2]

Heinz Monument (the 1864 chimney of the former Cape Cornwall Mine) visible in the centre. It commemorates the purchase of Cape Cornwall for the nation by H. J. Heinz Company. The ruins of St. Helens Oratory also can be seen in the left. The two offshore rocks called Brisons are located approximately one mile southwest of the cape.

Just one mile from the Cape is the westernmost school on the British mainland, Cape Cornwall School. This is Cornwall's smallest secondary school with (as of January 2008) about 450 young people aged 11 to 16. Commonly known as "Cape" it is Cornwall's only school that specialises in art, photography and music. Most of its pupils come from the town of St Just in Penwith and the nearby villages of Pendeen, Sennen, St Buryan and St Levan but over 10% travel to the school from Penzance and further east.


The name Cape Cornwall appeared first on a maritime chart around the year 1600 and the original Cornish name Kilgodh Ust has fallen out of use. In English it translates to "goose-back at St Just", a reference to the shape of the cape.[3] An alternative name, Pen Kernow, is a recent translation of the English.

Early history

Pottery found in cists on the Cape have been dated to the Late Bronze Age and the presence of another cliff castle nearby (Kenidjack) may indicate that the area was important in the Iron Age. On the landward side of the Cape is the remains of the medieval St Helen’s Oratory, which replaced a 6th-century church. A font in the porch of St Just church may be from this building.[2]

Cape Cornwall Mine, a tin mine on Cape Cornwall, operated intermittently between 1838 and 1883. The mine's 1864 chimney near the peak of the cape was retained as an aid to navigation, and in the early 20th century the former ore dressing floors were for a time converted into greenhouses and wineries. In 1987 the site was donated to the nation by the H. J. Heinz Company. The remains of Cape Cornwall Mine now form part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  2. ^ a b c Joseph P. 2006. Cape Cornwall Mine. British Mining No 79. Northern Mine Research Society. Sheffield. pp.111. ISBN – 13: 978-0-901450-60-9.
  3. ^ Weatherhill C. (2007) Cornish Place Names and Language. Ammanford: Sigma Press.

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Lake District Near Catbells

Posted in Catbells Lake District on February 24th, 2013 by David Murphy

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The classic view of Catbells from near Friars Crag on the opposite side of Derwent Water
Elevation 451 m (1,480 ft)
Prominence 86 m (282 ft)
Parent peak Dale Head
Listing Wainwright
Catbells is located in Lake District
Cumbria,  England
Range Lake District, North Western Fells
OS grid NY244199
Coordinates 54°34′07″N 3°10′15″W / 54.56865°N 3.17083°W / 54.56865; -3.17083Coordinates: 54°34′07″N 3°10′15″W / 54.56865°N 3.17083°W / 54.56865; -3.17083
Topo map OS Landrangers 89, 90, Explorer OL4

Catbells is a fell in the English Lake District in the county of Cumbria. It has a modest height of 451 metres (1,480 ft) but despite this it is one of the most popular fells in the area. It is situated on the western shore of Derwent Water within 3 miles (5 km) of the busy tourist town of Keswick. Its distinctive shape catches the attention of many visitors to the Lakes who feel compelled to climb to the summit after seeing it from the viewpoint of Friars Crag on the opposite side of Derwent Water. Renowned Lake District writer and walker Alfred Wainwright acknowledges the popularity of Catbells among fellwalkers of all ability by saying:

"It is one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together, a place beloved. Its popularity is well deserved, its shapely topknott attracts the eye offering a steep but obviously simple scramble."


The fell's unusual name may well have come from a distortion of "Cat Bields" meaning shelter of the wild cat, although this is not certain. The fell's name is sometimes written as Cat Bells and is so printed on some maps.


Catbells is the last fell on the ridge separating Derwent Water from the Newlands valley. It rises due south from Hawse End, reaching the summit in two distinct steps. The lower top is named Skelgill Bank. Beyond the summit of Catbells is the steep sided depression of Hause Gate, before the ridge broadens and twists south westward to Maiden Moor.


The Catbells ridge is an example of the Buttermere Formation, an olistostrome of disrupted, sheared and folded mudstone, siltstone and sandstone.[1]


The ascent along the northern ridge facing the summit to the south

Nearly all ascents of Catbells start from Hawse End at the foot of the northern ridge; there is car parking here but the spaces soon get taken on busy summer days. Hawse End is also served by the Derwent Water Motor Launch and this enables visitors to Keswick to combine a sail on the lake with an ascent of the fell. Many walkers who reach the top of Catbells return to their starting point after admiring the view, however, strong walkers can continue along the ridge to take in the fells of Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson to give a horseshoe walk which ends in the Newlands valley close to Hawse End.

Summit and view

The summit is all rock with many loose stones lying amid the small outcrops. The view from the top of Catbells gives a fine panorama which is dominated by the aerial view of Derwentwater. Bassenthwaite Lake, the Newlands Valley, Skiddaw and Keswick all show well to the north, while the view south has a fine vista of Borrowdale.

A 360 degree view from the summit of Catbells. The view North of the summit (middle of the image) takes in Skiddaw, Blencathra and Keswick on the edge of Derwentwater.


Although Catbells is renowned as a "family fell" it does have some dangers especially from the disused lead mines on its slopes. The Yewthwaite mine, which is on the western side of the fell has extensive spoil heaps and shafts. Many of the shafts were previously open and dangerous but most have now been blocked off. The Brandlehow and Old Brandley Mine worked a lode for lead ore on the Derwent Water (eastern) side of the fell. All three mines ceased production in the 1890s. On the lower slopes of the fell above Derwent Water stands Brackenburn Lodge, now holiday accommodation but formerly the home of Hugh Walpole who wrote the Herries series of books when he lived here from 1924 to his death in 1941.


  1. ^ British Geological Survey: 1:50,000 series maps, England & Wales Sheet 29: BGS (1999)

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Steak Beast Of Bodmin Moor

Posted in Bodmin Moor on February 24th, 2013 by David Murphy

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Coordinates: 50°33′45″N 4°36′48″W / 50.5625°N 4.6132°W / 50.5625; -4.6132

Geological sketch showing Bodmin Moor in relation to Cornwall's granite intrusions
Rough Tor

Bodmin Moor (Cornish: Goon Brenn)[1] is a granite moorland in northeastern Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is 208 square kilometres (80 sq mi) in size, and dates from the Carboniferous period of geological history.

Bodmin Moor is one of five granite plutons in Cornwall that make up part of the Cornubian batholith[2] (see also Geology of Cornwall).

The name 'Bodmin Moor' is relatively recent, being an Ordnance Survey invention of 1813. It was formerly known as Fowey Moor after the River Fowey which rises within it.[3]


Dramatic granite tors rise from the rolling moorland: the best known are Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall at 417 m (1,368 ft),[4] and Rough Tor at 400 m (1,300 ft). To the south-east Kilmar Tor and Caradon Hill are the most prominent hills. Considerable areas of the moor are poorly drained and form marshes (in hot summers these can dry out). The rest of the moor is mostly rough pasture or overgrown with heather and other low vegetation.

The Moor contains about 500 holdings with around 10,000 beef cows, 55,000 breeding ewes and 1,000 horses and ponies.[5] Most of the moor is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Bodmin Moor, North,[6] and has been officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as part of Cornwall AONB.[7] Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.

Rivers and inland waters

Siblyback Lake
The De Lank River at Garrow Tor

Bodmin Moor is the source of several of Cornwall's rivers: they are mentioned here anti-clockwise from the south.

The River Fowey rises at a height of 290 m (950 ft) and flows through Lostwithiel and into the Fowey estuary.[8]

The River Tiddy rises near Pensilva and flows southeast to its confluence with the River Lynher (the Lynher flows generally south-east until it joins the Hamoaze near Plymouth). The River Inny rises near Davidstow and flows southeast to its confluence with the River Tamar.

The River Camel rises on Hendraburnick Down and flows for approximately 40 km (25 mi) before joining the sea at Padstow.[9] The River Camel and its tributary the De Lank River are an important habitat for the otter and both have been proposed as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)[10] The De Lank River rises near Roughtor and flows along an irregular course before joining the Camel south of Wenford.

The River Warleggan rises near Temple and flows south to join the Fowey.

On the southern slopes of the moor lies Dozmary Pool. It is Cornwall's only natural inland lake and is glacial in origin. In the 20th century three reservoirs have been constructed on the moor; these are Colliford Lake, Siblyback Lake and Crowdy reservoirs which supply water for a large part of the county's population. Various species of waterfowl are resident around these waters.[11]

History and antiquities

Prehistoric times

Kilmar Tor

10,000 years ago, in the Mesolithic period, hunter-gatherers wandered the moor when it was wooded and had a temperate climate. There are several documented cases of flint scatters being discovered by archaeologists, indicating that these hunter gatherers practised flint knapping in the region.[12]

During the Neolithic era, from about 4,500 to 2,300 BC, people began clearing trees and farming the land. It was also in this era that the production of various megalithic monuments began, predominantly long cairns (three of which have currently been identified, at Louden, Catshole and Bearah) and stone circles (sixteen of which have been identified). It was also likely that the naturally forming tors were also viewed in a similar manner to the manmade ceremonial sites.[13]

In the following Bronze Age, the creation of monuments increased dramatically, with the production of over 300 further cairns, and more stone circles and stone rows.[13] More than 200 Bronze Age settlements with enclosures and field patterns have been recorded.[14] and many prehistoric stone barrows and circles lie scattered across the moor. In a programme shown in 2007 Channel 4's Time Team investigated a 500 metre cairn and the site of a Bronze Age village on the slopes of Rough Tor.[15]

King Arthur's Hall thought to be a late Neolithic or early Bronze Age ceremonial site can be found to the east of St Breward on the moor.[16]

Medieval and modern times

Hawk's Tor, north of Temple

Where practicable areas of the moor were used for pasture by herdsmen from the parishes surrounding the moor. Granite boulders were also taken from the moor and used for stone posts and to a certain extent for building (such material is known as moorstone).[17] Granite quarrying only became reasonably productive when gunpowder became available.

The moor gave its name (Foweymore) to one of the medieval districts called stannaries which administered tin mining: the boundaries of these were never defined precisely. Until the establishment of a turnpike road through the moor (the present A30) in the 1770s the size of the moorland area made travel within Cornwall very difficult.

Its Cornish name, Goen Bren, is first recorded in the 12th century.[18]

Monuments and ruins

Roughtor was the site of a medieval chapel of St Michael and is now designated as a memorial to the 43rd Wessex Division of the British Army. In 1844 on Bodmin Moor the body of 18 year old Charlotte Dymond was discovered. Local labourer Matthew Weeks was accused of the murder and at noon on 12 August 1844 he was led from Bodmin Gaol and hanged. The murder site now has a monument erected from public money and the grave is at Davidstow churchyard.[19]

Legends and traditions

Dozmary Pool is identified by some people with the lake in which, according to Arthurian legend, Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur to The Lady of the Lake.[20] Another legend relating to the pool concerns Jan Tregeagle.

The Beast of Bodmin has been reported many times but never identified with certainty.


The Cheesewring, a granite tor on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor
A wild horse on Bodmin Moor
  1. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel. Cornish Language Partnership.
  2. ^ [1] Charoy, B. (1986) Genesis of the Cornubian Batholith (South West England): the example of the Carnmenellis Pluton in: Journal of Petrology; 1986 Oxford: OUP
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Hallin Fell

Posted in Hallin Fell on September 6th, 2012 by David Murphy

All photos and video is taken on my mobile because I forgot to charge my Nikon D3200 battery due to not enough planning and work commitments.
On the 1st of September 2012 myself Paul “themuss” met our friend Paul “Kilburnicus” in the lake district near Ullswater, we set off on a short direct route that would take us straight to Hallin Fell summit to be greeted with some great views of the lake. I was the first to get my bivvy pitched but last to get sorted thumbing around with various ways to put my tarp I ended up with the help of the two lads and we came up with what you see in the below photos, I’m gonna need some serious experimentation with configurations before this will be come a practical way of life for me. For lunch I had two boil in the bags washed down with a brew of yorkshire tea followed by a single can of special brew lager, Paul had his usual brandy which I believe might have been the cause of what made him retire first whilst me and Killburnicus chatted into the early hours about our next meet up in the Scottish highlands, over the top of the sound of loud snoring by themuss.

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 View of Ullswater from our pitch

View of Ullswater from the trig point.

Another view from the trig

Me at Hallin Trig

Our Pitch On Hallin Fell

My Rab Ridgemaster Bivvy and Alpkit Rig7 Tarp

The three stooges

A great night was had by all of us watch my video below.

Hallin Fell
Hallin Fell.jpg
Hallin Fell summit cairn, looking over Ullswater
Elevation 388 m (1,273 ft)
Prominence 163 m (535 ft)
Parent peak High Street
Listing Marilyn, Wainwright
Hallin Fell is located in Lake District
Hallin Fell
Cumbria,  England
Range Lake District, Far Eastern Fells
OS grid NY433198
Coordinates 54°34′14″N 2°52′35″W / 54.57057°N 2.876354°W / 54.57057; -2.876354Coordinates: 54°34′14″N 2°52′35″W / 54.57057°N 2.876354°W / 54.57057; -2.876354
Topo map OS Explorer OL5

Hallin Fell is a hill in the English Lake District surrounded on three sides by Ullswater.


The fell is a continuation of the ridge leading down from Steel Knotts, but the depression at The Coombs is so profound that Hallin Fell appears totally independent in almost any view. This is born out by its status as a Marilyn, despite being diminutive amongst Lakeland fells.

Hallin Fell stands like a plug in the outlet of the Martindale valley system. The outflows of Rampsgill, Bannerdale and Boredale are deflected west around the fell, eventually finding the shore of Ullswater at Sandwick. Fusedale and the little valley above Howtown drain around the east of the fell to meet the Lake at Howtown Wyke. The southern boundaries of the fell are therefore easily defined by these watercourses and the Howtown to Sandwick road with its ferocious hairpin climb to The Coombs.

The fell is circular in plan with smooth slopes to the south and west. Wainwright famously claimed that the southern side could be "ascended comfortably in bare feet".[1] There is rougher ground on the other sides and Hallin Fell's northernmost extremity — Geordie's Crag — projects into the lake, separating Ullswater's middle and lower reaches.

Summit and view

The top is grassy with a number of small knolls and some outcropping rock. The highest point has an imposing square sectioned columnar cairn, and there are many other small cairns at other vantage points. Like many shorter hills in mountainous areas, the views from the summit are excellent, and Hallin Fell commands views across Martindale Common, High Street, Helvellyn, Blencathra and Ullswater.

View southwest over Martindale from Hallin Fell with captioned fell names. Ullswater can be seen on the right of the picture.

Ascents and lakeside walk

The climb from Howtown to the obelisk at the summit is short and easy, there are also multiple paths up from St Peter's church at the hause and from Howtown hamlet. Around the northern side of the fell is part of the popular lakeside walk from Howtown to Patterdale. This route, mainly in wooded surroundings and with some gentle scrambling over outcrops, can be combined with a trip on the Ullswater steamer to provide a fine low-level excursion.

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View of Ullswater from Hallin Fell — visible hills include Blencathra, Gowbarrow Fell and Little Mell Fell


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WildCamping In Woods

Posted in Some Woods on April 23rd, 2012 by David Murphy

On the 23rd April 2012 myself Daveswildcamping and Paul decided on a Wildcamp in some woods the location is top secret, Paul trying out his new battery power spit, me my new MTP Basha.
This blog if you didn’t no it yet you will by you watch my video that its totally dominated by the cooking of a big limp of meat.
I arrived at Pauls around 4pm and we headed to the butchers for a joint of his best silverside beef then went back to Pauls to finish off his packing, we eventally arrived at our location around 7pm after only 1mile of hiking into the woods, I setup my new basha as we were expecting some rain, the sky clouded over and cleared many times through the night. Paul began digging the pit for our fire that would cook our beef joint that would have our mouths watering for fours before we finally started to carve it open. We devoured it like a couple of canibals haha, I had some veggies and pototoes roasting in some foil which were slightly over done, Paul had some gravy which his mother had made earlier.
After slicing through half of the 2.5kg of beef we felt a little full.
The rest of the story is we had a bit crack drank a few cans then went to kip, we awoke about 7am after my usual poor sleep made worse by a stomach full of British Beef.


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Bushcraft In Penshaw Woods

Posted in Penshaw Woods on March 21st, 2012 by David Murphy

On the 20th March myself and my mate Paul The Muss Wild Camped in some local Woods at Penshaw Co. Durham to practice and put to use some of Paul’s new-found skill and gear.

I felt like the pupil been taught by an up and coming master of bushcraft, we started with the fire which Paul lit first time with his fire steel and we proceed to cook as it was getting late,

we cracked open some cans of lager had a great laugh quite a bit of catching up to do, then we proceed to erect our shelters, my poncho went up first in a new configuration which I named the flat roof open side 🙂 not expecting rain again the poncho was put up just as practice for when the eventual comes.

 Scenes from Our Camp Above

 then out came the Terra Nova Jupiter bivvy, Paul trying his Dutch Bivvy for the first time and I quite liked it for space him being able to put in his larger than my backpack inside where I struggled with the jupiter, the Dutch Bivvy also has a different way of unzipping apart from side entry visibility is through the front via a window which mesh can be zipped over, the visbility on the jupiter I like in a different way front vision is reduced but you can see directly above behind and to the sides perfect and the mesh is almost invisible on a clear night and the breeze is very plentiful sometimes too much which there’s the option over partially covering with the outer waterproof skin. My second night spent in the bivvy and am liking it more each time just wish there was a bit more space width wise but I suppose you can’t have it all as the pack down size is very handy.

Above my Rather Burnt Titanium pan Which I put on the fire to boil some water to clean it out and forgot about it.


I had a great evening will be doing some more of wood camping with Paul soon from a secret location.

 Check out my video below

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Cold Law Cheviots

Posted in Cold Law Cheviots on March 19th, 2012 by David Murphy

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Above is the Actual Route from GPX file


Satmap screens of the summit and trip log.


Me at the Trig Point with my Osprey Exos

Arrive at Harthope valley 14:30 my satmap said 15:30 but was an hour out due to me not correcting it, the weather was sunny and warm there was a breeze at the summit but nothin to bad I took my time errecting the poncho shelter.

And setting up my Tera Nova Jupiter for the first time in the wild, thinking I wouldnt require the hooped pole with having the tarp as shelter from any weather I proceed just to wrap myself up in the sleeping bag and leave the bivvy bag open this may have been ok on a summers night but I was soon realise my mistake, winter northernly winds howling over the cheviots arnt to be taken lightly, I wish I could have measured the wind chill as removing my gloves for a minute at a time was numbing my hands and my face was so cold I couldnt bare it any longer I had to slot the hooped pole into the bivvy and zip myself in.

A great clear night and one of the best starry nights I have ever seen was had the first also been in the Cheviots.

Some view of the Sunset



 Checkout my video below for more info on my trip.

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Posted in Pen-y-ghent on October 22nd, 2011 by David Murphy

On the 28th May 2012 I set off to the Yorkshire Dales to finish my “three peak challenge” two years after Whernside and Ingleborough.
I didn’t take along any waterproofs in the shape of a jacket, pants or my poncho or tarp. I took along my Osprey Raptor 14 litre backpack my new Inertia X-lite mat, Tesco £20 ultra-thin sleeping bag and my Terra Nova Jupiter Flo2 Bivi, the pack managed well weighing in at 10kg my food was boil in the bag foods which I tend to empty the contents straight into my pan to save my water and use babywipes to clean the pan afterwards.
Arriving at the base of Pen-y-ghent at 4pm hiking was down to a bit of a scramble near the top going up the steep side. On arriving at the summit trig I seen a woman talking on her Amateur Radio transceiver with a 6ft antenna sticking out of her pack, having a chat about ham radio and how I used to be a licensed operator after passing the RAE about 20 years ago I asked her if she could take my photo near the trig (seen below).
Phone and internet signal was a bit of a problem on my network so I walked right around the summit trying to find a spot where improved signal and views of a sunset and sunrise would still be possible, I ended up just around a 100ft from the trig point, just as I started unpacking my kit I seen a guy (Graham aka Gator) whom spoke to me and I replied, on doing so another head popped from over the wall (Gary aka Suggy) from he said he recognized my voice from over the wall and when he seen me he new I was daveswildcamping explaining he had just the night before visited my website and watched my videos and they named me the crazy git with the website or summit similar haha. “Some of Garys and Graham’s photos seen here
As the sun was lowering our cups were raising full of whisky which the lads had brought with them and a fine bag of Bombay mix which went down well, we talked into the early hours with a nice fire going I really enjoyed my time here, and being there first wildcamping experience and having me as there guide and mentor haha I bet it was as much of a treat for them (He mentioned I have sold wildcamping to him) as it was for me being recognised was quite humbling for me.

I had my alarm set for 04.50 to catch the Sun rising which wasn’t to be as outside was a wash of low cloud so I went back to sleep and awoke to the lads talking outside around 06.30 I think, looking outside I see the best cloud inversion I have seen to date rushing out I pulled on my boots, grabbed my mobile to take some shots.

Hope you have enjoyed reading and watch my video below and leave a comment on my blog, thanks


My Actual Route



   2012-05-28_1556 175mi Raw

  Me at Trig

Me and Graham

 Morning and Cloud Inversion

 Gary Snapped me first awaking from my Bivvy

 This Was A Still from my Video



Panoramic view of Pen-y-ghent

Pen-y-ghent is located in Yorkshire Dales
Location of Pen-y-ghent in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Elevation 694 m (2,277 ft)
Prominence c. 306 m
Parent peak Whernside
Listing Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall
Translation Hill on the border (Cumbric)
Pronunciation /ˈpɛnɨɡɛnt/
Location Yorkshire Dales, England
OS grid SD838733
Coordinates 54°09′19″N 2°14′59″W / 54.15528°N 2.24972°W / 54.15528; -2.24972Coordinates: 54°09′19″N 2°14′59″W / 54.15528°N 2.24972°W / 54.15528; -2.24972
Topo map OS Landranger 98

Pen-y-ghent is a fell in the Yorkshire Dales. It is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, the other two being Ingleborough and Whernside. It lies some 3 km east of Horton in Ribblesdale. The Pennine Way links the summit to the village; the route is around 5 km in length as the Way curves initially to the north before turning east to reach the summit.

The more direct route that traverses the southern 'nose' of the hill is the route usually taken by the those attempting The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, as the walk is usually (but not exclusively) done in an anti-clockwise direction starting/finishing in Horton in Ribblesdale. The other main hillwalking route on the hill heads north from the summit to reach Plover hill before descending to join the bridleway that is Foxup Road.

In the Cumbric language Pen presumably meant 'hill' or 'head', but ghent is more obscure. It could be taken to be 'edge' or 'border'.[1] The name Pen-y-ghent could therefore mean 'Hill on the border'.[2] Alternatively, it could be mean 'wind' or 'winds' - from the closest Welsh language translation as gwynt. Thus it might mean simply 'Head of the Winds'. It is also acceptable to write it as Pen y Ghent rather than Pen-y-Ghent.

View of Pen-y-ghent as seen from the ascent from Horton
As seen from the ascent from Horton.


  1. ^ (Bibby, p.120)
  2. ^ (Ekwall)


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The Calf Howgill Fells

Posted in The Calf Howgill Fells on October 15th, 2011 by David Murphy

On the 15th October I set off to Howgill Fells to hike up to the summit of The Calf and Wild Camp the night myself. Good weather is forcast I am looking forward to a possible view of a sunset and a starry night.


My 4 mile Route to The Calf 

 I planned to do this trip a few weeks ago but just got around to it, in fact this is a hill I wanted to do way back when I done Fell Head lets face it you’re not a keen Howgills hiker unless you have done the daddy The Calf right!
I set off in plenty time this time in fact I got there a bit to early 12 o’clock I started the satmap at 12.16pm the hike over to The Calf was easy till I started the ascent and quickly released my fitness wasnt as good as when I done Grasmoor, Grasmoor was steeper and harder on foot this was all grass-covered like all the Howgill hills not like the rugged lakeland hills.
It took me 3 hours and 30 mins to reach the top this is pathetic lol total moving time of 1 hour 52 as seen on the satmap screenshots means I had nearly 1 and a half hours resting haha but hey I told you I had loads of time.
It was now nearly 5pm still loads of time to pitch and prepare for the sunset, I seen plenty of hikers this time around usually don’t see many in the Howgills.
There is a 360 view on the summit but only a small band of horizon as the hill-top is wide in places not my favorite type of hill I prefer the small top hills imagine a pyramid type summit that way your 360 angle of view is great.
This view was hampered mostly by low cloud and haze yet no cloud at all above me which ment a starry night not my best but ok I stood around looking at the stars for a good few hours and a few brews of yorkshire tea later I decided to retire to my sleeping bag and read the paper I continued to sit with the door open a future few hours admiring the moon a few bright stars I could see from my bed and enjoying a bit of banter on my live blog.
I awoke around 3am winds had increased which probs what awakened me, I immediately opened the vent in the top of my door to check on the sky and was disappointed in the blanket of fog that surrounded my tent I had hoped the clear skies would have carried on till morning which would have guaranteed me the sunrise I so wished to see, I had my alarm set for 7am just incase but it wasnt to be I turned over and went back to sleep till around 8.30 I crawled from my sleeping bag packed a few things away fired up the msr dragonfly stove and rashers of Danish bacon was on the menu washed down with a brew.
It was time just to sit around for a bit to see if the rain would halt and it did eventually I packed up and headed off 10.27am on the 4 miles back to the car as you can see from the satmap screens it only took me 2hrs 5 mins total time and 1 hour 30 mins moving time.

Thanks for reading, your comments are very welcome.

On Route to Summit


The Calf Trig Point 

Akto on The Calf Summit

My Sunset Just before it disappeared into the cloud

Tarn on The Calf Summit

Another shot of the Tarn

I like this one of the Tarn

 Really Cold Out here


Looking Fed up for some reason lol


Now Happy haha
Danish Bacon Breakfast

Route Up left and Route Back on right here you can see the time differences.




The Calf
The Calf summit.jpg
The trig point at the summit, looking towards the distant Pennines.
Elevation 676 m (2,218 ft)
Prominence 383 m (1,257 ft)
Parent peak Cross Fell
Listing Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall
The Calf is located in Yorkshire Dales
The Calf
Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria, England
OS grid SD667970
Coordinates 54°22′03″N 2°30′51″W / 54.36742°N 2.51403°W / 54.36742; -2.51403Coordinates: 54°22′03″N 2°30′51″W / 54.36742°N 2.51403°W / 54.36742; -2.51403
Topo map OS Landranger 98

The Calf, at 676 m, is the highest top in the Howgill Fells, an area of high ground in the north-west of the Yorkshire Dales in the county of Cumbria. It can be ascended from the town of Sedbergh to the south, by way of Cautley Spout from the east, or up the long valley of Langdale from the north. The Sedbergh ascent is the most popular, and has the distinction of being on good paths all the way.

The summit commands an extensive panorama, although foreground detail is obscured by the extreme flatness of the plateau. A twenty-mile skyline of the Lakeland peaks can be seen, as well as the Yorkshire Three Peaks and many of the nearer Howgill Fells.

Calders at 674 m is about 1 km SSE of the summit of The Calf. It is classified as a Hewitt.

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Wild Camping On Great Mell Fell Lake District

Posted in Great Mell Fell on September 11th, 2011 by David Murphy
Pre Great Mell Fell

On my way up Great Mell Fell in the Lake District Cumbria North West England today 12th September 2011( this blog is live as usual) with my mate Paul aka the muss. I picked this location as its west from our home town and Paul has been screaming to test his Vango Hurricane out in storm force conditions and my have I an evening in store for him and he tells me he wants a small hill as his fitness is not too good.

Tell you the truth if one of our tents has to blow away I am half hoping its mine as his been a two-man tent and mine been a tight single man tent I don’t fancy been squished in mine with him, his breath stinking of brandy and his snoring not to mention his smelly backside.

Our Route 

 On The Summit Of Great Mell Fell

Heres what happened, We new what we were letting ourselves in for catching the tail end of hurricane Katia blown in from the States.
The purpose of this Wild Camp was to test Pauls Vango Hurricane and by god we did.
I arrived at Pauls at 12.10pm we finally were on our way after Paul packed some of his gear and arrived at our destination around 3pm. I was keep saying how lovely this hill is the wind blowing the grass and patches of trees scattered it look very idealic.
At first the wind didn’t appear very strong at all then by we were half way up we recorded around 63mph on Pauls Kestrel wind gauge.
It was tuff standing up sometimes having to spread one leg out behind us to keep the wind from sweeping us off our feet, I have never experienced winds so powerful.
We reached the summit of Great Mell Fell not a big Hill by anyone’s standards, we stood there for a while pondering what to do, do we go for it and pitch on the top or head down in a more sheltered spot, we headed back down and after deciding the lower location lost views over at least one direction we headed back to the top.

My Hilleberg Akto In 80mph Winds

I proceed to pitch the Hilleberg Akto with Paul sitting on the flysheet whilst I pegged down the corners, standing watching my poor Akto get battered we recorded 79.1 mph as you will see in my video.

Pauls Kestrel Wind Speed Meter
We then started working on the Vango Hurrricane, when he pulled all these poles out of his bag I thought to myself no way on earth this is going up, frantically holding onto the canvass, a few bent poles later we gave up never even raising it off the floor we decided to head to lower ground to pitch leaving my Akto up on the summit with my Osprey Argon inside we headed down. On discovering a snapped pole Paul discussed sleeping in the car I would have quite happily slept in my tent having the walkie talkies with us we could have at least kept in touch, I thought that wouldn’t be fair so we set off back to the summit took down the Akto and headed home. Both very sick by this time, our first Wildcamp we have had to leave for home.

Anyone reading this may think Paul is a little unlucky, well I think he’s not, for someone to lose a piece of gear a Satmap in this case, standing him at £400 with SD card for him to return the next day 200 miles round trip to find three cars parked in the very spot he lost it with a note on one of them asking him to contact them for a lost piece of hiking equipment. Paul I bet your relieved.

Just came across this forum members having a bit of a giggle at this blog post.

Great Mell Fell
Great Mell Fell from Gowbarrow Fell
Elevation 537 m (1,762 ft)
Prominence 198 m (650 ft)
Parent peak Helvellyn
Listing Marilyn (hill), Wainwright
Translation Large rounded bare hill (Scots Gaelic, English)
Pronunciation /ˌɡrt ˌmɛl ˈfɛl/
Great Mell Fell is located in Lake District
Great Mell Fell
Cumbria,  England
Range Lake District, Eastern Fells
OS grid NY397254
Coordinates 54°37′12″N 2°55′59″W / 54.62°N 2.933°W / 54.62; -2.933Coordinates: 54°37′12″N 2°55′59″W / 54.62°N 2.933°W / 54.62; -2.933
Topo map OS Explorer OL5, Landranger 90

Great Mell Fell is a hill in the Eastern Fells of the English Lake District. It is a north-eastern outlier of the Helvellyn range, but, like its twin Little Mell Fell, is isolated from its fellows, standing in the middle of a flat plain. Presenting a symmetrical domed profile from almost all aspects, Great Mell Fell conspires to appear almost artificial, akin to jelly turned out of a giant mould.

Topography and land use

The hill lies on a low ridge, barely perceptible in places, which provides the connection between the Northern and Eastern Fells. This watershed runs from Bowscale Fell, across Eycott Hill to Great Mell Fell, and then up the north eastern ridge of Great Dodd. It forms the boundary between the Derwent/Cocker system in the west and the wide catchment of the Eden Valley.

To the north west of the fell is an old rifle range, now disused but still with some fittings in evidence. This was once a reason to declare Great Mell Fell strictly off limits, but this is not the case nowadays and the fell is free land. The National Trust currently owns the fell above the fenceline.

Great Mell Fell is extensively planted with Scots pines on the east, and occasional trees dot the fell all around the base. Near the summit are a few stunted larches, blown almost horizontal by the prevailing winds.[1]

Summit and view

The summit bears a small cairn built on top of a mound. The Ordnance Survey maps identify this as a tumulus and it is believed to have been a Bronze Age burial mound.[1]

Due to its isolation from higher ground, Great Mell Fell is a Marilyn, and an excellent viewpoint.[2]


The fell can be climbed most easily via a path from Brownrigg Farm to the south east, and additional access can be gained through the old rifle range.[1] There is also a footpath which circles the base of the fell, passing largely through woods and providing an enjoyable low level walk.


  1. ^ a b c Richards, Mark: Near Eastern Fells: Collins (2003): ISBN 0-00-711366-8
  2. ^ Alfred Wainwright: A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book 1: ISBN 0-7112-2454-4

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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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Great Gable Lake District

Posted in Great Gable on May 21st, 2011 by David Murphy
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Wildcamp on Great Gable 19th May 2011, I thought Its about time I posted this blog because of mounting pressure by fans lol, me and Chris met up at Seathwaite farm at 12.30pm I was five mins early Chris was about 20 mins late haha. We set off hiking the Sour Milk Gill Route which is approx 2.5 miles to the summit which passes the beautiful sight of a waterfall.

About 2 hours hiking and 3 hours of standing and talking we finally walked over Green Gable down Windy Gap and up the final push to Great Gable Summit, Chris was keeping intouch with the other Chris whom we were planning to meet later on the summit. We had arrived at the top and now it was time to find somewhere to pitch three tents this proved a bit of a challenge, walking over the summit with Scafell Pike in view we seen a grassy area where we proceeded to move rocks to make three areas, pegging out the tents came the next challenge some bent pegs later we had our two tents down and was just awaiting the second Chris. Not Sure on the time our third member arrived 6.30 maybe 7pm I started cooking my Steak (below)

During this time we had clear skies very little cloud great visability and there was mention of a dark cloud in the distance then in a very short time we were covered in fog and the winds had increased and that was the end of any plans of a sunset.

I regret not having any 360 degrees footage from the top just above us not having a photo of the three of us or even a photo of myself at the trig point, I am still amazed at how swift we lost visability my plan was to get my suppa over and take some more snaps.

We talked some and retired to our tents I cannot remember sleeping any as the winds battered the tents I was supprised I didnt get a soaking as Im accustomed to receiving. Morning came 4.30am I looked out the door and the fog hadnt lifted which was disapointing we packed up shortly later (I lost my Akto tent bag the wind just swept it from my hands) and headed off down Aaron Slack Route and we drove into Keswick for some breakfast. I feel I have made two new great friends and look forward to more Wildcamps with them in the future 🙂

Above left showing the route from Seathwaite campsite, above right the Wildcamp Spot.

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Great Gable
Great gable.jpg
Great Gable from Wasdale. The cliff at centre is the Napes of Great Gable.
Elevation 899 m (2,949 ft)
Prominence 425 m (1,394 ft)
Parent peak Scafell Pike
Listing Marilyn, Hewitt, Wainwright, Nuttall
Great Gable is located in Lake District
Great Gable
Cumbria,  England
Range Lake District, Western Fells
OS grid NY211104
Coordinates 54°28′55.2″N 3°13′8.4″W / 54.482°N 3.219°W / 54.482; -3.219Coordinates: 54°28′55.2″N 3°13′8.4″W / 54.482°N 3.219°W / 54.482; -3.219
Topo map OS Landrangers 89, 90, Explorer OL4

Great Gable is a mountain lying at the very heart of the English Lake District, appearing as a pyramid from Wasdale (hence its name), but as a dome from most other directions. It is one of the most popular of the Lakeland fells, and there are many different routes to the summit. Great Gable is linked by the high pass of Windy Gap to its smaller sister hill, Green Gable, and by the lower pass of Beck Head to its western neighbour, Kirk Fell.


The Western Fells occupy a triangular sector of the Lake District, bordered by the River Cocker to the north east and Wasdale to the south east. Westwards the hills diminish toward the coastal plain of Cumberland. At the central hub of the high country are Great Gable and its satellites, while two principal ridges fan out on either flank of Ennerdale, the western fells in effect being a great horseshoe around this long wild valley.[1]

Great Gable and its lesser companion Green Gable stand at the head of Ennerdale, with the walkers' pass of Sty Head to their backs. This connects Borrowdale to Wasdale, giving Gable a footing in both valleys. The Borrowdale connection is quite tenuous, but Great Gable is "the undisputed overlord"[1] of Wasdale in that it is paramount in almost any view up the lake. Once seen, the naming of the fell Great Gable requires no explanation.

The upper section of Great Gable has a roughly square plan, about half a mile on each side, with the faces running in line with the four points of the compass. The fells connecting and subsidiary ridges occupy the corners of the square.

Great Gable at the head of Wastwater. Yewbarrow (left foreground) and Lingmell (right)

The northern face is formed by Gable Crag, prominent in views from Haystacks and the surrounding fells. This is the longest continuous wall of crag on the fell and reaches up almost to the summit. Scree slopes fall away below to the headwaters of the River Liza, beginning their long journey down Ennerdale. There are few crags on the eastern slopes, although these fall steeply to Styhead Tarn, a feeder of the Borrowdale system. About 30 ft deep this tarn occupies a scooped hollow, dammed by boulders falling from the slopes above. It is reputed to contain trout and is a popular location for wild camping.[2] The southern flank of Great Gable falls 2,300 ft direct to Lingmell Beck, one of the main feeders of Wastwater. Right below the summit are the Westmorland Crags, and then a second tier breaks out lower down. These are Kern Knotts, Raven Crag and Great Napes, all footed by great tongues of scree. Finally on the west rough slopes fall below the rocks of White Napes to the narrow valley of Gable Beck, a tributary of Lingmell Beck.

From the north western corner of the pyramid the connecting ridge to Kirk Fell runs out across the col of Beck Head (2,050 ft). There is a small tarn in the depression, and sometimes a second after heavy rain. Both are blind, having no apparent inlet or ouflow.[2] Gable Beck runs south from Beck Head, while an unnamed tributary of the Liza flows northward. The main spine of the Western Fells continues along the north east ridge to Green Gable, dropping to Windy Gap (2,460 ft) as it rounds the end of Gable Crag. This ridge is rough and rocky, further worn by the boots of countless walkers. Stone Cove lies on the Ennerdale side while the rough gully of Aaron Slack runs down toward Styhead Tarn. The south eastern ridge provides the connection to the Southern Fells, across the pass of Sty Head. This is a major crossroads for walkers and climbers, the summit being at around 1,560 ft. On the opposite slope is Great End in the Scafells. Kern Knotts lies on this south east ridge, as does the small pool of Dry Tarn. The south western ridge gives to high level connection, dropping down Gavel Neese in the angle between Lingmell Beck and Gable Beck.


Lying on the edge of the Scafell Syncline, the various strata dip to the east. The summit area is formed from a dacite lava flow (Scafell Dacite), directly underlain by the Lingmell Formation. This tuff, lapilli tuff and breccia outcrops a little to the west of the summit. Around Beck Head is evidence of the Crinkle Member, welded rhyolitic tuff and lapilli-tuff with some breccia. A dyke of andesite and hybridised andesite porphyry is responsible for Kern Knotts.[3]

Wast Water seen from the summit of Great Gable, 4.5 km to the NE.

Summit and view

The summit of Great Gable is strewn with boulders and the highest point marked by a rock outcrop set with a cairn. There is a plaque set on the summit rock commemorating those members of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club who died in the First World War; an annual memorial service is held here on Remembrance Sunday.[1] The club bought a large area of land including Great Gable and donated it to the National Trust in memory of these members, and the plaque was dedicated in 1924 by Geoffrey Winthrop Young in front of 500 people.[4]

Due to its central position within the Lake District and great prominence the summit has some of the best panoramic views of any peak in the area. All of the main fell groups are laid out, serried ranks of hills filling the skyline, although surprisingly Wast Water and Windermere are the only lakes visible. A hundred yards to the south west of the summit, overlooking the Napes, is the Westmorland Cairn. This cairn was erected in 1876 by two brothers named Westmorland to mark what they considered to be the finest view in the Lake District. From here ground falls away into the profound abyss of upper Wasdale. Further cairns mark the top of Gable Crag. It is testament to the high regard that many walkers have for Great Gable that the summit has become a popular site for the scattering of ashes following cremation.[5]


Great Gable's massive bulk from the slopes of Kirk Fell to the west

Routes to climb to the summit start from all of the main dales that radiate out from central Lakeland. From Wasdale the south west ridge up Gavel Neese provides the obvious, and consequently steep and rough, line to take. This can be finished either via Little Hell Gate, a well named and atrocious scree gully, or more sedately via Beck Head. The walk up Ennerdale is long, unless staying at Black Sail Youth Hostel and again Beck Head gives access to the summit area. Ascents from Borrowdale or Wasdale can also make use of Sty Head pass, before slogging up the south east ridge, or the scree filled Aaron Slack. Finally Gatesgarth (near Buttermere), or the summit of the Honister Pass road can be used as starting points, crossing the high hinterland of Grey Knotts and Brandreth to arrive at Windy Gap or Beck Head. Among indirect ascents, a popular alternative is to climb Sour Milk Gill from Seathwaite in Borrowdale, first ascending Green Gable before traversing Windy Gap.[1][6]

Other walking routes

Alfred Wainwright described the 'Gable Girdle', a circuit around the fell at mid height.[1] This links a number of existing paths, namely the north and south traverses, Sty Head Pass, Aaron Slack and Moses Trod. The south traverse climbs westward from Sty Head and provides access to the Napes and Kern Knotts for rock climbers. The route is rough but allows the ordinary hillwalker to view Napes Needle, Sphinx Rock and many of the famous climbing locations. The north traverse similarly runs beneath Gable Crag with more excellent rock scenery, arriving ultimately at Windy Gap. In the west the two traverses are joined by a section of Moses Trod, running up the southern side of Beck Head. "Moses" was a possibly apocryphal trader-cum-smuggler, based at Honister Quarry. His route contoured the

Napes Needle

fellside from there to provide access to Wasdale markets for his illicit whisky. Aaron Slack by contrast does anything but contour the fellside, but provides a fast way down from Windy Gap to Sty Head.[1]

Rock climbing

Great Gable has cliffs to the north (Gable Crag) and south (Westmorland Crags, the Napes, and Kern Knotts). The Napes are important in the history of English rock climbing: W. P. Haskett Smith's ascent of the remarkable detached pinnacle of Napes Needle in June 1886 (now graded Hard Severe) is thought by many to mark the origins in England of rock climbing as a sport in its own right, as opposed to a necessary evil undergone by mountaineers on their way to the summit.

Those wishing to climb Napes Needle should be warned that a safe descent is far more difficult than the ascent as there are no permanent anchors or bolts to abseil from. Down-climbing is the only way to get from the summit to the shoulder and gear on this second pitch sparse to say the least. A relatively simple abseil can be set up to get down from the shoulder.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Alfred Wainwright: A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Volume 7 The Western Fells: Westmorland Gazette (1966): ISBN 0-7112-2460-9
  2. ^ a b Blair, Don: Exploring Lakeland Tarns: Lakeland Manor Press (2003): ISBN 0-9543904-1-5
  3. ^ British Geological Survey: 1:50,000 series maps, England & Wales Sheets 29 and 38: BGS (1999) and (1998)
  4. ^ Connor, J (23 October 2007). "Poppycock". North West Evening Mail. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  5. ^ Hewitt, Dave (ed.): A Bit of Grit on Haystacks: A Celebration of Wainwright: Millrace (2004): ISBN 1-902173-17-1
  6. ^ Bill Birkett:Complete Lakeland Fells: Collins Willow (1994): ISBN 0-00-713629-3

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