In the past I have made the mistake of declaring for all and sundry to see; my list of intended walks for the year…and failed to live up to it!
This year, in a similar vein; I do want to state where I will be walking, but for once am going to refrain from attempting to detail every single destination in what month and just state that this year I hope to get to / do the following:
Scafell Pike – this is set for the first week in February and I have to be honest, the weather forecast isn’t looking too good! This may have to be moved a month or two forward as in my opinion it is selfish for an inexperienced snow-walker, to go up such a height in inclement conditions…and I don’t like being freezing cold! (Update done…in June from Wasdale head so the Borrowdale / Seathwaite route is still on the to-do list for some point in the future.)
The Four Peaks of Parbold in May – as I am doing this for charity then I’d better damn well do this one. For more details see here. (Update, postponed indefinitely owing to lack of support!)
The Three Peaks of Yorkshire – there’s a new path bypassing the major boggy bits and a new resolution from me to complete this epic trail over Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Part of me wants to do this on my own, but common sense dictates that I should team up with someone. (Update, postponed indefinitely owing to lack of support!) Helvellyn via Striding Edge, I am hoping that we get a few dry, sunny days this year as that is the only weather in which I will attempt this mildly dangerous walk up to England’s third highest summit. (Update, done but not Striding Edge as to do so on the day we went would have been reckless at best)
Winter Hill the western and eastern approaches. When I have done these two routes (possibly in one day) I will have conquered Winter Hill from eight compass points. (Update done…both on one day in snow).Pendle Hill via Ogden Clough – it’s taken me long enough to even find the flagged path atop Big End which should lead me back down Ogden Clough passing views of the ominous Spence Moor. After this I can begin my tick-off list of Pendle ascents having ascended by just the three (Barley steps, Barley Slope and Boar Clough) so far, the Nick O’ Pendle route should be next after this.
So that’s it! Those are the definite, must-do ones for the year and if I only did those then although I could be classed as lazy I would be happy to have ticked off two twenty five mile challenges and the highest and third highest summits of the country! Hopefully, with a bit of luck and good weather I should be able to fit in a lot more, I’d love to return to Darwen hill – in spite of it always being subject to horrendous wind and I do aim to get back to Longridge Fell as soon as possible before the hazy days eat up that fantastic view across to Bleasedale.