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Hardwick Park

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 26/11/2017
Distance: 11.75km
Ascent: 260m
Views: 15


Cwm-Sanaham Hill

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 19/11/2017
Distance: 13.5km
Ascent: 590m
Views: 18


Orrest Head & School Knott, Hugill Fell

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 12/11/2017
Distance: 13.25km
Ascent: 545m
Views: 22


Ivinghoe Beacon & Ashridge Park

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 08/11/2017
Distance: 15.5km
Ascent: 300m
Views: 18


Kenslow Knoll, Tissington

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 05/11/2017
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 350m
Views: 18


Grayrigg Forest

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 30/10/2017
Distance: 7.25km
Ascent: 380m
Views: 17

Thack Moor & Black Fell

Hewitts: Black Fell, Thack Moor

Date walked: 29/10/2017

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 16.75km

Ascent: 625m

Two new Hewitts on a sunny return to the North Pennines, from what looked the friendlier and more accessible western edge.

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Renwick, the obvious starting point for climbing Thack Moor, is a pretty farming village with few of the accoutrements that suggest a walkers' hub, and plenty of parking. For the first mile or so up there's a clear and easy track, good walking with wide views back over the Eden Valley to a Lakes skyline, and even when that peters out in a spongy flat area, you can head for a clear enough tread climbing the final slopes ahead. Nothing's very difficult and even into the teeth of a fierce wind I was at the pleasant little peak in less than an hour.
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Church of All Saints, Renwick

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Eden Valley from the track up

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Looking west from Thack Moor trig

From there, the very broad and flat 'ridge' east to Black Fell is harder going, not too exciting and pretty damp almost everywhere. The target hill looks really wide and flat, and the parts away from guiding walls wouldn't pass Wainwright's test of 'possible to follow in mist'. No dangers on a clear day, but it's still a relief each time the ground steepens and firms up a little, and especially to reach the summit and some new views east.
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Watch Hill & Grey Nag

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Back to Thack Moor

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Black Fell from Watch Hill

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Croglin Fell

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Better ground

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Thack Moor & Croglin Fell

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Grey Nag

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Black Fell summit

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Fence to Grey Nag, Tynedale in distance

The shortish stretch south to Hartside Cross (presumably trodden twice by most people bagging this hill the shortest way) is proper upland bog. Experience tells you the colours of grass you can tread on without getting a bootful of slop, but it's still a very zigzag route around the deeper hags needing some athletic tussock-jumping. Probably rather more fun than the unvarying wetness of the earlier ridge, but quite an effort and I don't think many of the queue in the summit cafe looked like they had come the same way rather than on wheels! The food there was far better than expected, excellent bacon and enormous cakes, and probably rather more so than it needs to be for its captive crowds miles from anywhere – well recommended.
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Wet going...

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Black Fell

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Route down to Loo Gill from Hartside Cross

After taking in the vista from the top with everyone else, the bridleway heading west is pretty rough in its early reaches after crossing the road – ambitiously and prominently signed as a cycle route, it probably isn't without some sort of amphibious kit, there are watery holes and ruts that would swallow much of a wheel without care… It improves further down though into a typically-Yorkshire walled lane, and there were impressive views in the sun back to the two hills climbed; Black Fell definitely looking better from this side with becks cutting its slopes.
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Thack Moor

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Ricker Gill bridge & Loo Gill

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Black Fell

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Thack Moor over Loo Gill

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Black Fell & Hartside Cross

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Haresceugh

It's a slow mission, but I'll probably get through all the Pennine summits in the end (doing it relentlessly for a few weeks to finish the list would be a bit much). The ups and downs of this route were good walking, the high plateau rather less so, and that's possibly the key to designing routes around here, but this was a nice day out on new terrain.

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Mallerstang, Appleby & Rutter Force

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 28/10/2017
Distance: 23.75km
Ascent: 465m
Views: 27


Crinkle Crags

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Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Crinkle Crags
Hewitts: Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Crinkle Crags South Top, Shelter Crags
Date walked: 27/10/2017
Distance: 14.5km
Ascent: 1000m
Views: 22


Wentworth Park

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 15/10/2017
Distance: 12km
Ascent: 215m
Views: 28

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Location: Leicestershire
Activity: Mountain Walker
Mountain: Pen-y-Fan

Munros: 1
Wainwrights: 214
Hewitts: 289



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Statistics

2017

Trips: 60
Distance: 888 km
Ascent: 33805m
Hewitts: 23
Wainwrights 11

2016

Trips: 52
Distance: 732.25 km
Ascent: 32890m
Hewitts: 40
Wainwrights 20

2015

Trips: 45
Distance: 707.5 km
Ascent: 32115m
Hewitts: 6
Wainwrights 58

2014

Trips: 50
Distance: 702.25 km
Ascent: 34495m
Hewitts: 47
Wainwrights 30

2013

Trips: 42
Distance: 621 km
Ascent: 29095m
Hewitts: 48
Wainwrights 46

2012

Trips: 33
Distance: 515.75 km
Ascent: 24800m
Hewitts: 60
Wainwrights 59

2011

Trips: 49
Distance: 858.75 km
Ascent: 44550m
Hewitts: 116
Wainwrights 13

2010

Trips: 18
Distance: 280.5 km
Ascent: 18145m
Munros: 1
Hewitts: 53
Wainwrights 8

2009

Trips: 1
Distance: 26.5 km
Ascent: 675m

1988

Trips: 1
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1010m
Hewitts: 1


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