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With a camera at the ready I'll catch the moment! Not many classic landscapes but an entertaining record.

Here are a few to whet your appetite including late Easter snow, Scrambling Edge and many more views and walks near Keswick
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Enjoying April snow above Sprinkling Tarn
and the ridge between Dollywagon Pike and Helvellyn with snow along the edges
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Easter Monday 2008 in Whinlatter Forest
and Hopegill Head with the crags coated in snow
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glorious view of Derwentwater in winter with sheep enjoying their lunch
and enjoying Place Fell above Ullswater
From the summit of Helvellyn it was down to Striding Edge
and a "stride" along the top of the ridge
Wonderful views from Scafell Pike
On the traverse path below Great Gable with Great End and Broad Crag forming the skyline

Here are some of the walks I led in 2013 with just a taster of the walk

Grisedale Pike grade A On the western edge of the Lake District. Grisedale Pike gives great views across to Scotlans as well as into the Lake District Fells. We usually climb up from Whinlatter Forest and then follow the ridge to Hopegill Head. Ascent 920m ; distance 14km

Catbells and lakeshore grade B We take the launch across the lake to start this classic walk up Catbells, a perfect mountain ridge. Admire the beautiful views over Derwentwater and the Newlands Valley. Returning along the lakeshore, calling in at a local café, this walk encapsulates the best the Lake District has to offer. Distance 8 km/ 5 miles - Ascent 460 m / 1510 ft

Haystacks grade B A superb circuit including one of Wainrights favourite fells where his ashes were scattered by Innominate Tarn. Starting from Honister Pass reduces the amount of climbing. Ascent 410m distance 9km

Great Gable with grade A This rocky giant will always provide an exciting rocky day on the hills. There are lots of different routes but they all involve rocky paths and exciting views. Some routes will include other summits such as Green Gable, Base Brown, Brandreth or Grey Knotts Ascent 900m distance 13km

Dollywagon Pike & Helvellyn Climb from Dunmail Raise and then enjoy an undulating ridge with views of all Helvellyn’s eastern ridges. This route uses some of the quieter paths over Helvellyn and descends gently from Whiteside to the King;sHead at Thirlspot Ascent 960m distance 12km

Grassmoor grade A Grassmoor rises steeply above Crummock Water with wonderful views south to the Central Fells. There are several possible routes up depending on the weather from the steep scrambly approach direct from Lanthwaite Green to the more gradual ascent beside Gasgale Gill! Ascent 800m distance 10km

Mosedale & Scale Force grade C Take the bus to Lanthwaite Green and walk round the shore of Crummock Water to reach Mosedale behind Melbreak. After a gentle climb up the valley we pass Scale Force and finish our walk in Buttermere for tea and cake before catching the bus back to Keswick 10km; 300m ascent

Grisedale Tarn & Seat Sandal grade B Follow a section of the Coast to Coast walk from Grasmere up to Grisedale Tarn where you can look for Wordsworth’s Parting Stone before climbing to the summit of Seat Sandal and returning down its grassy south ridge Ascent 725m distance 9km

Scafell Pike grade A The classic circuit from Seathwaite explores the rocky ridges of England’s highest summit. Not much more than 8 miles but the very rough terrain and a considerable amount of ascent lead to this being a testing walk for most. Ascent 1000m distance 14km

Seathwaite Fell & Great End grade A Difficult to avoid the crowds in this part of the Lake District but this outing succeeds! Seathwaite Fell lies between the two popular routes up from Seathwaite Farm and is a quiet grassy fell dotted with little tarns. In contrast Great End is a rocky giant and our route up the Band and North West Ridge is seldom trod in spite of coming highly recommended by Wainright himself. Ascent 900m distance 14km

Mellbreak & Hen Comb grade A Standing alone to the west of Crummock Water Melbreak is an imposing looking hill. A steep and slightly scrambly ascent rewards you with superb views of the Buttermere Fells and lakes. After a grassy descent off the end of the ridge we will cross Mosedale and return over grassy Hen Comb Ascent 800m distance 12km

Dale Head & NewlandsValley grade B Bus to Honister Pass and a straight forward climb to Dale Head with its wonderful view down the Newlands Valley. Descend to the valley by one of several routes partly on old miners paths and stroll back along the valley via Newlands Church where tea is served!

Silver Howe & Blea Rigg grade B Looking down on Grasmere and Rydal Water Silver Howe is a delightful summit. Once we reachthe top we can enjoy the ridge to Blea Rigg with its tarns and rocky outcrops before descending to Grasmere Ascent 400m distance 9km

Grange Fell & Watendlath grade B From Borrowdale a steep stone path leads upwards through woodland to a range of knobbly fells with wonderful views. After the first steep ascent we wind our way to the top of Kings How and then across to Brund Fell before dropping down to Watendlath with the opportunity for tea and cake at the café Ascent 450m distance 8km

Bessyboot and Glaramara grade A Explore this grassy fell with delightful rocky outcrops and secluded tarns. One of my favourite walks Ascent 850m distance 12km

Causey Pike & Outerside grade A Start with a trip in the launch and a gentle walk through Newlands Valley .Climb Rowling End on a rocky path through the heather; get your breath back on a short ridge before climbing to the top of Causey Pike with a scramble at the top. This is followed by a mile of delightful undulating ridge over Sca Crags and a descent to Braithwaite with a possible diversion to take in the summit of Outerside. 10km 800m ascent

Fairfield grade A From Dunmail Raise climb beside Ghyll before dropping down to Grisedale Tarn from which a rising traverse takes you to St Sunday Col. Turn sharp right along the ridge scramble over Cofa Pike and in no time we are on the summit plateau of Fairfield from which we will descend to Grasmere for the bus back to Keswick Ascent 850m distance 9km

Buttermere to Keswick over the tops - up to 7 Wainrights grade A A superb high level traverse. Up over Whiteless Pike to Crag Hill, your highest point and down another ridge over Sail and Sca Crags Ascent 850m distance 13km

Swirral Edge and Helvelyn grade A From Glenridding we climb Catsycam giving great views of Striding Edge and the East Face of Helvellyn. A scramble up Swirral Edge (less exposed than Striding Edge) brings us to the summit of Helvellyn.. 14km 1000m ascent

Hindscarth & Robinson with Pete and Lyn grade A Possibly starting with a boat trip and returning on the open top bus along Borrowdale this walk has a delightful ascent of Hindscarth’s north ridge on a path that winds up through the heather over rocky steps, followed by a broad ridge to Dale Head and easy descent to Honister Pass Ascent 800m distance 12km

Easedale Tarn and Tarn Crag grade B Steady climb past Easedale Tarn and a scrambly path to Codale Tarn brings us to Tarn Crag and a grassy ridge back to Grasmere Ascent 550m distance 10km

High Stile to Haystacks grade A Avoid those eroded paths onto the Buttermere Fells and climb High Stile by its NE ridge on a little path winding up through the heather and bursting, after a short scramble, onto the summit plateau. Enjoy the ridge over High Crag and then cross Scarth Gap to climb Haystacks and descend on the old miners path to Warnscale Bottom, Ascent 1000m distance 11km

For more photos try looking at some of these -

Photos of a guided walk on the Gable Girdle (June 2005) - click here

A quiet day over Causey Pike and Grassmore - click here

A long day over Fairfield and Helvellyn -click here

Springtime on Scafell Pike; click here

Seaford Ramblers Holiday in April 2007 - click here

to see a selection of photos from the Lake District 3000ers during 2007 - click here

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