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#91 23/09/2020 at 14:32

Thank you Owling, have taken your advice and bought a map and compass, should arrive Friday. I’ll have a “trial run” from home as you suggest Friday night and hopefully fathom it.

Hopefully post back on Sunday to let you know how we get on, unless of course I’m still walking around the moors aimlessly Bigsmile
LiamOwl, 23/09/2020 at 14:20

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Well done, Liam. Salute

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#92 23/09/2020 at 18:54

Liam, this Ordnance Survey blog about compass use looks usefull.

There's also a monthly Archive file on the right that you'll also be able to mine at your leisure.

One compass tip from me: once you've used map and compass at some stage and are starting to follow it on featureless terrain, MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE FOLLOWING THE RIGHT END OF THE NEEDLE! Twice in my fifty years of navigating on hills I've followed the reciprocal of the oh-so-carefully measured bearing. The wrong end of the needle, so I was heading 180 degrees in the wrong direction. RolleyesShock The correct end is almost always red.
The second time didn't matter as it was a clear day on Bleaklow Hill and, setting off after a food break, I spotted we were going wrong after about 200 yards. I blagged the others by telling them I'd just tested them for how aware they were, and they weren't! A valuable lesson for them all, I'm sure. Wink
The first occasion was vastly worse and really cost me. I was doing a solo round of the National Three Peaks in 1978, driving myself. The target being to set off from the summit of Ben Nevis, get down just as it went dark in Fort William, then drive to the Lake District, sleep in the hire car, go up Scafell Pike early and then drive to North Wales in time to get up Snowden within 24 hours of starting down Nevis. I was already behind schedule setting off up the second peak and was too hasty starting to run down it in zero visibility cloud, heading back to the car in Wasdale. I had descended down to the col when some sixth sense told me things didn't feel right. I cast around in the mist for something studying the map told me should be there. (A chest of rescue equipment?) It wasn't, and further map study told me the awful truth: I'd gone off the top 180 degrees wrong. Passing runners confirmed the error for me. It could have been much worse: I'd been about to bail off the col into the wrong valley altogether: remote upper Eskdale instead of Wasdale. As it was, I had a 1200 ft or 1500 ft steep ascent to trudge back up to the summit before making my chastened correct descent to the car. It left me knackered, very late and in rush hour motorway traffic down to Wales, arriving with just an hour and a half to get up Snowdon, just as an enormous electric storm broke over the mountain. I did it the next day instead! So make sure you never pull my stunt with the compass needle.

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#93 24/09/2020 at 11:35

Thank you Owling, have taken your advice and bought a map and compass, should arrive Friday. I’ll have a “trial run” from home as you suggest Friday night and hopefully fathom it.

Hopefully post back on Sunday to let you know how we get on, unless of course I’m still walking around the moors aimlessly Bigsmile
LiamOwl, 23/09/2020 at 14:20



Blowing your whistle?

If you haven't got one, get one of those as well. 

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#94 24/09/2020 at 12:35




Blowing your whistle?

If you haven't got one, get one of those as well.
CDLF, 24/09/2020 at 11:35

Probably against Covid rules.  

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#95 26/09/2020 at 10:36


Probably against Covid rules.
Owling_Wolf, 24/09/2020 at 12:35


You could dip it in disinfectant...and take your chances with covid...or wander around aimlessly in the fog tapping your phone screen like a demented budgie saying 'fuck you vodafone' 

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#96 26/09/2020 at 10:36


Probably against Covid rules.
Owling_Wolf, 24/09/2020 at 12:35


You could dip it in disinfectant...and take your chances with covid...or wander around aimlessly in the fog tapping your phone screen like a demented budgie saying 'fuck you vodafone' 

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#97 28/09/2020 at 15:21

I’m a day late posting, but not due to any navigation issues!

Thankfully didn’t need the OS map and compass, the instructions on the National Trust website were spot on. Still, good to know they were there if needed. Got the map out whilst we stopped for our snap and managed to use the compass fine, just as a test.

This is the route we did, minus the circuit of Pule Hill, which would have added an hour when the pub was in sight and it was just starting to rain Thumbsup

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/marsden- moor-estate/trails/marsden-moor-heritage- walk-yellow-route

Looking at going round Kinder Scout in a few weeks. 

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#98 07/10/2020 at 21:40

I’m a day late posting, but not due to any navigation issues!

Thankfully didn’t need the OS map and compass, the instructions on the National Trust website were spot on. Still, good to know they were there if needed. Got the map out whilst we stopped for our snap and managed to use the compass fine, just as a test.

This is the route we did, minus the circuit of Pule Hill, which would have added an hour when the pub was in sight and it was just starting to rain Thumbsup

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/marsden- moor-estate/trails/marsden-moor-heritage- walk-yellow-route

Looking at going round Kinder Scout in a few weeks.
LiamOwl, 28/09/2020 at 15:21

Very good, that. When you go to Kinder, if you mean going on top of it, make sure you only go round it, not round and round it! Thumbsup I still have memories of doing exactly that about 45 years ago in thick mist. Definitely embarrassing, that one. But as someone once said, experience is the sum of our mistakes. Those that we survive, I'd add. I've had some very hairy "experiences", looking back. Dangling off ledges, solo, hidden in thick mist in Scotland. Walking over hidden crevasses solo in February at 6,000 ft. in Norway. And going full length in remote peat bogs more locally whilst doing a solo walk from Bradfield to Edale. You don't really know a peat bog 'til you've swum out of it. Bigsmile Another classic was on Black Hill in the Peak when my mate's Doberman took a running leap over a stile I'd just crossed and landed on the back of my neck on the other side. Yep, eat the peat time again! Another belter in Scotland was sliding down a sand filled mountain gully on Sgurr na Forcan that turned out to end in an open-ended 500 ft. drop, with most of the sand preceding me into space, as I somehow ended on a rock, off to one side. Then having to jump over the gully to get where I needed to be. And on a narrow section of Sharp Edge on Blencathra in the Lake District, stepping back along a two foot wide horizontal slab to pass my camera to my mate. Next thing was, I lost my footing on this greasy tombstone and both feet went as high as my head had been. I landed flat on my back. I got up, fine. Neil actually did turn white. Oh, well: great memories. Thumbsup

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#99 08/10/2020 at 09:27


Very good, that. When you go to Kinder, if you mean going on top of it, make sure you only go round it, not round and round it! Thumbsup I still have memories of doing exactly that about 45 years ago in thick mist. Definitely embarrassing, that one. But as someone once said, experience is the sum of our mistakes. Those that we survive, I'd add. I've had some very hairy "experiences", looking back. Dangling off ledges, solo, hidden in thick mist in Scotland. Walking over hidden crevasses solo in February at 6,000 ft. in Norway. And going full length in remote peat bogs more locally whilst doing a solo walk from Bradfield to Edale. You don't really know a peat bog 'til you've swum out of it. Bigsmile Another classic was on Black Hill in the Peak when my mate's Doberman took a running leap over a stile I'd just crossed and landed on the back of my neck on the other side. Yep, eat the peat time again! Another belter in Scotland was sliding down a sand filled mountain gully on Sgurr na Forcan that turned out to end in an open-ended 500 ft. drop, with most of the sand preceding me into space, as I somehow ended on a rock, off to one side. Then having to jump over the gully to get where I needed to be. And on a narrow section of Sharp Edge on Blencathra in the Lake District, stepping back along a two foot wide horizontal slab to pass my camera to my mate. Next thing was, I lost my footing on this greasy tombstone and both feet went as high as my head had been. I landed flat on my back. I got up, fine. Neil actually did turn white. Oh, well: great memories. Thumbsup
Owling_Wolf, 07/10/2020 at 21:40


Just a thought, do you have an up to date funeral plan in place.Erm

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#100 08/10/2020 at 10:24



Just a thought, do you have an up to date funeral plan in place.Erm
CDLF, 08/10/2020 at 09:27

To put those experiences in context, those are the ones I Iook back on with affection. Wink

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#101 03/12/2020 at 18:45

Hi everyone. I've not been keeping up on here lately, but I can give you an update on my summer walks this year.
In August Louise and I managed to get a week away in Ambleside in the lakes. We went with the view of getting a few good walks in with a few smaller ones in between.

We were very lucky with the weather. It was dry and sunny all week. Amongst the smaller walks we did Loughrigg Fell and Lily Tarn, Rydal House taking the coffin route and back along Rydal Water and a couple of other circulars around Ambleside and Waterhead.

The first biggie was up the Old Man of Coniston. We went the back route past the Bell Cottage and Low water, up to the old man and back around the other 4 peaks including Walna Crag, Dow Crag Buck Pike and Brown Pike. Around 12 km 803m high and 5 peaks.

2nd Biggie was Fairfield horseshoe leaving from Ambleside at 8:30 am in clear blue skies. We went up Low Pike, High Pike, Dove Cragg, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Great Rigg and Heron Pike then straight in the White Hart in Ambleside when we got back. 17km 7 peaks and 873m elevation.  

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#102 03/12/2020 at 18:54

Then in September we were lucky to get a last minute holiday in West Wales. Again the weather was beautiful. We stayed in Little Haven and used that as a base to do over 50 miles of the Pembrokeshire coastal path. We did local stints North and south of Little Haven and used public transport to get from Little Haven round to Dale and to walk back. The weather was fantastic the walks were stunning the locals friendly and the beer and food excellent.

We enjoyed it so much that we have already booked and paid to go back to do more in May next year.

We downloaded the Ordinance Survey App and paid the annual fee which gives you access to every map in UK. Not bad for £25. Worth the investment Liam. 

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#103 16/04/2021 at 14:41

So, we were allowed to do a bit of waalking in other areas other than the flat as a fart footpaths round here over Easter, so me and the better half headed to do another walk from our AA book of peak district walks and went to do a walk from Carsington Water on the Easter Saturday, decent weather, we went from Sheepdip car park to Brassington and round the back to Carsington, then walked up to the wildlife centre in the main car park, it was great to get out into the hills, we made a slight diversion to go up Haroro' rocks and the trig point. We saw our first swallows of the summer and finished with a well deserved ice cream. (Pubs not open at the time:-(

On the Easter Sunday aftertnoon we took a ramble around Langsett Reservoir, a short walk that we love and havce done on countless occasions with the kids when they lived at home. Lots of grouse lecking, and a bit of snow in with the heather. Great to be back out in the hills though!! 

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