Bob Graham Second Leg

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Dan, Meg and Josh on our first break in the sunshine.

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The first peak we reached, 1 out of 13.

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The rain closing in on us.

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Helvellyn summit, always brings back the best memories. This was where Josh and took me on my first 'proper' walk on the 1st June, 2014. 4 whole years ago - almost to the day but not quite.

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Finally back out on the hills! What started off as a beautiful, warm day ended up turning into the most horrendous weather, with cold rain lashing down for almost an hour half way in to our hike. It really did suck! I was thankful Josh made me pack my waterproof and I had a fleece with me to stay warm because the rain was so cold, Josh's hands went white because of poor circulation ๐Ÿ™ So for those of you who don't know what the hell a Bob Graham round is, it features 5 different legs and is a running route for those who are very keen runners. It can take 24 hours plus and much much longer if you're not a runner or haven't trained. We did the second leg which wasn't even the hardest part and consisted of 13 peaks in 20km. We didn't even complete it fully as Meg's leg was very sore from a fall the day before and to be quite honest I could not be arsed after having walked in a thunderstorm with soggy feet! We did manage most of it and only cut out 3km which would've taken us up Farifield Horseshoe and back down the way we came so I guess we completed it pretty much ๐Ÿ˜‰ I'm not sure I want to give it another go, it was very tough going and was up-hill for most of the way, it wasn't pleasant, especially in the muggy weather. I much prefer to walk in the Winter, your water stays cold, you can wrap up warm and the views are much clearer on a sunny day. Plus, you don't get a snotty nose and itchy eyes from hay fever either! For those interested in a bit of hiking and would like to see the route we did I'll share the link here. Now, time for dinner, a cuppa tea and I might catch up with Love Island as I've not bothered with it for a week. Not sure I'm into it this time around... We'll see. Love, L. x

Transfagarasan

And from the heat, the pretty little houses and old cobbled streets.. we ventured in to the mountains. Wow! You've probably heard of the Transfagarasan and you might have even seen it on an episode of Top Gear a few years back. Unfortunately for us the most famous part of the road was closed due to avalanches which is a shame because we would've loved to see it but I guess that means we can go again in the summertime, maybe in the Golf?! European road trip is calling! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This was the view from our balcony at the cabana. So beautiful! The fog keptย drifting in and out but I managed to get a few photos when it cleared. It was so peaceful.

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When we arrived, we were greeted by this little fella/girl and her friend who reminded me a little of Gandalf.. (he was white, besides from that nothing else reminded me of Gandalf haha). Anyway, she was the sweetest dog and followed us around all morning before we jumped back in the car. I sooooo could've brought her back home with me so she could've made friends with Theo.

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Josh captured this photo of me and it's my absolute fav! It's always the ones you don't expect that turn out the best ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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What a view from Dracula's castle after a tough slog up some steps and through the woods that had recently been set on fire earlier in the month due to someone dropping a cigarette! Everything was black! I hate humans. Anyway, Dracula's real name was Vlad Tepes and he wasn't actually a vampire and no he didn't drink people's blood. I can't remember the exact story but he impaled a load of people from one particular town and fought off a Russian army from this castle, you can read all about it online though and it is very interesting, although I'm pretty miffed that Dracula wasn't a real thing.

I was going to post the rest of the photos from that day but I'm literally about to fall asleep and we have a busy day tomorrow, work and then Glasgow with Hannah and Tucker! Probably won't get to speak until after the weekend now. Have a good bank holiday! Lots of love, L.

Helvellyn

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Hey loves! Happy Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚ What a morning we have had! This morning we woke up at 4am to tackle Hellvelyn and watch the sunrise from striding edge.. however that's not exactly what happened. The journey over to Glennridding was terrible, we came across deer, a hare, sheep and badger's all on the road so ended up arriving later than scheduled. I was still hopeful that the fog would clear and the clouds would disperse as soon as we reached the scary bit.. striding edge. It didn't clear so we enjoyed a hot chocolate and a sandwich in the fog and even had a performance from a little stoat, so cute! I had read about a few fatal accidents that have recently happened on striding edge due to fog so we decided not to take any risks and carry on to Red Tarn and venture back down to the car. Eventually the sun came out and we passed several groups of walkers making their way up the mountain. I was a little envious as I really wanted to make it to the top today but never mind, we can always try again soon. The plan for the rest of the day is to chill, watch a movie and maybe have a nap seeing as though we've been up for almost 12 hours already! So I shall speak to you again tomorrow, love L.

Kirk Fell

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Very unhappy we misread the map and walked straight up Kirk Fell, my legs were on fire!

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"Did we really just come down the face of that?", yep we did!

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Ennerdale Forest

Hey loves! Today has been the most beautiful day and I've been stuck indoor's working all day. How's your weekend going? I've just eaten my dinner and now I'm about ready for a shower and bed. I've just watched the new 'Take Me Out', with girls coming down the lift instead of the men, I think I like it this way around better. Here are a few more photos I have to share with you from last week ๐Ÿ™‚ On Tuesday we tried to hike to Pillar Rock, a place I've wanted to go for some years but never had the chance or the gear until now. It's a sentimental place to me and my family as it was where my Grandad, Mick fell and sadly lost his life back in June 1965. Josh and I unfortunately took a wrong turn so ended up getting to a point nearby a little late in the day and as there was still quite a lot of snow and ice and no real path along the mountain side towards Pillar Rock, we decided to head back down Black Sail Pass and call it a day. I felt a little emotional, mainly because it was something I had wanted to do for so long but Josh reassured me we would return in the Summer and we would do it again without risking our own lives, so I'm looking forward to returning to Wasdale when there is less snow ๐Ÿ™‚

Haystacks Part 2

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Our first real summit of 2018!

Here are the last lot... actually that's a big fat lie, I have a whole load more but I'll keep those for another time! I'm thinking of doing a little check list for climbing your first mountain or a novice's guide to climbing a mountain, what do you think? Would that be helpful? I still class myself as a novice but I think I'm pretty good when it comes down to what to pack in your bag! I guess any woman is though, right? We know what to cram in to our handbags when we have to, haha! Buttermere has to be up there on one of my favourite places in the Lake District. Wastwater will always be number one but Buttermere and Langdale are a joint 2nd at the moment. I much prefer the untouched, less populated places. Like I've mentioned before, I don't like seeing other people when I'm out walking and I often find these places a lot quieter! Anyway, hope you've enjoyed my walking pics. There will be lots more coming over the year! Love, L.ย 

Haystacks Part 1

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Buttermere, Sunday 4th February

This walk was so needed today and what a day it was with that gorgeous blue sky! It was a fair trek over to Buttermere but we took the scenic route, as always and it was just beautiful. We were out of the house early which meant we avoided the typical Sunday Lakes traffic and were able to drive along the country lanes listening to the birds tweeting, I loved it! It felt as though Spring was on it's way, until we reached the summit of Haystacks and I soon realised that in fact we are still in Winter, as I could barely feel my fingertips or my bum cheeks after a brief lunch stop. It's so beautiful at this end of the Lakes and although it's a bit out of the way, it is so worth it on day's like today! I now understand why Wainwright wanted his ashes scattered up here, it's really breathtaking. I have over 100+ photos to go through so here are some of my favourites for today and I'll post the rest tomorrow. Hope it urges you to get outdoors more and away from phones, computers and just general day to day life. The best way to start the week ahead, with a clear head and a well rested body (after a good sleep tonight) ๐Ÿ™‚ Speak tomorrow, L.ย 

Sunday

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Me, Izzy and Oscar!

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I love Sunday's! Especially when they involve a little lie in, bacon butties with HP sauce and a stroll on the hills. They say it's the simple things in life that you remember and enjoy the most and truth is, it really is! This year, the two of us have decided to cut back onย unnecessary spending. We used to eat out a lot (and we still will on special occassions, just not all the time) and waste money on just general shit so instead on our weekends off work we will be packing a lunch box and making the most of what we have around us, rain or shine! Today we climbed Catbell's in Keswick, a short walk that I've been wanting to do since forever! It took around 45 minutes to reach the cairn that marks the summit of Catbells so it's fairly easy and perfect for a Sunday stroll! The views are incredible and I can only imagine they are so much better on a clearer day! I'd recommend getting there early as there's limited parking on the road side, we also spotted a ticket man fining people for parking on double yellow lines so don't do it! We nearly did but thankfully found a parking space further on. I hope you've enjoyed your weekend, I'm looking forward to relaxing and watching SAS Who Dares Win's tonight. Love, L.ย 

Bowfell

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Can you tell I got the Wacom Intuos for Christmas? I’ve been trying it out on some of these photos to try and get the hang of things. It’s actually so much harder than it looks, haha! If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see that we went out walking again! This time we did Bowfell in the Langdales and what a whopper of a day it was! Perfect hiking weather in my opinion! We had planned on doing Bowfell, Eskpike, Great End, over Broad Cragg onto Scafell Pike, totally kidding! That’s maybe one for summer when we have lighter nights then we could even stop in my favourite place in the Lakes, Wasdale! We started our hike at Stool End Farm again, the same way we went for Crinkle Crags but instead of veering off to the left, we went to the right up Bowfell via Great Slab and down past Angle Tarn. It took us 5 and a half hours and in total we walked 9.71 miles! I think this could be one of the furthest ones we have done?! I’m surprised I’m not aching today! Maybe I’m getting fitter? Haha!ย I had my camera cleaned on Christmas Eve so no more annoying smudges like last time. I thought I was going to have to buy a new lens, the smudges had gotten so bad but thankfully it just needed a deep clean. I’m working all weekend so I’m not sure I’ll get chance to post much before the New Year. I’m looking forward to spending New Years day with my family and a few friends in Kirkby Lonsdale ๐Ÿ™‚ L.

The Langdale Pikes Part 2

Seeing as I had so many photos from our hike the other I thought I would do a part 2 and show you guys the rest! It was such an incredible day, I wish I was out exploring the mountains now because the weather is so beautiful today! We have had a lot of messages from friends asking if they can join us on our next walk, so our next one now will be the weekend before Christmas as I work every other weekend and we are going to London next weekend, yay! So if anyone else wants to come and walk slow with me then please do ๐Ÿ™‚ haha! I’m thinking of perhaps putting together a bit of a check list for walking with all the essentials. What do you think? Are you interested in that sort of thing? Let me know in the comments below!

Today has been good. I woke up early, did a few jobs, had my second Thai lesson with Angela which was so so difficult for me to grasp! I’m going to go over and over it again before my next lesson! I learnt greetings and how to ask someone’s name/nickname. The only thing I know is numbers which I learnt over the years visiting Thailand and dealing with money at the markets etc. but learning how to pronounce things is so hard!ย Now, I am going to make pizza dough and make a big homemade pizza again for later when Josh gets in from football training because it was soooooo delicious last time! Oh, and I am up for the UK blog awards this year. The voting starts on the 4th December so I will link it on here then if you guys could vote for me, I’d appreciate it so much!

Love, L.

The Langdale Pikes

 

 

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Another Sunday well spent on the mountains in the Lake District. This is becoming a regular thing isn’t it? I’m beginning to like it alot actually, even if it did hailstone just as we reached the summit of Pike o’ Stickle. Today we decided to tackle part of the Langdale Pikes. We loved The Langdales that much that we returned again, although Crinkle Crags is still my favourite but maybe that’s because we had such glorious weather?!

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It was just a small team of three today, Josh, my dad and myself! My brother Alex was supposed to join us but he was too hungover,ย again!ย I’m really loving not drinking so much alcohol, I can’t remember the last time I was drunk. I much prefer doing things like this on weekends! Oh man, am I getting old already? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It’s a ritual of mine that every peak we reach together we get a photo together so here is one of the two of us looking very windswept. This one was taken on the summit of Pike O’ Stickle with Harrison Stickle in the background to the left. We didn’t venture over that way as the weather started to turn so we headed down Pavey Ark and down past Stickle Tarn.

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Wow, just look at that sky! I love walking when the sun is shining and there is no wind blowing my hair around like crazy but getting out today with the snow, the wind and hailstone was such an experience. We watched a documentary on Netflix the other night called ‘Meru’, I highly recommend it to anyone who is in to walking or climbing. It’s inspiring and I totally get why they want to achieve some of the crazy things they do.

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The hike took us 4 hours in total and just as we reached the van it started to rain. That was a really nice feeling because I knew we were expecting rain and I wanted to be down before we got absolutely drenched! We stopped at the Britannia Inn in Elterwater for cheesey chips and I had a mulled wine, Josh and Dad had Moretti. It’s a little bit pricey in there but so cosy and small! We managed to get a seat by the fire which was lovely although I could’ve easily fallen asleep. Now, it’s time for Blue Planet and an early night before work in the morning. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, L.

 

Sunday Vlog

 

Finally got around to editing my vlog from last week. Wish I had filmed more! I still feel so shy in front of the camera at first, it’s so weird talking into a lens when nobody is really there. I’ve never been a good talker either so I sometimes struggle with what to say! Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. I think I’m going to try vlogging my weekend in London in a few weeks time which I am SO looking forward to. Can’t wait to go shopping, explore winter wonderland and eat lots of delicious food! Hope you’ve had a fab Sunday, I’ve just been working and tonight has just gone so quick. I just discovered a lump on my palm of my hand and it’s freaking me out a little! Speak again soon and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hugs, L.

Crinkle Crags

 

 

The beginning of our hike, over looking Great Langdale.

We parked nearby the Great Langdale National Trust Campsite and headed towards ‘Stool End Farm’ where we began the ascent up Crinkle Crag. Here I am after half an hour walking, already worn out! But would you look at that view?!

 

From this point we were able to see Bowfell, Great End and Scafell Pike. I didn’t realise how close we were to Wastwater from here! (My favourite place in the Lakes).

 

A little bit of rock climbing. I found the easier route, around the other side haha!

These two views make me feel incredible lucky to live so nearby! Seriously breathtaking!

 

 

The three of us, Josh, myself and my Dad taken with iPhone and Josh’s iPhone watch! Snazzy ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

I noticed my camera must’ve had a dirty lens as all my photos have a ‘smudge’ in the top right hand corner, ugh!

 

 

‘Bad Step’

 

 

Hello, hello, hello! I can’t tell you how long it’s taken to go through all 167 photographs from yesterday! I’m a little too snap happy, don’t you think? Haha! This is by far my favourite walk yet. The Langdale’s is stunning and there’s beauty everywhere to be seen. It was one of the toughest, what with the strong wind and ice but we did it and I’m so happy we managed to tick another mountain off the list! I can’t believe the amazing weather we’ve had lately, I’m definitely starting to believe that Autumn is the best time of year for us here in the Lake District. Summer time here is actually very disappointing ๐Ÿ™ Anyway, I hope you enjoy browsing these pictures… I’ve managed to catch a cold so I’m tucked up in bed with a hot water bottle, a cup of tea and Vicks smothered all over my nose! Night loves, L.