Tuesday, 31 December 2013

St Davids - December 2013

On Friday we arrived at St Davids to get Sian & Bryan's new caravan well and truly smelling of wet dog. A quick visit to the Harbour Inn at Solva followed by a walk around St Davids Head.


Abby & Pip on the beach at Solva

Andy & Pip have words

Ramsey Island
On Saturday we walked from Newgale to Little Haven and some of the way back - about 10 miles.

Moving pictures Pip & Porridge behaving like idiots can be seen here.

Andy, Neil with Pip and Bryan on the path

Broad Haven

Andy, Bryan & Rog at Little Haven
The coast path
On Sunday we walked from Abereiddy to Porthgain and back and on Monday we drove to Llanstephan:

Porridge & Pip at speed

Pip, Porridge & Abby

Llanstephan Castle
Llanstephan Castle

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Lake District - September 2013

Rob, Andy, Bryan and Neil together with the dogs Pip and Abby went to Burn's Farm campsite near Keswick for the weekend.

On Friday we put the tents up and then walked down the old railway line to Keswick in search of bacon for breakfast.

Owing to a logistic failure some idiot had forgotten the frying pan so we needed one of those. Due to an administrative error we ended up with two frying pans plus bacon and two feet of Cumberland sausage.

We had a few beers and a goulash at the Dog and Gun in Keswick, probably the most dog friendly pub in the country, drinking bowls at every table plus doggy treats behind the bar.

15.14 km - 9.5 miles

The campsite, Blencathra in the background.

The old railway line to Keswick

River Greta

A bit of a rest on the way back

Saturday - Sharp Edge and Blencathra

10 km (6.25 miles) - 745 m (2450 feet) ascent

"The best four hours you can spend in the Lakes." - Bryan

I have to say that I agree. A lovely day, clear to the horizon with most of the Lake District at your feet.

Blencathra with the sun coming up

Andy and Bryan

The first sight of Sharp Edge

Pip has a dip

Scales Tarn and Sharp Edge

Neil and Pip at the Tarn

The approach to the Edge

A bit of a queue

Bryan, Andy and Abby wait for the crowds to clear

Neil and Pip on the Edge

Bryan and Andy

Andy and the dogs pause before the hard bit

Bryan on the slab

A crag rat

Pip tries to blag a sandwich from strangers

Pip rests after climbing the Edge

Scales Tarn

Thirlmere in the distance

Derwent Water in the distance

Neil and Pip on Blencathra

Looking towards Derwent Water



Causey Pike, Sail, Grisedale Pike and others

Bryan, getting close to the pub
Sunday - Humphrey Head and Morecambe Bay

A quick stop on the way home

Andy and Pip plus stick

Morecambe Bay

Friday, 26 July 2013

Derbyshire - July 2013

Andy, Rob and Neil together with Abby and Pip had a weekend camping at the Duke of York in Pomeroy, Derbyshire.

On Friday we walked to Earl Sterndale for a pint at the Quiet Woman and then carried on to Parkhouse Hill. Pip was severely put upon by a herd of heifers on the way back to the pub, where owing to the excessive heat, we were forced to have another pint. 

The camp site

Parkhouse and Chrome Hills in the distance

Rob and Pip rest in the shade

Parkhouse Hill

Parkhouse Hill

Andy poses on the summit

Neil at the top

Chrome Hill

Pip has a breather and admires the view

The way down

From the top

The hill is an ancient reef apparently
Pip and the heifers

Pip comments on the indignity of being chased across a field by Bovril on the hoof.

Rob leads the cows home
Back at the pub
 On Saturday we walked from Miller's Dale to Monsall Head along the old railway line and had a pint or two at the hotel before returning along the line. Too many cyclists to be comfortable, especially with dogs.

Tunnel vision

Monsall Head

Monsall Head

Rob and Neil

Pip and Abby