High Rigg

Walk  date – 26th February 2021

Distance – 5.5 miles

Weather – sunny start, cloudy later, slight breeze


More days of rain since our last outing but today a dry and sunny day turned up so off we went for a short walk over High Rigg. Unsurprisingly, the ground remains saturated so it was soggy underfoot and even soggier around those areas which normally tend to be on the ‘boggy bits to avoid’ list. The weather pattern lately seems to be that the day begins bright and sunny and then gradually the cloud builds up and eventually takes over. I keep forgetting to say that we have been trying out the Dark Sky website for a couple of weeks and so far the forecasts on there have proved to be much more accurate than the ones we had been using, e.g. Met Office and the other popular ones. Thought I’d mention it so you can give it a try and see if it works for your area.


Legburthwaite – Wren Crag – Long Band – Moss Crag – High Rigg summit – St John’s Church & Youth Centre – St John’s in the Vale footpath – Low Bridge End Farm – Legburthwaite

A view of Wren Crag from the deserted United Utilities car park at Legburthwaite on a lovely sunny morning.

Looking along St John’s in the Vale from one of the viewpoints. Isn’t it strange that, despite knowing that the initial stages of the climb are quite steep, it always seems to take your legs by surprise!

From the same viewpoint a view over to Clough Head …..

….. followed by a view of Castle Rock and …..

….. a look ahead for a view of Wren Crag. My jacket and jumper come off so I’m down to t-shirt level and J peels off a layer or two as well. Its warm work in full sun and with no wind to speak of.

The view down to the car park from Wren Crag. We can see our car down there and it looks like another one has parked beside us.

The two remaining Scots Pines on Wren Crag silhouetted against a very blue sky.

Making our way across Long Band with a sunny view of Blencathra all the way along.

A view along High Rigg with the Skiddaw group just peeping up behind it .

Descending from Cowrake Head and heading towards the scrambly bit on Mart Crag, nothing at all to get worried about because its not really that much of a scramble anyway.

A view of Clough Head as we pass through the gap in the wall.

A look back towards Great How and Thirlmere from the top of Mart Crag.

 The ups and downs of the route ahead from Mart Crag.

Bleaberry Fell across the valley.

The Helvellyn range appears on the left skyline as we climb from the stile up the next incline.

This is one of those areas on the ‘boggy bits to avoid’ list. You can dodge all the wetness by taking the path over the outcrops on the left. Being brave, plucky, stupid (pick your own adjective) we decided on the lower route. Nowt like living dangerously is there?

The tarn doesn’t have a name as far as I know so we always just call it High Rigg Tarn, and although it isn’t the only tarn on High Rigg we know which one we mean. Lovely cloud reflections on the surface today and a good long distance view of a very sunny Lonscale Fell.

A look back to the stile we crossed following our descent from the tarn via the path over on the left. We have a little more breeze now so I put my jumper back on, its still not cool enough for a jacket though. We’re heading for the next one on the ‘boggy bits to avoid’ list …..

….. and here’s a look back at it. There’s really not much you can do to avoid all the wetness so its a matter of mitigation rather than avoidance. Let’s just say the extent and depth of the wetness has increased considerably and leave it at that.

Clough Head again as we head for the summit of High Rigg.

A little patch of sunlight lands on Latirgg which brightens things up a little. The Skiddaw group is dulled by the cloud cover.

The summit is in sight so its a straightforward ‘run for home’.

The summit cairn on High Rigg and the sunny spell is still favouring Latrigg. We could do with some of that over here now as the breeze becomes a little stronger. Our jackets went back on.

The Skiddaw group from the summit of High Rigg.

Also from High Rigg’s summit a look back towards the Helvellyn group on the left and a partial view of Thirlmere.

We dropped down out of the breeze to a sheltered spot just below the summit and had a refreshment break. Shame about the cloud dulling things down but here’s the view we had from there.

After our break we made our way back down. High Rigg stands alone so there’s no other option but to descend. There are however plenty of paths from which to choose for the descent route, today we opted for the shortest, but steepest, one straight down to the youth centre and the church with this slightly different view of Clough Head on the way.

Heading down to the youth centre and the church, the latter being hidden by the trees.

St John’s in the Vale church where the daffodils are beginning to show. Before much longer the flowers will be ‘fluttering and dancing in the breeze.’ (Wordsworth)

A short distance from the church a gate leads to this footpath which will take us all the way back along the valley to our start point.

A very full St John’s Beck meandering through the pretty valley landscape.

The view from further along the path which was more stream than path for most of the way along it. We aren’t getting many sunny spells now and those we do get are a bit weak and watery.

The view along the valley …..

….. and the view ahead as we pass through the forest section.

The path runs alongside a very full and fast flowing St John’s Beck near the end of the walk and …..

….. after a short uphill section the path levels out, turns a bend and here we are, back at the gate where we started our walk.

From the gate there’s only a short walk before we turn left onto this lane which leads us back to the car park. The sun seems to have taken its hat off and gone home so everything is quite dull now. I think we’ve had the best of the weather today, but better to have the dullness at the end of a walk then have the sun come out just as you get back to the car. So, that’s the end of today’s walk but before you go here’a couple of items which might be interesting –

I came across this a couple of days ago –

The reports of adverse effects have been updated and now give figures up to 14th February. Links for each updated vaccine analysis are below –

Pfizer – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/964207/COVID-19_mRNA_Pfizer-_BioNTech_Vaccine_Analysis_Print__1_.pdf 

AstraZeneca – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/964208/COVID-19_AstraZeneca_Vaccine_Analysis_Print__2_.pdf

Unspecified brand – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/964209/COVID-19_vaccine_brand_unspecified_analysis_print__1_.pdf

And finally, this article from someone who doesn’t pull their punches – https://russelldavidsmadworld.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-cruelty-of-this-government-is.html

Great and Little Kinmond

Walk date – 21st February 2021

Distance – 4.2 miles

Weather – dry, some sunny spells, light breeze, mild


A week of rain showers rounded off by two days of non-stop rain throughout Friday and Saturday made for a very dreary week. Things brightened up a little by late morning today so we had a short walk over the limestone pavements on Great Kinmond and Little Kinmond. After so much rain the ground was very soggy so it was a muddy walk but, after a week of watching raindrops dribble down the windows, it was good to get out again.


Sunbiggin Tarn – Dales High Way – Great Kinmond – Little Kinmond – Sunbiggin Farm – Stony Head – Sunbiggin Tarn

Starting out on the very soggy ground of the Dales High Way, the Howgills in the distance.

Great Kinmond comes into view as we round the bend in the track.

We had a very good spell of sunshine we walked over the gentle slopes of Great Kinmond and, in the absence of any wind to speak of, it became quite warm. So warm that gloves were put into pockets and jackets had to be unzipped.

Approaching the gate in the first wall on Great Kinmond. The wheels of farm vehicles bringing hay for the sheep had left muddy and well churned ground around the gate. I don’t suppose the farmer cares very much for the mud either but the sheep have to be fed.

The view over to High Pike on a lovely afternoon as we make our way over the gently rising ground. Sunbiggin Farm is in the cluster of trees to the left and Little Kinmond is the tan coloured hill on the extreme right.

A view of Mallerstang Edge to the east of us from the top of Great Kinmond. Not much snow left over there, or anywhere else now.

Still plodding over the fields with the Howgills in the distance.

One of the limestone pavements on Great Kinmond.

Looking north east from Great Kinmond.

The Howgills and a smidge of Sunbiggin Tarn from Great Kinmond. Lots of cloud in that direction …..

….. but we still have the sunny spell over us as we make our way over towards the sheep ‘huddle’ and the gate at the wall corner.

The sunny spell disappears as I take a look back at Great Kinmond.

The wall serves as a guide and eventually leads us to the stile and …..

….. about half a dozen strides beyond it is this gate where we leave the Dales High Way to follow the very muddy path over to Little Kinmond.

We eventually left the worst of the mud behind and dropped down off Little Kinmond over this grassy path. The sunny spell has gone and cloud is building over High Pike ahead of us. The path leads across a series of fields and the gates have the standard yellow and green path markers although they aren’t a lot of use if you don’t know the area as the green arrows have more or less faded away.

The Shap fells to the south west …..

….. and the Howgills to the east. The farm buildings come into view below us.

The sunny spell moves eastward and briefly lights up the Howgills.

The ground is so saturated that it cannot absorb any more and so finds ways of escape, this spring isn’t always here.

A look back at Little Kinmond as we approach Sunbiggin Farm.

Almost down to the farm now with a view of Hooksey, Yarlside and West Fell over to the right.

Its a struggle to open the gate and when we do we find it is only hanging on one hinge. J attempts to fix it and I give him a hand but over time the holes for the fixings have increased in size and the fixings wouldn’t stay in place. Time for a new gatepost methinks.

We pass round the farm buildings and at Stony Head the tarmac farm access lane comes to an end and the rough track begins. From the track there’s a clearer view of Hooksey, Yarlside and West Fell.

A look across to Little Kinmond as we head back along the track.

Every dip in the track was full of water so some nifty footwork was needed.

Back at the car with a view of Little Asby Scar and Crosby Garrett Fell on the skyline. Its only mid-afternoon but the increasing cloud has dimmed the light and it doesn’t look as if it is going to get any better. That’s it for today then folks, but we’ll be back when the next fine day turns up.


Fight back to get your life back!

Thursday 18th February 2021


Since July 2020 a group of lawyers, headed by Dr Reiner Fuellmich, has been investigating the coronavirus phenomenon and  gathering evidence from around the world in preparation for legal actions.

Last night we watched a four hour livestream broadcast from Germany during which doctors, lawyers, investigators and journalists from around the world reported on the ongoing international legal disputes, including the various legal actions, class actions, nullification complaints, etc.

They also discussed how those who are primarily responsible for crimes against humanity can and must be held accountable for both civil and criminal crimes, possibly within the framework of a new International Court of Justice to be set up according to the historic example of the Nuremberg Trials, with an international cast of lawyers, judges and prosecutors.

Preparing this has been a bit of a rush job as not much time has elapsed since the video ended late last night but hope you will be able to make sense of it.

Four hours  of video is a lot to get through so to make it a bit more manageable the time points where each person makes their contribution have been given with a brief synopsis of what they said.

It might be helpful to open the video in one tab and have this page open in another.

If these attempts at making things easier have only succeeded in baffling you even further then, as a quick rule of thumb, whenever Dr Reiner Fuellnich (in the white shirt) appears he will be speaking German or English, he is fluent in both and he is an easily identifiable point at which to move back and forth through the video or pause it as you wish.

Where the contributor does not speak English Dr Fuellmich gives a translation afterwards, so just scroll forward for the translation to cut the viewing time

The time points given below are approximate so you may have to use the slider button to get to the exact point you need.

A video of the livestream is now available here on youtube –


if you tube have removed it you can view it here on their own web site –


Scroll down a little and below the blue banner at the top of the page where you will find the video, its title is Sondersitzung.

The first person to appear was Robert F Kennedy Jnr

 Starts at 1.40
They discuss the corona and legal situation in America in English. Mr Kennedy has a medical condition which affects his voice.
A disturbing video at 12.00 showing forcible vaccination of elderly care home residents, no sound to the footage
Dr Fuellmich translates into German at intervals
56.30 End of Robert Kennedy section

Next contributors to appear are two lawyers from Austria speaking in German about how the power of the people can really change things

1.06.44 Translation to English followed by more discussion
1.16.13 More translation

Austrians get around the ban on mass protests by simply going for a walk in their thousands, all at the same time and in the same place. There’s an amusing description where the crowds surrounded the police who were then forced to leave. Crowd began shouting that their Chancellor has to go.
That’s something that could be done here.
Discussion continues

1.24.35 Translation explaining that Austria is a small country, has a very weak government which leads the two Austrian lawyers to think that the Austrian government is ready to fall apart.

1.34.29 Next contributor also from Austria

1.40.33 Translation regarding how do people get damages from the courts of law for what has been done to them, lawyers will go after the corporations and the individuals who are really responsible

1.45.45 Next contributor is Dr Angelo Giorgiani from Italy who used to be an anti Mafia prosecutor, he and his colleagues have collected a lot of evidence which is relevant not just for Italy but also internationally

Dr Giorgiani’s contributions are translated after each statement he makes

Key points –

We are facing a global situation and the so called pandemic is being used as a cover for social engineering to take over the whole states and to create a whole world government
Basically he is very alarmed that the democratic will of the people will be ignored and he says the aim is the takeover of whole states based on the pandemic

In Italy the high number of deaths came from wrong treatments and decisions made by the authorities and not the virus itself
He says it is interesting that the errors made in Italy were then repeated, more or less, all over the world
Italy should have been an example of what not to do but there was no worldwide interest in avoiding the errors which had been made in Italy
All the deaths were recorded as Covid-19, no autopsies
You can only understand this by realising that it is nothing to do with the health of the people

The role the media played is incredible because without the media daily recording increasing numbers of deaths this situation could never have been reached
The media are the agents for the psychological terrorism and now the vaccine is portrayed as the only solution to the problem

He says we have to ask who gave the instructions/information for them to act in this manner and all over the world are these so called ‘experts’ who are the consultants of the governments
That these experts are often in evident situations of conflicts of interest, that a lot of them are on the payroll of pharmaceutical industries
These experts are acting as the long arm of the WHO, they created all the huge damage and until now do not face any responsibility
We have reached the point where now we have to render all these people responsible for what they have caused, the enormous violation of fundamental rights

He speaks of the role of the WHO which he calls an agglomeration of private investors and is playing its role in their interests and not in those of the citizens of the world
He points specifically to the individuals who we know are financing the WHO

The aim is to make us all a patient who continuously needs drugs/vaccine and that this vaccine will be used to create a continuous pandemic

There is a huge private economic interest to create an enormous ongoing profit and there is no interest in creating a vaccine which will be efficient because drugs and vaccines which have a high efficiency would stop that volume of profit

It is obvious that to submit us all to this kind of vaccines is in order to start a never ending circle between vaccines and drugs because its in the interests of big pharmaceutical companies which he sees are behind the new world government

He says that we know from the data that the mortality of covid-19 is similar to that of seasonal flu and that obviously there are already efficient therapies for covid-19

He says we can see that people who have had the vaccines, and after the second injection get sick and some are dying

We have tested thousands of people who show up as being positive who are without symptoms and who aren’t ill

He asks why are people being asked to take the vaccine when they will continue to get and to transmit the virus

We know these vaccines have not passed all the tests and are experimental, and could never be mandatory because this would be a tremendous violation of fundamental rights which are guaranteed by international conventions and by the European Court of Fundamental Rights and this would be a crime against humanity

His intention is to brings these crimes before the International Criminal Court and he is willing to join the group to be able to do that

It is obvious that small and medium businesses are dying and this goes in favour of a small group of players ( I heard the word Amazon in his contribution but the translator did not mention it)

He says this plan was obviously to destroy the economic system so that the states would have to take finance from the international players and then they would no longer be free in their decisions

More and more states would have to take finance and they won’t be free in the future

He says that we in Europe are in the second phase of this development and that there are already countries which are in the third phase of this, for example Israel

If we look at what happens in Israel we should know what we will be facing in the future because all during the year we could see that what happened in the first phase then happened in all other countries

In Israel it began with ‘soft ‘ propaganda to get people vaccinated. Last year Benjamin Netanyahu met Albert Bourla from Pfizer and they concluded a mainly secret contract, Israel paid double the price compared with the US price and the contract placed an obligation on Israel to reach a certain number of persons vaccinated, (a quota, in other words)

They have to fulfil this mass number within a certain time period and to transmit the information regarding the consequences of the vaccinations (adverse reactions) to Pfizer, the lawyer likens this to an industrial contract

He says it is very interesting how, in Israel, they are trying not to give the public real numbers of the numbers of deaths after the first vaccine and the figures recorded on the official report web site are not true to the real numbers

The language used by the Israeli government is getting more and more aggressive, using words like ‘extinction’ of people who don’t want to have the vaccine, that if people didn’t get the vaccine they should wear clothes of a certain colour in order to show that they hadn’t had the vaccine, (for Israel, of all places, to suggest this is absolutely incredible)

 Enormous pressure is being placed on people and this he says shows us what we would face in the third phase of this development

In Europe we are currently in the second phase he says

He goes on to explain that Rabbis who are trying to defend the position of people unwilling to be vaccinated are being subjected to physical pressure, he mentions one Rabbi who is part of his (the lawyer’s) organisation is now facing a very difficult time and could be arrested soon. There was also an attempt to destroy his synagogue.

Such threats are taking place in other parts of the world eg South America and Eastern Europe, but there are people trying to go against this development and the only way to get out of this is to get organised worldwide in order to help each other and to change the situation

To conclude he says that the legal actions are very important all over the world but it is also important that the citizens organise protests because it is important that they show they are not willing to accept what is happening

It would also be a good idea to organise a worldwide protest at the same time to show that all over the world to show that there are huge numbers of world citizens who want this to stop.

We have also to work on a communication system because now there is only one system and one message and this has to be changed
That we need a communication system which will reach a larger number of citizens
This needs to be world wide otherwise a change won’t be possible
Also needed is an organisation to help small and medium sized businesses

This section ends at 2.43.21

A short discussion with the translator, who is also a lawyer and involved in litigation, follows, ends at 2.50.58

This is then translated into English by Dr Fuellmich and ends at 2.53.06

Next person to contribute is a French journalist and the conversation takes place in English, ends at 3.13.33 with short breaks for translation into German at intervals

Next up is a lawyer from the Netherlands, this is in German
English translation starts at 3.25.53
and the end of this section is conducted in a mix of German and English, ends around 3.33.56

This is followed by a very short section in English from a lawyer offering her expertise, her specialism is audio/visual legislation and its associated civil rights

Next is another short contribution from someone in Spain starting around 3.38.22 this is in a mix of German and English

The last contributor is from Israel starting at 3.44.33 and describes what is happening in Israel, conducted in English

The situation in Israel doesn’t sound good, it will probably be our turn for something similar before long. Lifting of the restrictions here is beginning to look a long way off.

The fact that the situation has been identical all over the world certainly has all the hallmarks of a pre-determined plan. The purpose of yesterday’s post, and previous ones, was to let people know what has been going on regarding all of this and hopefully some of it has been instrumental in getting people thinking about what is happening and be willing do something about it. Taking a tip from the Austrians – a peaceful walk (i.e.no placards, banners or violence) through your town with a few thousand others might be a good place to start. Hope you’ll take a look at the video and pass the link on to other people you know. Thank you.


The Battle for Britain?

Wednesday 17th February 2021


Article by Lord Jonathan Sumption in

The Daily Telegraph

Monday 15th February 2021


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Remember those ‘three weeks to flatten the curve’?  Yet here we are, almost a year later and nothing has changed. Until public attitudes change the government will continue to keep these restrictions in place because, as Lord Sumption points out almost at the end of his article, the Prime Minister ‘is too much of a populist to go against public sentiment. He lacks the moral and political stature to lead opinion rather than follow it’. It will only end when the public decides it has had enough and says so loudly and clearly.

If you want an end to restrictions then you must say so. Most MPs have been sitting at home in their constituencies on full pay (£81,932 plus allowances) for the past eleven months so its not difficult to see why they support these restrictions. Its time to shake them out of their complacency. Write to your MP and let them know your views. It needn’t be a long letter, just be concise and to the point and remind them that next time around if they want your vote they had better get off their backsides and start doing something about removing every last one of these oppressive restrictions. This website makes it easy to do https://www.writetothem.com/ so do it AND KEEP DOING IT. The reply you receive is irrelevant, the point is to keep filling their inbox so they eventually get the message.


Think of those young men who, in 1940, clambered into their aircraft to fight off the enemy. They were fighting against tyranny and oppression and for our liberty. They knew the odds were stacked against them but the future of their country mattered to them. Now it is up to us to fight against the tyranny and oppression imposed on us by our own government, but do we have the will and do we have the courage?

This is our Battle of Britain.

Regarding the vaccinations to which Lord Sumption refers in his article, concerns about them have been increasing. There is an online government yellow card reporting system where adverse effects can be reported. The latest analysis for the Pfizer vaccine can be found here –


The last page summary shows: Total reports – 20,319, Total reactions – 59,614, Total deaths – 143

and the latest analysis for the AstraZeneca vaccine can be found here –


The last page summary shows: Total reports – 11,748,  Total reactions – 42,649, Total deaths – 90

The adverse effects for each medical area are listed on a separate page so you have to scroll down to read the next one.

These are reports on the government’s own web site. It is up to any member of the public (which will presumably be the person who has suffered the adverse effect or a member of their family) or health professional to do the reporting and one wonders a) how many people know about the yellow card system and b) how many will actually report anything. The summary mentions that adverse effects were reported less frequently by older adults than in younger people. That is hardly surprising since older people may not be familiar with or even use online services so there may well be quite a lot of under-reporting taking place. Naturally enough the government summary says there is no connection between these adverse events and the vaccine – ‘The nature of Yellow Card reporting means that reported events are not always proven side effects. Some events may have happened anyway, regardless of vaccination. This is particularly the case when millions of people are vaccinated, and especially when most vaccines are being given to the most elderly people and people who have underlying illness.’ So they were old and ill and were going to die anyway and that’s OK then is it? Looks like some lives don’t matter as much as others. The fact that those deaths may have been hastened by vaccination seems not to have been considered. The link to the summary is here – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-adverse-reactions/coronavirus-vaccine-summary-of-yellow-card-reporting

It is particularly concerning that the group of people the vaccine is meant to protect, i.e. the elderly, are the ones who are being most affected by it and there is increasing concern about the number of deaths in care homes following vaccination. This is happening around the world, not just the UK, and the situation in Gibraltar is causing great concern. Here’s a link to a report about Gibraltar – https://lockdownsceptics.org/2021/02/16/ which appears after the item on opening schools.

Further links to incidents can be found here http://www.vernoncoleman.com/main.htm

In the left hand column click on Health, when that page comes up click on

UPDATED 17th February – How many people are the vaccines killing?

Dr Coleman also made a very moving video a few days ago https://brandnewtube.com/watch/doctors-and-nurses-giving-the-covid-19-vaccine-will-be-tried-as-war-criminals_7tNEBnZogbdlEXu.html

and all of his videos are posted here https://brandnewtube.com/@DrVernonColeman

A legal action has been started to have the vaccination programme stopped in Germany after a care home worker spoke to the lawyer Dr Reiner Fuellmich about what had been happening to residents in the care home where he works. The video, with English subtitles (which take a few seconds to become clear) is here https://lbry.tv/berlin-care-home-whistleblow:9 

As far as I have been able to determine governments around the world seem to be saying that there are no causal links between all these care home deaths and the vaccinations. Apparently these people died because they had not received the second course of injections and therefore had not developed sufficient immunity to the virus. Surely the high correlation between injections and subsequent deaths the world over cannot be down to coincidence alone. Post-mortems would help to determine the cause of these deaths but these do not seem to be happening. If they are I haven’t come across any information about them so far.

It looks like the goalposts are about to move again!

Today’s newspapers are reporting that the government will not agree to a major easing of the restrictions until new daily ‘case’ numbers drop below 1,000. That is ‘case’ numbers based on a questionable PCR test known to return very high numbers of ‘false positive’ results. How are we to be sure that these numbers will not be manipulated in order to keep the daily total above 1,000?  We can’t because we only have the government’s word for it.

What do you know about mRNA, ADE or pathogenic priming? It might be sensible to find out. There are lots of scientific papers out there dealing with these matters. This one, published 12th December 2020, is easy to understand and some of the information may be applicable to the care home deaths mentioned earlier  –


this one, in pdf format, goes into greater detail. It was published in the October 2020 edition of The International Journal of Clinical Practice –


There are hundreds of others, just make sure you are reading a scientific paper and not something pushed out by pharmaceutical companies or their associates. These will often give a very one-sided opinion and will skirt around or avoid mentioning the ‘awkward’ bits.

Finally, for what its worth, Google is no longer used in our household, we didn’t care to have our every move tracked, our data sucked up, or being shown only those sites Google wanted us to see. If you find this behaviour annoying, irritating and intrusive why not look around for something better?


Rydal Water and Grasmere

Walk date – 10th February 2021

Distance – 7 miles

Weather – sunny, very cold

The weather since our last walk has been grim and you’ve all probably experienced much the same so no need to elaborate. Anyway something better turned up today but with a forecast for very strong east winds at even moderate height, and the accompanying wind chill factor, we opted for a low level, and sheltered, walk around Rydal Water and Grasmere. The outward leg kept us in the lee of  Nab Scar so we were well protected from the wind and it was quite warm along there during the many sunny spells. The wind was a little more pronounced on their western shores but it wasn’t strong enough to put a damper on the walk so we had a good dollop of exercise and a very enjoyable walk.


A591 lay-by – Dove Cottage – How Top – White Moss Common – Old Coffin Road – Rydal Mount – Rydal Water – Deerbolts Wood – Grasmere – Hunting Stile – Grasmere village – A591 lay-by

Cloud bubbling up over Blencathra as we drive along the A66. The snow line has retreated quite a lot over the past few days.

Helm Crag and Steel Fell from the lay-by on the A591 just outside Grasmere village. No snow on these east facing slopes now.

A view of Silver How as we walk down the A591 towards the Grasmere roundabout.

Looking along one of the little back lanes as we walk past Dove Cottage. The white stuff isn’t snow it’s just last night’s heavy frost.

At the signpost at How Top we take the White Moss Common lane. We could have walked a little further up the hill to the left to the start of the old coffin road but reaching the coffin road via this lane offers better views of Rydal Water.

Silver How across Grasmere from the back lane to White Moss. A little further along, where the lane begins to descend towards the White Moss car parking area, we turned off to the left and followed a narrow footpath over White Moss Common to the coffin road. The footpath can be found opposite a small parking area at the top of the rise on this back lane.

A frozen pool, marked on the OS map as a reservoir, on the way across White Moss Common.

A full length view of Rydal Water from White Moss Common, shame the sun was obscured by a very big cloud while we were there. You don’t get this full length view from the old coffin road.

You don’t get this view of Nab Scar from the old coffin road either as the path passes alongside and below it. To the right of the tree in the centre is a white van parked by a house. The van is parked beside the old coffin road and that’s where we’re heading.

We dropped down from the higher ground of White Moss Common and on to the old coffin road. On the way we passed the white van which probably belonged to the workmen doing some work on the house. Beyond the house we passed by Dunney Beck, the path alongside it is another route up to Alcock Tarn which we keep meaning to use, one of these days we’ll get round to it.

Loughrigg across Rydal Water …..

….. and the view back along the old coffin road from the same spot. Empty of walkers at the moment but we did meet about a dozen or so people along the way.

A glimpse of Wansfell between the trees …..

….. and a look at the route ahead. It looks flat but there are a few ups and downs along the way. None of them involve a serious and/or strenuous climb though but they do add a degree of interest.

At the bottom of Rydal Mount is St Mary’s Church. When we reached the A591 at the bottom of the hill we turned right, crossed the road and …..

….. made our way along to the Badger Bar and Restaurant. Opposite the building is …..

….. this pathway. The handrail on the wall came in handy this morning.

The path leads down to the bridge over the River Rothay .

The river Rothay from the bridge.

I had just taken this shot when a lady walking her dog came along and the minute the lead came off it headed straight for the water and plunged right in. It didn’t seem to be bothered by the chilly water at all while it had a bit of fun chasing some ducks. We passed on the opportunity to have a paddle.

We followed a path leading towards the water …..

….. and followed the shoreline for as long as possible. Another large cloud obscured the sunlight on the water but there was a decent enough view of Nab Scar on the opposite side.

The path eventually swings away from the shoreline so here’s a look back before the view disappears.

Looking ahead where Silver How is just peeping up on the skyline. We met a few people along the path, mostly folk walking their dogs.

Heading up the hill past the old derelict barn …..

….. and at the top a view of Silver How on the right skyline.

We climbed a short distance up this slope where we could plonk ourselves on some rocks and get the hot soup out. This was the view along Rydal Water from the soup stop …..

….. and in the opposite direction we had a view of Helm Crag and Steel Fell above the treetops. After our break we dropped back down to the path again and …..

….. began descending down to Deerbolts Wood via this path.

The path brings us out at the weir where the water flows out of Grasmere into Rydal Water. A busy little junction today with walkers arriving and departing from various directions.

Dunmail Raise from the shoreline path around Grasmere. Lots of big clouds around today but we had plenty of sunny spells in between them.

Same view now framed by tree branches.

A view along Grasmere with Helm Crag on the left and Seat Sandal on the right. As you can see it was quite windy and you could have your pick of the lakeside benches today, it was far too cold to sit and admire the views.

Heading back along the Red Bank road to Grasmere village.

Walking back to the lay-by with a view of Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur …..

….. and back at the lay-by with a view of Helm Crag and Steel Fell. A very enjoyable medium length walk with plenty to offer and a good one to fall back on, especially as the high fells are not the most hospitable of places when strong winds are a-blowing.

The Drosten Files

Date – 29th January 2021


Weather – sleet and rain for the past couple of days and we’re stuck indoors again!

So no walk reports but the following information may be of interest.


The outcome of the legal action brought by Dr Reiner Fuellmich against Christian Drosten, details of which were posted here on 21st December 2020, is still pending.


Meanwhile a German TV channel has been looking at Drosten’s background in more detail and on 8th January this year they broadcast a programme detailing their findings. That broadcast can be viewed here – https://www.kla.tv/17877 – its in German but it has been translated into English and the transcript is publicly available. A link to the transcript is at the end of this post.


The programme dealt with the following four areas: 


“The Drosten File” Part 1: Christian Drosten and his mis-predictions

(seems as though he’s from the same mould as our very own Neil Ferguson)


“The Drosten File” Part 2: Christian Drosten and his doctoral degree

(a.k.a. The non-existent thesis)


“The Drosten File” Part 3: Christian Drosten and his PCR Test

(i.e. cobbled together and not fit for purpose, but then we already knew that)


“The Drosten File” Part 4: Christian Drosten and his manifold entanglements

(follow the money, as usual)


Here’s a snippet from Part 4:


‘A decisive indicator for the credibility of scientists is their neutrality and impartiality.


1. Is Drosten’s neutrality and impartiality even possible – given his connection to Olfert Landt?


Olfert Landt is one of the regular co-authors of Drosten’s studies – including the current Corona test publication. He is also the owner of the Berlin biotech company TIB Molbiol Syntheselabor GmbH, which produces Corona PCR tests. Drosten and Landt have apparently discovered a successful “business model”: in the case of pandemics and the most diverse viral outbreaks, they jointly develop a PCR test for them: this was already the case in 2002/2003 for SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), in 2011 for EHEC (Ecoli), in 2012 for MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), in 2016 for the Zika virus, in 2017 for yellow fever.


In the meantime, he has probably reaped gigantic profits from these tests. It is somehow doubtful that Landt will pocket the entire economic success and that Drosten will only benefit in his reputation.


It is always the same trick, which they have now resorted to again for the Corona panic. Landt also admitted this to the Berliner Zeitung: “The test, the design, the development, came from the Charité.  We just immediately converted that into a kit format. When you don’t have the virus, which was initially only available in Wuhan, we can make a synthetic gene [i.e. using computer modelling] to simulate the virus genome. We did that very quickly.”

(n.b. The Charité Hospital in Berlin just happens to be where Christian Drosten is employed as Head of Administrative Office for Global Health and Director Institute of Virology)


Right at the start of the Corona crisis, Landt and his Berlin-based biotech company were producing Corona test kits for 1,500,000 Corona tests per week, and by February they had already tripled their sales.


Regardless of the extent to which Drosten derived personal benefit from this, the question arises as to how it can be that developments are pushed forward with public funds and subsequently private companies profit from them to such an extent?’


Here’s the link to the English translation of the broadcast –



and here’s a link to another article which gives a great deal more information about what’s going on in Germany at present –



It all makes for some very interesting, and very concerning, reading.



Selside Pike, Artlecrag Pike and Branstree

Walk date – 25th January 2021

Distance – 6.3 miles

Weather – dry with sunny spells, very windy


Ordinarily this is a fairly gentle and easy walk over a couple of grass covered fells above Haweswater. There are no rock walls, crags, or any other potential hazards to deal with along the route and probably the most troublesome thing any walker would have to deal with would be the Captain Whelter Bog after a period of heavy rain. Walking in snowy/icy conditions is always a tougher proposition than summer walking and with that in mind we decided on the Selside Pike to Branstree walk today. They provide enough height to still offer some snow walking with no very steep climbs over rocks and crags layered with snow and ice. We had planned to return via Branstree’s north ridge in order to enjoy the surrounding scenery on the return leg, and because that route comes to an end a hundred yards or so from the lay-by parking on the Haweswater road there’s not much road walking to be done. We abandoned that idea because we had had more than enough of the incessant and very strong west wind by the time we reached the summit of Branstree.


Mardale – Mardale Banks – Old Corpse Road – Selside End – Selside Pike – Artlecrag Pike – Branstree – Gatescarth Pass – Mardale

The view across Haweswater from the lay-by. There’s a slight breeze and lot of big cloud around but brief patches of sunlight appear now and again.

A look towards Mardale Head as we climb Mardale Banks. Less than a dozen cars today in the parking area at the end of the road.

 Much higher now, just below the old peat huts, and where this neat little pyramid shaped cairn stands on a rocky plinth. We’re at the point where the views of Haweswater and its surrounding fells begin to disappear so I took a couple more before we went any further.

On the left is the promontory known as The Rigg, from which the Rough Crag/Long Stile route goes up to High Street.  On the right, across Riggindale, is Kidsty PIke.

Harter Fell and Mardale Ill Bell on the skyline.

Looking across Haweswater from the first peat hut …..

….. and the same again, just a little further up, from the second peat hut.

We reach the flatter path above Mardale Banks and pause for a breather. Haweswater has all but disappeared from view but its a good place for a close up view of the Rough Crag/Long Stile ridge route. The slight breeze has now become rather stronger and more annoying.

The craggy face of Harter Fell dominates the head of Mardale, to its right is the north-east ridge of Mardale Ill Bell and between them is Smallwater Beck and the Nan Bield Pass.

Heading for Selside End along the corpse road. The path was very icy in places but was easily circumvented. The wind is becoming increasingly annoying and is blowing the soft powdery snow all over the place. Spindrift starts hitting our faces, not a pleasant experience.

A look back along our route when we reached the wooden post marking the path up Selside End. We got the coffee out and had a short break here, more for a respite from the wind than anything else, but it was pleasant enough to have our backs to the wind and our faces to the sun for ten minutes.

As we climb the long and gradual slope of Selside End the wind comes at us directly from the west, its speed gradually builds, constantly knocking us off balance, and its a battle to make progress. If its so strong at this level we can only imagine what it must be like on High Street, Kidsty Pike and High Raise over yonder.

High Raise, Low Raise and Whelter Crags from Selside End.

The Haweswater skyline. A lovely view of the fells around Mardale. A little further on a lone walker came by us. He did say something as he passed by but neither of us had the slightest idea what he said, his words were just drowned out by the noise of the wind.

A little diversion over to Low Blake Dodd for this view into sunny Swindale and …..

….. the view across Dodd Bottom towards the heavily iced Forces Falls.

A short climb from Low Blake Dodd brings us alongside this tarn, frozen solid today. An extensive bank of heavy cloud obliterates views of the north Pennines.

Wind speed reading on Selside Pike. The forecast mentioned 15-25 mph at 850 metres which would at least have been somewhat more tolerable. Specks of spindrift still visible on the meter.

Selside Pike’s summit shelter, frozen snow inside and out and not much use today.

View back to Selside Pike. We’re using the lower path beside the fence line to cross over to Artle Crag and lots of deep drifts to contend with along the way.

This is the other only shot I took as we crossed from Selside Pike to Artlecrag Pike. We took the lower path from Captain Whelter Bog rather than cross the higher, and more exposed, ground of the nameless hill at 673 m. High Howes is our unofficial name for it. Even so it was a very rough crossing, the path had obviously been extremely muddy previously but was now frozen hard, badly rutted and very uneven. Add in the icy patches, the snow and the strength of the wind and it was more a case of enduring rather than enjoying. It was at this point we seriously considered calling it a day and making our way back over to Mardale Banks. However that would have meant walking straight into the wind and the spindrift, not a pleasant thought given how very unpleasant it was just being sideways on to it. It would also have involved a pathless descent over rough ground full of deep drifts and crossing a couple of deep and icy gills so, everything considered, we just carried on towards Artle Crag.

Constantly being punctured by spindrift and buffeted every which way made it hard going and tiring but we eventually got there. Still taking a battering by the wind I took a look back at our route – from Selside Pike, on the left, across the path by the fence line on the nameless hill and then the climb up to this point. In the summer its a very pleasant ramble over uncomplicated ground.

A further short climb takes us up to the two cairns on Artlecrag Pike where I took a look back .Selside Pike is on the left of the shot.

We staggered across to the circular trig point on Branstree only staying long enough to take a shot of it.

Crossing from the trig circle to the wall with a look across to Harter Fell and the fabulous cloud formations behind it.

Crossing the stile and following the wall over Selside Brow leads down into Mosedale. We follow the fence line down to the right and make our way down to Gatescarth Pass. We’re still being assailed by spindrift and consequently our faces turn redder after every onslaught.

Still taking a battering as we descend Branstree. There is no shelter at all across its wide open slopes.

Some of the wonderful cloudscapes taking place above Harter Fell. At least it took our minds off the battering we were getting.

Extra care needed down here where the gradient becomes more pronounced. Across the way we can see the path from the Gatescarth Pass leading up Harter Fell.

The gradient becomes easier as we approach Gatescarth Pass …..

….. and when we reach it we put the microspikes on. The surface is gravelly/stony and water from nearby becks does tend to flow over parts of it from time to time so we know it’s likely to be very icy further down.

Kidsty Pike misses out when a splash of sunlight lands on Rough Crag during the descent.

We get a change of view further down when Haweswater comes back into view.

The wind, and the ice, let go of us as we reached the cross wall back there so we could at last hear each other speak. We haven’t had anything to eat since breakfast so we had a late lunch perched on one of the large flat stones to be found beside the path, just above the parking area. Nobody around in the car park and only eleven cars parked up. Out of the wind and with a view along Haweswater we tucked in to the soup and sandwiches.

With the fuel tanks re-filled all we had to do was take to the road alongside Haweswater and have a steady, and wind free, walk back to the car.

From the road a look back at the north-east ridge of Mardale Ill Bell …..

….. and a look ahead along Haweswater. Sunset is still a couple of hours away but the clouds behind and to the left of us have joined forces and that looks to be the end of the sunny spells for today. It would be nice to say otherwise but this wasn’t the most enjoyable walk we’ve ever done thanks to the strength of the wind which made everything much harder than it should have been. Having said that it didn’t rain, sleet or snow, there were some decent sunny spells and the views were as lovely as ever, so not too bad a day all things considered.


The Old Coach Road, Threlkeld Common

Walk date – 24th January 2021

Distance – 4 miles

Weather – dry and sunny


An afternoon walk today, short in distance and for only a couple of hours but no less enjoyable for that. We had several days of sleety showers last week and at ground level the snow has gone from the valleys and any lower slopes exposed to sunlight. However, the sleet and rain at ground level fell as snow over the higher fells so the North Pennines and the higher Lakeland fells have received a fresh covering. We only had time for a short walk this afternoon so an out and back along the old Coach Road fitted the bill very nicely. Lots of other folk had the same idea too.


An out and back walk along the old Coach Road starting at the parking area at High Row to our turn round point at Mosedale Beck.

A stop on the road to Dockray for a view of the fresh covering of snow on Blencathra.

Starting out on the old Coach Road from the High Row parking area which only had one empty space left. The track is usually full of puddles which can make for a very messy walk, as can be seen today the puddles were completely iced over. Walking the grass verges was a better option today,

Great Mell Fell from the old Coach Road.

Looking back along the track. Out of shot to the left a family group had brought their collie and were giving it some ‘lie down’ training. That was the only command and was repeated over and over again so the dog must have been just a beginner.

Blencathra was a splendid sight across Threlkeld Common.

Clough Head also looked splendid as it came into view further along the track. We were in the shadow of Great Dodd along here and the temperature dropped accordingly so it turned very chilly for a while.

Further along, Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw join Blencathra on the skyline.

Clough Head, Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw and Blencathra from the old Coach Road. All of them looking really fabulous against the bright blue sky.

Clough Head from a high point above Mosedale Beck.

Below us is the deep cleft created by Mosedale Beck.

Clough Head again with Calfhow Pike just visible over on the left skyline.

Clough Head, soft clouds and clear air – a lovely combination.

Wolf Crags though are looking very chilly and uninviting.

A compare and contrast shot of Wolf Crags and Clough Head as we begin the return leg.

Great Mell Fell is still in sunlight …..

….. as is its next door neighbour Little Mell Fell. Cross Fell, the high point of the north Pennines, can be seen just to the left of it. It looked as though the Pennines had a lot more snow than the Lakeland fells.

Looking towards Watermillock Common as we return along the frozen track.

J heads down to the footbridge across Groove Beck. The Coach Road crosses the beck via a ford, just out of shot on the right, but there was a lot of very chilly water flowing across the ford today so it was best avoided.

Once across the footbridge its just a couple of strides …..

….. back to the Coach Road. The parking area at High Row is at the end of the stand of trees in the shot.

On the road across Cockley Moor from High Row with a stop for a few shots across the Aira Beck valley. The farm buildings at Dowthwaite Head are towards the bottom right of the shot.

Place Fell, on the centre skyline, just behind the lower slopes of Watermillock Common.

The snow covered ridge line of Arthur’s Pike to High Street, part of the far eastern group of fells.

Gowbarrow Fell glows as the ‘golden hour’ of daylight arrives an hour or so before the sun begins to set. The daylight is redder and softer during this period of daylight than it is when the sun is higher in the sky so everything takes on a much warmer appearance. Well, that’s it for today. The forecast is looking promising for tomorrow but we’ve had such promises before. If the forecast holds good we’ll do another walk tomorrow. Fingers crossed.


Out and back to Sleddale Hall

Walk date – 15th January 2021

Distance – 3.4 miles

Weather – cold and dry with some sunshine, no wind

This morning was one of those times when, in the words of Robert Burns ‘the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a’gley’ which was a pity because a sunny, blue sky day came along. As a result it was well past one o’clock before we were able to put it to good use.  As I mentioned in my last post it snowed for most of the day yesterday, it stopped just as the daylight disappeared. The skies cleared and a severe overnight frost followed so the snow covered landscape was more than a little crisp this morning. What with one thing and another we only had time for a short local walk today. Just an out and back to Sleddale Hall but an enjoyable couple of hours in some very bracing fresh air.


 An out and back walk starting at Cooper’s Green below Wet Sleddale reservoir and, after crossing the river Lowther, walking the tarmac access lane to its end point at Sleddale Hall and returning, more or less, by the same route.

 The buildings of Green Farm from Cooper’s Green, beyond them are some of the fells overlooking the valley of Wet Sleddale. The sun has had little effect on the compacted and very icy snow on the access road.

The glassy surface of another access track. We kept to the grassy edges obviously. The layer of thick white cloud above the fells in the distance would suggest that an inversion is going on over there, much like what we saw during our walk over Loadpot Hill on 6th January. We could also see the same thing happening in the valleys between the High Street group of fells on the way here.

Across the deep crunchy snow to the bridge …..

….. with a brief pause on the bridge for a shot of this chilly scene.

When we reached the icy and well compacted access road our spikes went on. Making any sort of progress without them was almost impossible, unless you were a sheep. Our fellow travellers had no difficulty whatsoever, not even a slither from any of them. As we went up the road more and more sheep joined this little group and by the time we reached the gate at Sleddale Grange we had gathered quite a flock of them. They were probably hoping that we were bringing food, alas, they were to be disappointed.

A look over my shoulder towards Wet Sleddale reservoir …..

We’ve just passed beyond Sleddale Grange where the herd of sheep were left staring disconsolately through the gate. The tarmac has given way to what is normally a grassy/pebbly track but that lies hidden beneath the snow today. The thick single line in the shot looks to have been made very recently by a bike with very sturdy tyres. Further along it was interesting to see that for quite some distance the rider must have had difficulty in maintaining balance because the toe ends of their boots could be seen on either side of the tyre track. Apart from those, and lots of deer hoof prints, no-one else had been along here since the snow fell.

Another view of the reservoir from Sleddale Hall. I had just taken this shot when another couple appeared. They were making their way up the hill towards the Hall from the path around the reservoir so we all had a quick chat before parting company.

The couple made their way back to Cooper’s Green via the path we had just been using and a zoom in will reveal the one of them standing just to the left of the barn. We followed the path up to the Hall …..

….. and I took a shot of the rear of it before we also began making our way back. No-one in residence there at the moment.

J ploughs across the pristine snow heading towards the gate and I make use of his footprints. We’re still wearing the spikes which are more of a hindrance than a help in this stuff. The snow quickly packs up around the spikes and you end up walking on what feels, and looks, like tennis balls, very wobbly walking ensues. There was little point in taking them off because in a few more minutes we’ll be back on the icy path again where they’ll definitely be needed.

Wet Sleddale reservoir as we drop down across the fields from Sleddale Hall. A thin veil of cloud diffuses the sunlight.

A look back at Sleddale Hall as we drop down the field and pick up the bootprints of the two walkers we had just been talking to.

A look back along the valley of Wet Sleddale, bathed in a glow of atmospheric light, as we reach the icy footpath again.

Back on the footpath now, although its hard to discern from the shot, and heading back towards Sleddale Grange.

A zoom in for a look back at Sleddale Hall.

Approaching one of the barns at Sleddale Grange …..

….. and a look back before we leave the frozen path and take to the frozen road again. The flock of sheep was nowhere to be seen when we reached the gate.

Making our way back down towards Green Farm with a look over towards the reservoir along the way.

Hungry sheep in a field alongside the wall.

We have company again as we make our way along the road. These sheep have also had hay put out for them but they’ve eaten it all. Just a few stalks were littering the ground where the bales had been placed a couple of hundred yards behind me. Meanwhile, they’ll have to make do until the next delivery slot.

A look back towards Seat Robert and its neighbours from the road.

The view ahead as we walk down Thorney Bank. The four chimneys of the Tata cement works at Shap are just visible on the left skyline.

Back at the signpost so we leave the road and drop down to cross the bridge.

From the bridge its just a short walk back to the car where we knock the snow and ice from the poles, gaiters, and spikes, stow it all away and take it home for cleaning and drying. Yes, its all a bit of a faff but would we really have it any other way? No, of course not because its what winter walking is all about: warm clothing, woolly hats, scarves, gloves and mittens, snow and ice crackling and crunching beneath your feet, chilled faces and red noses. Which reminds me, I know somewhere, about ten minutes from here, where we can get a good cup of tea so that’s where we’re going.


Law or fiction?

14th January 2021

Very changeable weather since our Loadpot Hill walk – wetter weather arrived and the snow at low levels melted away. As I write it’s been snowing steadily since daybreak and snow is now covering everything down to valley level. Outdoor activity has been curtailed by the weather yet again so no photos to display at the moment.

In their place perhaps the following links to further information on legal matters may be useful –

To begin with what is law and what is guidance?

On 11th January 2021 Ian Collins at Talk Radio spoke to Chris Daw QC to separate fact from fiction. Here’s the link to the seven minute video –


Image from lockdownsceptics.org

On the same subject –

‘The law of lockdown 3.0 (from January 6th)

Fiction: Guidance is law. The Police and public understand both.

Law: The government guidance on lockdown 3.0 opens with apparently deliberate ambiguity: “You should follow this guidance immediately. This is the law.” The juxtaposition of those sentences, even with the link included, appears intended to suggest the law requires you to follow the guidance. Such is misleading and not true. Citizens have a choice whether or not to follow the guidance.’

The quotation above is taken from the laworfiction.com web site (a group of lawyers concerned with separating the Law from the Fiction) and this particular article goes on to explain very clearly, and in plain English as opposed to legalese, what the law actually is. It deals with each area of restriction separately so no need to read the whole article (unless you want to of course), simply scroll down to the particular restriction which interests you and just read that instead. It might also be useful to print out anything you feel is relevant to your particular situation and keep that about your person just in case you need to remind anyone who fancies throwing their weight about just what the law actually states.

Each time the legislation changes the information is updated so it is worth bookmarking the site for future reference. 

*Please note that the legislation applies to England only.

And finally …..

Here’s an image to think about. Its one which is normally used to decide whether a domestic or workplace relationship is all that it might be. You might want to consider whether any, or all of it could presently be applied to the relationship between the government and the rest of us. In one way or another it is not difficult to say yes to every situation listed in the circle if you think about it carefully enough.