This was near the end of my day walk up to Maiden Moor from Borrowdale. Catbells is nearby to the left. There’s a path down the hillside slightly to the right. I used micro spikes where it was icy and snowy. The Dodds are in the distance. Down the other side the slopes lead to Ullswater with wonderful views up to Saint Sunday Crag and Red Screes. I’ve never walked The Dodds. There’s been no reason to do so although I drove there once to take a look. There are a few places like that, not worth any effort but which you may want to see. I’ve not walked all the so called Wainwrights either. I’ve taken no notice of them. Many years ago I climbed Harter Fell at Eskdale which gives you views across to the Scafells. A man came up shortly after me and told me he was finishing the Wainwrights. He told me he’d had a boring day and some of the peaks are like that.

I bought the full set of Wainwright’s guide books many years ago, and two or three more which are less well known. A mountain guide once said to me they’re a curiosity but he couldn’t actually use them. I agree. I’ve not read them much even at home because they’re not very legible. He’s a lovely discovery but after a few years of his books and on television too, it’s quite tedious and appears little more than an industry. In Scotland a few years ago I said to a chap this is wild, much better than the Lake District. Wait until you get up to the far north he said, where it’s even wilder. We were on the Glen Shiel Ridge. He made disparaging remarks about Wainwright which from the viewpoint of Scotland I entirely agreed with.


Moon Over the Dodds

Sunday March 29, 2015