Sunday, 18 January 2015


Sunday morning and up at the crack of dawn to see white hills as far as the eye could see.  Battling the blizzard as we picked up our group.  After we jumped starting some locals we braved the icy Whinlatter Pass finally ready for the off; my all time favourite walk, the Coledale Horseshoe in WINTER!!  3 Peaks linked by thrilling ridge lines and the best panoramas the Lake District has to offer.

A gentle start up Grisedale Pike got the blood pumping and folk found their snow legs.  With every step a new bit of the view unveiled itself.  A brief group huddle at the summit was enough in the biting wind, we dropped down below the summit for a spot of early lunch.  Focaccia bread, last nights curry, chicken wraps and home made banana muffins were all on the Great British bake off menu!!

Refuelled we gathered our kit and headed town to the col before we commence our steep snowy scramble to the top of Hard Crag Hill; the centre piece for this stunning walk.  Excillerated at reaching the top of the crag we raced with huge grins to the summit.  Spin drift and view gallore!

We stopped for pictures, hugs and high fives and marched on down the stunning ridge line to Sail.  The views over the to other Lakeland fells were amazing - High Raise, Helvellyn, High Street, Scafell Pike, Great Gable - all covered in deep snow.

We raced down the side of the fell to the valley floor bouncing in the deep powder, making it back to the car before sun down.  Roast lamb and ale at the Magnolia bar in Keswick finished off the day a treat!!

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You can come on a walk for £20 per person (min 4x people) or 1:1 guiding £85 or 2 people £95.

Enjoy the snow!



Saturday, 17 January 2015


The snow has come to the Lake District and this time it's here to stay!  There were patches where it was waist deep today and some pretty slippery ice on the tops.  Couple that with 50mph gusts and some exciting spin drifts and we had an awesome day out on the Lake District fells.

We woke up this morning and couldn't really decide where to go, spoilt for choice.  But we didn't want to drive to far from Kendal so we decided to rock over to Patterdale and either go up Helvellyn or St Sunday Crag.  The winds looked strong on top and the cloud was low so we went for St Sunday Crag.  We had a leisurely start so it was the best choice.

The mountains looked spectacular in their winter coats.  Place fell to the left, Glenridding screes and Sheffield Pike all covered!  Stybarrow Dodd had a huge amount of snow on it, the snowboarders and skiers on Raise must have been laughing!  They should get their moneys worth out of their ski passes this year!

The air was so fresh, but the temperature wasn't too cold.  When the wind hit however and the snow battered our faces it was so cold.  Half way up we stopped for coffee and last night left overs, hacked out a nice wind shelter with our ice axes and had some chili chocolate - perfect for a winters day walking. Pan managed to somehow knock our sandwich box halfway down the mountain.

We continued up to Birks on on up to the Cape at 841 metres!  The axes and crampons came out on the summit as the wind was so strong and the top was covered in sheet ice, really hard to stand up.  So cold, but refreshing, and we got a real buzz out of seeing the Lake District covered in snow again.  Can't wait until tomorrow now and our walk on the Coledale Horseshoe.  One of the best walks in winter!

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Enjoy the snow!!




Saturday, 10 January 2015


2015 Is going to be an action packed year and I am promoting 3 mountain challenge events at some great prices!!  I would love for you to come along and share the adventure.

Firstly I have the NATIONAL 3 PEAKS on 6th June for £125 per person.  It is usually £185 so that's quite a saving.

The price includes transport from Kendal in the Lake district and we will complete the National 3 Peaks in 24 hours, beginning at Ben Nevis in Scotland, then stopping at Scafell Pike in England and finally completing the challenge at Snowdon in Wales.

It's an awesome challenge and you can find out more at

The LAKES 3000s is the second challenge on 2nd May 2015.   The Lakes 3000s involves completing all four of the highest mountains in England.

All located in the Lake District National Park; Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Scafell and Scafell Pike are all over 3000ft and are usually completed in 15 hours!  It's an impressive challenge and will test you both physically and mentally.

The usual cost for this is £155 but I am offering it for £75 per person!! Including transport.  Check out more @

Finally I will be running the YORKSHIRE 3 PEAKS on 9th May 2015.  Usually £155 but on this date  it will be £75 per person.

The YORKSHIRE 3 PEAKS is a massive day out and involves hiking Wernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent.  The day takes in some of the most stunning landscapes in Britain; the Yorkshire dales and takes you over 18 miles in one day!  A huge undertaking but a brilliant challenge!!  Find out more at

Please check out more details @ or on the above links or QR Code for more information.  You can contact me at 07748 764 640 or email me at



Monday, 5 January 2015


The time has come I'm afraid to switch my allegiance and join the dark side, the bums, the drops out, the gooneys!!  This year I am ditching the skis and taking up the ways of the Snowboard.  I haven't been nagged or bullied in to doing it but I though lets give something new a go.  So on Tuesday I hit the Chillfactore in Manchester to begin leaning the art and I have to say I loved it straight away.

The first lesson was great and I felt a freedom that I though I had with skiing but it's so much better.  The boots are lighter and so is the board.  You can express yourself a bit more and I feel like I'm floating when I'm sliding down the hill!  I learnt about heel and toe edge, about looking where you're going, breaking and the, yes, going down hill fast in a straight line.

I am in a rush to learn.  I need one more lesson before they allow me on the main slope and boarding in Serre Chevalier is not long away.  One more lesson to go - bring on the Alps.



Saturday, 27 December 2014


The last few days have been simply spectacular.  Snow in the Lake District, beautiful blue sky and good people to walk with.  It was so nice to see the sun and snow.  Blencathra, Skiddaw and Catbells were some of the walks we went on over the festive period and it was so nice to spend Christmas in the Lake District for once.

The hill walking in the North Lakes never get boring and with the snow and all of the stunning winter colours it couldn't get any better.  I even took my mum up her first hill and she smashed it!! Good on her!!  The views over to the central fells were a joy covered in snow and showered with sun rays!

It was great to head into Keswick after each walk and spend some time in the town with the Christmas decorations and light ups.  A few ales in the Dog and Gun didn't go a miss either!!

Enjoy your walking!  And if you would like to come out with me on a Lake District Guided Walks please call me on 07748 764 640 or email or visit



Friday, 5 December 2014


Hey guys I've got some good deals going for 2015.

Check out the calendar and the #n3p #3000s and #y3p pages for info!

£75pp Lakes 3000s Sat 2nd May

£75pp Yorkshire 3 Peaks Sat 9th May

£125pp National 3 Peaks 6/7th June

Also I'm offering daily guided walks for £20 per person January through to April!!

Also if you book an event before Jan 15th you'll get 15%!!

Call 07748 764640 or 01539 232619

email Dan at