Three great photos for you this morning, with morning mist and blue skies – looking forwards to a grand day in the Lakes.
Up towards Helvellyn, this is the Coast to Coast route to Patterdale. Views of Seat Sandal. Grisedale Hause (the Gap before Grisedale Tarn), Fairfield and Great Rigg.
This is our view of Helm Crag from the top of the How at Thorney How, overlooking our roof line.
First autumn colours appearing in the garden.
One of the very popular walks that you can do right form our doorstep is the small but prominent peak of Helm Crag, also fondly known as ‘The Lion and The Lamb’. Helm Crag is one of the peaks listed in Wainwright’s Central Fells guide book published in 1958. Wainwright states that Helm Crag’s height is 1,299ft but the more modern OS 1:25,000 map now puts it at 405m (1,328ft).
Wainwright also states that Helm Crag ‘may well be the best known of all Lakeland fells’ and describes it as ‘an exhilarating little climb’, ‘if it has a fault it is that it is too short’.
We’re very proud of the fact that Thorney How is of course listed in Wainwrights guide and the hostel features on his drawn maps as a Youth Hostel. Thorney How (the rock feature) is part of the SE line of crags that trail down towards Grasmere as an extension to the ridge from Gibson Knott. Gibson Knott itself is also well worth the extra 1 mile extension to the walk.
I have been climbing Helm Crag since I can remember and I was very probably carried up it by my parents before that!
For more walk details see: http://www.leaney.org/lake_district_fells.php?fell_id=helm_crag
3 January 2011
We had our first family trip to Thorney How today. This was the first time that two of our daughters, Julia and Laurie had had the opportunity to look around and to get to know the house. After the New Year weekend there were no groups booked in so we had access to the whole property and grounds.
We were keen to find out what winter problems there had been – yes a few pipes burst and no rubbish collections. This was also a good opportunity to measure up a few important rooms, mainly those that we intend to use for our personal space.
I also wanted to get a good look around the grounds and to take some more photographs.
This was my favourite view standing on top of the rocky mound called Thorney How looking up and across to Helm Crag in the background beyond the house.
Heading back we stopped off in Ambleside for Cornish pasties and then went to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader in 3D at The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal as a family New Year cinema treat.