Martindale, in Wainwright’s Far Eastern Fells. Hallin Fell on the left, Pikewassa right, with Loadpot Hill in the distance. an unusual view from Sleet Fell above the hamlet of Sandwick.

Martindale map

​High Horse Level

Greenside Mine was once the biggest lead mine complex in the country and operated for nearly 300 years finally closing in 1962. The High Horse Level was one of the earliest to be exploited by Dutch ‘Adventurers’ in the late 17th century. The stone extracted was dressed to separate out the lead ore and waste materials dumped producing the fan of tailings.
Dressing required a constant supply of water so Sticks Gill was dammed on the left of the photo. In the 1870s the ’Top Dam’ burst causing much damage.

The hill opposite is Green Side, from which the mine takes its name. Its on the on the east ridge of Stybarrow Dodd. The two large ‘glory holes’ are collapses of the Gilgowars Level which occurred in 1862 collapse. Fortunately this happened on a Sunday when the mine was closed so no one was killed.

high horse level map


A pre-breakfast jog up to Red Tarn below Helvellyn. Any higher and I would have been in cloud. The view is Grisedale, with Grisedale Hause at its head. The 841m high St. Sunday Crag on the left is below the cloud ceiling but Fairfield at 873m is hidden, as is the Helvellyn range on the right.

There at least one other Grisedale in the Lake District, that overlooking Whinlatter Pass. There is also a Grizedale south of Hawkshead which probably has the same Old Norse root of griss and dalr, meaning ‘the valley of the young pigs’.

Grisedale map

Great Langdale

A view up Great Langdale, right of centre, from Loughrigg Fell with the Langdale Pikes on the far right. An overcast day but the tops are clear.

loughrigg map


For many people their first Wainwright. At 368m above sea level Latrigg is an easy climb from Keswick. This view is from Blease Fell after descending out of the cloud from an windy icy Blencathra. Derwentwater is in the distance.

Carrock Tungsten Mine

A return visit to the ruins of the Carrock Tungsten Mine at the head of Mosedale in the Northern Fells. Last year’s photo is here, almost a year to the day since my last visit. The circular bin is a bouse team where the ore was stored. These remains in the foreground operated between 1906 to 1917. For the first half of this period the mine was managed by two Germans, William Boss and Frederick Boehm who were replaced when the relationship with Germany deteriorated prior to World War One. Tungsten was a critical ingredient in the manufacture of munitions. During the early part of the war, memories of the German bosses were still fresh in the miners’ minds. A geologist from the Geological Society was captured by locals and ‘roughed up a bit’, locked up in the local school house, and his equipment and notes confiscated. Only then were the police informed that they had captured a ‘German spy’ who turned out to be nothing of the sort.

In the distance the plateau on the other side of Grainsgill Beck is the site of the 1970s mining operations.

Caldbeck Fells

Bright glorious sunshine this morning and then the sun disappeared, never seen again. Winds and rain soon followed.