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Edie

Well-Known Member
Fairfield Horseshoe is a classic.
UKH Route Cards - 'The Fairfield Horseshoe'


Start and Finish in Ambleside (ish). If done clockwise it's a short and steep start and a then rolling ridge all the way round with a gentle descent.

In decent weather theres no nav needed. If the cloud comes in you'll need to be careful coming off Fairfield itself but can then follow a dry stone wall almost to the end.

As it's a horseshoe ridge walk there grear airy views the whole way on a nice day. There's always other people around and you don't have to think about the route really.
Had a look. That actually looks perfect for a first attempt on my own. Thanks very much.
 

chilango

Der Teufel scheißt immer auf den größten Haufen
I'm quite getting into the idea of open water swimming for when climbing isn't an option (weather, lack of partner, etc.) and for when my joints pack up for running. Might need some lessons first, my swimming is a bit weak...
My wife's been doing it for a couple of years. There's local training too in the Summer. Thinking of giving up my expensive gym membership and need stuff to ug the gap (that isn't running).
 

Supine

Rough Like Badger
Horseshoe is great. I'd recommend doing it from right to left because that steep bit is a killer. Plus you can have a pint in the badger bar when you get down.
 

bellaozzydog

rolling turds in glitter
I'm quite getting into the idea of open water swimming for when climbing isn't an option (weather, lack of partner, etc.) and for when my joints pack up for running. Might need some lessons first, my swimming is a bit weak...
If you want to improve your stroke and really enjoy open water swimming google "total immersion swimming"

It's a bit of a game changer. Loads of triathletes train "total immersion" mainly because the swimming is their weakest link and normally learning to swim properly/train competitively is an early years thing.

I'm very envious of swimmers who take it up in later life using the total immersion technique. As a life long competitive swimmer it's hard to convert style and habits

 

baldrick

ooooh timewarp
Open water swimming is great.

It's becoming reasonably popular now so the facilities for swimming outdoors are definitely there. The wetsuit is the worst part, though that stuffed sausage feeling does dissipate a bit in the water. I am not brave enough for skins.
 

UnderAnOpenSky

baseline neural therapy
If you want to improve your stroke and really enjoy open water swimming google "total immersion swimming"

It's a bit of a game changer. Loads of triathletes train "total immersion" mainly because the swimming is their weakest link and normally learning to swim properly/train competitively is an early years thing.

I'm very envious of swimmers who take it up in later life using the total immersion technique. As a life long competitive swimmer it's hard to convert style and habits

Intresting. I can plod along with breast stroke for hours, but crawl knackers me and think it's definitely technique rather then just fitness.
 

bellaozzydog

rolling turds in glitter
Open water swimming is great.

It's becoming reasonably popular now so the facilities for swimming outdoors are definitely there. The wetsuit is the worst part, though that stuffed sausage feeling does dissipate a bit in the water. I am not brave enough for skins.
Modern suits are a very nice fit
 

LynnDoyleCooper

I fucking told you so.
I love the idea of a journey through the mountains or a similar wild place that involves a run, a swim, and an easy climb/scramble.
 

UnderAnOpenSky

baseline neural therapy
There was still a fair few people about, but it certainly wasn't busy given the weather.

My calfs kinda hurt now. Did it in trainers and managed to run sections of it, so probably to be expected. Got anothet day working underground tomorrow. Getting to the mine will be intresting!
 

baldrick

ooooh timewarp
I went there last August bank holiday, it's fab isn't it? Lovely location. And the pub next door is pretty good. We went to Vindolanda, which was pretty awesome and had a long run along the wall. Bloody hilly though. I stopped to take photos about every five minutes for a breather. I think I've got snaps of every milecastle between twice brewed and the reservoir :D

This August bank holiday, we're going back to Northumberland, but headed to the coast this time. Looking forward to it, hopefully the weather will be good.
 

kebabking

Not a Girly Swot, but I like them....
..we're going back to Northumberland, but headed to the coast this time. Looking forward to it, hopefully the weather will be good.
Northumbrian coast is amazing, you'll love it - and an hour from Edinburgh as well. 100 miles of beaches, castles, mountain, forest and Early Medieval Christian locations like Lindisfarne and the Farmers: what more could any sane person want?
 

baldrick

ooooh timewarp
That sounds fab to be fair. I want a nice beach, some good walking and views, so that should work!

Much better than our week away at the start of August... to Kidderminster :hmm:

I want to make clear it wasn't my choice of destination. But at least there's the steam railway. :thumbs:
 

kebabking

Not a Girly Swot, but I like them....
That sounds fab to be fair. I want a nice beach, some good walking and views, so that should work!

Much better than our week away at the start of August... to Kidderminster :hmm:

I want to make clear it wasn't my choice of destination. But at least there's the steam railway. :thumbs:
Go to Bewdley - I live between Kiddy, Droitwich and Worcester. Lots of nice pubs and shops in Bewdley, and go to Ludlow for the day, Bridgnorth is good and has a funicular, Shrewsbury (45 mins from Kiddy) is beautiful, and the Wyre Forest is great for long, cool walks. Brown Clee Hill, Long Mynd,, Stiperstones, Malverns, and Mortimer Forest all offer good walking...
 

treefrog

Tauiwi
We're slowly coming into spring and summer and I'm mad keen to get the hiking gear out and hit the trails. Unfortunately, most of the local trails are closed for the long term due to a horrible disease killing the native trees :( and our son isn't great going on a long walk after a long car trip.

He's 18 months old, we did a wee bit of hiking with him in a carrier when he was small, but he's now too wriggly and big for it but not quite ready for walking by himself. Hoping he settles enough by the time the season really gets into gear!
 
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