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Hallin Fell

This is a ‘beginners’ walk in the lake district and to be fair all but the infirm should be able to climb it or rather, walk it. From the route I went along, it was a little steep at one point. Anyone a little less fit should take some time. I took my time and it still only took about 30 minutes.

Hallin Fell overlooks Ullswater. I used the gpx map from this website to make sure I stayed on track. Having a GPS and a few other items, such as extra layers, food and water is always a good idea in the Lake District. My phone’s signal was patchy so it could not  be relied on for directional support.

I parked my car at St Peter’s Church at Martindale. I did notice a memorial in the graveyard to Commander W.H. Parkin. Inside the church there is a window dedicated to him as well. This used to be the only memorial for the HMS Glorious that was lost in 1940

Anyway back to the walk. It was a rainy Bank Holiday so I set off early to avoid the traffic and to get a parking space. I had spent the previous day inside, also due to rain, so I decided to do a short walk in the Lake District to be safe.

The path up is pretty obvious, but just as I started I overheard a man tell his child to stop so they could look for the right path…and I stopped and checked my GPS, all was good. I think he was just slowing the kid down. Despite the drizzle the views were lovely, but I regretted not talking a stick to help my poor knees over the steep bits.

Here are a few photos.

As you can see there were a few other walkers, some with dogs, some with children. There are also lots of sheep. There are no toilets, no shops…not even an ice-cream van.

On the way back the traffic was unavoidable, lots of people having to go back to work tomorrow.

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But not the worst jam I have ever been in.

Cycling Around Stanley Ferry

For the past few days, I have been thinking about buying a new mountain bike. Mine has dodgy brakes and is not a great make. I originally bought it to be a cheap bike to cycle into town and not worry about leaving it in a bike rack. My main bike is a Giant road bike and I would feel uncomfortable leaving that chained to a rack out of eye view. But many of the places I want to cycle are unsuitable for a road bike. That means I have been using the cheap run around more than I ever intended. Hence maybe I need/want a better one.

But before I spend any money I thought I would give my cheap bike another try. So off I trundled to a local cycle path, one perfect for a mountain bike. I also thought I would do a little geocaching along the way.

The Transpennine cycle route 67 is fairly close to my house. I am quite lucky.

Here is my strava map.

Part of the route was really tight, but being near water it was also fairly flat. Before and after the actual trail route was quite hilly though. That means you get a great workout.

The trail was fairly quiet apart from The Stanley Ferry restaurant area. And with it being Yorkshire I got the chance to chat with a few people along the route.

As for the bike. It is a bit rubbish, but it was fine for this kind of route. I will think on a bit more.

 

Newmillerdam ride and walk

I haven’t been posting much recently due to some family issues. Basically I returned to Japan from the UK at the end of the summer holiday only to receive a phone call 2 weeks later asking me to return as my mother had taken a turn for the worse. After a quick flight and train I was back in Yorkshire. Now mum is a tiny bit more stable I can venture out a bit. It is good for stress relief. I also joined a gym so I can do something during the day close to home while mum has the district nurse and carers change her meds.

Knowing how much I like cycling my parents lent me some money, plane rides are expensive, and I found a second hand Giant Liv on ebay. It is exactly the one I wanted and my size. The giant I have in Japan is too big, now I know why having a good fit really helps. When I return and pay off my credit card 🙂 I will invest in the same one there.

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Today I didn’t go far as I was hoping my sister could meet me with mum in our other ebay purchase, thank goodness for honest ebayers, a wheelchair adapted car. To be honest it didn’t look good as she had had extra meds in the night. So while I waited to see what happened I wandered around the reservoir. As you can tell by the route map as I forgot to turn my watch off. But here is the route non-the-less.

https://www.strava.com/activities/405584238

Newmillerdam is a great place to wander in English woodland. There is an easy trail around the water, but you are not supposed to ride around it. Though that rule doesn’t seem to apply to children and I am ok with that. You can read more about the area here, here, and here.

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This is the actual dam. I thought there might be cycle parking near here, but there wasn’t and the path with the fence is small so you can’t chain it there. In the end I decided to take it with me, it is light.

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But first a 99 ice cream.

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It is a short walk perfect for families, dog walkers, and pushers of wheelchairs.

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When I completed the shorter circuit I got a message saying that I would not be met later so I decided to have a late breakfast before my return home. Then just as I finished another message saying they are coming. Yeah! Such is life right now, no set plans can be made.

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Another wander around the water with a very red mother much to the annoyance of the Canadian geese.

Kamigo Shrine Cycle

Today was a national holiday so no work today, lots of time to do a ride. I explored the website and iphone app “mapmyride” yesterday and made my first route. I looked around a familiar place and marked all the shrines that I could see…there were a lot. I then plotted a route to go passed them all.

I tried to insert the route map here, but it doesn’t seem to be working. So click here to be redirected to it. The day I did it was a little windy, but I was prepared. I was wearing tighter clothes, not carrying a bag, on my better bike. So off I set.

IMG_2130 The route starts and ends in this park. It has plenty of car parking spaces, vending machines, and a toilet block.

Now let me talk about the kinds of roads or paths the route takes. Most of the route goes through villages and on main roads. You will cross a few train lines, so be careful there, especially at the unmanned crossing.

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There were a couple of problems with the route, sometimes cause by Google’s accuracy and my own route planning. For instance I ended up at these steps, but could see the road above would be ok to ride on. I ended up pushing my bike up the hill.

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The route around the lake at Sanuma park at coordinates 36.190689,139.951899 had an actual cycle path, but you are not supposed to ride over the bridge, get off and walk…it’s a nice walk and view. I saw cormorants and herons. This would a great place to stop for lunch or a picnic as it is about halfway along the circuit.

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Some of the roads were barely roads, thanks Google, you are far too detailed at times.

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Then there was this road/dyke, being resurfaced. At first I was happy as there was a temporary road, flat and smooth. But can you see the fence? The road eventually turned into mud and soon was impassible. But I could not get over the fence, so had to back track a little.

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On the whole though it was a pleasant ride, twisty at the start but you could pick up speed towards the end.

And now the shrines. I counted about 33 that I saw and photographed. As there were so many I only stopped briefly at most of them. Here is a gallery of the BSS (brief stop shrines).

 

There were a few shrines that I stayed longer at. This first one had one of the most interesting features I have seen at a shrine. There is no name on Google maps, but the coordinates are 36.109036,139.97366.

The island you see is covered in little shrines.

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They look to be family shrines. Here is the main shrine.

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The next one is at 36.121809,139.967649 and called Koshoji. I stopped at this one due to the magnificent entrance.

IMG_2160 IMG_2161 IMG_2162 Usually these statues are behind cages. So it was nice to see them up close and personal. All around the grounds were bonsai trees, I was going to write “little bonsai trees”, but I guess that goes without saying.

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The next one is called Jokoji and can be found at the coordinates 36.143693,139.958465

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The last shrine I spent some time at is called Muneto Shrine at coordinates 36.159395,139.967418

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There were plenty of other things to see along the route, I had a great day. I cycled around 45km and saw about 33 shrines. I think there were more as the route sometimes seemed to be a little crazy at times, why would I do that if there wasn’t a reason.

I really liked the app MapMyRide and will use it again.