Category Archives: Lakeland Challenge

Photographs from Hellvelyn, Nethermost Pike and Catstycam

Ascent to Hellvelyn










On Striding Edge near Hellvelyn Summit













Scramble on Striding Edge










Rowland at Summit of Nethermost Pike










Dave at Summit of Nethermost Pike












Rowland Takes a Tumble










Rowland at Summit of Hellvelyn










Dave at Summit of Hellvelyn












Rowland at Summit of Catstycam

Blog Entry 6 Tuesday 19 June – Great End, Ill Crag, Esk Pike & Bow Fell

At 19-45 we arrived back in our car at Seathwaite, having set out at 10-15 once the rain had subsided. For some reason, it seems, we were the only people in the UK who suffered rain overnight! So off we went short of sleep & attacked the steep ascent of Great End, which we had been unable to visit on Saturday due to the severe weather. From there we made our way to Ill Crag, which we discovered overnight should have been included in the 10 highest summits, & then over another summit Esk Pike & then on to Bowfell. At Bowfell, we were blessed with wonderful sunny weather & could see Scotland, the Isle of Man & a full panorama of the Lakeland mountains. At the summit we met a lovely family from Buckinghamshire who agreed to sponsor us. Bowfell was our 10th summit & all that remains now to complete our challenge is to climb the mighty Skiddaw, the 4th highest peak in the Lake District, on Wednesday morning, therefore completing the challenge. From there we will return home on Wednesday evening. Please look on the blog for additional photographs which show the conditions we met along the way, fantastic scenery & views. Despite the difficulties we encountered along the way we never lost sight of the purpose of our visit to the Lake District & we look forward to thanking everybody who has contributed to this very worthy cause. Thanks again for your prayers & support. Dave & Rowland

Blog Entry 5 – Great Gable & Pillar

Thank you for everyone who has made comments, they have been really helpful & encouraging. Today we set off with the sun shining & made our way to Wasdale Head – a truly beautiful place. Huge mountains enclose this valley & we managed to reach two of the highest peaks today. The climbs proved more difficult than expected with lots of large rocks & loose scree to deal with both going up & coming down. These areas are not for the faint hearted, every step had to be carefully considered! Over the past few days we have met lots of interesting people from romantic sounding places as far apart as Vancouver Island, Arnold in Nottingham & Doncaster!! A slight change of plan tomorrow Great End which we missed on Saturday because of bad weather & Bowfell. On Wednesday we will complete the challenge with a testing hike up Skiddaw. We plan to add an extra peak on Tuesday or Wednesday to complete the set of 10 peaks. Love Dave & Rowland ps thanks for your prayers, no injuries or blisters just a few grazes & sore feet.


Blog Entry 4 – Hellvelyn, Nethermost Pike & Catstycam

Set off in weather less settled as we had hoped. We travelled to Glenridding & from the car park had a long uphill slog to get to Striding Edge – a place most people would wish to avoid, it’s a log stretch of jagged rock which leads to a difficult final climb & scramble through awkward rocks which lead to the summit of Hellvelyn. Thick mist & rain greeted us & we made our way to two further summits. At Catstycam the mist cleared & we were rewarded with lovely views over Ullswater & beyond. Whilst these summits are relatively close together it is extremely difficult to get from one to another. We can now look forward to a good rest & another difficult day tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers & comments & thanks for your best wishes on Fathers Day. Dave & Rowland

Blog Entry 3 – Saturday

Saturday was a very difficult day which left us feeling we had already earned any sponsorship money that was to come our way. We were kept awake by incessant rain & therefore delayed our start hoping to find better conditions. Initially the rain continued but not as heavily as during the night. We soldiered on enjoying spectacular views of mountains & numerous huge foaming waterfalls. The initial terrain to Scafell Pike was not too difficult but then the terrain & the weather significantly changed!! We ascended to the summit through steep difficult rocky ground & heavy rain being driven sideways with gale force winds. When at the summit the mountain rescue official advised we descend as soon possible, For a moment we stood higher than anyone else in the country but risked being blown back where we had just come from! We learnt that many climbers had failed to reached the summit & mountain rescue had been called out as parties had been split up in the poor visibility. We then had a very arduous descent in very poor conditions but were driven on by the thought of the orphans, widows & poor people in Kenya depending on our support. Tomorrow we are expecting better conditions & will continue our challenge. Dave & Rowland

Blog Entry 2 – Friday

Set off on time from Derby/Nottingham in bright sunny weather aiming for Scotch Corner. As we joined the A66 we also joined stair-rod rain!! which kept our driver occupied until Penrith when things brightened. Had a pleasant walk around Keswick & picked up a few last minute bargain hunting items. Arrived at base camp around 5-30pm & as we settled in the heavens opened & still are open at 10-30pm; the good Lord doesn’t want us walking on dry ground.
Much to ours & everyone else’s astonishment we actually prepared a 3 course meal – garlic bread, chilli & wine.
We are now prepared for the day ahead – let battle commence!!
Dave & Rowland

Blog Entry 1 Thursday 14 June – Travel to Lake District, Camp Herdwick Croft

1½ days to go before we start the Lakeland Challenge with Scafell Pike!! Can’t get any more difficult a mountain with it’s hostile terrain.

We travel tomorrow the 200 miles to the Lake District in readiness for our early start on Saturday morning at Seathwaite. On our first day the plan is to reach the peaks of Scafell Pike, Scafell & Great End. What have we let ourselves in for!! We must remember the cause & that will be all the incentive we need; thinking of the orphans, widows & poor in Western Kenya & the church community centre we are building.

Thanks for your messages of encouragement & your donations or pledges, but please, please, keep the donations coming in, any amount no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.

The sponsorship is going well, and we are over half way to meeting our targets of £1000.00 each.

We would value your prayers especially for good weather & protection against injuries.

Many thanks for your support. Dave & Rowland