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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Saturday, 27 October 2018

Killington Lake

Thursday walk with Pete (on Wednesday) - 24 h October 2018

After five weeks or so of shed fixing I am liberated for walking.

I plotted a route on footpaths and prepared a snack and flask of coffee - on my shorter walks with Pete we don't do that. I had phoned Pete to cancel our walk tomorrow because it would be granddaughter Katie's seventh birthday and I would be involved with birthday treats.

After fuelling the car at Crooklands, about six miles from home, I was off again when Pete rang  and suggested we walk today instead of tomorrow. I went back to Arnside and picked up Pete and plotted a shorter and revised route on tarmac to suit Pete.

In February 2013 we circumnavigated Killington Lake:

click to view that post

It has remained a mystery to me ever-since that "Circuit of Killington Lake" has been one of the most frequently viewed pages on my blog - 736 hits since publishing. There is nothing in that post that I can identify to cause it to respond to some keyword. The Stats on Blogger Dashboard have always been incomprehensible to me.

Our walk today was on some of the same route as that much viewed post. The road was bounded much of the time by larch trees which, although apparently coniferous are deciduous, but today had not yet shed leaves - they have their own unique and enchanting colouring which was a pleasure to see illuminated by the autumn sun, especially since I understood some time ago that larch were threatened with extinction by yet another of the botanical  bugs that are going the rounds.

Worth a click to enlarge


  1. Hard to see why this post didn't generate the usual entertaining exchanges! I googled Killington Lake Circuit and your (older) post is the first thing which comes up. I also have posts which are inexplicably popular. For a while, it was one about an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar, then another about Common Lizards. A post which mentions an essay by E.V.Lucas (now rather forgotten and obscure) generates a huge amount of traffic from India, where somebody must still be using it as a school assignment, I suppose. More recently, three of my posts about the Tarn Gorge and some of my posts about buildings in Lancaster seem to have taken on a life of their own. Any post about a walk in an area which is not necessarily an obvious place to go for a walk seems to gain a steady flow of 'hits'. For example, a post from 2008 about a walk in Weardale still gets occasional visitors, but my more recent post about Teesdale, to my mind much more interesting, has dropped into the obscurity which is the fate of the vast majority of my output.

  2. Mark - The ways of Blogger are mysterious to say the least. Another one of mine which is frequently visited from November 2013 is Photos Furnish a Blog -

    That was in no way exceptional, but the title was a play on one of the volumes of A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell titled "Books Do Furnish a Room."