LD Mountain Centre Blog

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Five Iconic Hikes in the North East

Here’s a piece from friend of LD Mountain Centre, Chantel Stevenson, who works in the tourist industry in Northumberland and the North East at Cottages in Northumberland. Dunstanburgh Castle and a not so peaceful coastline As we head further into summer, the North East is offering up some of the best natural scenery in the British Isles. With breath-taking expanses of peaceful coastline and dense green forests galore, this region proudly boasts some of Europe’s most attractive destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. Tranquility at Kielder Water With plenty of adventurous routes... Read More


A Day on Dow

Dow Crag above Coniston is one of, if not the, most accessible big crags in the Lake District with a big mountain atmosphere and many classic multi-pitch trad routes in all grades. The walk from Walna Scar to the crag is pleasant and easy going On a recent visit, having parked on the Walna Scar Road and enjoyed the easy 45 minute walk to Goat’s Water we tackled the inevitable slog up the scree to the foot of A Buttress. In reality the scree slope only takes 10 or 15 minutes... Read More

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LD Staff Head for Secret Test Location

Last weekend pretty much the whole staff team from LD headed into the depths of the beautiful Northumberland landscape for some gear testing and “team bonding”! Not a bad spot for the night Many thanks here, to all at Whitley Bay Explorer Scouts, who have maintained the fantastic location above for many years and who agreed to let us use it and also the folks at Prendwick Farm whose land it is on That’s most of the climb done! Loaded up and probably carrying too much Northumberland at its best!... Read More

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Rum At Last!

Fine Weather over Rum as we head back to the mainland With two planned trips to Rum abandoned for various reasons over the last couple of years we decided that despite the forecast for strong winds, snow and lightening, to throw caution to the wind and head to the Isle of Rum anyway, accepting the fact that our plans to walk the main ridge might have to be modified. So Sunday afternoon we headed off after work to spend a night at the Independent Hostel in Glencoe before continuing to... Read More

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Cheviot and Hedgehope

Wim and Peter dodge the bad weather on Chevoit   The Cheviots are a funny place. ​ Amidst the bogs and the long-backed, muscular undulations that the range compromise, Cheviot looms henge-like and wise. Whilst Hedgehope angularity perches to its flanks, seemingly shifty and distrustful. The geographical equivalent of Dumbledore and Snape. ​ Much like their literary counterparts, Cheviot often promises so much, only to have its esteemed reputation needlessly and maliciously cut short, whilst its true significance is posthumously renovated with retrospective grandeur and wisdom. In this scenario, think... Read More

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Nigel Cook’s 50th Year Challenge

Nigel Cook, friend of one of our directors Roddy, has set himself a 50th Year challenge to raise money for the very worthy cause of Willow Burn Hospice in Co. Durham. Here’s how he is getting on. Hills, Hills, Hills and More Bloody Hills The last couple of weeks have had a lot of ups and downs, all in the name of this 2017 challenge. When many people had a relaxing time over Easter, myself and Victoria booked a cottage in Ambleside and set about climbing as many Wainwright peaks... Read More


The Vallée Blanche (What can you get for 62€?)

John (one of our Ski Techs) and 3 friends headed out to the French Alps for a mixed week of touring and piste skiing, as you will see a perfect day skiing The Vallée Blanche was very much their highlight. Classic shot of the Midi and the ridge that gets onto the Col du Midi With friends still confined to school holidays and having been unable to find common time at Easter for our usual hut to hut ski tour, Feb half term was the only option for the four... Read More

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A Scandinavian Saga (Part 3 of the Trilogy)

Lillehammer More than a place to hide from the mob… Jon from our web team rounds off our Scandi Saga Trilogy with his end of season snowboard trip to Lillehammer in Norway. Jon’s love of Scandinavia and in particular Norway stems from his youth when he spent many school and family ski holidays in the lovely Norwegian ski resort of Voss. Now a fully converted snowboarder, although he still skis pretty well, and having travelled the world and lived in New Zealand for some years he has re-established his connection... Read More

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A Scandinavian Saga (Part 2 of the Trilogy)

Part 2 of our Scandinavian Saga has John and Val heading off for their third trip to Beitostølen in Norway. Three years ago now, in search of a different experience and the possibility of some gentle uncrowded slopes for my wife Val, who by her own admission is a competent but cautious skier we stumbled upon the Norwegian resort of Beitostølen, tucked away on the edge of the Jotunheimen National Park. Beitostølen’s unique appeal and wonderfully laid-back atmosphere stem largely from the fact that it remains very much a family run resort.... Read More

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A Scandinavian Saga (Part 1 of the Trilogy)

We’ve all gone a bit Scandi mad at LD Mountain Centre this winter with three of our staff heading off to different parts of Scandinavia for their winter adventures. In part one of this trilogy we hear from Sophie who with her fella set off in mid January set off on  a 6000 mile road trip visiting six countries over three weeks. Sophie in Lofoten Our mammoth road trip started with an overnight DFDS ferry ride to Ijmuiden from North Sheilds harbour. The first day was a grueling 600 mile... Read More