In the years since the OFC was founded there has been some excellent content within the published messages on the message board. Sadly some of this content is lost to the message archive so this section is a chance to let some more interested members present their news, views, walks and ideas. Meet our correspondents from around the country and further afield. To see their current articles follow the relevant links on the left. (They are featured in alphabetical order). If you feel you would like to be featured then please get in touch.
|Jill Batchelor |
We love to visit the Lakes as often as we can but living so far away on the east coast of Kent means it's a long way to travel. The digital age of photography reignited my love of taking photographs and I started to look for local places to visit and walk. I soon discovered a wealth of local nature reserves and beautiful woodlands, and I love to take pictures of the local flora and fauna learning all about them at the same time. Taking pictures of the wonderful landscapes of the Lake District is still special to me, but I also enjoy close-up photography of things like butterflies and orchids.
Peter Burgess - Fellrunning
I founded the OFC in 2001 during the 'Foot and Mouth' outbreak and many people know that story. I think the high places are immensely spiritual and to many of us almost a religion in themselves. If the mountains make us think, or give us time to ponder that can only be a good thing. I think everyone should be prescribed a dose of fell country washed down with a pint of Melbre'k at the end! Take care and happy fellwalking. I hope you enjoy my sojourns around the world and can take time out to view my Youtube videos.
|Helmut Hudler - Alpine Angle |
From teenager on I loved to climb mountains, first with my parents, then with my first wife and on several occasions with good companions, climbing some high mountains in glacier regions in Austria, Italy and Switzerland. The second passion, combining with the first, was fotography, in the pre-digital area mostly colour slides. Most of my high walks have been documented by many slides, for which I spent much money.
|John Paterson - Fornside Chronicle|
All my family (on both sides) come from the north of England and when my parents left me a bit of money I had no hesitation in buying a cottage in the Lakes ten years ago, which I would let out for seven years before moving up when I took early retirement three years ago. Today I still walk and ski with the odd gentle scramble. I have a season ticket for Stoke City (someone has to do it) and I shoot grey squirrels when they venture into my garden; this took a bit of psyching myself up for but it has to be done if the reds are to survive. I count myself lucky to live in one of the most beautiful and mountainous areas of Britain - especially as it is full of people (such as OFC members) who feel the same way about it as I do.
"Just had to say, thank you for such a grand few minutes. I am 67 now and my knees are past the challenge of such a climb (Tryfan article) but it was great doing it again online with you." Sheelagh Finlay