April Squares: the Cobbler

The Cobbler, also known as Ben Arthur, is so named because the distinctive rocky summit supposedly emulates the shape of a cobbler leaning over at work. Hmm…

On this walk I didn’t quite make it to the top of the mountain, but you can just see a small figure making an ascent on the right of the rocky outcrop above. Anyway, here am I somewhere on the way up in May 2005. Quite high enough to count as top of the world.

We did a lot of hill-walking in those three months, March-May 2005, then it all abruptly stopped when John put his back out and spent six weeks shuttling back and forth to physiotherapy. This was a disaster, because in mid-July we had an appointment with a very big mountain indeed. We weren’t as fit as we meant to be, but we did it anyway. Find out which mountain it was tomorrow!

Linked to Becky’s #SquareTops challenge.


  1. A cracking hill, better than a lot of much higher summits that are just large doorknobs on remote moors, proving height doesn’t really come into what makes a great peak.


  2. I can’t see the cobbler either and that rock formation looks like serious mountaineering to me! You are looking much happier (and warmer) in this one.


  3. I’m always trying to see shapes of people or animals in rock – and cloud -formations, but I rellay have difficulties in recognizing a cobbler here.


  4. What beautiful tops you’ve shared. For a moment though I thought you were abandoning your hill tops and joining me in the height of fashion today!