Wednesday 25 January 2012

Winter Walking on Haystacks

Well, I'm afraid there wasn't any snow on Haystacks last week but the ground was well frozen and there were superb icicles and some glorious sunshine.

Last time I was here was an equally sunny day - but at the end of August.

This time we parked at Honister Pass and walked through Dubbs Quarry. We could see a bank of cloud rolling in from the south over Helvellyn in the distance and were concerned it might cover everything. However we were lucky since it gradually dissipated leaving all the summits clear under blue sky.
After lunch on top of Haystacks we contoured round the slopes of Brandreth to return to Honister - one of my best walks this winter

Wednesday 18 January 2012

Icy Walking on High Seat

At last some better weather!  Last Sunday I had a superb walk along the ridge to the east of Derwentwater.  In summer it's a very wet and boggy place so I only come here when it is frozen.

view across Keswick from Bleabury Fell
Five Wainrights - Walla Crag, Bleabury Fell, High Seat, High Tove and Armboth Fell which even Wainright wondered why he went there. The views were excellent and with the longer daylight we could drop down to Thirlmere by Harrop Tarn though we nearly missed the bus when Skye disappeared on the descent.

This shows why I choose an icy day!
Skye on High Tove with view to Helvellyn