We’ve had some rain!
Published 03 July 2016
We were so fortunate in April and May because there was very little daytime rain. I got used to wearing shorts all week and leaving my waterproofs in the bag.
The last two weeks have seen a return to more usual Lakeland weather with showers and whole days of rain. On the positive side the waterfalls are fuller and everything is greener. Also it helps us to appreciate the sun and warmth when they arrive.
25 Jun; Cycling to St Bees, Whitehaven and Cleator
On a Saturday afternoon what could be better than a circular ride including a spell sitting on the beach and an hour sat watching cricket. In between I stopped on the cycle path where a horse had to be coaxed to walk past my bike because my laid-down bike was something it could not recognise. Horses are not daft.
27 June; Graystones, Broom Fell, Lord’s Seat and Barf
A circuit of four fells of modest height in the North-Western Fells area. The morning was blustery with some showers but the sun came out at lunchtime.
The first three were not much more than grassy hills but Barf was beautiful with grass tracks among heather and bilberry bushes.
I had to return via Lord’s Seat but then followed a lovely bracken valley back to the car.
28 June; Wasdale Head flat walk reconnaissance
Next week Steve and Julie, two of our friends from Sussex, are staying in Coniston and we have arranged to meet up for lunch and a walk.
We have visited Wasdale Head many times but always to climb the adjoining fells so it was interesting to spend time exploring the immediate area including St Olaf’s Church and Ritson’s Force. We are very much looking forward to Tuesday; showing them around and catching up with the gossip from home.
29 June; Florence Mine
It rained very hard all morning, only easing in mid-afternoon. After being indoors for so long I was itching to get some air so I went out around 4pm for an hour’s ride around the town. For the first time I found the old Florence Mine where iron ore was extracted until 2007. It is now used as an Arts Centre.
The combination of the rusty buildings, the recent rain and the now blue sky gave me some great photos.
30 June; Knott Rigg, Ard Crags
I had already climbed all the fells which surround these two lower peaks. From Newlands Hause they were an easy two hour walk but the beauty for me was the ability to get a different perspective on those larger fells. Seen from that angle Robinson and Hindscarth were far more majestic than from their summits; Addacomb Hole gave meaning to Windope and the view of Causey Pike only reinforced my current love affair with that fell.
30 June; Mellbreak
I climbed Mellbreak earlier in the summer and although I made a long walk to get there from Ennerdale the final climb was easy. Mellbreak is a prominent feature of Loweswater and it deserves to be climbed from that direction.
The climb was more challenging with the path going up the scree and then over various craggy outcrops to the top. Great views of course.
Before I go I’d like to thank my Brighton friends, Pete and Wendy who have sacrificed two rounds of golf to support my chosen charity, The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association. The generosity of those who have read my blog has been fantastic.
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