13 km 800m ascent Map
The plan today was for a shortish walk before I drove southwards so I went back to Brothers Water and parked by the village of Hartsop.
Starting off from the hamlet, the view up a side valley did not look very snowy
But then we all know that looks can be deceiving!
Within half an hour I was walking on this
And I could not resist another selfie
From the top of the ridge the views were just wonderful
There was a cold wind but it was not the kind of beast where you struggle to stay upright. It was the kind you have to adjust your hood so the blown snow does not sting your cheek.
There is a striking cairn on the summit that is called Thornthwaite Beacon. An appropriate name
The stone wall was covered in ice
A few hail showers blew by but nothing to make navigation difficult
The top of High Street was icy, the snow had melted yesterday and frozen overnight.
This is also an appropriate name for the mountain because the roman road went over here. The big white band is the snow covering the line of the old road.
Didn’t romans wear sandals and tunics? Brrrr.
There were patches of sunlight making the snow sparkle
Back down in the valley it seemed like a different world
It was a stunning walk, a completely unexpected gift from the mountains. Thank you.
My tally of hills I have visited is now 117 and there are 97 left on the list that I have yet to climb.
I am off down south for two weeks now to do some visiting and some painting and decorating. My plan is to return to the Lakes in mid March when the weather is wonderfully Spring like and the days are warm (!) and I will camp instead of staying in Youth Hostels.
However I suspect that in two weeks time everything will have changed and perhaps it will not be a good idea to venture out from the house too much if this Corona virus takes a hold.
So who knows when I will post another blog in the mountains?
So for now, I guess it’s