Sunday, 23rd August 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Low Pike, High Pike, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Great Rigg, Heron Pike, Nab Scar
Start Point: Rydal Road Grid Reference: NY 365 063
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 3,600 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Very wet, misty and windy for most of the way.
Comments: Seven brave souls set off from Rydal fully clad knowing that the weather forecasters had promised a wet day and windy day. However soon after we started our ascent of Low Pike we were surprised to be able to remove our waterproofs only to be replacing them some 10 minutes later. Unfortunately the forecast was proving to be correct and from then on it was a case of survival in extremely wet, misty and occasionally very windy conditions. Morning and lunch time breaks were kept to a minimum and all thoughts were focused on getting back to the cars as soon as possible.
There are always bonuses in walking in these conditions - the normally very busy Fairfield Horseshoe was almost deserted and at lunch time we had one of the summit shelters to ourselves. I wonder why?

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Lots of water in Scandale Beck (and elsewhere) today!

 

What a bonus - didn't expect much in the way of views today, looking over Ambleside and Windermere . . .

 

and we optimistically take the waterproofs off . . .

 

but by the time we reach Low Pike . . .

 

they are all back on!

 

At High Pike . . .

 

we are having to battle with the wind as well

 

No more photos until we are descending from Nab Scar . . .

 

and are pleased to be almost at the end of this very, very, very wet walk

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