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(Good) Friday 21st March 2008

Duddon Valley

We had a family Good Friday today with a drive along the Duddon Valley and a walk around Seathwaite, followed by a drive further along the valley (after an agreeable lunch, of course). The weather was changeable to say the least with it changing seemingly by the minute. At Cockley Beck, the snowstorm was really quite heavy and the wind was almost Arctic. They are predicting a return to winter this weekend, so perhaps they have got that one right.

Whitfell, Hesk Fell and The Pike from the start of the Duddon Valley road.

The conditions were constantly changing - one minute blue sky, here looking to the Dunnerdale Fells...

...and leaden skies the next, looking to The Pike along the valley road.

Wallowbarrow Crag in the sunshine from Hall Bridge. Shame about the power lines running across the field.

Seathwaite Church, the beginning of our walk today.

Wallowbarrow Crag on the walk around Seathwaite.

Sluice on Tarn Beck.

Clear conditions over Dow Crag and Walna Scar, but behind us there were snow clouds. Lets go for lunch, quick!

Much later...Harter Fell from the road beyond Seathwaite.

White Pike looking the opposite way from the Harter Fell photo above.

Crinkle Crags and Little Stand above Cockley Beck.

Hard Knott along the River Duddon.

Ulpha Fell.

The Scafells appear above Moasdale from Cockley Beck. Connie and Louise are on this photo if you look hard enough!

Wrynose Pass from Cockley Beck.

Cockley Beck Bridge.

Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and Little Stand from Birks Bridge Rapids.

Birks Bridge. I must have jumped in from those rocks to the right a thousand times over the years! It certainly looks inviting today, if a little chilly.

Ulpha Church.

On the way home, an odd light over the Coniston fells from Broughton.

Even nearer home, the fields are full of lambs wearing orange jackets. Are they breeding them softer these days?

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