The weather turned out to be one of the poorer days in the middle of a stunning week this week…but you have to take your opportunities when you can so that’s what we did when we had a short walk up to two of the smaller fells at the head of Ullswater.

Arnison Crag

The wind was still strong this morning with frequent showers being blown across the fells. I had intended to go a bit further today but as discretion is the better part of valour, I made an early exit from the wind blown tops. If I had thought about it a bit more I could have descended via Hag Beck and made a circular route of it but as it was, all I could think of was descending – quickly.

Glenamara Park

Today was another ‘Dougal length’ walk as I am mindful that he is still only a pup and we can’t go too far just yet, eager though he may be! We had a walk around Glenamara Park taking in Birks and Arnison Crag and the weather started off clear enough but there were soon ominous looking clouds around blown in by the strong wind which proved to be a real cold blast.

Glenamara Park

It was a bit grey and damp for a short walk circling Glenamara Park above Patterdale, but at least it wasn’t raining after the downpour of last night. Everywhere was very wet though and the wind on the tops was quite chilly with only brief glimpses of sunshine to provide some cheer.

Deepdale Horseshoe

After a cold and frosty night, it was a really clear day today with lovely blue skies and autumnal colours all around Deepdale. The Hartsop above How ridge is a fine walk and the return across Fairfield and St. Sunday Crag makes a lovely circuit of the valley. Angus and Casper managed to get recognised again on St. Sunday Crag by a StridingEdge fan, and (by default) so did I!


I had a great high level ridge walk today along the Hartsop above How ridge, up to Hart Crag and Fairfield and then back down along the Saint Sunday ridge. It was a pleasant surprise to see the sunshine, but it was deceptively cold on the tops with a bitter wind blowing. With hindsight I would have been better off starting and finishing at Deepdale Bridge and walking the full Hartsop above How ridge.