Time for a late afternoon walk up to Brock Barrow after a fabulous day of sunny weather – there are great views from up there on a day such as this.
Everywhere I went this morning there were heavy snow showers with it settling on the roads in many places. I ended up deciding on a short walk to somewhere that was not too high given the wind strength down at valley level and ended up getting a pleasant surprise with the way the weather turned out. Given the earlier conditions I don’t think I could have asked for any more.
Height: 229 metres / 751 feet Grid reference: SD 29881 89881 Category: The Outlying Fells
Should I, shouldn’t I, should I, shouldn’t I…oh, go on then – time was very short this morning and I did intend to have a low level walk with the boys around Coniston somewhere but then was magically drawn skywards by diminutive Brock Barrow. It was a bit drab and a bit cool but watching Fletcher made me smile – it wasn’t so long ago (July 11th to be exact!) that he climbed this as a small pup and I worried whether it would be too much for the little fella. Now he is as big as Dougal and positively bounded up here…he’s going to be a fine fellwalking dog that Fletcher.
Today seemed as good a day as any to get out on the fells with young Fletcher – of course, with him being so young it had to be short and sweet but he seemed to take to it okay even in the hottest of summer conditions. It was absolutely gorgeous up there today, certainly the warmest weather I have been out in for a while.
It may be May (!) but it doesn’t particularly feel like it, the shorts and tee shirt are still not in evidence yet. Dougal (and Casper) have gone for it though having lost their winter coats ready for the long hot summer ahead. It was just me and Dougal again today for a jaunt along the east side of Coniston Water up on Bethecar Moor, a fairly relaxed walk with some great views.
There has been plenty of rain around over the last week or so but the Lake District has escaped the severe flooding that other parts of the country have been unfortunate enough to endure. It almost seemed impossible that we could get some dry weather at last after it rained relentlessly all day yesterday but here we have it – a rare dry day! The tops of the highest fells have a covering of snow and the wind up on top was pretty cold today.
It wasn’t the walk we set off to do earlier today but we were glad to have changed to the sunny eastern side of Coniston Water and we enjoyed a walk up to Brock Barrow and along the ridge in beautiful weather amongst the sweet smelling Ling. I think the views of Coniston Water and the Coniston fells are amongst the best from here and are certainly the best for minimal effort.
I had no plans for a walk today but saw the early morning dense fog and decided I would go for it! It is always nice to be able to get above the cloud like this and being out early gave me the chance to have two bites of the cherry as I firstly had a look from the east side of Coniston before a quick travel to Blawith Common for a look from the west side.
I just about had time for a quick walk at the southern eastern end of Coniston Water today and I think it caught the best of the early weather as there was lots of low lying mist, but also the high fells were covered too. This is a good walk for the effort/view ratio and there is rarely anyone around here.
There was just time for a quick walk with the dogs at the south eastern side of Coniston Water this afternoon. I thought I would have escaped the rain but as soon as I made the top, the heavens opened. It is very rare to see anyone up on this side but I bumped into three people who just happened to be StridingEdge fans today – nice to meet you all.
Underneath the dense cloud it was chilly but the sun soon burned it away this morning leaving conditions sunny and warm for a short walk at the southern end of Coniston Water. I had my first outing with some new boots on and will give a full review of them soon. What I can say is that they were fantastic and will be well worth checking out…
It was almost unexpected today for the weather to turn so good so suddenly. The sun came out when I was booting up (footwear, not PC!) and stayed throughout the walk. The wind though was a really cold northerly – an icy blast. We bumped into Oscar the Beardie at the start, a regular on these fells and one we have seen a good few times before. As you can imagine, there was fur and wagging tails everywhere! By the end of the walk it was snowing really heavily and the high fells certainly had a good fall of new snow on them. Is this the resurgence of winter?
Dougal came of age today being exactly 13 weeks old – what that means in young puppy terms is that you are allowed out into the big wide world, confident that you will not pick up any strange illnesses. For a short and easy walk to tire the young chap out, I decided to climb Brock Barrow at the foot of Coniston Water. It is funny how certain fells bring back memories and this holds more than its fair share for me. It was the fell that Angus got lost on one time and also the last fell he climbed before he hung up his boots (barring the Lance Armstrong style comeback for a crack at climbing Gummer’s How), so it was fitting that this should be Dougal’s first. Unsurprisingly, he carried the walk off with aplomb – he’s going to be a good ‘un that lad, I can tell that for sure.
There was low lying cloud and temperature inversion like conditions over the Crake Valley this morning so I thought we would have a short walk up there seeing as Angus was out for a jaunt with us too. I think even that walk was too much for him today and I fear that this really is the end of his fell walking career.