Orrest Head

Just time for a quick jaunt up to Orrest Head tonight to catch the dying embers of today’s winter sunshine.

Orrest Head

Time for a quick jaunt up to Orrest Head before lunch…

Orrest Head

Just enough time for a quick walk up to Orrest Head this morning, I thought it would be wise to get up there as early as possible before the predicted high winds and accompanying rain. There was an icy blast up there to remind us that it is still mid-winter…

Orrest Head

It is still amazingly warm for the time of year but the skies were leaden and full of threatening clouds this morning. I didn’t fancy anywhere too high, which was a good thing really as I forgot my boots…I wouldn’t want to ruin my Gucci loafers crossing Striding Edge, would I?

Firstly, couple of photos I took on Sunday when I was on my way to Love the Lakes, Keswick…

Orrest Head

The weather changed overnight from beautiful sunshine to general damp and dreariness this morning. I had a short walk up to Orrest Head and at least the rain gave me a chance to try out my new Haglofs jacket!

Orrest Head

The snow was heavy and constant for our walk up to Orrest Head this morning and this meant that all views from this renowned viewpoint were obliterated. I find that walking through snow clad trees on snowy paths has its own merits though, and coupled with the muffled and muted sounds it still makes it a different but nevertheless enjoyable experience.

Orrest Head

Winter seems to have returned once more and there is snow on the high fells, in fact it was snowing when I set off for Orrest Head at lunchtime and the wind made it feel really cold. No hanging around for me and the boy wonder then, so it was straight up and down today.

Orrest Head

We had a quick walk this morning up to Orrest Head, mainly to break up the day for the very excited Connie! Nearly as exciting as Christmas was the sight of two deer on the walk, as we spotted them before they spotted us and that is always a treat as we managed to watch them for a little while.

Orrest Head

I just managed a quick walk this morning, the blue sky of the early morning soon gave way to thickening cloud spoiling the views a little. Orrest Head was famously the first fell Wainwright climbed on leaving Windermere station and the one that inspired him to begin his quest to write those well known guides. There was also a new look for two of our party today too…

Orrest Head

Orrest Head is an easy walk from Windermere village; famously it is the first fell that Wainwright ascended and where the stunning view across Windermere caught his imagination and inspired his lifelong passion to wander the fells. Not so today, however, the stunning view was masked by low cloud generally although there were some nice glimpses of the lake.

Orrest Head

This week is the school half-term, so today’s short walk is a child friendly one to Orrest Head, famous for being Wainwright’s first ascent of a Lake District fell and the one that changed his life forever. It is easy to see why with an easy stroll from Windermere rewarded with magnificent views of the high fells. Orrest Head is described in Wainwright’s Orrest Head chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 26.

Orrest Head

Weather: Sunny and Warm