Time for a quick walk this morning but the weather was not too kind…or too summery at all this morning!
Height: 776 metres / 2546 feet Grid reference: NY 39649 08767 Category: The Eastern Fells
Out of the blue almost, a perfect summer day at last. I managed a relatively quick scramble up to Red Screes via Kilnshaw Chimney (note – it’s a scramble up that way, not a walk) and then headed out to Middle Dodd. It was a perfect day to be on the fells today, not too hot, not too cold but just right (a Goldilocks day?!).
After a dull start the day seemed to brighten for a while and I had a climb to Red Screes using the direct route via Kilnshaw Chimney. This is a great way to ascend quickly but care must be taken in winter conditions – the chimney was full of ice and snow today. The exit from it is very near to the summit and if you like a scramble it is well worth a go.
The brighter weather seemed to be to the east today though I never managed to quite catch it. Down in Bowness it was lovely and sunny but on the higher ground it was a different story, all frozen and cold. I had a look at Kilnshaw Chimney but knew it would be too much for Dougal at the moment – we did manage to catch it a bit higher up and crossed over it. These ‘in between’ sort of conditions are quite treacherous with the bare rock being very slippery with lots of ice. On the way down someone gave me a five minute lecture about the dangers of fell walking in winter and how treacherous it was, so thanks for that – I must have looked like a newcomer to the fells!
It is four years since I have been up Red Screes so I thought it was high time I paid a visit again, similarly with Middle Dodd. Of course, I should really have come here a week or two ago when I went to Hart Crag but the weather was ferocious and put me off that day. What a day today though, fantastic clarity and views.
Today’s walk is a steep ascent up to Middle Dodd and Red Screes from the bottom of Kirkstone Pass, across the Scandale Pass and a lovely ridge walk from Little Hart Crag to Hartsop Dodd, then a steep descent back to Kirkstone Pass. The weather wasn’t brilliant again today but the high winds meant that there was the odd clearing of the mist to give fleeting glimpses of a view.