Height: 696 metres / 2283 feet Grid reference: NY 43272 13701 Category: The Far Eastern Fells
The weather was a little different to last time I was out, the rain was light but pretty well constant today and most of the tops were hidden beneath the murk. This was a made up on the go walk, I hadn’t intended coming here at all today but it sufficed given the conditions and being a fair weather walker I didn’t get as far as I had intended at the start either.
After endless days of sunshine and warm weather, this morning was dull and threatened rain constantly. It was good to be back on the high fells and I made it back before the rain eventually came. I ended up doing a few direct routes to places rather than following the paths today for a bit of a change.
Today I was joined by StridingEdge stalwarts Andy Lang and Gary Jones for a circuit of Martindale. The occasion was to take in my final two Wainwrights to complete my third time round them, namely Beda Fell and High Raise. After the early mist lifted, the sun shone making it a great end to the walk and of course to completion of the 642!
It was a bit of an unplanned walk today; I didn’t really know where I was going until I got there and I only ended up at Hartsop due to roadworks at Troutbeck ‘forcing’ me over Kirkstone Pass rather than sitting in a lengthy queue. As it turned out, I was glad I went over that way as there were some decent sunny spells and still a bit of lingering snow even though it was quite warm – all in all a rather pleasant days walking.
I thought we might be up in the snow today, but that has all gone apart from a smattering on the highest fells; today it was cold but the precipitation was rain. The day started off promising enough but soon ended up being a bit miserable. We managed to catch sight of a distant herd of Red Deer in Martindale Deer Forest which was a nice sight, but I don’t think Angus and Casper were too bothered.
Another walk chosen by my 13 year old son today, principally to take in some wildlife; the promise of wild ponies on Thornthwaite Crag, a Golden Eagle over Riggindale and deer in the Martindale Deer Forest spurring him into action. Of course, there was also the lure of walking in the footsteps of Roman soldiers across High Street.