Height: 493 metres / 1617 feet Grid reference: NY 20634 25339
The rain was absolutely bouncing before dawn this morning and I was wondering whether it was indeed a good idea to venture out in such conditions. As it was the rain eased and stopped before I met up with Andy Lang and Gary Jones for a walk around the Whinlatter fells and the weather was ever improving with particularly good views from Barf today. There was plenty of boggy ground to be traversed today though after the recent wet weather.
I finally made it back to Whinlatter – I have lost count of the number of times that I have been on my way to do this walk and then been swayed by something else on the way for one reason or another. The most recent example was last week when I was enticed by Blencathra even though I was all set to do this round. The last time I was here was 2004 BC (Before Casper) and I kept thinking back to Angus being with me on this walk, back in those early website days…
Today’s walk started with a steep ascent up to Barf from Thornthwaite – I think I found out why it is called Barf going up there! The weather was absolutely atrocious – gale force winds and driving rain, especially on the exposed sections from Lord’s Seat to Broom Fell and across Whinlatter. The forest sections came as a welcome relief from the constant battering today.