Friday, June 30, 2006
Determined to squeeze in at least one conventional fell walk on our otherwise unconventionally gentle walking holiday, we headed over the Kirkstone Pass to Patterdale. From the car park at Cowbridge, we climbed steeply up through Low Wood
, which was something of an ordeal in the sweltering heat. Once above the treeline, however the views back towards Kirkstone
, down into the Hartsop vale
and along the ridge to Patterdale
were wonderful. Ahead of us the ridge
led enticingly away towards craggy fells, with views either side into Deepdale
We only went as far as the summit of Hartsop Above How, a fine vantage point from which to admire the more substantial fells
ahead, but that's not to say that we didn't find these various Crags - Dove
- an almost irresistibly enticing prospect. Joined by some inquisitive visitors
, however, we settled for having some coffee and cake there while we admired St Sunday Crag
on the other side of Deepdale. Retracing our steps along the ridge, we enjoyed some more hazy views of Patterdale
and even encountered some unexpected old friends
on the way down.
A thrilling high-level walk to end our week on, and one that we shall no doubt revisit at a later date...