So yesterday, after a grizzly few days, I called Gavin to ask if he was up for another walk like last week's gentle amble around Wallowbarrow Gorge, because that seemed like the best cure for a difficult time. So today I met him and William in Lindal, bright and early, and he took me on the most challenging walk I've ever been on. Ok, I probably did more challenging ones around here as a child, and as a teenager in the French Alps, but at that age you skip over the hills like a mountain goat, don't you? Quite a bit of rough scrambling, and a ridge route with three serious summits rather than straight up and down.
I'm knackered now, have just soaked sore feet in a hot bath (Truffle got over-curious and fell in, with resulting panic and injured dignity. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a beautiful clear day for it, although there was a bitter wind up on the tops.
Just to make things difficult, my Flickr Pro account has expired and I'm a bit boracic for the next few days, so I wasn't able to upload more than a fraction of my pictures. Boo! Hiss!
Anyway, here's a sample uploaded straight to LJ of where we went.Wetherlam (762 metres)
Wetherlam is lower than its neighbour, Coniston Old Man, but it's a big bulky mountain, and a rough, tough old thing. I seriously thought at one point that I wouldn't make it to here.Swirl How (802 metres, the highest point of the day)
The top of Swirl How is reached by an even nastier scramble than the one up Wetherlam. I'd got my wind by now, though, and enjoyed this rather exhilarating climb despite the bitter cold.Great Carrs (788 metres)
A bit of an anticlimax, really, because it's a nice easy ridge walk from Swirl How.
Although the views from the ridge, like this view of the Scafells, are far from anticlimactic.
This is Wetherlam from Wet Side Edge, our descent route. I was up there today!
This is Swirl How (left) and Great Carrs (right), with the ridge between. I was up both of those, too!
Somehow we ended up here, at the Manor Arms (highly recommended) in the too-pretty-to-be-true (or to be affordable) little town of Broughton-in-Furness.