A stunning walk today from Cow Bridge CP (donation) near Brothers Water, then up a superb valley to the foot of Dove Crag. Hereabouts are ruins of an old building thought to be the remains of a secret retreat of a Catholic sect escaping persecution. The steep climb from here brings you out in the pass between Dove & Hart crags. The long ridge walk down across Hartsop above How is easy and pleasant in good conditions. A Wild Flower book bought for me by Lynn enabled me to identify the flower as Large Thyme (Thymus pulegioides), part of the mint family.
Guess who we bumped into on Sunday ..... Jonathan & Becky Hacker! So somehow someone suggested Jonathan and I have a 'boys' walk while the ladies did something genteel. So, it was Scafell and a Slight Side for J & me, while the girls took a stroll around a some fell or other. The first two hours were splendid in the dry while the latter 5 hours were splendid in the rain. Cam Spout Waterfall scramble was great fun, as was the passage up to Foxes Tarn, which was more a puddle! From Scafell summit we has a brief thinning of clouds which revealed Wast Water. Then a wet and steady tromp down across Slight Side and finally beneath the cloud level for a steady descent to Wra House Farm car park. The girls actually walked 1km further than us today! We all got rather wet!
Our last day in the lakes so we decided to take it easy (!) and walk into Keswick, something we had done many times. However, this time we thought we would explore and see the extent of the flood damage on the railway track bridges, so we took the link path from Castlerigg down to the river, emerging at a washed out bridge. What force the water must have exerted! Can we get along the shore? No! So as the water was very low, we were able to wade across the river, letting feet dry while we ate lunch. This 'closed' section of the path was closed for a good reason, the path wasn't there! So we climbed up to the Latrigg ridge path, but took the minor road(closed due to subsidence) down through Brundleholm Wood. There were cracks in the Tarmac in places, but for pedestrians it was a pleasant walk through the forest, enjoying the shade on a very hot day. The return from Keswick was through Castlerigg and on to the stone circle. The lovely woodland flowers were Germander Speedwell.
Still the sun continues to shine, so after a few jobs at home we just had to get out and enjoy it. Three new peaks: Ullock Pike, Longside & Carl Side make for a superb ridge walk under the bulk of Skiddaw. The flower is the Heath Bedstraw and is tiny!
After getting our van's exhaust replaced in Penrith this morning, we found ourselves with a free afternoon. As it was grey & overcast, we walked up the valley to Skiddaw Hpuse. I do like this walk as it is off the beaten track with just a few cyclists screaming past. Lots of the lovely yellow mountain flowe: Tormentil in evidence - thanks for the introduction Jules Barrett. At the top of the valley there was plenty of Cotton Grass. Skiddaw House is the highest Youth Hostel in England.
I retired from the Royal Marines Band Service in 2007 having served for 33 years as a musician, eventually becoming a Director of Music and running my own band. After retirement, I took my family sailing in the Philippines with a view to sailing back to the UK via Australia. However, for many reasons our plans changed and after 9 years living in Dartmouth we have now moved to Totnes.I am married to Lynn and we have four children. Daniel and his wife Sara live in Portsmouth; Hannah is married to another Dan and they live with our grandchildren Sophia, Isaac & Elijah in Topsham. Lydia is currently studying in Lancaster and Julia is Studying Art at Totnes, due to attend University at Falmouth in 2016. I teach music in the local school and work part time for the Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority, driving the yacht taxi. Between this, directing the local orchestra, various musical performances, involved with the local church and helping train the local Ten Tors team, life can be very busy.