We enjoyed a few pleasant and easy walks with friends in the lakes at the weekend, although at times it was bitterly cold when the wind caught us. That said despite the snow in the lee of any shelter it was quite warm - not quite T-shirt weather, but not far off. Lots of folk about but it was easy to find a bit of solitude and take in the views.
To start with we headed off from Castlerigg Farm and headed up to Walla Crag. The sun was high by the time we got there so it was a bit of a challenge getting correctly exposed images. Sometimes the exposure metering was spot on but where there were large areas of snow I had to dial in up to + 1.5 compensation to balance the snow and shadows which made blown highlights a problem.
Great views of Clough Head and the Dodds
The view west towards Grisedale Pike
Bleaberry Fell. This is the shoulder just before the summit
Bleaberry Fell summit 590m with Skiddaw behind
Next we headed off across increasingly soft snow to High Seat. It was bitterly cold in the strong wind but wonderful in the shelter of the summit crags. The views were cracking.
The summit trig on High Seat 608m and the view east towards Helvellyn
The view northwest towards Grisedale Pike, Bassenthwaite Lake and beyond into Scotland where we could clearly see the snow capped Galloway Mountains
We then descended to Ashness Bridge before making our way back over to Walla crag and then down to our start point. Its nice to feel the sun.
Text/images copyright David Forster