Three Days in the Lake District - page 1

29 December 2003 - Lord's Seat and Blea Water

Eight o'clock at Broughton shows a sharp frost looking west

The morning's walk is a visit to Lord's Seat, the top of Whitbarrow Scar

From the summit, looking to the Coniston fells, with the Old Man centre

Looking past the splendid summit cairn to the Langdale Pikes

..and in close-up

Looking south towards Arnside

The Kent Viaduct crosses the estuary

The eastern fells and northern Pennines

The Howgill Fells from Whitbarrow Scar

Some of Whitbarrow's limestone exposed

A wide panorama from west to east displays many familiar names - click for a larger version.

A closer look at the Coniston and Langdale fells - click for a larger version

Later in the day, I visited Haweswater for the first time. Here the head of the reservoir can be seen, the remainder being hidden behind The Nab. The winter sun fails to reach the deep valley.

From the same point, looking up the valley to Mardale Ill Bell. I decided to walk up to Blea Water

Although the water was running in the beck, in places the path and hillside were covered in very slippery ice,
making for slow going.

Looking towards High Street. Blea Water is below the impressive rim of crags. At this point, having struggled over the ice, I decided to turn round, with a further 80m of ascent presumably meaning even more ice to come. However, the path looked good here, and so I changed my mind, and decided to press on and see how it was. I made the right decision, as having done about 70% of the ascent, I had done 98% of the ice.

Stephen at Blea Water

Blea Water from the dam

Sunset at Shap on the way home



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