A last minute cancellation and some re-arranging of others means we can get away earlier than expected, meaning we can beat the conjestion north of Birmingham and so arrive in the Lake District late afternoon. This gives us a brief opportunity to visit the Leighton Moss nature Reserve close to where we are staying. Beautiful read beds, fantastic bird watching facilities - though most of the birds were black headed gulls. We may have seen a red start as well . ..
From there we carried on to Silverdale with enough time for a walk along the estuary. There are far more birds here than at Leighton Moss, including a huge flock of some sort of wading bird out on the exposed mud - most impressive
The day of our big walk in the Langdales. As usual, I have had some trouble coming up with a route that is suitable for Linda, but I had high hopes that we would be able to add on a bit to a walk that we have done before up to Stickle Tarn below the Langdale Pikes themselves
Jake's Rake - a pretty scary way to ascend Pavey Ark, and a route that I last did in the early 1990s. Not at all suitable for Linda
An earlier plan for today had been to traverse to the west from Stickle Tarn and ascend Blea Rigg from where I would have been able to see Easedale Tarn, where dad's ashes are scattered. But progress is not quite fast enough I felt, so we skipped this and ascended Pavey Ark by the eastern ridge - the easiest way I thought.
It actually turned out to be a reasonable scramble, but luckily had no precipitous drops so Linda was just about ok on it.
Linda doesn't quite make the summit of Harrison Stickle. Her hip is hurting her a little and the last scramble seems a bit too much. She did get to within 25 feet or so of the top though
We are back at the starting point by around 4:00 for a drink. The bar has copies of the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Service review of 2010 which makes for some interesting reading.
Another walk, this time just a couple of hours round Grisdale Forest