On Saturday Penny, Ryan and I went for a walk up Dale Head from Honnister. It was a beautiful day and Ryan was interested by what he could see and stayed awake for the whole of the ascent. On the top we took a few photos and had a snack, Ryan ate some yoghurt and seemed happy to be up a mountain. On the way down we passed plenty of people who had not made such an early start, it felt good to have had our exercise before lunchtime.
Scafell reflected in Wastwater
With a very good forecast for Saturday Lauren, Penny and I made a plan to head up Middle Fell. The pager had other ideas and just before we were ready to leave I was called out to attend a collapsed man on Dent. However, the RAF were quick to pick him up and after a short delay we were heading to Wasdale now with Bob as well.
Penny and Lauren
I am sure Lauren deserved it!
It was a beautifully still day with snow from around 400m. The south facing slopes of Middle Fell were not frozen and we steadily headed up the ridge towards the summit. Bob wasn’t chatting as much as the rest of us and mananged to get ahead. Meanwhile Ryan took the opportunity to catch up on some sleep on my back. The views up the valley towards Scafell and Scafell Pike were excellent and with low temperatures forcast for the whole week the snow should be well-consolidated by next weekend.
Bob, Lauren, Ryan and me on the summit of Middle Fell with Scafell and Scafell Pike behind
Ryan woke up briefly on the summit for a photo and then snored gently on the descent. There was a slight difference in opinion on the best route down, Lauren wanted to complete the circuit and descend via Greendale Tarn and Bob wanted to retrace our route of assent. Penny and I had the deciding vote and went with Bob, not wanting to push it with Ryan and making sure we had time for a pint at the Horse and Groom.
As we were setting off, Wastwater in the background
Wasdale Head with Kirkfell and Great Gable behind
Kristen is visiting for a few days and with a good forecast we made a plan to head to Wasdale. The idea was to walk up to Burnmoor tarn and then see how Ryan was doing before deciding whether to climb Illgill Head. As it turned out the weather was excellent and Ryan was well wrapped up in his bear suit so we carried on up towards the summit. This is a very good grassy path, that is never too steep, but keeps climbing all the way to the top. The visibility was very good with views in all directions particularly up the valley to Kirk Fell (is it two words?) and Great Gable. We had a stop for lunch in a sheltered patch of heather overlooking Yewbarrow before reaching the top. It was windy but not too cold and with the wind behind us on the way down I turned Ryan round to face out. How many 12 week-old babies get that view of Wasdale?
The team on the summit of Illgill Head with Scafell in the backround
Isn't he cute?
Whilst only a minute from the car my pager went off for an injured person on Broad Crag. So I quickly headed up Scafell Pike but thankfully an RAF Helicopter arrived on scene before I reached Hollowstones.
Penny and Ryan on the Summit
It dawned bright on Penny’s birthday and so we decided to return to Whinlatter but this time to leave the buggy behind and to collect another Wainwright. Whinlatter top is a pleasant and reasonably gentle walk up from the pass. Most of the height is gained on forest tracks which bring you to the open moorland ridge to the summit. Continue reading
Isn't he cute!
With some reasonable weather we decided that it was a good day for a walk. There were a few options in the Eskdale valley, around Boot, upper Eskdale and the one we chose, Hardknott from the top of the pass. Continue reading
Ryan after deciding he had had enough of the pushchair
A couple of weeks ago we went for a walk on the beach at Drigg. We took a couple of photos and I started created a draft blog post which I never published. So here are the photos as well as a short video of Ryan. Enjoy. Continue reading
Auntie Bex and contented Ryan
Over the past few days Bex and Estelle have been visiting. On Monday evening they came round to meet Ryan and have a celebratory drink. We made a plan to head to Whinlatter
on Tuesday Continue reading
Penny and Ryan on one of the Whinlatter Tracks
Today after the health visitor had been and found that our 12 day old son was now 15 ounces heavier than when he was born we went to Winlatter. The logic was that the trees would give shade from the strong sun, and that the tracks would give Ryan a smooth ride in his push chair. All went well, including Continue reading
Ryan in the Push Chair
Penny, Nick and I took Ryan for a short walk in Ennerdale. We parked at Bowness Knott and walked until the bridge over Smithy Beck. Here we had lunch, looked at the view and watched over three hundred sheep be herded past. Continue reading
Penny (and bump) next to the Esk
On Saturday Penny and I went for a walk up the Esk. It was a gentle walk but at nearly three hours it was quite a long walk when baby is due in less than a week. Continue reading