|Our walking group|
We walked and chatted looking down at a frosty stream and in front of us a valley stretching out towards Eel Crag and Hopegill Head and behind us, views of Skiddaw and Blencathra. The sun was shining, the mountains were snow-capped and I was wearing my vibrant pink ski trousers and bright white ski jacket. No chance of losing me! All in all it was a perfect day to be walking the fells.
|Skiddaw & Blencathra from the wrong path|
We decided to head to the ridge at the head of the valley and then double back to Grisedale Pike. Good plan! Off we went again still in high spirits with the view of High Force and Low Force waterfalls and Force Crag mine (which looked like an abandoned set from an old Western film - you could almost see John Wayne appearing from one of the buildings).
|Force Crag Mine|
|Walking in pink with Gina (photo by Phil Corley)|
|Walking into the sun|
With each step we got further into the snow and it was amazing. Grasmoor sloped up to the right with blue sky overhead and Eel Crag to the left. Gina and I stopped for a photo shoot and then after Gina slipped on the ice (earning a score of 10 for elegant falling) we reached the col (dip) between the two mountains with the sun pouring over us like custard over brownies (sorry – I was getting hungry by then) and the silhouettes of the group looked striking. The Buttermere fells and the Scafells came into view along with the Helvellyn range. The Helvellyn range from that side looked a gentle and inviting series of ups and downs whereas the Scafells and surrounding fells looked much more dark, rugged and forbidding.
Part 2 to follow.....