After taking plenty of photographs we moved onwards up the road through Bowscale to another little village called Mosedale. It's the kind of place where I can imagine myself living when I eventually move up here. It's just so lovely and peaceful and surrounded by hills.
It was quite a long road walk before we eventually came across Stone Ends farm and the start of the steep path up to Carrock Fell, our first objective.
I couldn't believe my eyes this morning as there were cloud inversions all over the place. I've never seen one before so It was really something special. I've yet to see one from a summit.
Before we started our ascent we decided to have a rest from the heat of the morning as it was already quite warm and we'd not even started yet. The heat from the sun surprised us both as the forecast for today was cloud.
Shortly after we started our ascent we discovered a sheepfold as mentioned in the Wainwright books.
Our ascent started off as a steady grassy path before eventually reaching a short scree section and then a narrow path which was lovely although quite steep, which on a day like today proved quite tiring for both of us. As we got about halfway up the steep section Richard decided to grab some water from the nearby beck ready for a cup of coffee or two later. As we reached the top of our ascent the views were amazing, especially being surrounded by cloud inversions.
The heather is looking gorgeous in all its purple glory but it looks like it's starting to die off in certain places now.
|Looking towards Blencathra|
|Getting nearer to the summit now|
The summit is now in sight, you can just see the cairn in the distance. That's the worst of the ascent dealt with.
|The cloud inversions are still hanging around|
We finally made it up to the summit of Carrock Fell, the first Wainwright of the day. Now at the top, we decided it was time for a well-earned rest, some lunch and a coffee. I also got another photography lesson up here. As it was so warm and it took us until lunch time to get to the first summit, we decided not to attempt the other three Wainwrights and pick a slightly different route instead, so we decided to take our time up here and just enjoy the moment.
From Carrock Fell, we descended down towards Round Knott and decided to bag a few easy Birketts instead of the Wainwrights we'd originally planned. From Round Knott, we made our way to Miton Hill and then onwards to Hare Stones.
|Looking back towards Carrock fell from Round Knott|
|Looking towards High Pike from Round Knott|
From Hare Stones, we joined the Cumbria Way path and walked towards Great Lingy Hill where we discovered Lingy Hut and decided to have another rest stop before descending back down the valley.
Our descent down the valley back towards Mosedale seemed quite long when we looked at the OS map but it was a very quick easy descent and was also lovely with the sunshine and the Purple heather all around.
As we reached the bottom we noticed an old lead mine across the stream which was named Emerson's. I love discovering old pieces of history like this.
Almost back to the car and the sun was starting to lose it's strength now but it still looked lovely on the green grass.