Lake District, March 2016

Gummer’s How

Wainwright describes this as a fell walk in miniature, and that’s a good summary. It’s less than a mile from the car park to the summit, but it’s real fell walking between, with grand views thanks to the elevated start.

Looking towards Lakeside on the other side of Windermere
Windswept George and Lottie
Cattle as we descend from the summit

Seathwaite Tarn

On a dull day, I decided to take the dogs on a circuit of Seathwaite Tarn via the reservoir access road. It seemed on paper like a suitable expedition for low cloud, but it was damp and squelchy underfoot and not as enjoyable as I’d hoped.

Looking back into the Duddon Valley as we ascend the reservoir road (just see running towards the left edge of the picture)
Looking along the dam before we begin our anticlockwise circuit
Damp dogs from wet ground, a damp crossing of Tarn Head Beck, and the intermittent drizzle, with an equally damp photographer behind the lens.
The sheep are better equipped for this weather and terrain
Arriving at the northern end of the dam, a look back to crags descending from unseen Grey Friar, Swirl How and Brim Fell
In the other direction, the dam and our route across back to the reservoir road
Looking across the wet route of Tarn Beck, with the valley of the Duddon unseen below.

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