The weather forecast suggested a weekend of two halves with Saturday being predicted to be the half with sunshine while Sunday would get the snow and so it transpired which made our decision to head for the hills north of the A66, on Saturday, a particularly good one. Not only a weekend of two halves but a day of two halves – a bright sunny morning under an almost cloudless sky that developed clouds; dark, heavy, dramatic clouds later in the day.
Having seen photographs taken from Knott Halloo on Gategill Fell (on Blencathra) Pauline had long wanted to see the views for herself and so we climbed Blencathra in brilliant winter sunshine by Gategill Fell and up over Knott Halloo.
With only our own footprints for company working our way up the ridge.
The ice axes may seem superfluous but without them we wouldn’t have got through the small but awkward cornice at the end of the ridge.
From Blencathra we crossed Mungrisedale Common to reach Lonscale Fell before climbing Skiddaw where darkening dramatic skies were developing.
Finally back down the Tourist Track and round to Threlkeld to complete another wonderful day’s running in the hills.