A long standing tradition on the last Saturday before the Borrowdale fell race, Coope’s Dozen visits 12 of the recognised summits on and around Winter Hill. My preference is to include Hurst Hill giving 13 summits – the best type of Dozen, ask any baker! For the first time in a number of years Coope’s Dozen didn’t take place as an organised, supported run and despite the weather I decided to have solo run round. With plenty of sunshine and high temperatures forecast I set off a little after seven o’clock at what I hoped might be a 5 hour pace.
There is no drinkable water on the route and it really isn’t possible to carry enough for 4-5 hours so I drank plenty before setting off and decided if I could get to Old Adam’s Hill without touching the water I was carrying I would be able to get all the way round. This worked and although the pace was somewhat pedestrian it minimised fluid loss.
A very enjoyable warm morning on Winter Hill and a very sociable one as I met Pauline, Mark and Gordon on their way from Great Hill and a little later a couple of local LDWA members also out enjoying the sunshine.