Sunday, 27 July 2014

Coope’s Dozen – 26 July

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.

 

20140726-1-rivington-13-EditUpper Rivington Reservoir

 

 

20140726-2-winterhill-5Sun shining into the woods below Noon Hill

20140726-3-winterhill-6Sun shining into the woods below Noon Hill (II)

20140726-4-winterhill-7Foxglove catching the sun

20140726-5-winterhill-9Rivington Pike

20140726-7-winterhill-12The edge of Great Hill with Oak trees growing on sites on abandoned farms

20140726-8-winterhill-16Looking across Dean Black Brook

20140726-6-winterhill-11Winter Hill from Noon Hill

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.

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