Red Deer on Place Fell in the Snow

Snow Deer on Place Fell

Snow Deer on Place Fell

Red Deer on Place Fell in the Snow – March 2013

One of the few benefits from all the recent snow around Patterdale and the Lake District has been that the Red Deer from Martindale have come ever lower on Place Fell in search of food. Morgan and I have taken full advantage of this over the last week or so to try and take some photos.

For those that are interested in such things I’m reliably informed (by Tom from the Patterdale Village Store!) that these Red Deer are the only purebred herd of wild deer in England. So now you know…..

Now I don’t pretend to have any great photographic or artistic abilities and the conditions were variable on the fells to say the least but here they are anyway. We enjoyed seeing them and I hope you do too…..

Apologies to anyone mad enough to follow me on Twitter as you’ll have seen most of these before…

Young Stag – The Poser

We were blessed one evening by blue skies and the sight of this young fella who seemed quite happy to pose for us. Whether he was used to the sight of some mad bloke and his hound trudging up the fells twice a day or just curious I have no idea, but I’m glad he hung around long enough for me to take these….

Young Stag on Place Fell

Young Stag on Place Fell

Young Stag on Place Fell

Posing

Young Stag on Place Fell

Posing more

Does on the Skyline

On the same evening we spotted these 2 on a ridge. They started watching us but soon found a passing helicopter far more exciting….

Bucks on Place Fell

2 Does on the Skyline

Bucks on Place Fell

Eyes Left……

More and More and More

Whereas earlier in the year we’d seen the occasional one foraging over the last few weeks they have been loads of them as they have had to go lower and lower to get to some food…

Snow Deer on Place Fell

Foraging in the Snow

Snow Deer on Place Fell

Foraging in a Snow Storm

Snow Deer on Place Fell

Foraging and Chillin

It’s Hard work in the Snow

As with the rest of us the Deer have struggled in the Snow – which thanks to the howling winds has drifted in places to make getting about a little tricky….

Snow Deer on Place Fell

Not happy

Snow Deer on Place Fell

Struggling in the Snow

Beautiful Animals

Mostly though they seemed pretty relaxed and undoubtedly beautiful….

Snow Deer on Place Fell

Snow on the nose!

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Snow Deer on Place Fell

Relaxing in the Snow

In search of the Stags

Obviously our dream photo op would have been the huge Stag on the skyline. Sadly we’ve not seen him yet but we’re ever hopeful. In the meantime these are some of the shots we’ve got of the boys …

Stag on Place Fell

Before the snow fully settled last week we saw this guy and his bashful mate

Stags on Place Fell

3 Stags eyeing us up and one making like a bush….

Stag on Place Fell

Watching Us Watching You

Stag on Place Fell

Nice day for a stroll…

Stag on Place Fell

Lad and Lasses

And we did get one of the “Big Daddy” as he was ambling back into cover….

Stag on Place Fell

Anyway that’s the lot, so far at least. A final word of thanks to my long suffering walking companion, Morgan, who has put up with me standing stock still in the snow and wind staring madly up the slopes for ages when all he wants to do is crack on and enjoy the walk….

Morgan

My Mate Morgan and his comedy Tongue

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Catstycam and Red Tarn Walk March 2013

Frozen Red Tarn and Helvellyn

Morgan views Helvellyn and Red Tarn

A Walk up to Red Tarn and Catstycam by Helvellyn in the Snow March 2013

Well after some more fresh snow at the weekend and with a forecast of sunshine and clear skies first thing it seemed rude not to head up high yesterday, especially after 2 days stuck inside painting and decorating our Lake District Cottages. So here are some photos from the walk from Patterdale, up the Grisedale Valley to Hole in the Wall, to Red Tarn, up Catstycam, back to Red Tarn and then down to Glenridding. As always please feel free to ignore the words and just scroll down and enjoy the pictures!

View of Helvellyn from Patterdale

View towards Helvellyn from Patterdale 08:00

Following my last solo Snow walk up Helvellyn in November I thought  ought to get some company for this walk (other than Morgan of course), especially as the fell top assessors had said there was lots of compacted snow and ice up top. So Tuesday night was spent on the phone persuading Mountain Man Mike, Professor Chris & Morgan’s mate Scruffy to don their boots (well not Scruffy of course) and head on up. I agreed to meet Chris just below Lanty’s tarn at 09:00 and Mike at Red Tarn a little later. All set then…

View up Grisedale Valley

Up the Grisedale Valley

Having been woken by my son at 06:00 I decided I couldn’t be bothered to wait around. The sun was shining and the clock was ticking. I also of course was fully aware that I am by far the slowest walker of all time so I figured I’d get a head start and Chris could catch me up. So at 08:00 Morgan and I set off. Great views on the way up Grisedale and plenty of opportunities for some Morgan path posing…..

Path to Hole in the Wall

Morgan Path Posing on the way to Hole in the wall

Path to Hole in the Wall

And yet more Path Posing

Path to Hole in the Wall

And on his first patch of snow – loving the blue skies!

Snow Path to Hole in the Wall

Full on Snow Path towards the top

Place Fell and Patterdale

View back to Place Fell and Patterdale

The skies were truly wonderful – a deep blue and virtually cloud free. For once Morgan (well me) made good time and got to Hole in the Wall having donned my Micro Spikes for the last 100 metres or so. with the climb and the sunshine it was nice and hot on the way up and I dreaded arriving and having to heave Morgan over the style. I needn’t have worried – several months of accumulated snow meant the usual 5 foot of steps was now somewhat easier…

Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall

I called Chris and agreed to wait for him and Scruffy. I figured I could spend a while catching some rays and enjoying the views, but hadn’t reckoned on the biting wind. Time to don hat, gloves and coat, and for Morgan to do some rehydrating…

Morgan and Helvellyn

Morgan rehydrates with Helvellyn as a backdrop

With some time to kill I took a few pictures as you do…

Helvellyn, Catstycam and Striding Edge from Hole in the Wall

Helvellyn, Catstycam and Striding Edge from Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall looking north east

Hole in the Wall looking north east

Morgan and Helvellyn

Morgan awaits his mate

View to Ullswater from Hole in the Wall

Looking towards Ullswater

Hole in the Wall Panorama

Hole in the Wall Panorama

Snow covered Lake District Fells

Snow Covered Mountains Everywhere

Eventually we spotted Chris and Scruffy coming up the path. Morgan’s eyesight isn’t quite what it should be so he was a little unsure who it was we were waiting for and adopted the “who’s that” pose. Still not a bad backdrop view to be getting on with….

Morgan at Hole in the Wall

Morgan Awaits..

When Chris and Scruffy arrived naturally Morgan was very pleased to see them, and Chris was keen to show off his trendy Kathmandu shades. So here they are…

Chris and Scruffy

Chris and Scruffy. Chris is the one in the shades….

We then headed to Red Tarn to await the arrival of Mountain Man Mike, who’d driven up to Greenside Mine and was currently sprinting up the Greenside path at a rate of knots having started about 3 hours after everyone else as usual. So once we arrived at Red Tarn it was time for a few more photos…

Hevlellyn and Red Tarn in the Snow

Helvellyn and a Frozen Red Tarn

Morgan on Frozen Red Tarn

Morgan explores the Red Tarn Ice

Mike Arrival

Mountain Man Mike arrives

Mike arrived sooner than expected to be greeted by raptures of joy by both the hounds. Why this is remains a mystery to Chris and I, especially as Mike never shares his lunch with the dogs on the hill – unlike their faithful and loving masters….

Red Tarn and Striding Edge

Coffee Break by Red Tarn with Striding Edge behind

While enjoying a quick tab and coffee break (tabs for me only of course) I took a few more hound photos…

Scruffy the Labradoodle

Scruffy the Labradoodle

Morgan's Comedy Tongue

Morgan’s Comedy Tongue

We hadn’t actually decided where we were headed next but a quick equipment check showed that between us, with the exception of Chris, we were hardly equipped for ice climbing up the face of Helvellyn. One ice axe, some micro-spikes, a couple of walking poles, 2 scotch eggs, a cheese and pickle sandwich, 2 mad dogs and 20 Marlboro Lights. Catstycam it is then….

Helvellyn, Red Tarn and Striding Edge

Helvellyn, Red Tarn and Striding Edge

Morgan on the path up to Swirral Edge

Morgan on the path up to Swirral Edge

As we headed up Swirral to join the path for Catstycam the sun disappeared and it got a little on the cold side. Time to get a shift on…

Mike on Swirral

Wot no sun??

One positive was some pretty good views looking north, where we could see all the way to Scotland, including the lovely (sic!) wind turbines…

Looking North

Looking North…

Skiddaw from Catstycam

Skiddaw from Catstycam

The path up was not too bad – a bit of snow but nothing too serious. It was enough however for Mountain Man Mike to don some micro-spikes – unusual for a man who’d happily go walking in his slippers..

Anyway we made good time and Morgan and Scruffy raced ahead to check the summit and all seemed good..

Catsytcam Summit in the Snow

Catstycam Summit

Once up top the views, despite the cloud, were still pretty good…

Looking south across Striding Edge to Morecambe Bay

Looking south across Striding Edge to Morecambe Bay

And zoomed in on Morecambe Bay

And zoomed in on Morecambe Bay

Looking East towards Ullswater

Looking East towards Ullswater

Scruffy shows off his Ice Beard...

Scruffy shows off his Ice Beard…

I also took the chance of a bit of zoom lens people spotting….

Lone walker on Helvellyn Lower Man

Lone walker on Helvellyn Lower Man

Man with Ice Axe on Helvellyn

Man with Ice Axe on Helvellyn

Man on Helvellyn Snow Gulley

Man on Helvellyn Snow Gulley – rather him than me..

Photos done it was too cold to hang around – time to head home..

Descending from Catstycam towards Swirral Edge

Descending from Catstycam towards Swirral Edge

And that’s about it – a pleasant walk down to Glenridding via Greenside and the day was done…

Greenside Beck

Greenside Beck

Yet another grand day out in the Lake District….

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Enjoy!

My mate Morgan

My mate Morgan

Morgan's mate Scruffy

Morgan’s mate Scruffy

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St Sunday Crag Walk Feb 2013

Morgan on St Sunday Crag

Morgan on St Sunday Crag

A Great Walk up St Sunday Crag – Snow and Sunshine

Following last week’s wonderful Place Fell Walk Emma, Morgan and I decided to make the most of the sunshine and head up St Sunday Crag. Here are the photos with the minimal words thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

Sgt Sunday Crag from Patterdale

St Sunday Awaits

Morgan and I get a good view of St Sunday every morning on the early morning walk. Last Wednesday it was looking particularly appealing. So after doing “walking bus” for the school it was time to crack on..

St Sunday from Patterdale

Approaching St Sunday in Glenmara Park

We set off from Patterdale and decided to take the direct route up and down via the saddle rather than the standard route of heading up the Grisedale valley to Grisedale Tarn and then up. This was because a) we’re quite lazy and wanted the quickest route up and b) we figured we’d be in the sunshine for longer. The views back down to Ullswater on the way up just keep getting better and better the higher up you go…

Ullswater from St Sunday

View back to Ullswater

View of Ullswater from St Sunday

Getting better!

Ullswater from St Sunday Saddle

View from the saddle

Helvellyn Cottages

Helvellyn Cottages!

You also get a pretty good view of our Lake District Cottages from the way up as well! The path up to the saddle is quite steep but the kind folk in the LDNP have made plenty of steps so it’s basically like walking up a very long and steep staircase. Once we reached the saddle and crossed onto the north facing side we saw our first snow although nothing to get too excited about at this stage…

Path up St Sunday

Morgan heads up the snowy path

Braesteads Farm

Looking down to Braesteads Farm in the Grisedale Valley

Morgan and Sheep

Morgan shows he’s good with sheep

As we headed towards the first ridge summit Morgan took the opportunity for some good ridge posing…

Mountain Morgan

Morgan pose 1

Mountain Morgan

Morgan Pose 2

We decided to go off piste to detour onto the first summit and basically cos we wanted to walk in some real snow and head back into the sunshine…

Morgan on the Snow

Morgan on the Snow

Mountain Morgan

Morgan Summit 1

The slightly annoying thing about St Sunday is that it’s actually a series of undulating ridges which means you think you’re there but every time you top one ridge you see another one looming ahead. Having walked it a few times before, mainly from the Fairfield side, I was well aware of this but as this was a new and frustrating experience for Emma! Luckily the weather and the views more than made up for it!

Place Fell from St Sunday

Place Fell from St Sunday

Helvellyn and Striding Edge from St Sunday

Helvellyn and Striding Edge from St Sunday

Morgan Awaits

Morgan Awaits

The snow got a little thicker and icier on the last summit climb so we donned our ice spikes just to be ont he safe side. This also meant we could follow the path rather than pick our way across patches of snow free fell…

Approaching the summit

Nearly there…second to last ridge

Summit of St Sunday

Get off my summit

Having not seen a soul on our ascent as we neared the real summit we could see some folk up there. Morgan, who likes to experience summit cairns on his own, soon sent them packing so that when we reached the top we had it all to ourselves….

St Sunday Summit

I point out the interlopers sent packing by Morgan

St Sunday Summit looking south

St Sunday Summit looking south

St Sunday Summit looking to Seat Sandal (north)

St Sunday Summit looking to Seat Sandal (north)

Morgan with his water bowl...

Morgan with his water bowl…

Morgan and Fairfield

Morgan enjoys the summit views – Fairfield in the background

Having sunbathed for a while and rehydrated ourselves and the hound it was time to descend…

Descent from St Sunday

Emma descends on the snow

Descent from St Sunday

I choose the snowiest path..

View to the Pennines

Looking east – three ridges before the Pennines

All in all another grand day out in the Lake District, with some great views of Ullswater and Helvellyn, superb weather and of course wonderful company!

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Morgan the Lake District Labrador

My Mate Morgan

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Skiing in La Thuile Italy

La Thuile Italy

La Thuile Italy

Feb 2013 Skiing Trip to La Thuile in Italy

Some photos from our half term trip to La Thuile in Italy. Won’t waste time with too many words but suffice to say that it’s a great place – superb skiing, not too busy, very friendly and we were blessed with superb snow and great weather. So if you want info then feel free to peruse the text, otherwise just scroll down and enjoy the photos!

Snowdrift in La Thuile

Real Snow – A Proper Snowdrift

The Resort

The Planibel La Thuile

The Planibel

La Thuile is a small ski resort on the Italian/French border. The transfer from Turin should have been a pleasant 2 hour trip (see below!). We were staying in the Planibel Hotel Apartments – ideally located at the bottom of the slopes and perfectly servicable accommodation for what you want on a ski trip – warm, enough room to store your gear (altho’ we could have done with a few more coathangers!). Obviously the accommodation was not up to our own Lake District Cottages standards (!), but the resort has great facilities on site including a supermarket, ski-hire shops, charcuterie, swimming pool, pub, shops and restaurants. It was also just a 10 minute walk down into the village itself which has some great restaurants and contrary to some reviews I’ve seen is actually quite scenic and immensely friendly. No it hasn’t got 101 nightclubs and bars, but for a family friendly resort it certainly ticked all our boxes. For what it’s worth our favourite places to eat our were La Fordze, the Brassiere, and La Grotte. Just remember to book a table on a Friday and Saturday night as it’s very popular with Italian weekenders – a good sign in itself…

The Skiing

La Thuile Skiing

Blue Skies and Empty Pistes

With 3 under 8s in the party we were looking for somewhere with a good range of beginner slopes, plus enough variety and challenges to keep our resident Franz Klammer super skier amused. La Thuile delivers on both counts. The nursery slopes are right outside the Planibel with a bubble and chair lifts to take you up to the main ski area which has a great range of blues and reds. We also skied over to La Rosiere in France on one of the days. Great for the “I’ve skied in 2 countries today” bragging rights but frankly very busy compared to La Thuile!

French Italian Border

On the Border!

Empty Pistes - Bliss

Empty Pistes – Bliss

Skiing in La Thuile

Not a bad place for a lesson

View from a Chair Lift

View from a Chair Lift

Lessons

All three of the youngsters had lessons in the morning. Other than the somewhat chaotic Italian organisation at the start of the day the lessons themselves were great and certainly by the end of the week 3 novice skiers were skiing like demons. Again the friendliness of the instructors helped a great deal. 3 of us slightly older folk also had lessons, in my case for the first time in 20 years. Suffice to say my skiing probably didn’t improve quite as much, but we had a great group and it’s always good to be guided around the resort. My instructor Franco was also superb. Some of my fellow learners had been to the same resort 11 years on the trot and had had Fraqnco teaching them for many of those times. He’s an old school instructor – permatan, supercool, very friendly and of course he skies like he was born with 2 planks attached to his feet, which he probably was -like many of the instructors he’s born and bred in the area. He was also an effective weather barometer. When Franco turned up in the morning with his goggles and balaclava, you knew it was going to be a tad cold on the chair lifts. When he turned up in his shades and (almost) in his shorts – you knew it was going to be a scorcher..

Ski Lesson in La Thuile

Franco puts the group through their paces

The Views

Living in the Lake District, I’m pretty used to great views and spectacular mountain panoramas. However with the weather we had I have to say the scenery was truly breathtaking. Anyway judge for yourself…

Mont Blanc View

Mont Blanc

Italian Alps

Nice View

Towards the Matterhorn

Towards the Matterhorn

Mountain Walking in Italy

Spot the man walking up the ridge

View from the Gondola

View from the Gondola

Our Ski Package

A few words on our tour company, Neilsens. I’m always a little cynical about ski reps and I know the job isn’t as easy as it should be but just cos it needs to be said here are a few pointers for them if they happen to chance across this blog:

  • Don’t make the punters site for 2 hours in the coach at Turin airport waiting to depart for the resort when there’s only 1 seat left on the coach and yet you tell them “we’re waiting for a family of 4”
  • Don’t arrange for people to arrive in resort at lunchtime when you know their apartments aren’t going to be ready until 17:00, or if you do then prewarn them and make sure they have somewhere to store their luggage in the interim
  • Don’t hand out green vouchers for ski lessons and tell people to hand them over to the instructors when the instructors respond saying “they should know by now these are the wrong vouchers” and so you end up having to spend 2 days tracking your rep down to get the right voucher.
  • Don’t at the end of a great holiday make people wait outside in -10 degrees at 5 in the morning in the wrong place for a bus that’s actually in a completely different place.

Simples. Anyway soap box safely stored for another year…

All in all though I can’t recommend La Thuile highly enough – great location, great facilities, superb skiing and above all a warm, welcoming and friendly place. We shall return!

Us looking the part...

Us looking the part…

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Place Fell in the Sunshine

Place Fell Walk in the Sunshine Feb 2013

Morgan on Place Fell Summit

Morgan on Place Fell Summit

After last week’s skiing in Italy we returned to the Lakes and found we’d missed yet another snow fall. Keen to find some white stuff and based on the MWIS forecast of “possible risk of sunburn” Emma, Morgan and I couldn’t possibly miss the chance to head up the hills yesterday. Turns out it was a good choice!!

Ullswater

The views back down to Ullswater on the way up were pretty good!

Having left the valley floor where we live in the shadow and freezing cold it soon became clear that we were slightly overdressed. It was boiling hot by the time we got to Boredale Hause so it was time to delayer. Morgan of course was fine as long as he could find a handy beck to slurp from.

Morgan on Place Fell

Spot the Morgan

Most of the snow had gone from the fell other than in sheltered gullies although there was still some on the north facing slopes of High Street…

High Street behind Place Fell

High Street behind Place Fell

Even the final scramble gulley up to the summit ridge was snow free…

Morgan

Morgan Awaits

On the summit ridge there was still a fair amount of snow and we were treated to some great vapour trail displays over Brotherswater and High Street..

Dogfights over Brotherswater

Dogfights over Brotherswater

Liftoff over High Street

Liftoff over High Street

In fact the views from the summit ridge looking south were just plain awesome…

place-fell-summit-ridge5

Even Morgan enjoyed them….

Morgan takes in the views

Morgan takes in the views

We were a little late setting off for once so there were a fair few people up top by the time we arrived, but not as many as I suspect there were on Helvellyn….

Helvellyn Summit from Place Fell

Helvellyn Summit from Place Fell

The big issue on top was finding water for Morgan. The pools were all frozen so it was time to get one of my boots wet and crack some ice..

Morgan on Place Fell

Morgan savours the flavours

He seemed a lot happier after rehydration….

Morgan the Lake District Labrador

Morgan the Lake District Labrador

It was also the first outing for my funky Crookabeck Angora Mohair Helvellyn Walking Socks. Highly recommended – warm, comfortable and best of all they dried out very quickly having been dunked in cold icy water whilst making Morgan’s water hole…

Crookabeck Farm Socks!

Crookabeck Farm Socks!

After the obligatory fag break it was time to head off piste a little to try and get some good shots on the edge..

Glenridding from Place Fell Summit

Glenridding from Place Fell Summit

Ullswater and Glenridding

Panorama of Ullswater and Brotherswater

Panorama of Ullswater and Brotherswater

We also had some great views across the dale to our Glenridding Cottages.

Helvellyn Cottages in Glenridding

Helvellyn Cottages in Glenridding

The views on the way back down to Patterdale were none too shabby….

Morgan towards Brotherswater

Morgan towards Brotherswater

View of Patterdale

View of Patterdale

Having made it back down it was time for a final splash in the beck for Morgan and then a trip to his favourite Patterdale Village Store for a few extra biscuits…

Morgan rehydrates in the beck

Morgan rehydrates in the beck

Patterdale View

Patterdale Village Store and the White Lion Pub – need I say more..

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Place Fell Summit

Morgan and his mate on the summit – just to show I didn’t send him up by himself…..

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More Snow in the Lake District

Ullswater and Helvellyn in the Snow

Ullswater and Helvellyn in the Snow

24 Hours in the Lake District – From Snow to Sheeting Rain

Well having had snow on and off all last week we were treated to some real “amber” snow around Patterdale and Ullswater on Friday. Having fallen softly for the first part of the day in mid afternoon it really starting coming down big style and by early evening the roads were covered and the rest was very deep and crisp if a little uneven. On Saturday morning we were treated to a hint of blue sky which made for some scenic views. Needless to say this being the Lake District come Saturday evening it started raining and it hasn’t really stopped since.

Anyway here are some pictures taken during and after our the brief winter wonderland window of opportunity….

Snow in Patterdale

Snowing big style

Snow in Patterdale

Snow on the Gate to the Patterdale Playing Field

Acer Tree in the Snow

Our Acer Tree about 16:00

Acer in the Snow

And the same tree 2 hours later

Patterdale Church in the Snow

Spooky scenes in Patterdale Church Yard

Patterdale Road in the Snow

Morgan on the A592 “main road” in Patterdale

Footpath Sign in the Snow

Looks impressive – to be fair the sign is only 2 feet tall anyway….

St Sunday Crag in the Snow from Patterdale

St Sunday Crag in the Snow from Patterdale

Towards Helvellyn in the Snow

Towards Helvellyn

Footsteps in the snow above Ullswater

Footsteps in the snow above Ullswater

The Best Bench in the Lake District

The Best Bench in the Lake District

Side Farm in the Snow

Morgan on the Path above Side Farm

Ullswater in the Snow

Ullswater in the Snow

Ullswater in the Snow

Morgan enjoys the view of Ullswater

Helvellyn in the Snow

Helvellyn in the Snow

Place Fell in the Snow

View up Place Fell

A Snowy Goldrill Beck

A Snowy Goldrill Beck

Snow Lady

The Snow Lady from last week got a new coat

Snow Dog

And we managed to give her a pet snow dog

Side Farm and Place Fell Flood

By Sunday Morning the thaw had started. This is Side Farm

Morgan Flood Side Farm

Morgan in the Floodwater on Side Farm

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Place Fell in the Snow

Scruffy and Morgan

Scruffy and Morgan

Morgan and Scruffy take their humans for a snowy walk on Place Fell

Having made it half way up Place Fell the day before when Morgan and I were invited to go the whole way up it was an offer we couldn’t refuse. Better still (for Morgan at least) our walking companions were Chris and Scruffy, Morgan’s best mate. We were also joined (for part of the trip) by Mountain Man Mike, who was with us until he got a call half way up from the Fire Brigade and randomly decided he had to head back down to polish his hose…

Conditions were much the same as the day before under foot – crunchy snow on the paths and soft fluffy stuff on the sides. As we headed up higher the snow had drifted into some of the gullies on the main path up to the summit so we were walking in the fluffy stuff for much of the way. Needless to say the dogs were in the fluffy stuff pretty much all the time..

Anyway enough of the words once again, here are some photos from the walk….

Ullswater in the Snow

Chris half way up to Boredale with a snowy Ullswater Valley behind

Place Fell in the Snow

A little snow on some of the main path

Mountain Man Mike

Mike gets the call and promptly disappears

Sruffy and Morgan on Place Fell

Scruffy and Morgan await the humans

Place Fell Summit in Snow

Scruffy and Chris on the summit plateau of Place Fell with Helvellyn Behind

Helvellyn, Brotherswater and Ullswater Snow Panorama

Helvellyn, Brotherswater and Ullswater Panorama

Summit of Place Fell in the Snow

Just to prove we made it to the top

Place Fell Summit in the Snow

Place Fell Summit in the Snow

Place Fell Summit Ridge in the Snow

Place Fell Summit Ridge

View of Helvellyn in the Snow

View of Helvellyn from Place Fell Summit

Cracking Ice on Place Fell

Chris bravely fell into this to give the boys a much needed drink

Place Fell Summit in Snow

The Walk Back Home

Morgan above Ullswater in the Snow

A frolicking Morgan above Ullswater

Morgan over Brotherswater

Morgan over Brotherswater

Morgan above Brotherswater

By the time we caught up with him he’d sat down!

Chris proves very popular - or is it that Cornish Pasty??

Chris proves very popular – or is it that Cornish Pasty??

Place Fell in the Snow

Caught on camera – a couple of slackers faking a summit shot!!

Scruffy in the snow

Morgan’s mate Scruffy

Morgan uin the Snow

And my mate Morgan….

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