With all the rushing around last weekend with 10 Tors final training weekend I have only got around to blogging about our 5 days in the Lake District a couple of weeks ago.
I’ll start off here with a great walk – much of it on National Trust land – The Fairfield Horseshoe – a 10 mile jaunt with over 1100 metres of ascents starting and finishing in Ambleside. Google ‘Fairfield Horseshoe’ and you will find many accounts and directions on how to take the walk.
We went ‘anti clockwise’ starting in Ambleside then rising up to Low Pike, High Pike, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and finally back down via Nab Scar.
It’s not a beginners walk but if you have a bit of stamina (ie you can walk 10 miles up and down) the map reading / route following is straight forwards.
I was surprised how many people we met during the 4 hours it took us to complete the walk – over 100 I would estimate – I doubt there would have been 100 people across the whole of Dartmoor embarked on a 10 mile walk that day. We met 100 in just one Lake District Valley. Lots of people yes – but it still felt like a ‘wilderness’.
Here are a few snaps from the walk.
Here is the Fairfield Horseshoe from Lake Windemere at Bowland.
Waterfall on the Scandale Beck on the way up to Low Pike
Looking back to Windemere from Dove Crag
Pretty deep snow still lying between Hart’s Crag and Fairfield and my goodness was it windy – could barely stand!
Stupendous view down the Rydal Beck Valley
On the way back down – on towards Great Rigg
If you are planning to visit the Lakes I can really recommend the National Trust’s specific Lake District website – packed with places to go and things to do – we really do own an awful lot of land in the Lakes!