24 December 2009

Christmas Eve: Winter Wonderland

I did something I've not done in a while today. I went walking. Ok, for the astute out there obviously I do a lot of walking, as do all of us, but I went walking in the Lake District for the first time since, looking back over logbooks and such like, October it seems. The Lake District, like Carlisle on Tuesday, and the entire UK, has been covered with a blanket of snow and on this basis I decided on a very short walk, with little ascent and descent, which started just off the aorta of the North Lakes, the A66.

Looking back to Blencathra as we cross farmland to Shundraw.

The walk crossed farmland before making a short climb to the top of Low Rigg. We dropped down to the col between Low and High Rigg - where St. John's in the Vale church sat, content with a white topping - before climbing up to the 357m high summit of High Rigg.

A sign pointing us on our way, with High Rigg in the background.

We did eventually descend off High Rigg to the west and by crossing farmland, once again, were able to take in the stone circle at Castle Rigg. The views from here weren't as impressive as I had hoped for as the cloud had started rolling in off the higher fells, which surround the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age monument and all that was required was a short walk back along the roads to get back to the start.

Looking out west over a section of the stone circle.

More pictures of the day can be found here.

Good lines, stay safe and see you on the wet stuff...

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