Skiddaw from Hawes End at the start of the day.
Blencathra comes into view on the right as we climb higher.
Derwent water with Blencathra in the distance
Looking across a frosty Newlands valley
Skellgill Bank, on the way to Catbells in the distance.
More views back down the climb.
A small figure on the top of catbells from the rocky climb to the top
The same guy on his way down.
The old guy on the left was chuffed to bits with himself for getting to the top of catbells and reminded me what all this about - personal acheivement!
From the top of catbells, an amazing view.
Blencathra over a frozen puddle
After Catbells the ridge takes you along to Maiden Moor, but there are still some great views to be had over Derwent Water
One last view over the top of Catbells as we reach the snow line :-))
I was passed by these 3 fell runners, the Borrowdale fells - what a backdrop
The cloud had started to build now and with it a definite chill to the day. Looking across the Helvellyn range from Maiden Moor
Blea Crag, a small outcrop, a great view point.
After Maiden Moor we reach High Spy, very cold along here, I had every item of clothing on now (inc overtrousers to stop the wind freezing my legs!) Dale Head our next port of call in the distance
Descending to Dale Head tarn and the route up the steep hill side.
Eel Crags from the ascent of Dale head, our route up earlier.
A look back down to Dalehead Tarn on teh steep snowy climb, the sun trying to make a reappearance.
Reaching Dale Head crags, suns out now :-))
Can you spot the climbers below as we near the top of the climb to the summit plateau.
Finally 5 miles into teh walk and the turning point, Dale Head.
A look back at Eel Crag from the impressive cairn.
Superlative views from the top: Fleetwith Pike the nearest ridge, High Stile above Buttermere and then Pillar at teh back
Homeward bound over Hindscarth - just follow the red line (spot the picnicers!)
Glorious snowy conditions, a bit chilly but we're not complaining!
A look back to Dale Head
Hindscarth and a full shelter
The long route back. You can see Catbells ridge far right.. looks a long way!!
At the valley floor.
The start of the long road home looking back at todays descent.