As you will have seen, my time has been limited for getting out and about recently. This is frustrating for me as I realise that there have been some great days over the winter months here in Teesdale and further afield. My priority has been to stay in the studio not only to complete all the sketches for the project but to put the wording into the book. ( I may do a new blog post about the book shortly on the andybeckartist website)
However the weather forecast for Thursday just looked too good and Bailey deserved a good run out on the fells. The rucksack was thrown in the car and off we went, heading west over the Stainmore Pass. As we dropped down into the Eden valley we were greeted but some of the thickest haze that I have encountered for ages, the high pressure weather system was not providing the clear air that can usually come with such conditions. Luckily I was only after a good walk out, if I was still trying to obtain references for the project this type of day would have been almost a total write off for long distance views.
So it was that we first headed up to Great Mell Fell for a leg-stretch before lunch. A fell that I have been up loads of times as it is one of the simplest walks to any summit. I had looked at the map and found a different circular route, details of which I will put online in the fullness of time.
The main aim for the afternoon was a long route up to Loadpot Fell. Parking at Roehead near Pooley Bridge we took another unusual route to the summit of this Far Eastern Fell. Now that I am free to wander at will I plan to continue my fell walking by visiting fells using routes which I have previously not used. The route I had chosen today was in part away from the main route but even so there was surprisingly a reasonable path which I haven’t seen on any map. I love discovering these new routes. I have no time at the minute to post the full route but when I get chance I will produce blog posts for all of this backlog of routes.
The haze was not brilliant for photographs but the air was perfectly still and reasonably warm, a pleasure to be out on the fells and a break from the studio is most refreshing.
From Loadpot Hill we carried round to Bonscale Pike, Arthur’s Pike and then back to the car. On my way I was also making notes for little snippets of information which I plan to fit into the book, there is always something new to find on the fells and besides, the views over Ullswater from these two fells are glorious despite the weather. The light was fading but the glint of the setting sun over the still snowy Helvellyn Range meant that my return to the car in the dark was well worth the effort. The route was just short of 10 miles and Bailey seemed to love his long day out…..more soon please Dad?