Saturday, 9 February 2013

Fairfield Horseshoe

A few walks to catch up on now since the last post, the first of these is our walk around the Fairfield Horseshoe in the Lake District. Starting from Rydal near Ambleside, up onto Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike and Low Pike. In all 10.5 miles and 3450ft of ascent.
This was our first day of three great days up in the Lakes and was a great walk to start with, once again we stayed dry the weather wasn't too bad, but very cold and icy up on the higher tops.

Sharon heading up onto Nab Scar


A passing Hercules


Looking back to Ambleside and Lake Windermere


Sun light brightening up Ambleside


Nab Scar completed, Sharons first new Wainwright of the day


Number 2 wainwright, Heron Pike


Windermere glistens behind us


As we head towards Great Rigg the weather started to turn really wintry and a lot colder, here Holly contemplates launching herself into one of the half frozen pools


She just loves swimming, it must be freezing!


The top of Great Rigg, started to get really cold and icy from now up onto Fairfield


Heading up onto Fairfield


The frozen top of Fairfield


and very cold!!


Holly never looks the right way!


Looking back down the ridge we had walked up



looking across the High St and the far eastern fells


Sharon and Holly start the climb up to Hart Crag


a very monochrome scene


St Sunday Crag from Hart Crag


On Hart Crag


Looking back to Hart Crag as we head for Dove Crag



The top of Dove Crag, Sharon admires the view


As we stopped for a bite to eat, a couple of ravens dropped in, they werent sure about the Kendal Mint Cake!

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After walking past High Pike and not realising, this is Low Pike


and the view down into Ambleside


I just love photographing Herdys!!


A lovely walk back down the lower slopes, really warm in the sun, having been frozen not long earlier, we were down to base layers!


This was a great walk, a first for Sharon, and I had not done it for many years, 6 new wainwrights for Sharon and a great start to our long weekend in The Lakes.

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