Little Mell Fell – 03/08/18

For a small walk so close to home, this was a walk new to me as well as Evie. A blustery damp August day meant it was perfect for a brief bit of fresh air.

Even on this dank day, there was still atmosphere in the views. It’s rare that it’s not worth going out…. at least for a little while…

Sale Fell – 31/07/18

Making the most of being in a different part of the Lakes, as we were headed to The Lakes Distillery for a very belated Christmas present, we decided to go up Sale Fell, as it was VERY windy! So a short walk fitted the bill nicely.

Evie is now big enough to go front facing in the sling when she is awake. More interesting for her but harder for me. I don’t know if she is happy or not… and she kicks me with her legs!!

It really was crazy windy on top!

But not particularly cold

And the views over Bassenthwaite were lovely….. but not as lovely as the afternoon tea at The Lakes Distillery!!

Happy belated Christmas mum!

Beda Fell – 26/07/18

One of those days with multiple work deadlines but too gorgeous not to! I really wanted for us to do the Beda – Place Fell round but ran out of time, so settled for just Beda Fell.

A blistering hot day, the sling and rucksack made for hot work as we clambered steeply upwards through a thick bracken little trod footpath. One on the ridge line life got easier.

Looking over Ullswater and back at Hallin Fell, the views are stunning as soon as you have climbed a short distance up. Even the sheep like taking them in!

it took longer than I anticipated to get to the summit, and despite the heat was a bit breezy on the very top, so we dropped a bit for lunch.

The colours at this time of years were gorgeous up here, all tiny little Fell plants that made a beautiful fellside.

Then time for the grassy descent down and walk back along the Martindale valley where Evie chilled out on the grass whilst I had a quick dip in the river to wash off and cool off!

Blencathra 09/07/18

One of my all time favourites, I decided it was time to take Evie up Blencathra for a picnic!!

Going up from Scales it’s never an easy start out of the car park going straight uphill. So paused for a cute picture

We got to the summit but Evie was still sleeping so I decided to walk along the saddle to Knowe Crags.

Evie then woke up so we did some tummy time!! This allowed Evie to take in the view!

Took a selfie!!

Then after the picnic headed down via Scales Tarn as it looked so beautiful!

Another gorgeous day for a walk.

High Rigg – 15/06/18

A blustery day meant a low(ish) level walk was desirable, so Lou & me decided on High Rigg.

Parking near the church up St Johns-in-the-vale there is very little up, so it didn’t take long to reach our summit!

There are still lovely views from this peak

Then it’s quite a rocky descent down the far side of the Rigg. So need to be careful underfoot (especially when you can’t see your feet!).

After that it’s a flatish path along the base of the Rigg, although somehow I managed a big trip on the flat section. This then required a stop in a conveniently placed friendly family run cafe to soothe Evie, before heading along the path back to the car.

Tarn Crag and Sergeant Man – 11/06/18

Meeting up with my Swim-Run pal Alex just outside of Grasmere, we decided to go for a Walk-Swim seeing as currently I’m not running, certainly not with Evie and a rucksack! The first part of the day was a repeat on one of our training runs three summers ago.

We set off up to Easedale Tarn at a considerably slower pace than in previous years. But the Tarn itself just as beautiful as we took it in turns to have a swim and look after Evie. It was such a hot day that we didn’t need to worry about being cold after the swims.

Continued upwards to Codale Tarn for a spot of lunch and another swim, also gorgeous. From here we considered our options and decided to go up to Tarn Crag, as it was the least likely summit to get to again without considerable effort.

Cracking views from here, we decided to keep onwards and do a circle over Sergeant Man as we had plenty of day left. It took a bit longer to traverse over the rough ground than expected and up to Sergeant Man.

However we finally made it. At this point I could happily have kept going except we had a time to get back for.

What we / I hadn’t anticipated was the time it would take me to get down with this load on!

The terrain was tough in sections, some really rocky sections to get down.

Then Evie needed feeding and changing…..

But we finally made it – an epic 7 hour fell day!

Arnison Crag 09/06/18

I was in Patterdale visiting a friend and thought I’d sneak in a cheeky walk whilst there.

Arnison Crag was not the walk I planned to do, I had meant to go up St Sunday Crag (much higher, in hindsight wouldn’t have got there). No matter how many times I looked at the map, it turns out I ended up on the wrong path. I didn’t work this out till later in the evening, asking for confirmation from some of my fell boff friends.

But the path went up (steeply) and the views were good!

It was slightly scrambly to actually sit on the summit (probably wouldn’t think twice about it if I wasn’t carrying a baby on my front).

And as I sat there, the thunder was booming and then I felt something I hadn’t felt in many weeks…. a big fat raindrop!

So Evie’s new piece of kit, the BundleBean, came out and I figured out how to put it on. Thankfully very easily.

Given the turn in the weather I made as rapid a decent as I could and wound my way through some beautiful woods at the bottom.

Which popped you out behind the pub in Patterdale.

Not the walk I planned, but a lovely one. And as it turned out a good one given the weather.