I had to work yesterday so today I was up at 06.30 getting the gear ready. I sometimes dont know where to head for until I've actually seen the fells in the distance , I'd already been asked the question "where are we going ?' at least 3 times before we were on the road at 08.30. Skiddaw dominates the horizon from this neck of the woods so when I saw the snow as we drove through Dearham the decision was made. The layby on the Orthwaite road gets full quickly, but we were the first ones there.
There was barely a cloud in the sky as we headed up the muddy fields onto the Ullock Pike ridge. As we gained height the cloud was bubbling up over the fells.
As Longside Edge hove into view the weather ahead looked threatening and we met a couple who had decided to turn around muttering about there'd be no views anyway.
Could n't see anything wrong with them myself.
By the time we'd had our dinner the black clouds were heading away to the south. (Best spot for them)
Into the fast melting snow as we head up towards the summit of mighty Skiddaw.
Relaxing in the sun at the summit.
We head towards Broad End past the strangely named Gibralter Crags.
And hence down into Barkbethdale, Great Knott and Southerndale before braving the muddy path down to the car.
Where we going next week?