At least the wind was light and I spent a long time exploring the small tarns and peering down into the incredible gullies dropping to the screes below.
I followed the edge of the drop off rather than the main path and eventually ended up on Illgill Head, a strange name as there appears to be no Ill Gill there abouts. Now here's where the memory is faulty. I remembered reading in my Wainwright guide that the Borrowdale Volcanic rocks on the summit of this fell contain garnets. So as I eat my sandwiches I break a few open and sure enough there are beautiful little garnets the size of small peas.
The weather starts to clear as I photograph Yewbarrow reflected in Wastwater. 29 years ago I climbed it from the road and straight up the prominent gully visible on the south ridge. I used to love those kind of lines in those days.
Spurning the tourist route I discover some interesting little valleys above Straighthead Gill.
I descend to the lake on the west side of Fence Wood and head back along the screes path.
The screes seem to go on for ever but I eventually reach the end and head back to the car with a red head.
The reference to garnets in Wainwright? can't find it .