Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

New Lake District Photos Added

18th May 2006

May hasn’t been such a friendly month so far this year and my thoughts have got to adding photos to my website. More on that later. The sun is shining outside as I write this but the next nasty shower may be on its way for all that I know. Yesterday was grey and damp while Tuesday evening presented us with a very heavy thunder shower, with thunder and lightning added for effect. So there you have it, a very mixed bag if ever there was one.

And now to the new photos: I paid the Lake District a visit in August of last year and a selection of the photos that I took that day have only just made it online. My walk took me from Grasmere up over Fairfield and on to Patterdale. I managed to get to the start of my walk early enough to enjoy the glorious landscape around Dunmail Raise in the early morning sun. My journey took me up by Great Tongue to Grisedale, resplendent in the late Summer/early Autumn sunshine. In primary school, I was taught that autumn began on 1st August: strange I know but all of the seasons were said to be three months long and starting at the beginning of a month as well. From Grisedale, I took what appeared to be a pleasant path to Fairfield: it didn’t take long to deteriorate due to erosion and I was soon convinced that I wouldn’t be using it again. From Fairfield, I continued to Hart Crag before descending to Patterdale via Hartsop above How.

I did have an idea to go on to St. Sunday Crag from Fairfield that day but my “adventure” with the eroded path mentioned earlier and the idea of tumbling down the cliff-like north face of Fairfield soon put paid to my ambition. I still possess a plan to walk from Patterdale up St. Sunday Crag and onward to Fairfield and Grasmere. The alternate direction should allow me to have a better idea of where I am going. Speaking of which, Fairfield isn’t the sort of place for fooling when the clag has descended. Other times in this area, I have been in the vicinity in less than clement weather, some of it unforeseen, and stayed down low.

Looking at the photos while adding them gave me ideas for other future visits. The Langdale Pikes, Helvellyn, High Street and so much more all beckon. The burgeoning question is what it always is: will any of this happen?

Grisedale Tarn, Cumbria, England.

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