The day started early as we had planned to meet up at 9-9.30am. The drive was fine and I was soon at Ambleside where I was to take the most scenic of drives along the Wyrnose Pass and the Hardknott Pass Luckily there seemed to be only myself and a few sheep on the pass at this time in the morning, about 8.30ish, so I took my time and took a few photo's
The weather seemed to be smiling on us as we set off as it was quite warm with just a small breeze and no rain, which considering the past days and weeks was very welcome.
We were soon walking beside the river on good paths through the fields as we made our way to Esk Falls and the Lingcove Bridge
After all the recent rain the going under foot up to here was very good. It was to get fairly wet later on but certainly not knee deep in mud or anything!. The falls were certainly looking in good form
Gaining height as we made our way through the bracken, the views started to open up with a bit of cloud cover on the highest fells
As we got to the top of the falls we found ourselves in an open area, Great Moss, that was like being in a bowl, with the high fells all around. I was pleasantly surprised by this and although the views were great today, in clear weather it must be a truly awesome sight.
Certainly see where this area gets it's name from as it was in places very mossy and quite boggy. One or two miss placed steps and down you went :-)
We made our way round, following the river, and came under the impressive looking Cam Spout Crag
we had to find a safe enough crossing.
As we didn't have a makeshift bridge with us we had to improvise............
Well it was such a lovely day we had to take a dip at some point :-)
After messing about in the river we headed upwards and the view back down into the valley opened up below
We decided to have a lunch stop next to the waterfalls and there's not many open air cafes like this place. A wonderful setting with great views
As we started to get higher we entered the cloud base and the wind started to pick up so shelter was taken behind the rocks when ever we came to a stop
We got to the col and the wind here was quite strong as it blows up the gullies
This is where we decided it was best to split up, as I said earlier, as one of the party wasn't feeling too good so we made our plans to meet up a bit later and back we went.
We made our way down and then decided to follow the path at the bottom of the falls that took us underneath Cam Spout Crag and passed Sampsons Stones
Going this way made it more interesting than a straight there and back as we were now on the other side of the river and passing under the the Crags of Silvery Bield and High Scarth and seeing the valley from a different angle
It was quite a straight forward walk back following the wet path with no major obstacles, apart from the odd stream or ten :-)
We all met up at the last of the falls before making the short journey back to the cars through the farm
Looking back at the days walk with the clouds lifting, we decided to have a drink and a chat before we went on our separate ways
On the drive back along the passes I took my time just for another look back here and there and took in the old Hardknott Roman Fort
And also passing the Three Shires Stone that marked the old boundaries of Cumberland, Lancashire and Westmorland.
A quick stop off in Ambleside where the wind was whipping up Windermere
And all that was left was the journey back down the M6 which passed without any delay.
So another great day out in great surroundings with great company.