|Walk:||Side Farm, Silver Point, Scalehow Beck, Place Fell, Boredale Hause, Crookabeck|
|Start Point:||Patterdale car park||Grid Reference:||NY 395 159|
|Distance:||10 miles||Ascent:||3,070 feet|
|Weather:||Rain and very strong winds on the high fells|
|Comments:||Intermittent drizzle accompanied us from the car park to Scalehow Beck where John had a surprise waiting for us 'round the corner'. Only opened a couple of weeks earlier, a cafe made a fine refuge for a welcome drink. Climbing beside Scalehow Beck the drizzle increased and the wind began to blow in ernest. However this was nothing compared to the gale force wind waiting for us at the summit! Turning off before we reached the gravel path John found a less windy way down over the grassy flanks. At Boredale Hause we decided to abandon the planned route to Angletarn Pikes and Hayeswater and headed down to Dubhow and Crookabeck. An enjoyable walk (for the most part).|
A dull start as we make our way . . .
along the Lakeside path
This Common Chaffinch soon decided . . .
to take his leave
Hallin Fell on the right - not for us today
Is that a guilty look on John's face?
We were all happy that John had found . . .
a new cafe on the Lakeside path . . .
so we make sure we all get in the photo!
The cafe also has accommodation on the lower level
Looking back at Place Fell . . .
as we leave it behind
With such a strong wind we leave the main path and take advantage of the slightly sheltered grassy flanks of the fell
Deciding to cut the walk short because of the conditions we head down to Crookabeck . . .
where we find . . . .
some unusual hens . . . .
and very cute . . .
Two lambs look only hours old . . .
and have little jackets . . .
but a third lamb shows the difference in size