Sunday dawned bright but very cold again with no sign of the forecast snow, although it was falling hard in other parts of the country. The object of today's walk was to complete yet another low level excursion as I wanted to take some photographs of the Langdale Pikes from the valley. We set off after breakfast driving up Landgdale to park at Stickle Barn, stopping off on the way to photograph the Pikes from Elterwater. Once kitted up, again donning the down jacket, we struck off across the fields opposite the car park along the Cumbria Way. The plan was to walk back down the valley towards Chapel Style and return via the 'old road', now a bridleway which was where I wanted to take my shots.
The path quickly angled steeply uphill giving us excellent views back to the Langdale Pikes and along to the head of the valley where the ridge of The Band led up to Bowfell and Crinkle Crags. The previous year I had enjoyed a fabulous solo walk over Rossett Pike, Esk Pike and Bowfell returning via The Band, but I remember a recent epic with Thomas on The Crinkles when we finished up walking 180 degrees in the wong direction in near zero visibility. It was only Thomas's watchfulness that alerted us to our mistake. The route recorded on my View Ranger map makes interesting viewing!!!
We continued along the Cumbria Way as far as the homestead of Oak Howe where we had a welcome flask of soup before heading back. A short walk today but some excellent views.
Before returning to the caravan at Ashes Lane we stopped off in Windermere for the Christmas Market and to soak up some of the atmosphere.
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