Northern Lake District

Route: Ullock Pike, Longside, Carl Side and Skiddaw

Area: Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 4th November 2013

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.6 miles

Ascent: 2,700 feet

As I approached the car parking space at High Side Bassenthwaite, there seemed to be blue skies and sun everywhere – except over the Skiddaw fells, which were covered in cloud. I had no plan B, so hoped that the cloud would clear. Halfway up my first fell on the route, Ullock Pike, I hit thick mist and met a lady coming back down who advised me to turn back ‘There’s nothing to see, it’s foggy’

I thanked her for the advice, but a mixture of obstinacy and optimism caused me to ignore it – and what a good thing I did. Maybe it was my imagination, but the clouds seemed to be thinning and maybe there was a glimpse of blue through the mist

I soldiered on through the mist, with no views at all, when all at once the clouds suddenly disappeared and there were wonderful views all around. For the remainder of the walk it was a glorious day and the conditions were perfect. It was freezing on top of Skiddaw, headgear and gloves were needed notwithstanding the sunshine and there was a thin layer of snow, or maybe hail, in places

The views on the way down were wonderful – Scotland and the Solway Firth could be seen clearly. It was a red letter day

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