Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Friday, 4 April 2014

2 April - a decent day out

"April brings the annual miracle of spring to Lakeland, the daffodils and the blossom and the tourists".

Except for the daffodils all else was more or less absent; what wasn't absent was a wind with an edge to it. Just beyond the fine summit cairn of Dale Head we were glad to don our Rab Hoodies and Paramo Cascada trousers as we enjoyed a quick lunch at a not-so-sheltered spot overlooking the lovely Newlands Valley.

We had arrived here via the mine track where Herdwicks, true hill-sheep, grazed quietly unperturbed by our presence, lambs by their sides; birds song emanated from the bare, solitary larch.

A descent via Dale Head Mine was contemplated and rejected - that is a route up for the future. As the photo tells, our return was via High Spy and Maiden Moor.

With so much snow on the Scottish hills, high up at any rate, I was expecting the odd snow field here and there but no, hardly a patch to be seen except on the Scafell range.



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5 comments:

  1. I’m glad that you are having some decent conditions. Here in Rochdale you can hardly see to the end of your arm. Its horrid.

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    1. Hi Alan. It's pretty murky here this morning but we had a good day yesterday. Not sure what we'll get up to today.

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  2. Not High Street, I suspect - we saw just 11 people out there today and didn't detect a single Scots accent. Luckily the weather cleared in the afternoon, hope it did the same for you.

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    1. Hello Martin. We met only eight people although saw a large group on Hindscarth from Dale Head. It was clear all day with us but fairly chilly. It's years since we've been on High Street.

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  3. The numbers have definitely increased in the last two weeks and, tellingly, the ice cream vans are now in the car parks......downhill for the next six months ;-)

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