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Fine Weather Days

Fine Weather Days

 

This summer I’ve spent so much time whinging about the inclement summer

it’s good to be able to redress the balance.

In little over a week there have been at least three days of glorious sunshine. 

Three days when I have managed to get out up a hill

and enjoy autumn in the Lakes at its best.

swirrel

Swirrel Edge

Being not particularly brave, for me to venture on to any ridge I need to be able to see where I’m going, have completely dry footholds and absolutely zero chance of being ‘buffeted’ by the slightest breeze.

StridingEdge

Striding Edge

And so it was.  A day of calm.  Bar the tourists!  Unfortunately the October half term had brought everyone and his dog out for the day and there was a serious need for traffic control on Striding Edge.  Can’t have it all ways I suppose.

EasedaleTarn

Easdale Tarn

Only two days later, punctuated by a day of dreich November drizzle, there was the sun again. 

Easdale Waterfall

Easdale

Autumn colours are by far the best.

Just a few days later and Coniston was as burnished as the copper once mined.

Coniston

Coniston

Everything sharp and clear. ‘Weather’ momentarily forgotten.

Blake How

Blake How

Even the detritus had a corresponding shade of rust.

detritus

Industrial detritus

With the ridges folding endlessly towards the Pennines on one side

Ridges

Levers water

while falling to the sea westward

morecambe bay

Coniston and Morecambe bay

we were unsurprisingly not alone.

paragliding

Sca Fells view

Totally unruffled, perfect clouds hung in Levers water as the sun slipped slowly away,

Levers Water

Levers Water

towards the end of the day.

A  short walk from Coniston Copper mines

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