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Walking in Cumbria and Beyond

Snow to Sunburn

Snow to Sunburn

Brothers Water belies a comfortable calm nestled below the harshness of Kirkstone Pass.

Hartsop Dodd hung still in the early morning. 

Swans and herons an occasional break to the reflection.

Busy house martins darted from barns around Hartsop Hall.

Hartsop Dodd stretched down.  Last week’s snow now gone.

Hartsop Dodd

Hartsop Dodd

From Brothers Water to Kirkstone pass is a remarkably easy walk.  Just a steady ascent with the added bonus of the Inn at the top.  Timed to perfection for coffee.

High Hartsop Dodd

High Hartsop Dodd

Then there was a bit of a hike.


Dovedale Beck

Up Ravens Edge, across to Caudale Moor and on to Stony Cove Pike.  Last time I’d been there it was shrouded by mist.

kirkstone Pass

Kirkstone Pass

Today there was nothing but haze. 

Not even people.

Cauldale Moor

Caudale Moor from Ravens Edge

Certainly the quieter side of the pass. 


Ill Bell from Stony Cove Pike

After the initial hike, just a rather un dramatic flat plateaux sandwiched between the pass and High Street.  Just sunshine and solitude.


Looking down to Windermere

There was a temptation to keep wandering over to Kentmere, a homeward direction.


Brothers Water from Caudale

Sense prevailed and I wandered back to Caudale Moor, taking a path down above Rough Edge skirting the edge of the pass.

Lovely along the ridge, but as cruel on the knees as all the surrounding Dodds.   



Caudale Beck inviting and refreshing for the feet.  Still icy snow melt.

But another convenient pub at the bottom before a quiet return on the near shore of Brothers Water. 






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