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.
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
Then there was a bit of a hike.
Up Ravens Edge, across to Caudale Moor and on to Stony Cove Pike. Last time I’d been there it was shrouded by mist.
Today there was nothing but haze.
Not even people.
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.