This brief attempt to start the year as we (i.e., Waters and Mercer Herdwickian Walks.org) meant to go on was thwarted by very wintry weather. Because of strong winds, we had originally intended to just walk along the bottom of Grisedale (Glenridding) and possibly also peek at the view from Keldas, but had to abandon the attempt because of icy conditions on the Kirkstone pass. Plan B then swung into operation, and so we headed off in the opposite direction, intent on conquering Rossett Pike at the head of Mickleden in Great Langdale, it seeming like a lowly enough target for such a day. But although we made it to the top of Stake Pass, we reckoned without the renewed strength of the winds that then began to buffet us, and decided that perhaps Mother Nature was trying to tell us something after all, and so with much consoling talk of “Discretion... valour, etc.’, we beat a more-or-less dignified retreat. More positively, we managed to succeed in avoiding the downpours that were seemingly everywhere else on the day, and as always, any outing in Lakeland, especially in such good company, never disappoints, and all of it will still be there next time, as will we - the main point! The ‘stroll’ began at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, along the main valley path to the divide at the confluence of Mickelden Beck and Rossett Gill, then up by the very well-paved winding path to Stake Pass, and then... er, back down again by the same route!
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