Weather: a fine dry day with cloud above the summits but the easterly wind was bitterly cold
Where: the Lake District - starting & finishing from Seathwaite (approx 11 miles & 3,300' ascent)
Dropping down through the gap the wind chill became more notoceable and the first glimpse of Angle Tarn showed its surface to be disturbed to the extent that the occasional white top could be seen. It was only at this point that I decided to head on past Sprinkling Tarn & take in Sty Head Tarn also to add a round of Tarns into the day. The climb back up to Esk Hause, although obvious from the map surprised me a little - it was quite impressive to ascend back back up from this side under the gaze of Allen Crags.
Returning to Esk Hause next target was Sprinkling Tarn, on this occasion devoid of campers, in fact by this time (around 14:00hrs) the previously busy fells had become distinctly more sparsely populated. Descending now with impressive views towards the Gables as intervals of sunshine interspersed with slightly more cloudy conditions produced a continuously changing landscape.
Sty Head Tarn, conversely, was well attended by campers with at least seven or eight tents dotted around the edge, one group had a couple of fishing lines set up.
With one last look behind into this most inspiring of Lake District panoramas I set off alongside Sty Head Gill, under Seathwaite Fell and down to Stockley Bridge where folk were soaking tired feet in the clear mountain water. Not long back to the car and an altogether quieter scene at Seathwaite as the majority of people had clearly had their day in the fells and headed off from the area. For me, back to a busy Blaithwaite to check back in on Kay.
|The Gables & Sty Head Tarn From Just Beyond Sprinkling Tarn|