On the way across to the Lakes we diverted slightly to Greystokes, ( No-one swinging through the trees!) Mike and Lucky were keen on visiting a couple of wee hills. Our room at Sikeside may be described as bijou. With all our kit, cooking stuff and bits and pieces, it was very much a case of one person at a time moving around.
Thursday morning was a cold, frosty start. However, the sky was a clear blue and the rising sun offered the promise of a glorious day. A nice, circular route had been proposed and agreed on. Starting out from the car park at Hartsop, it was noticeable how quickly it was filling up. Good weather was encouraging many folk to head for the hills. It was a somewhat brutal start to the day. Our way was up, steeply so, climbing the brow of the hill to Hartsop Dodd.
The morning was beautiful though and there was no rush, the views were excellent and offered a good enough reason to pause occasionally to admire them. Once over the Dodd the going was easier.
Lunch was had at Stony Cove Pike.. Despite a cold edge to the light breeze, it was sheer bliss to be able to stretch out and luxuriate in the sunshine.
The going became easier going as we headed up across to the trig point on High Street.
Friday saw the tops shrouded in cloud. However, both Mike and myself were happy to opt for a more gentle day. Mind, Lucky was as full of beans as ever! Our plan was simple, to walk around by Brothers Water.
From there over to Hartstop to have a wee explore around the remains of the mine and mill.
On our way back on the Saturday we took another wee top. An excellent weekend. The one negative downside is the sheer expense of things in the Lake District.
Distance wise we covered an average of twenty five miles over three days. Mind, I am a little suspicious of my Fitbit's accuracy.