Tuesday, 30 November 2010

LAKELAND 2010 DAY FOUR

"The difference between a hill and a mountain depends on appearance, not on altitude ( whatever learned authorities may say to the contrary ) and is thus arbitrary and a matter of personal opinion. Grass predominates on a hill, rock on a mountain. A hill is smooth a mountain rough. In the case of scafell Pike opinions must agree that here is a mountain without doubt, and a mountain that is more over every inch a mountain. Roughness and ruggedness are the necessary attributes and The Pike has these in greater measure than other high ground in the country, which is just as it should be, for there is no higher ground in the country than this." These are the words of Alfred Wainwright, and how true they are. As you can see the mountain top mist has followed us !!! That peak in front shrouded in mist is Seathwaite Fell. At 1970 feet it is 1240 feet below our destination. It's gonna be FOGGY up there !!! Here i am, swimming again, this time in Styhead Tarn. At 1500 feet more than a hour into the expedition and not even half way up. A stretcher point at about 1600 feet. Let's just hope Pud doesn't need it later. This picture is at about 2900 feet. Believe it or not i am there, on top of the rock, and another 310 feet to go. At last we're there three hours in. Here i am officially the highest dog in the country at 3210 feet. On the descent just time for a swim in the wonderfully named Sparkling Tarn. A six hour expedition a mighty achievement for man or dog.

LAKELAND 2010 DAY THREE

A lighter day planned today before the real expedition of climbing Scafel Pike tommorrow, the largest mountain in the country. A short drive to Portingscale and a walk along the River Derwent. Clearly seen is the flood damage done in this years floods.
Here is an old railway bridge probably closed by Beecher, but washed away sometime between then and now. Thank goodness the weather hasn't washed away all the bridges. Our ultimate goal today is Dodd Wood. Which overlooks lake Bassenthwaite. Which, for you trivia buffs, is the only lake in lakeland. All the other bodies of water being tarn's, water,s and mere's. The real reason for walking through this woodland is the ospreys. Protected by law a nesting pair live in this woodland, guarded day and night, but also filmed. Check out http://www.ospreywatch.co.uk/. A beautiful creature that feeds on fish from the lake. Just an idea of the size here i am infront of a lifesize image. A bird with the same size body as me with a wingspan of 6ft. Thank goodness they only eat fish !!! Just to give you an idea of size here's a nest.