|Snow capped mountains up ahead|
We'd planned an 8-mile circular walk starting from the Great Wood National Trust Car Park. We're National Trust members so can park for free.
From the car park we followed the path to Ashness Bridge. Just after we'd set off the heavens opened and it absolutely threw it down. So on went our waterproofs and undeterred we carried on. After about 30 mins of walking the sun started to appear from behind the clouds and we soon warmed up. So by the time we reached Ashness Bridge we had to strip off a couple of layers.
Ashness Bridge is a well known viewpoint across Borrowdale and towards Skiddaw and is very popular with photographers and artists.
The Bark House Mountain Base is next to the bridge. There's a small plaque on the side with the date '1964'. We went inside and got talking to a couple of National Trust volunteers who were setting up refreshments and National Trust leaflets. There was a lovely roaring open fire there which would've been very welcoming if we were wet or cold. They told us that there's no running water there or electricity and that the hut was used by the scouts in the 70s and 80s as a bunkhouse and had contained 12 bunks.
|The Bark House Mountain Base|
Then we continued on our way. The route via Ashness Bridge was a fairly gently climb up to Walla Crag, stopping to find a couple of caches along the way.
hill bagging site.
|Chocolate Guinness cake of course|
|Storm Desmond damaged this bridge in December 2015|
Then we continued back down the path and on to Friar's Crag to do a couple of virtuals, George Hodgson and Mirror Image.
The Herdwick Sheep is native to Cumbria, the lambs are almost always born black and then lighten as they get older.
|The walk along the shoreline back to the beginning was very picturesque.|
After the walk we headed into Keswick for coffee and a mooch around the bookshop and then got a chippy tea to eat up at Ashness Bridge.
|This has to be the best view EVER for a chippy tea!|
After tea we drove up to the little hamlet of Watendlath, stopping off at Surprise View on the way.
|Watendlath Packhorse Bridge|