So the last walk of 2013, with a favourable forecast headed off to the hills. With hill fitness not at it’s best, we revised our arranged route to do Hartsop Dodd, Little Hart Crag, Red Screes and Middle Dodd.
Stuart and Gary came to join us and we met at the free car park next to Brothers Water. Paying for parking is against our religion!! Stuart had brought along his gorgeous dogs Sam and Teah.
When we arrived there was a little drizzle and a hint of cloud, I make no apologies for being a fair weather walker. But boots on and as if ordered the rain stopped and the cloud lifted.
I was starting to feel hungry angry. We decided that there is nothing worse than started a climb with a full stomach. So we climbed a good way up to our next summit of Red screes and stopped for food.
Of course it was treat time. Gary had a tough decision, healthy bar or homemade treats!!
From here was onto the summit of Red Screes. A faint dusting of snow, towards Windermere the view was obscured by cloud. But where we were heading was clear. It had been 18 years since I had been on this summit.
Even more so when the path abruptly ended at a top of a small crag. So we picked our way across the field to the stream and luckily there was a bridge!
Looking back up, we could see how lucky we had been with the weather.
A pleasant walk back on the same path we started on earlier that day. Soon the car was in sight.
Walkers reward was at the Brothers Water Inn. A pint of Barngates Brathay gold was perfect rehydration. We did however get stares as we were laughing and reliving our days walk. It’s a walkers pub, some people need to lighten up.