I’ve found with the latter Wainwrights we have done it’s become a bit of a chore. When you first start on your wainwright adventure you have so many hills to do. All the ones we had left were in the Western Fells which is quite a drive from Kendal. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, should’ve done these when there was more light.
Coupled with this, there is the pressure as to when our last one would be taking place. It’s difficult to plan with Lakeland weather, we only want to do it when the weather is good. We decided on Melbreak when we had about 40 Wainwrights to go. Thought we’d better choose one to end on. Melbreak looks like a proper mountain standing proudly, guarding the Kirkstile Inn. Plus having a great pub to celebrate in afterwards was a bonus too.
Before we could plan for our last one, we still had 2 to do, Great Borne and Starling Dodd.
The weather was forecasted to turn around 3pm so thought had plenty of time to have done the walk before it came in.
We arrived at the Bowness Knott car park on the shores of Ennerdale water. Boots on and off we go. As we were putting our rucksacks on, a fellow walker asked where we were off? He was on round 4 of the Wainwrights!! He said he’d finished his first round on Melbreak.
As we set off, thought we’d be ok but then the cloud came down. The path was steep at times but well defined. Though at points in the conditions the path was treacherous. The conditions were not good for my mood. I was just gutted that I couldn’t see anything as that is where I get my enjoyment. If I’ve slogged up a mountain I want a view! But that was not going to be happening today.
Through the cloud made out the trig point which meant we were on top of Great Borne.
The weather was getting worse and just wanted to be back at the car. The path off the summit descended down towards the forest. Finally down to the forest road and a long 2 1/2 mile walk back to the car park. It felt a lot further.
Back at the car and we were soaked. A short drive to the Kirkstile Inn, a warming bowl of soup and s walkers reward.