Sunday morning – Ennerdale on my mind

The clocks went back yesterday, I awoke with sunlight streaming through the window and my thoughts turned to walking around Ennerdale. Last year I saw a flock of jays at this time of year so I wanted to see if they were there again this year.
EnnerdaleWhen we got there the car park was overflowing, it seems Ennerdale was on everyone’s mind today. So what do you do to escape the crowds ?

Head off piste and go up, that’s what.

So we took a small track off through the wood, new ground for us. I loved the sunlight on the mosses, I’m sure Tatania would be very happy making her bed here.
EnnerdaleOver a stream.
EnnerdaleThere were quite a few waterfalls.
EnnerdaleEnnerdaleI love birch trees in the Autumn sunlight
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We had never ventured up this track before but it was so beautiful, and we had it to ourselves. There has been some talk of introducing lynx to Ennerdale, I’m not so sure it would be a good idea.

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Soon the path widened out into a trail for the Forestry Commission vehicles, the climb was steady but quite gentle.

EnnerdaleThen we came to an old quarry and the track narrowed through the heather, the trees had been cut down and so the view up the Ennerdale valley opened up to us.
EnnerdaleOnwards and upwardsEnnerdale
EnnerdaleWe climbed to the summit of Bowness Knott, looking down over the sheer crag made my stomach do a somersault. I love fell walking but I don’t like sheer drops.
P1470054We retraced our steps down but first I took in that magnificent view of Pillar, Steeple and Haycock.
EnnerdaleBack along the lakeshore, , you see the craggy fell with a few trees on top, that’s where we ended up. Somehow 4 hours had passed, we only set out to walk a couple of miles but it ended up as a 12 mile walk. I wish I’d taken some sandwiches.Ennerdale

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