My first blog so be gentle !
Day 1. Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg.
So with the May bank holiday looming and an extended weekend off work on the horizon I decided to sling together an impromptu weekend trip to the Lakes. Not strictly unplanned as I had been chomping at the bit for this one for a while and having just secured rail fare to the tune of £42.50 return from Derby to Windermere there were no more excuses!
The plan I had was to complete the Fairfield Horseshoe on day 1, wild camp overnight then trek on over to Grasmere and on up to Easedale Tarn on day 2 to camp the night there and then hike back to Windermere to catch the train home.
So without further interruption I began to pack my recently purchased Osprey Xenith 75 litre pack with all of the Food, Clothing and camping equipment I would need for three days on the hills (I may draw up a kit list at some point of all of the equipment and gadgetry I normally take on such a trip) which in total weighed a staggering 24.8kg including two litres of water. I knew before I left this was going to be a challenge!
And so it begins. 05:00 alarm calls the wake up and I jump out of bed to finish the preparations and make my way to Derby station. The train leaves 06:40 and I arrive with ten minutes to spare so grab a quick coffee from Costa to start off my journey on the right foot!(no pun intended)
I finally arrived at Windermere at around half ten after a change at Crewe then again at Preston. I then hurried my way to the open top bus to complete the first leg and arrive at Ambleside.
After stocking up on some baked goods at the Apple Pie Shop the journey could really begin and as the weight on my back started to make it's presence known the start of the Fairfield horseshoe loomed into view. Nab Scar!
About twenty minutes into the challenge I began to liken the ascent to that of Jacob's Ladder on the way up to Kinder Scout(my home mountain) in the way the steep rocky path seems to have been laid in stone for a good portion of the climb before becoming more rugged.
Soon it was time to continue and the weather decided to make an appearance in the form of wind and patches of rain. I continued along Heron Pike and then on to Great Rigg before heading towards Fairfield.
Day 2. Fairfield Peak, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike, Low Pike. Then on to Rydal, Grasmere and Easedale Tarn.
The following morning I awoke early to a bright sky and some lovely clouds. I then packed away to continue my ascent of Fairfield without having breakfast as I still needed to find water. Due to not having any water and not having breakfast the rest of this leg of the journey was arduous and more than a challenge. I finally came across a pool of water to filter from and duly filled up everything I had. While enjoying a rest I hydrated myself as by now I knew I was becoming dehydrated. I didn't manage to take any more pictures along the way due to a flat battery in my camera and not having the energy to change it.
Once back in Ambleside I decided to take things easy as I was still pretty tired and headed to a café for a spot of lunch before embarking on stage two of the day which I intended to be a more gentle affair.
I took a steady stroll along Rydal Water from Ambleside and headed off to Grasmere where I just Lay in the sun around the Lake for a good couple of hours.
After a good night's sleep despite the rain I enjoyed a good breakfast, coffee then packed away as today was the day I returned home. The walk down off the fell to conclude this trip gave me time to reflect on the experience I had enjoyed over the last few days and all in all was most enjoyable. I met with a few early morning runners on my way down into Ambleside and a real character of a sheep.