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Date : 30th April 2003

Place : Whinlatter Fell (202)

Event : A walk with Ann and Amy.

Distance and time : 2.6 mls and 876 ft of ascent.

Weather : A fine but breezy afternoon, with a flurry of showers later, carried in on the westerly breeze.

Mid afternoon from Whinlatter road summit, we followed the forest track in a zig-zag up the hillside.

Halfway is the information board, with a fine view of Grisedale Pike.

Looking back, the mistiness of the last few days had gone, and the Helvellyn Range stood out in all its splendour.

Keswick and Derwent Water to the left, cheerful blue skies above.

Blencathra, Great and little Mell Fell, and Clough Head behind us as we climbed the Whinlatter ridge westward.

Breezy but fine at the top, with distant views of Scotland across the Solway.

Wainwright preferred the Brown How summit as his top, but the O.S. disagree

marking Whinlatter as 525m and Brown How as 517m. Still the extra walk was well worth it for the view alone.

Amy here at the shelter of Brown How, with Ladyside and Hopegill Head behind.

This was Holly's 202nd Wainwright summit, and Amy's 2nd !!!

Titanic . . . no just Ann leaning into the breeze !!!

Back down to earth, and the Whinlatter road a fair way below.

Leaving Ann and Amy to return home, I drove over to Hawes End at the base of Catbells

to join the George Fisher crowd on a litter pick of Catbells,

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