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Time and place : Skiddaw and Longscale Fell. 19th Feb 2004.

Occasion : A meeting of the Online Fellwalking Club off-line this time. 12 Members from all over UK.

Walk details : Starting at Latrigg we walked to Lesser then Little Man before continuing on to Skiddaw summit itself. Return was via Longscale Fell.

Weather : Overcast to start but low cloud on the tops was a problem all day. Sunny patches out of the cloud, with a cool NE breeze. Wind chill at or below freezing at times.

Group Photo minus one (the photographer - David)

Roger, Mike, Jill, Pam, Pete, Andrew, Ann, Bill, Alex, Ian and Mark.

The North Western Fells and Derwent Water.

Climbing Jenkin Hill - the levelled patch at this gate once housed a Victorian Tea Room - now long gone.

The newly engineered path stands out as a raised track up the hillside.

Not particularly attractive, but the old path was getting very eroded and out of control.

The path is still a good slog up hill but not difficult walking.

The surrounding ground is recovering well now the pressure on it has eased.

We went into the cloud on Jenkin Hill and onto the snow, or at lease icy ground, here at Skiddaw Little Man summit.

The low cloud and easterly breeze have cooled everything down a lot.

Skiddaw summit - low cloud and no view. Alex checks out what we should have seen.

Below the summit we were clear of the wind and tucked into a quick lunch.

On the way down now we leave the cloud and make our way over to Longscale Fell.

A patch of blue sky makes a welcome appearance.

From Longscale a view of Derwent Water

and sunlight on the lake courtesy of a gap in the cloud.

"Causey in Profile" backlit by the late afternoon sun.


The forest on the back of Latrigg forms the foreground to a late afternoon view of Derwent Water.


Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera.

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