Date & Time: Wednesday 10th January 2007. 3 pm start. ( NY 205 245 )
Location of Start : Whinlatter road summit (B5292) near the Forest Visitors Centre, Cumbria Uk.
Places visited : Whinlatter Forest Park, Whinlatter Fell.
Walk details : 2.1 mls, 650 ft of ascent , 1 hrs 30 mins.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs.
Weather : Much better - no threat of rain at all - Late afternoon sun brightened the walk.
The Forest Park sign adjacent to our woodland track start point.
Last night it blew a bit, then it rained, then it blew and rained a bit more just for good measure.
At eight this morning we woke to the sight of a covering of snow on the high fells. It had turned quite cold over night.
Whiteless Pike, with rather more white than yesterday.
By lunchtime however, it had cleared beautifully and Lorton Village was looking cheerful as we drove through.
Hope Gill Head, looking a little like Table Mountain, with a slightly white table cloth draped over it.
We took the forestry track up from the top of the pass. Harry and Bethan posed in front of a distant, snow covered Grisedale Pike.
The second left is the better track to get out onto Whinlatter Fell.
Ann making her way along past the final trees before crossing onto the open fell.
A look back gave us a fine view of snow covered Blencathra.
Across in the distance, the Helvellyn Ridge was white from the Dodds upwards.
Clough Head on the left has just missed the snow, and Derwent Water is just visible beyond the trees in the middle distance.
Grisedale Pike from the approach to Whinlatter top.
The sun is rapidly setting and Causey Pike to the left is already in shadow.
The centre of the three ridges was the one we climbed just before Christmas, on the first day we had mist inversions over Bassenthwaite.
A close up of the summit of Grisedale Pike. It looks rather cold up there !
Un-restricted by trees, we now have a full view down over Keswick and Derwent Water.
Skiddaw being over 3000 ft high has kept it's cloud cover all afternoon.
There's slight colour in the sky now from the late afternoon sun.
Just about to set behind Whiteside and Ladyside Pike, we managed to keep in the sun by continuing our climb to the main summit.
Bethan and Harry taking advantage of the golden light.
The main summit of Whinlatter is the pointed top to the left.
There's a cool breeze up here now, but it's not a problem as we were wearing hat and gloves.
Almost the last of the direct sun, as it became obstructed by a bank of cloud.
Hopegill Head and Ladyside Pike (above Ann) have a reasonable covering of snow today.
The cloud moves on to give us a fine sunset.
The cloud above Skiddaw is still there, briefly taking on a pink hue in the early evening light.
Time to get back to the warmth of home.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon G7 Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a window of fine weather, ahead of another forecasted gale tonight.
Previous walk - 9th January 2007 Cogra Woods but Not-Murton
A previous time up here - 30th April 2003 Whinlatter with Ann and Amy
Previous walk - 15th January 2007 Crummock Water and a Broken Gate