Wednesday, 08 October 2003
Pix Of The Day: Fell Walking For Bracing Changes
CREDITS: © Andrew Leaney/Leaney.org © Ann Bowker/Mad About Mountains
© Dave Newton/Daves-Lakeland-Mountains.co.uk
MAPS: Blencathra / Crummock Water & Buttermere / Helm Crag
When clicked, thumbnails popup enlarged versions of the images.
An American friend, who enjoys hiking in the Rockies, asked us to describe the fell walking experience, which in the English Lake District is the activity equivalent to hiking. We took this opportunity to feature three recent updates from Andrew Leaney, Ann Bowker, and Dave Newton. These pictures are not necessarily offered to you as fine examples of pictorial landscape photography: rather, they are illustrative of what you might experience if you went walking in those districts.
The photographs you might bring back from a vacation are quite likely to be similar to the first two pictures: the prevailing westerly winds from the Atlantic bring cloudy but very changeable weather, which can be more bracing to experience directly than it is to experience second hand from photographs. However, we have to say that the third photograph is what you will get if you are lucky: a wonderful experience, and a great photograph to remember your vacation!
Each of these three walks has its own distinctive character. The first picture was taken by Andrew at the end of a long walk, which included what might be most diplomatically described as that changeable weather, up the spine of the group of hills known as the Eastern Fells, a classification derived from Alfred Wainwright's incomparable pictorial guides. Andrew's walk description is accompanied by a large, detailed route map of the whole trip. Ann's picture was taken on a short walk in easy territory, and we have often experienced similar weather on this wonderful walk. For detailed maps of this area, try Andrew's entries   for these hills from his walks archive.
Ann also has comprehensive picture and panorama archives, which include earlier forays       onto this same group of fells, based on the Wainwright hill classification detailed by Andrew. Dave just struck lucky: our own memory is descending from the top of Helm Crag as darkness fell. The stretch from where the open fell ends, on a track that follows the wall, was done in total darkness. Dave's page also includes a detailed map, and notes on his experiences on that day.
To see more images from these three walks, click any of these links   . Now you have everything at your fingertips to plan your Lakeland vacation. Just book the airplane ticket, and go. Better yet, book three seats and take us with you!
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)