DATE                                      27.03.12

WEATHER                   CLEAR BLUE SKY AND HOT

DISTANCE                     ABOUT 10 .9 MILES

START / FINISH          ROADSIDE PARKING AT MARTINDALE CHURCH

 

I HAD BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING A GO AT THIS WALK FOR SOME TIME , EVER SINCE I SAW IT POSTED ON A FELLOW WALKERS WEB SITE JOHN OR BRANDYWELL AS HE IS KNOWN , I WAS GOING TO PUT A LINK TO HIS SITE WHEN (SUDDEN BRAINWAVE HITS ME ) I THINK THAT I WILL PUT A LINKS SECTION ON THIS SITE , IF I EVER GET ROUND TO GETTING IT ON THE NET .I WAS GOING TO DO IT (THE WALK ) LATE LAST YEAR WHEN I HAD A BIT OF A MISHAP AND BUGGERED MY GOOD ANKLE UP SO ITS TAKEN ME ALL THIS TIME TO TRY TO GET BACK TO A SORT OF FITNESS LEVEL THAT WAS NEEDED .

I HAVE THROWN IN A MAP OF WHAT I DID SO YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELF, HOWEVER IT WASN’T MEANT TO BE LIKE THAT THE PLANE WAS TO STICK TO THE PATH ON HIGH STREET BUT ONCE I SAW THAT THERE WAS A FEW STONE CAIRNS ALONG THE EDGE I JUST HAD TO GO SEE, AND WOW WHAT VIEWS, IF YOU ARE EVER UP THAT WAY TRUST ME AND FOLLOW THE PATH THAT RUNS ALONG THE EDGE.

NOT REALLY A GREAT DEAL TO SAY ABOUT THE WALK , IT WAS A VERY EASY WAY TO GET TO THE TOP , WITH GREAT VIEWS ALL THE WAY , VERY FEW TRICKY SPOTS (WELL TRICKY FOR ME).

THE ONLY THING I WOULD SAY IF I DID IT AGAIN I WOULD DO IT IN THE REVERSE OF WHAT I DID IT TODAY , THE REASON BEING IT WAS MOSTLY ON A SLIGHT CANTER WHICH MADE WALKING THAT LITTLE BIT MORE HARDER FOR ME . AS A LEFT ABOVE KNEE AMPUTEE I FIND IT SO MUCH EASY"ER TO WALK IF MY RIGHT LEG IS SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN THE LEFT ONE .(ANY AMP WILL KNOW WHAT I AM ON ABOUT)

OTHER THAN THAT I WILL LET THE PHOTOS SPEAK FOR THE WALK, ONE LAST THING ……….MORE TO MYSELF THAN ANY ONE TODAY WAS HOT, AND I DIDN’T REALLY CARRY ENOUGH WATER WITH ME ………………….LESSON LEARNT THE HARD WAY.

A FEW PHOTOS ENJOY :-

A LAKESIDE VIEW , I JUST HAD TO STOP THE CAR AND SNAP THIS

TAKEN FROM NEAR THE CAR AT MARTINDALE CHURCH (NEW ONE) LOOKING DOWN TOWARD ULLSWATER .

LOOKING BACK TOWARDS WHERE I PARKED THE CAR .I JUST CANT STOP TURNING ROUND AND TAKING PHOTOS , AT THIS RATE IT WILL TAKE ME ALL DAY BEFORE I EVEN START TO CLIMB UP A BIT

LOOKING UP TOWARDS WHAT I THINK IS ARTHURS PIKE , IF ALL GO WELL I HOPE TO BE UP THERE LATER

THE VIEW TOWARDS ULLSWATER

SWARTHBECK ? I BET THAT IS IMPRESSIVE WHEN ITS ALL ICED OVER OR IN FULL FLOW

STARTING TO GAIN A BIT OF HEIGHT NOW LOOKING ACROSS THE LAKE , PITY THERE SEEMS TO BE A HAZE FORMING

LAST LOOK BACK BEFORE I CUT UP THE HILL

THE CAIRN ON WHITE KNOTT

A FEW PHOTOS AS I WANDERED ALONG FROM WHITE KNOTT TO WHAT I THINK IS ARTHURE PIKE .

THERE WAS A BIT OF A DIP ON THE PATH AT THIS POINT MAY BE THE SWARTHBECK ? I LATER FOUND THAT THERE IS A PATH THAT BYPASSES IT

NO AT BONDSCALE PIKE ? WITH THE STONE CAIRNS THAT I COULD SEE EARLIER THIS MORNING

LOOKING BACK

A FEW MORE PHOTOS

LOOKING BACK

MY ROUTE

LOOKING DOWN OVER THE EDGE

STARTING TO HEAD UP TOWARDS LOADPOT HILL A COUPLE OF PHOTOS AS I GAIN A BIT OF HEIGHT

LOOKING BACK TOWARDS LOADPOT

TIME FOR ME TO START CUTTING BACK DOWN , SOMETHING THAT I AM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO , MY PATH DOWN

A WELL DESERVED SIT DOWN AND LET MY FOOT HAVE SOME AIR , IT WAS AT THIS POINT THAT I RAN OUT OF WATER , NOT A PROBLEM AS I AM ON MY WAY DOWN BUT A GOOD REMINDER THAT IN HOT WEATHER I NEED TO TAKE MORE WITH ME .

STILL HEADING DOWN , AT THIS POINT I HAD A CHOICE OF ROUTES ONE WHICH WOULD FOLLOW THE FUSEDALE BECK ALL THE WAY DOWN OR THE PATH UP AND OVER STEEL KNOTTS I CHOSE STEEL KNOTTS .

ON STEEL KNOTT LOOKING DOWN ON MARTINDALE , I CANT BELIVE HOW I AM STILL SO HIGH , I HAVE BEEN COMMING DOWN FOR THE LAST FEW HOURS .

 

BUT JUST LOOK AT THE VIEW

A COUPLE MORE AS I HEAD DOWN TO MARTINDALE

LAST PHOTO THE OLD CHURCH AT MARTINDALE .

SOMETIMES THE LAKES PRODUCES A DAY TO REMEMBER OR IS IT JUST THE WEATHER .

I WILL BE RETURNING TO THIS AREA , SO MUCH TO SEE SO LITTLE TIME .

 

LAKE DISTRICT

 

 

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