It felt good to be back out on the fells today even though it never stopped raining at all!

 

Date: 9th April 2012
Start Location: Little Town
Time Started: 12:30
Duration: 3 Hours 20 Minutes
Distance: 13.1km - 8.14 Miles
Ascent (m/ft): 747m (2451ft)
Highest Point: High Spy (653m/2142ft)
Parking: Near Chapel Bridge
Weather: Raining
Difficulty: Moderate
Little Town - Skelgill Bank - Catbells - Hause Gate - Maiden Moor - High Spy - Castlenook Mine - Newlands Valley - Little Town
 
The forecast was for low cloud and rain all day, but on arrival at Keswick this morning the cloud base was a fair height, clearing Catbells and Maiden Moor so I decided on a walk along the ridge to High Spy and then through the valley on the way back. This photo was taken from a couple of minutes into the walk showing a cloud free Hindscarth and Robinson.
Now heading along to the bottom of Yewthwaite Mine and then along the path you can just make out along the wall at the bottom of Catbells.
The bridge over Yewthwaite Gill with the mines behind.
Derwent Water from Skelgill Bank.
My path up to Catbells.
Its bank holiday monday at Easter... And I'm on the top of Catbells all by myself. Those people to the left were at the top when I arrived and headed down to give me the summit to myself. It was only brief solitude before a family arrived at the top. I expected it to be busier - but I suppose the weather is pretty poor...
Maiden Moor - my next target. Its been three years since I was last up there!
The empty summit of Catbells.
The Newlands Valley from Maiden Moor.
Maiden Moor summit cairn and the path up to High Spy.
High Spy summit cairn with Dale Head and Hindscarth behind.
Dale Head.
Descending down into Newlands - the rain still coming down.
Castlenook Mines.
A final view up to Hindscarth and Robinson just before I got back to the car.