As you know I’m normally drawn to pitching camp on tops of things rather than half way up them, but I think High Snockrigg, just off the top of Robinson, offers just as fine a viewpoint over Buttermere and Crummock Water and surrounding fells as the true summit.
So last night that’s where I found myself. Last time I camped there I came back without any photos, lost a tent pole, and gained a kidney infection, so I figured this time had to be slightly more successful.
I’d originally had in mind somewhere around the Great Gable/Kirk Fell/Pillar area, but impulse had me hopping off the bus in Buttermere Village instead of the top of Honister Pass.
It’s a fairly short and direct climb up a steepish grassy path, and I was soon pitched on the fringes of the plateau, away from the rather boggy central section.
It’s been a good week for landscape photography in the Lakes; plenty of sun, plenty of showers, some all important cloud, wonderfully clear air and dustings of snow on the higher fells. Sadly this was the first time I’d been out.
It was a cold night, windier than I expected, with grains of snow in the air, and I woke up in a frosty tent to a stubborn canvas of grey this morning.
An unwieldy spatter of cloud over towards Ennerdale obscured what would have been the the best of the light last night. However the sun reappeared weakly beneath it to briefly bid the day farewell. Here are a random selection of shots taken whilst I ran around trying to keep warm.