The first half of this summer in the Lake District was, as summers go, spectacular. It was warm and sunny for a start, which is an improvement on the majority of them. The air was also wonderfully clear, and free from the haze that normally blights any sunny days between late May and early September.
For the last few weeks we’ve been back to some kind of semblance of normality, the air more like Mumbai than Mungrisedale. But yesterday all signs were for a bit of a clearing, so last night I headed up Pike O’ Blisco with the tent in the hope of possibly improving on an old Crinkle Crags and Bowfell panorama that Trail magazine have used this month.
The clear sky forecast was largely correct, in that the skies were clear all night and from half an hour after sunrise. It was just the half an hour of thick cloud around sunrise which thwarted anything spectacular.
Still I’ll take those clear skies as an entrance to autumn and winter and we can go from there to more interesting things, yes?