# Walking in the Lake District

Last week I was on holiday with Ana, and Dave and Lotta, walking in the Lake District. After packing all my waterproofs and preparing myself for the worst, the weather turned out gorgeous; six days without rain in the Lakes strikes me as a minor miracle.

Some of our walks were new. Ana and I walked a tough route to Scafell Pike, which I’d never climbed before and got a bit lost on the way up, and we all walked up Blencathra and did a tricky traverse down Sharp Edge. We also re-trod some old routes from the trip Dave and I took here three years ago with Ali Campbell. We did the classic route around Helvellyn, up Striding Edge and down Swirral Edge, with a little diversion to Catstye Cam, which afforded the lovely view at the op of the post.

On the last day we walked another old route from Ambleside to Patterdale, taking in six fells along the way. At Cofa Pike I took a photo of Grisedale Tarn from above. The last time I saw the tarn it was shrouded in mist and looked as though it might go on forever. I was a little disappointed to have it demystified, but now that I know it isn’t actually magical I have a new goal: one day I will swim in it.

With the weather so fine, we couldn’t resist a few posing photographs. Here I am with Ana on the last slopes down from St. Sunday Crag, with Ullswater in the background.

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