|Starting up from
Stanah. These two people are from the Penrith Ramblers, who I
once applied to join. "Oh, yes!" they said, "you can bring your
dogs. You just need to keep them on a lead...". It is
really quite difficult to think of a more futile statement, as Stephen
Siddall (and others) will testify. I didn't bring my dogs to the
Lakes in order to walk them around on a lead. Mind you, Keswick
Ramblers don't allow dogs at all...
|On the way up to
Sticks Pass, the views soon open up. That is Skiddaw in the
distance, behind High Rigg.
From Sticks Pass you can see down the other side to Ullswater. Sheffield Pike is on the left.
seen from Sticks Pass, these are the two huts of the Ski Club at
Raise. Yes, that is the ski-run on the right. They install
a tow up the slope to the far right. Strictly for addicts only...
and Polly on the way up to Stybarrow Dodd from Sticks Pass. Poor
old Polly had to be kept on a lead for much of the way, since she is
not yet trained to ignore sheep. By the end of the walk I think
John, who had to hang on to the lead for most of the time, was
convinced that getting her trained was a matter of some urgency!
|On the top of
Stybarrow Dodd, with the central fells in the distance. As in
this picture, Samba, Sophie and Polly kept their distance throughout
the walk - no animosity, just a bit of wariness. When Polly is fully
trained, they will be able to race around together...
|We were having
lunch in the shelter at the top of Stybarrow when this sheep brought
her youngster along for a chat...
dogs posing in front of the southern half of the ridge - a delight in
store, and one they are already familiar with.
|Samba, Thirlmere and the central
and western fells.
|On Great Dodd,
Dood, with Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance.
from the top of Calfhow Pike.
Sophie playing with a third retriever we met on the way to Clough
Head. Her owner lived in Penrith, so we commiserated about the
attitude of the local Ramblers groups - and she might just join the
OFC, where of course enlightenment rules...
out to Clough Head, the last fell-top of the walk
to Great Dodd
|This cairn in
the foreground marks the beginning of the path down from Clough
Head to the Old Coach Road. You certainly need it, since the 600
yards or so to the top of Clough Head have little or no path at all.
|From St Johns
in the Vale, Clough Head looks like a looming mass of crags. In
fact, much of it is open pasture like the foreground of this picture.