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Scafell Pike

‘The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal. Always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits. These are for the seeking, and those who seek and find while there is still time will be blessed both in mind and body.’

The Western Fells ( Book 7)

What a wonderful quote. Well I am no Wainwright but can empathise with the man’s views. There is no such feeling as being on top of the world. The views. The fresh air and the feeling of omnipotence. Where better a place to be than with one’s best friend. I’ve been there. There are so many other places I’d like to be… Kilimanjaro, Everest… will I ever get there?

So… It’s 3pm, you’re in Bristol and you have a choice; Go home or go to the lakes… The lakes are several hours away, but hey ho so is home!

You’re escaping. It’s been eight months of tyranny and you’re in love with your escapee. They’ve seen you at your worst but still stand by you. Is it really a choice? So you go…

2.30am and it’s raining. You arrive… West water. A most beautiful lake. But given the conditions it’s hell. Get the tent up… No really, we have to… got to be up early to get this done. Tent erected. It’s time for bed…and…

Morning arrives and the weatherman has it right. 11am the mist clears. Let’s go…

It’s not difficult but it is steep. 920 meters straight up… the highest peak in England and I couldn’t have done it with a nicer lass. Just a shame she’s faster than me!

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