Hubby and I haven’t taken a break in ages and so we are taking one this weekend. Unfortunately, the weather this weekend isn’t the best, and much of the Lake District has been cloud covered, including mountain tops that could hardly be seen for their misty veils.
Motoring along the road, I saw numerous sheep at pasture, cropping contentedly in grassland, and quite undaunted by the sometimes unrelenting rainfall. I was much surprised that they were not huddled together; rather, they looked very much at ease in the wind and rain. Looking around me, I could see sheep dotted all over the fells. Some worked on ‘level’ ground. Others seemed to cling – but gracefully – to fell sides: heads down, they munched diligently without once looking up.
I watched our Lakeland sheep managing the fells, whilst round about heavy rain-sodden clouds made camp on mountain tops. Thus did the idea for this post come to me. The Lake District has a surfeit of high fells, all of which, at one time or another, will be cloud covered. So I thought I would share a few pictures of Lakeland mountains in the clouds.
I thought I would start with a mountain that can be seen from our room windows at Blenheim Lodge. The Langdale Pikes are popular with climbers. These, and a good number of other fells, can be seen from room windows at our 4-star guest house in Bowness-on-Windermere.
Tarn Hows, a notable beauty spot, is surrounded by high fells. Beatrix Potter used to be its owner. It is now owned by the National Trust.
Cloud cover on mountain tops can happen any time year round in the Lakes. Here is Scafell. The sun is shining and skies are blue. Even so, white fluffy clouds, some grey with rain, may be seen obscuring the summit.
The mountains of the Lakes are among the highest in Britain, and should be respected as such by anyone attempting to climb them. It is important to understand that weather in the Lake District can be subject to quick changes. Thus, whether it is summer or winter, spring or fall, fell walkers and climbers should be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.
Lastly, may I bid you goodnight with this evening view of the Grasmere fells, where cloudy swirls compete with the setting sun to give them radiance?
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