29th September 2012.
Another disappointing dawn on what was supposed to be the best day of the weekend.The radio predicted the better weather would kick in by late afternoon so,on that basis, Grant went back to bed and eventually started off at 4pm for a round of Helvellyn,Fairfield and St.Sunday Crag.Graeme,Alan,Bob and I had a leisurely breakfast and set off around 10am for the Deepdale Horseshoe.Along the road a short distance from the hut we turned up Grisedale and located the path leading up to Birks and St.Sunday Crag.Things were improving weatherwise all the time 🙂
We were joined for the day shortly after the outset by Cathy ,pictured above,of whom more anon.
Looking down to Braesteads farm in Grisedale.
Further up the ridge.
Graeme, Cathy, Bob and Alan on top of St.Sunday Crag.
There was a chill wind blowing and it became rather dull between here and Fairfield.
Cathy down below with St.Sunday Crag in the background.
The odd shaft of light kept up our interest as in this one over Grisedale Tarn
Heading up Cofa Pike on the way to Fairfield.
Looking over to Helvellyn.
We huddled into one of the numerous stone circles for lunch and Cathy,having almost finished her Wainrights,kept the savages from north of the border right as to which hill was which 🙂
We split up here with Cathy leaving for a choral concert down in Patterdale while the rest of us carried on round to Hart Crag.A view down to Coniston and the sea on the way there.
I had intended paying a visit to the Priests Hole on the way but Bob and I decided that it could wait for a midsummers bivvy.
Heading down Hartsop above How.
Beautiful autumn light over Place Fell by now rounded off an excellent day on the hills 🙂
Over the years Bob and I have met them all on the hill,Tom Weir,Chris Bonington etc; but while chatting to Cathy on St.Sunday Crag it transpired that this was our first meeting with a bona fide rockstar 🙂 After much interrogation she eventually admitted to having shared a stage at Glastonbury as a backing singer with one of my all time favourite songsmiths, Ray Davies of the Kinks . You can see her here as well backing him at the Electric Proms series 🙂
You wait years to meet a rock star on the hill and then you meet two in a row.See the next blog entry when I get round to it 🙂