Chipping, Saddle Fell, Fair Snape Fell & Parlick.
On Sunday I led the ‘A’ party walk for my local rambling club. The weather was excellent, clear blue sky, hardly any wind and snow on the hills. On the tops there was a foot of snow, drifting in places up to knee height. Perfect for skiing, but what about walking?. It was fun! Everyone slipped at some stage or sank into one of the deep bits. Route finding could have been difficult as you could not make out the paths. Fortunately when I had done the recce, I had used my GPS to save the route and lay down a tracklog. I could now follow this to keep on track.
After we crossed the fence on the top of Saddle Fell I spotted some footprints in the snow. It looked like one man and his dog, or possibly Good King Wenceslas. I followed these footprints to the trig point on Fair Snape Fell where we paused for lunch by the wind shelter. We were quickly starting to cool down, so we set off heading south to climb Parlick. From here it was downhill all the way to the farm at Fell Foot. A section of road walking led us back to Chipping with plenty of time to get changed and enjoy a pint of ‘Wainwright’s Bitter’ before heading for the ‘Red Pump’ at Bashall Eaves for our Christmas meal.
The restaurant specialises in local produce, especially game, so I enjoyed the roast pheasant accompanied by a nice bottle of Rioja.
A perfect end to the day.