The weatherman said it the outlook was fair and with no rain forecast we saw a few hills in our weekend. A quick call to Churchstile campsite and Friday after work we were off. Car packed with the most basic camping equipment. Tent, chairs, blow up bed, duvet, pillows, kettle, tea and coffee. What else did we need?
Arriving at Churchstile in the dark wasn't on the cards but after a later finish at work than planned an a shop stop at Kirkby Lonsdale it was around 9pm when we finally rolled up. Could we get pitched in the dark and more importantly could we make it to the pub for last orders? Both were managed very successfully and we had time for not 1 not 2 but 3 little drinkies......uh oh, we're walking tomorrow !!!!
Up and out by 10am the following morning Haycock and Cawfell were our targets for the day. These 2 were a couple of Wainwrights left in the area unticked so we'd put that right today. A short driver down Wastwater and we found a little parking spot right next to where the path started up the first part of the hill.
It was warm and as we wandered up the path next to the little stream fleeces came off.
There were some gorgeous little waterfalls trickling down on the way up and since we'd all day we took the time to stop and get up close to see if we could capture the beautiful light that covered the hillside. It really was turning out to be a super day.
After the final slog up to the left hand side with the now chilly wind blowing in from the sea, the summit of Haycock came into view with its nice little shelter over the wall.
Down off the fell and over to Haycock was a pleasant walk. Almost plateau-like however if you weren't aware of where the summit lay then you'd miss it as for little short people (like me)seeing the beautifully constructed cairn to mark the summit behind a high stone wall was a tough ask. Thankfully I was in the company of a taller person.....a map & GPS so all was well!
The initial steep bit was over and we were awarded with some stunning views as we moved down through the valley. The late afternoon light was just beautiful bathing everything around in a warmish glow.