The weather forecast was dreadful and didn't bode well for the day at all, showers, gusty wind up to 55miles per hour and other nasties were predicted for the morning but never the less we headed north, stopping, as always at Tebay services for our welcome morning cup of coffee.
We'd decided to tackle Raven Crag and Armboth Fell, if the weather gods allowed that is. A nice circular walk, taking in the 2 hills and finishing along the banks of Thirlmere. The whole way up in the car the rain battered against the windscreen and there was much talk of us not even getting out the car once we arrived but we carried on regardless.
On finding a parking space the rain was still drizzling however it was not as thunderous as it had been on the trip up the motorway. There was a breeze but it wasn't nearly as windy as predicted. It was bleak and misty but walkable so off we went.
The rain was easing off a bit and just a very light drizzle now as we headed up through the last bit of steep forest towards the summit of Raven Crag. As we reached the summit the drizzly rain turned to snow which was a bit of a surprise and the views over Thirlmere were lovely. We saw 2 ducks flying below, round and round and finally fleeing off to the other side of the lake. A few moments later we saw what we thought was a Kestrel but it was too far away to get a picture and even to see through the binoculars but we watched it soar round the side of the hill.
Before we reached the summit the rain started to ease off and the cloud lifted from the surrounding hills showing the flanks of Helvellyn and Brown Crags peppered with snow and slowly revealing themselves from the mist.