>the snows return

We’re not quite into December but the first snows of the winter have arrived.

I awoke on Saturday to one of those magical mornings, pulling the blinds back to reveal a blanket of snow lying across the Cumbrian fells. Hard to believe its really only 9 months since we last saw snow in the valleys.

Looking across to Potter Tarn and the central fells on Sunday

And so, on Sunday it was out on my first 10km run in about 17 months, another milestone. Numerous layers on, a full complement of windproof armour to protect from the biting northerly wind and some waterproof socks to keep my feet warm. Running in the snow is great, if you’ve never done it I can wholeheartedly recommend it – simply magical.

No more muddy tracks – dry and firm snow underfoot

Headed up towards Potter Fell and then onto Gurnal Dubs Tarn, which was partially frozen and given the forecast, it wont be long before its completely frozen over. Plenty of folks out today and one other fell runner, who managed to catch me up at Gurnal Dubs just to reinforce how unfit I am at the moment 😦

Great views across to the Central Fells, that have a good, if light, covering of snow. Could just about see around towards Helvellyn that seemed to be holding more snow than most of the other fells.

After a quick cirque of the tarn it was back down to the cold shadows of the valley and the warmth of home. Here’s hoping for a long and cold winter!

01/12/2010 UPDATE: Was out on Potter Fell last night. Since the weekend there has been further snowfall at all levels. The Tarns are now frozen over, and snow is drifting. Underfoot conditions are becoming more difficult for running with around 10-15 cm of lying snow and more in areas where drifting is occurred. It was seriously cold out there last night – wrap up warm!

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About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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