Drier but windier

I had plans of heading into Langdale today. A short outing over Pike O Blisco seemed like a good choice given the forecast 80mph winds. Unfortunately this morning it was raining, again. By the time I headed out, there was a lot of flood water on the roads, the A591 into Windermere was at a standstill and the back-roads were little better. So I cut my losses and headed up to Kirkstone Pass.

The weather had changed dramatically in the space of an hour. From torrential rain all morning to broken clouds and even some blue sky by 1pm. The only potential downside was the wind, which judging by the clouds fleeting across the sky was blowing hard on the fell tops.

Whilst still mild for December (7-8c at the pass) it felt colder than recently especially so in the strong wind, which felt like it was touching storm force by the time I began to drop off the back of Red Screes down towards Scandale Bottom. I leaned into the wind and picked my way carefully down the broken hillside and headed for the sheepfold that sits mid-way up Scandale. Despite being on a lead, Seren was busy sniffing out sheep and my yells were lost in the strength of the wind. From the beck it was back to the steady grind, following the path, pulling back the 400m I had just lost as I traced my steps up towards Scandale Pass and back over Red Screes.

Fell running on Red Screes

Heading NW off Red Screes towards Scandale


Scandale Bottom. The tree-planting is part of an Agri-Environment scheme administered by Natural England.

Scandale Beck

Scandale Beck in full flow

Scandale Pass

Looking towards Dove Crag from Scandale Pass


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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