It was far too long since I’d seen Mike and Marian, TGO Challengers and good eggs generally. So I popped up to Patterdale and enjoyed a coffee with them both.
Mike and I then set off on a short circuit involving the 675 metre summit of Sheffield Pike. It was another grey day, albeit slightly warmer than of late.
After passing the southern end of Ullswater (pictured above), we made our way slowly up to the summit, looking back down into the Glenridding valley before entering the mist.
Mike posed for me, with the mist laden summit behind him.
We enjoyed a bite to eat on the summit. A lack of wind meant that it was fairly warm, though Mike’s hands did mutate into icy blocks.
After passing a few folk who were blundering through the mist, we found ourselves descending gently to a good path. By now the valley had come into view again.
Then we trundled back to Patterdale to discuss bike and TGO Challenge routes, commiserate with Marian, who has a sore foot, and enjoy the luxury soup, freshly baked bread, and marmalade cake that she had contrived to concoct whilst we had been out.
Delicious, all of it. Many thanks, Marian.
Here’s our route – 10.5 km, 550 metres ascent, taking us 3.5 hours.
Well worth going up this hill again on a brighter day, but it was lovely to see Mike and Marian.