Our final day of this long weekend in Keswick and once again we put our faith in several weather forecasts including the MWIS and the BBC. They predicted that we would have some showers and winds of up to 25 mph. So we went for it and ended up regretting it big style, but by then we were too advanced on the ridge path between Nab Scar and Heron Pike to turn back.
|Cairn on Nab Scar LDW-193 © Shaun Ferguson under ccl Geograph|
The weather was dry when we set out at 10.15am and we eventually found our way on to the bridleway (not as map) that runs west-east below Nab Scar. This brought us out north of Rydal Mount and we set off up the rocky path to Nab Scar LDW-193. Within a short time the weather turned evil. Wet and windy with several walkers quite wisely, especially those with children, turning back. We continued on and reached the summit of Nab Scar at 11.55am. We didn't linger on any of the summits - it was dangerous and uncomfortable to stand around in the unpredictable gusts and thrashing rain. Three stations were quickly logged, Sue G1OHH, Steve M0SHM and Jordan M3TMX before we continued higher up the ridge in minimal visibility to the featureless Heron Pike LDW-128.
|The featurless Heron Pike on a better day © Tom Richardson under ccl Geograph|
|The exposed path taken to Great Rigg LDW-054 on a better day © Shaun Ferguson ccl Geograph|
|The geology of Stone Arthur shown here provided shelter © Tom Richardson ccl Geograph|