Sunday 7th July 2013

One year to the day, I married my beautiful wife Jen. We were blessed with a dry day and a bit of sunshine in a year which seemed like it rained non stop. To celebrate our first year as a married couple, we walked one of the classic Lake District high level walks, The Fairfield Horseshoe.

Jen had done this walk a few years back clockwise, but the usual choice is anti-clockwise, so we went for that this time. It was a really hot day, well over 20 degrees, making climbing slow and quite hard work, with little breeze and it seemed to take a long time to reach the first summit of Low Pike. It then got easier, with the hardest part out of the way High Pike and Dove Crag were reached easily, following with the boundary wall always on our left and some big views down into Scandale.

Now well and truly on the high ground, the rocky summit of Hart Crag was topped, before the final climb up to the highest point on of the walk on Farifield itself. The approach from the south makes Fairfield seem quite a tame summit for it's height. The north face is however a different story, which unfortunately can't be seen from this walk.

The return is easy going compared to the climb up, negotiating Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar. This was for me the highlight of the walk, with some stunning views over Grasmere and Rydal Water on a gentle track.

Back at Rydal, we headed to the Badger Bar for a few pints and evening meal. A great day out in the Lakes to celebrate one years happy marriage. Perfect!

Stats 'n that

Location info

How far and how long:

9.91 miles, 5 hours 45 minutes

Who was with me:

Jenny Cawthorne

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A view back towards Fairfield.

A view back towards Fairfield.

Looking down to Rydal Water.

Looking down to Rydal Water.

Dropping down to Rydal with Ambleside and Windermere beyond.

Dropping down to Rydal with Ambleside and Windermere beyond.

Looking down the return ridge.

Looking down the return ridge.