|profile of Lonscale Pike on the way down to Burnt Horse|
This is one of my all time favourite routes. It's a good one in poor conditions as the route finding is very easy, following fence lines or bridleways for the majority of the route. Alastair agreed to drive up to Latrigg car park, a decision he perhaps regretted when he saw the very large potholes in the road. It saved us a few miles though, particularly that difficult first uphill from Spooneygreen Lane.
This was the first time I had done this route in the dark. I've done it in very deep snow a few times as well as in thick cloud. The only real thing to remember is to take the single track off the main Skiddaw track just at the point that the track bends to the left. Tonight I measured it and this junction is exactly one mile from the car park. If in doubt, keep going in the same direction as the fence.
The rest of the run, up to the top and down over the beautiful (even in the dark) Burnt Horse, was great fun. It's such a great run over Burnt Horse and then down through the field towards Skiddaw House before turning back right onto the track around Lonscale Fell. Towards the end my back started to hurt a bit. Perhaps going a bit heavy on the digging at my new allotment!
|the moon was out over Lonscale Fell|
|that bloody 'orrible Skiddaw path|
|David and Alastair at the summit|
|me and David (I think)|
|back on the Glenderatera track|
|twice as cool at night|