The first walk proper on this holiday was from the cottage we were staying in. Possibly one of our favourites to date, this National Trust property was brilliant. The obvious walk was up Yewbarrow, although in hindsight this was our nicest day and we should have gone up higher. Still, we were partly concerned with how Poppy would fair, so didn't want to be too ambitious on the first day.
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Isabelle (12), Grace (10), Evie (7), Poppy (4 1/2)
0.0km 0m, Start (111)
2.5km 539m, Yewbarrow (627)
7.6km 598m, End (112)
Setting off from the cottage, there was a long track from the farm down to the lakeside, with quite amazing views already.
Then the obvious ridge walk up to Yewbarrow visible. The path follows the wall up the first section, and then we don't like to talk to much early on about what the next section might be like.
But first a little more walking around the edge of the lake.
Now this is the steeper section, and the girls were great about giving Poppy the guidance and support she needed. She was well aware that she needed to climb it all herself to count though!
Finally we reached the top, with Evie - obvious very careful to not disturb the cairn.
One of the great things about this time of year, especially on some of the less famous peaks, is the lack of people. You can get very spoilt being used to the whole fellside to yourselves.
The walk down got a little steep, with Caroline accusing me of planning it all along, but mainly it was a geography lesson for Isabelle. She'd just done river formation, and was completely bowled over by being able to look down and see all the features laid out beneath her.
Hmm... this was the natural order for slopes such as this. Evie at the bottom already, Grace not too far behind. Isabelle more cautious but making sure that Poppy had some help finding the best route down, me just behind in case Poppy needed more help. Caroline is no where to be seen, but if you listen carefully you can just hear her whimpering about 50m behind,
Onto flatter ground, heading down the valley back to Wast Water.
And finally walking back along the lake side to the cottage. All in all a very successful walk!