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My plan was to start at Mardale Head, climbing High Street via the classic Riggindale route, then making a circuit around Mardale Ill Bell, Harter Fell, Branstree and Selside Pike. I think it would have been a really nice route, had it not been for an unexpected road closure conspiring against me; but more of that later! It was the 21st March, 2012, and a very pleasant spring day.

A 26km circuit of Mardale Head. (Wainwright Book 2: The Far Eastern Fells)

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Looking at the dire weather reports on the Accuweather Mountain Forecast, the Mountain Weather Information Service, the BBC and the Met Office, I had almost come to the conclusion it wasn't worth setting off on the drive to the Lakes on this un-promising 15th June 2011. My mind was quickly changed by the Pooley Bridge Steamer Pier webcam. This showed the reality of the situation, damp but reasonably bright conditions, with summits just visible. I'm not overly concerned by rain - just so long as I'm still getting a decent view. In the words of Jerome K Jerome, "we told ourselves that nature was beautiful, even in her tears".

A 20km circular route, starting from the Winter Crag car park in Martindale. (Wainwright Book 2: The Far Eastern Fells)

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Sun tan cream was at the ready for this day of glorious sunshine in The Far Eastern Fells. It was April 20th 2011 and yes, I have been very slow to update my blog!

Migration in progress...

A sunny 17km route to High Street via Stony Cove Pike. (Wainwright Book 2: The Far Eastern Fells)

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Planned...

A 24km extended horseshoe, starting from Kentmere village. (Wainwright Book 2: The Far Eastern Fells)

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