Earlier in April, when the weather was still hot and clear, we walked up to the summit of Red Screes from Ambleside.
Now I have, on several occasions, done the harder and steeper ascent from the Kirkstone Pass, up Kilnshaw Chimney, but I had never walked the easier route from Ambleside, except one as as descent.
The Kirkstone route is short and dramatic.
The Ambleside route is continuous uphill walking, first up the early bits of the lane that becomes the famous Struggle, and then up a very pleasant footpath past Snarker Pike.
It’s a good walk to do if you’re trying to get in training for harder things, as there’s little relief from the steady climb.
And the view are sensational, over much of Lakeland, Rydal Water and Grasmere opening up as you go. Lily Tarn looking like a tear on the side of a hill, with Wetherlam in the background.
So many familiar hills. So many memories.
I see in my notebook that I first climbed Red Screes via Kilnshaw Chimney in June 1997.
I recall the day well. I scrambled up in quite a heatwave. Lay down to sunbathe on the summit. Watched as a black cloud crept nearer. Then furious rain. Then driving snow in June. I descended perilously back to the Kirkstone pass in absolute driving white stuff. A day of real weather oddities.
But on the ascent the other day all was pleasant, the Lake District at its best.