It was a clearing and sultry day as we set out to walk up Nab Scar and Heron Pike – the whole landscape looking very lush and green in these first days of summer.
I first did these way back in 1998 as part of the Fairfield Horseshoe, but they tend to get neglected in their own right as a destination to linger and explore.
Which is a pity because the views are superb. Tramping up to Fairfield you tend to keep looking forwards up the length of the Horseshoe, rather than back over Windermere, Esthwaite and Coniston, with all of Loughrigg Fell immediately behind and the Langdales, Wetherlam and Coniston Old Man in the distance. The Big Cave on Loughrigg standing out like some challenging feature in Tolkien.
Nab Scar features such a lot in Lake District literature, beloved of the Wordsworths and Thomas De Quincey.
On then to Heron Pike, with such tantalising glimpses of the great coves of the Horseshoe.
Looking in my notebook, I see it took me just twenty minutes longer to get up Nab Scar than it did in 1998, which I didn’t think was bad really.