We heard our first Cuckoo yesterday as we climbed Grange Fell from Rosthwaite. Well, probably more than one cuckoo.
The weather was definitely improving as we returned to Borrowdale to climb this very pleasant hill by way of the old path to Watendlath, and then across a landscape of heather moor and rocky hollows to the summit at Brund Fell.
Once again good clear views, across and down to Castle Crag -see last week’s blog – and along Borrowdale in one direction towards Derwent Water and Keswick in the other.
We walked to the next height of King’s Howe across the rough ground of Jopplety Howe (now there’s a name to conjure with!) seeing only Herdwick Sheep on our way.
King’s Howe gets its more recent name from King Edward VII. And just below its summit is a memorial to him placed there by his sister Princess Louise.
For one of Victoria’s children, Louise led an interesting and productive life. A bluestocking, an early feminist and interested in social reform, she was a very gifted artist and sculptress. She also had a particular interest in the preservation of the countryside and was an early champion of the National Trust.
Which is why she apparently loved King’s Howe.
We took a path down through larchwoods, hitting the road close to Eelstep Brow, walking back from there into Rosthwaite.
A walk that proved, once again, that there are a great many delights around Borrowdale.