One of those perfect Lake District days, when the sun brings out every detail of the landscape, with views over miles of surrounding countryside, right across the sadly disfigured Solway to the distant border hills of Scotland.
It was cold, mind, at least before the sun warmed up the land, with patches of snow and frost on the surrounding tops and frozen ground everywhere the sun couldn’t reach.
We set out early from Maggie’s Bridge, taking the track to Watergate Farm and then along the shores of Loweswater through Holme Wood, lovely as it tinted towards autumn. Leaving the lake behind we followed the old bridleway to three old Lakes farms in succession – Hudson Place, Jenkinson Place and Iredale Place, then climbing uphill to gain height before swinging out on to Loweswater Terrace, that glorious winding track high above the lake.
One of those really good Lake District walking days, pleasant after all the wet days.