I Am Just Going Outside …

… and may be some time.  Once a year (when things in the garden are quiet), I escape for a week or two and walk.  I walk and think and then I walk some more.  This year I’m off to walk the Dales Way; 80 miles through the Yorkshire Dales starting at Ilkley and finishing on the banks of Windermere in the Lake District.  I’m then continuing for an extra four days, (and about another forty miles), through three of the finest valleys in Lakeland: Langdale, Wasdale and Borrowdale.

Looking south from the flanks of Skiddaw, The Lake District - February 2010

I’ve pre-booked all my accommodation (ten different B&B’s, pubs and hotels) so if I get held up because of  heavy snow, I’m sunk!   I’ve got crampons to deal with ice but any really thick snow and I shall just have to burrow into a ‘drift and sit it out.  Think of me then, won’t you; stuck in a snow-hole, sipping (medicinal) brandy, nibbling dried apricots.  Telling myself jokes.  Singing Piaf.  Sobbing.

Either that (which I don’t much fancy) or else picture me sat  in front of a roaring pub fire, with a pint.  For days on end.  More likely.

Back in a while, hopefully.  Bye then.

16 thoughts on “I Am Just Going Outside …

  1. We had planned to do that walk 2 years ago but things got in the way. I’ll be really interested to hear how you find it. It is such a beautiful part of Britain. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Lakes but never in winter and I would love to see it with snow on the mountains. Warm, cosy pubs with roaring fires sounds lovely. Have a great time and I look forward to your photos on your return.

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  2. It looks like you’ve chosen a better week than last week, the weather seems to be warming to a balmy 7 or 8 degrees. I hope you have a lovely time. Remember to keep your hat on on Ilkley Moor.

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  3. Hope you’ve packed your thermals think you’re going to need them – your trip sounds a bit too energetic for me – like the idea of the roaring fires and a pint though. Take lots of pics for us to enjoy won’t you.

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