We headed to the Duddon Valley for a walk with Sue, and the summit monkeys. The forecast was for rain, and the drive over was uninspiring to say the least. Driving over the Wrynose Pass in driving rain, whilst trying to dodge the poor wet 'buggers' (cyclists) on the 'Wrynose or Bust' 112 mile cycle sportive http://www.wrynoseorbust.org/ was quite stressful to say the least.
|Into the clag, wet feet.....|
|Very mid Snowdonia like countryside up here|
|Dropping down into Eskdale|
We headed off on a tour of Harter Fell as I've wanted to do this walk for ages. It was damp and misty, but also very atmospheric as we headed up through the forest. As we dropped down into Eskdale the 'clag' lifted and we had great views of the valley, and it was a fine path that dropped us down to the road. The next stage saw us climbing steeply to the Hardknott Roman Fort, another local interest point I've never seen. It was pretty impressive, and hard to believe the Romans lived in this remote and often cold, wet spot.
|Look no rain....|
Standing at this impressive ruin we realised that we didn't really remember when the Romans where here, and why they left (poor show considering 2 teachers in the group)! So here's the brief history for us all to remember (Rachael looked on her iphone).
|The impressive hill fort with commanding views over Eskdale|
Our march continued as the weather gradually improved and we quickly found ourselves traversing back around the Fell to the forestry road and then the cars after circumnavigating Harter Fell. A great walk, with great monkeys.