Day 10 – A Long, Steep Climb

Day 10 - A 30% Grade

Day 10 – A 30% Grade

Up and out at the crack of dawn!!  Not!!  Today was planned to be an easy day for Bonnie and Jackie, while Mike and I drove to Hard Knott for a few hours of photography.

Actually, Mike and Jackie had an early start taking the dogs up into the hills behind Helm View.  They were gone for almost 2 hours and the only unfortunate thing that happened was that Mike lost a lens hood.

We started out on the drive to Hard Knott about 11:00.  We drove through Ambleside, past the Three Shires Inn, through the Wrynose Pass with Wrynose Bottom at the bottom of the Pass and Wrynose Breast at the top.  It was another beautiful sunny day, with a few fluffy white clouds in the sky, so it was great for photography, even if it was the middle of the day.

The drive up Hard Knott is a challenge:  a 30% grade, with many hairpin turns and cars, motorcyles and bicycles in both directions along the way.  The whole drive is done in 1st gear, but once at the top, what a view!  We looked west toward Eskdale, with the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.  Looking east, the view is down Hard Knott and Wrynose Pass toward Little Lansdale Tarn and Conniston.

We made several stops on the way back down Hard Knott, tucking the car into pull-offs, and trekked up into the hills and rocks to get the best vantage points for photographs.  At the bottom, we stopped to photograph the bridge over the River Duddon.

We stopped at the Booth grocery store, in Windermere, to pick up the fixings for Shephards Pie, which Mike had on the menu for tonight’s dinner.  We arrived back at Helm View about 4:00.  Mike got right into making dinner.  Bonnie and Jackie had a relaxing day not doing much.  That’s not entirely true….Jackie retraced their morning walk trying to find Mike’s lens hood.

After a great dinner, we headed off on yet another walk up the street, into the sheep pastures and up the hills behind Helm View, where Mike and Jackie walked the dogs this morning (the 3rd time in one day for Jackie!).  The goal was to watch and photograph the sunset over Windermere Lake.  It was a steep hike in places, but we didn’t rush it and got there in time to see the sun go down behind the mountains over the lake.  It was a beautiful clear evening, so it didn’t take long to get the great sunset colours that this area is famous for.

When we started back down, it was almost dark, but we easily found our way down the pass sidestepping the sheep shit….for the most part.  Back home, we weren’t up long before we hit the sack.

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