The first time I came to Gowbarrow Fell I was orienteering and I loved the tussocky ground and boggy hollows amongst the rocky knolls. I like the feel of the fell beneath my feet, the rough-going of tussock and heather. We climb to the trig point at Gowbarrow Fell and walk a circuit on the balcony route overlooking Ullswater. The new fix-the-fells path shows the way, far too visible. Oh for the wild walking that was Gowbarrow! Where this new path has any incline you skid as if on ball-bearings, and you lose the sensation of fell-walking.
There’s a boggy hollow where we once found cranberries in profusion, I’ve never seen so many. I love the contrast of heather habitat and grass tussocks – the pattern enhanced by sunlight and shadow. A black lamb totters on new legs and we hope it will quickly latch on to its mother. A perfect day to be born.