A cold, bright day with snow on the high peaks all around the Helm Crag ridge. A wind from the north west brought cold, invigorating air and as we climbed higher we reached the snow. A day like this raises the spirits after so much rain and gloom. Down in Far Easedale the networks of becks showed how much rain had fallen in recent months. Bracken glowed in sunlight and the becks reflected it as pure gold. Strange to look down on the A 591 where traffic could go no further, the road bei ng washed away. The Old Forest Road and Bailey Bridges will serve, until it can be repaired.
Images taken from the Helm Crag Ridge, to the col at Brownrigg Moss, then down into Far Easedale with out-takes and distinctive field walls
Jan Wiltshire is a nature writer living in Cumbria. She also explores islands and coast and the wildlife experience. (See Home and My Books.)