I might have given up and turned back since the path to Scout Scar was slippery with mud, high humidity soaked my hair and glasses steamed-up in seconds. The promised sun had shown at sunrise, and departed. The ridge lay in darkness but the distant fells showed in magical light. Cloudscapes were constantly changing and, at last, a dome of blue opened up above Scout Scar.
On Kendal Race Course there were black cattle amongst the sheep, small and seeming docile. Let's hope so.