Upside-down Weather Walking

27 02 2014

Often, while on a walking trip in winter, you can surface from your accommodation into cold and misty gloom where everything is dripping with damp and the cold bites into your very bones. It probably seems like a bad idea to set off up into the hills in weather like this and usually you would be right to not bother. But just sometimes, you would be making a mistake!

My parents and I were staying at Patterdale Youth Hostel in the Lake District and surfaced in the morning to just such a day of freezing fog. My father thought it totally pointless to go up the hill and set off for the lake to go and look at boats and maybe have an amble along the shore of the lovely Ullswater. My mother and I decided we’d press on up the easy hill of Place Fell – what a lovely surprise we were in for…

We set off on the path which passes the bottom end of the lake and sets off up the raking track to Boardale Hause. It was indeed penetrating cold and we had full waterproofs on for the climb. Suddenly, as we neared the top of the climb up by the hause, we burst out into full and warm sunshine for the rest of the walk on the hill. We’d hit on one of the best things to happen to hill-walkers – a temperature inversion!

Inversion - Kirkstone Pass
Looking to Kirkstone Pass

Patterdale Boardale Hause Inversion

Patterdale Inversion - Birk Fell
Arnison Crag, Birks & St. Sunday Crag behind

Patterdale Inversion
Grisedale Valley

Inversion - Sheff
Sheffield Pike

Inversion1,Place Fell
View from the summit

Inversion,Place Fell
Hallin Fell from the descent

Patterdale - Silver Bay
Silver Bay
Inversion,Silver Bay

Of course, later we had to re-descend back to the gloom which my father had been in all day. No matter – on the walk back around the Ullswater shore path to Patterdale, we still saw interesting sights looming out of the mist.

Hazy Forest,Ullswater side

Patterdale - Spiders Web

Misty rock,Patterdale

Poor Dad! what a day he missed!

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23 responses

3 03 2014
Susie

Gorgeous pictures, Carol!

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4 03 2014
mountaincoward

Thanks Susie. Have you started with spring yet over there? We seem to be thinking about it πŸ™‚

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2 03 2014
chrissiedixie

We had a day exactly like that on Ben Nevis once and got some amazing photos. Long before the days of digital cameras, mind!

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4 03 2014
mountaincoward

Would be great on Ben Nevis – especially if the CMD arete was sticking out of the cloud! πŸ™‚

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2 03 2014
Tessa Park

Lovely photos!! When was this?

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2 03 2014
mountaincoward

That was actually many years ago when my mother was still walking – unfortunately, she’s armchair bound nowadays with various ailments – mainly arthritis 😦 But she is 86…

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1 03 2014
LensScaper

Isn’t it great to be above a sea of clouds like that. Wonderfully atmospheric carol

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1 03 2014
mountaincoward

It was – mind you, it was pretty atmospheric down in the cloud round the lake shore (the last 3 photos) too – just bloody cold!

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28 02 2014
McEff

Splendid pictures, Carol. You were very lucky with the inversion. Days like that make all the bad ones worthwhile.
Cheers, Alen

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1 03 2014
mountaincoward

Yeah they do – just we need to adjust the proportions of the two types somewhat!

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28 02 2014
discoverywalking

Great images capturing the atmosphere πŸ™‚

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28 02 2014
mountaincoward

Thanks πŸ™‚

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28 02 2014
lanceleuven

Well you know what they say β€œThe sun always shines above the clouds.”! πŸ™‚

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28 02 2014
mountaincoward

And they’re right – just depends how high the clouds are. I love being above the clouds on long distance flights – lovely and sunny and lots of nice-looking fluffy cloudscapes to gaze down upon πŸ™‚

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28 02 2014
lanceleuven

I completely agree, although I prefer it more when there are no clouds and I can see the ground. There’s a sight that never bores me. πŸ™‚

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28 02 2014
smackedpentax

These photos are breathtaking Carol. What a day you had….

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28 02 2014
mountaincoward

That was my first inversion – I’ve had even better ones since where it was December and freezing in the valley but so warm up top it was ‘less-than-t-shirt’ weather! πŸ˜‰

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28 02 2014
stravaigerjohn

I do love inversions.

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28 02 2014
mountaincoward

There seem to be more of them in recent years πŸ™‚

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28 02 2014
fedupofuserids

Proof that some days its still worth giving it a go πŸ™‚

Great photos as always, love the cobweb one.

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28 02 2014
mountaincoward

The cobweb one just needed a big, fat, hairy spider lurking in it! πŸ˜‰

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28 02 2014
bob

Great photos Carol. Temperature inversions are really special in good mountain scenery. I’ve never had one in the Lakes. The women seem to be the ‘glass half full’ optimists in your family.

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28 02 2014
mountaincoward

The women are definitely the go-ers and the do-ers in our family. The men are more laid back…

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