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Monday was planned to be a ‘big’ day. We would drive to The village of Glenridding, and take the ferry across Ullswater. Once off the boat, we would have a five-hour walk back around the shore of the lake to where we had parked the car. On the way there, Antony suggested a stop where we might get some uninterrupted photos of the lake from near the edge of the road. As soon as we approached the water, we could see that it was shrouded in mist. It was slightly eerie, but a real delight for me, never having seen it before.
We got back in the car, and continued to the boat jetty. Antony speculated that they might not run the boat, if the mist was that bad. Sure enough, he was proved right. Joining those already waiting, we were refused tickets for that sailing, and told that they would reconsider in another hour or so. We had a cup of tea, and considered the implications of the delay. Adding ninety minutes to the departure would mean that we might well be walking back around the lake as it got dark. This was just not safe, so we abandoned the idea. I was able to get a shot of the boat we would have been on, with no sign of the mist delaying the sailing. That was all in another area of the lake.
Antony consulted his maps, and suggested a ‘Plan B’. We would walk back into Glenridding, before ascending in the direction of Helvellyn, one of the larger hills. When I saw it looming, I expressed doubts that I could get that far up. However, Antony assured me that we were only going as far as a place called ‘The Hole In The Wall’, then on to the lake called Red Tarn. So we set off, in fast improving weather. Had I known what I was in for, I might well have gone back to the car…
But that is another post.