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  Lancrigg to Helm Crag @ Grasmere, Cumbria Friday 15th February 2008 
Inbetween a large breakfast at Lancrigg and lunch at Zefferelis in Ambleside we did actually get some exercise. It was my goal of the mini break to see a nice lake and take some pictures of it. As apparently you can't really actually walk around Grasmere itself (but instead roads nearby) we achieved this view (again on local advice) from Helm Crag - up the back of Lancrigg - looking down over Grasmere and as far as Windermere. Apparently you can see the sea on a clear day. The weather was gorgeous, but not quite clear enough for that and the strong winter sun made taking photos in that direction a little challenging. When we woke in the morning (at 9am) the sun was already pouring into the room and as we ate breakfast we'd a view across the valley of the sun slowely melting the frost on the fields opposite. We set off at about 11.15am (after checking out) and were in Ableside for 2pm, so it took a period of time inbetween the two to scale. The walk upto the top isn't very far but is in places really rather steep. The footpaths were excellent and weather warm enough for both us of to be in tshirts - very odd but very pleasent to find a chance for in February. Wearing completely inappropriate clothes for going a walk up a fell I was almost defeated by my lack of fitness several times, but the view was stunning. At the top we were told that it was the only fell that Wainwright didn't get to the very top of - the very top being on a rocky outcrop (called Old Woman Playing the Organ - obviously??). Having watched someone else achieve it I got 2/3rds up the admitted defeat. After surveying the rock again I had another go and both I an Cherry did indeed get to the top (beat that Wainwright!). From the top you could see the glint of Windermere in the distance in one direction and a very long way down in the other, across green fields and the like. Getting down was more interesting; it was a ood job there were other people around ;)
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