Horses on Great Mell Fell

Horses on Great Mell Fell. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

For this week’s throwback post I’m back to photos from our visit to the Lake District last year. This one’s from a quick solo walk in the late afternoon, up Great Mell Fell. This was my second walk of the day, having been up Bowfell in the morning. So I was taking it rather easy, and keeping my eyes open for photo opportunities. Soon after leaving the tree cover on the lower slopes, I came across this small group of horses. It seemed they preferred the grass on the path itself, they were smack in the middle of it. Both for my safety and their welfare I gave them a wide berth, which means I had to trample on taller grass by the side. I could see them eyeing me, but it didn’t look like they felt uneasy, which is as it should be.

Something else I should mention about this walk is that there’s really only one path to the summit. The guide book mentioned, as another option, a descent by the north slope, and a return along the eastern side. As I sat down at the top I debated with myself what to do. The north slope was steep, so I was a bit uncertain, but in the end decided to go for it anyway. I had time. So I packed my camera and headed down. Now I must say this was one of the more intimidating descents I have done so far. Not so much because of any exposure (the slope is smooth, not rugged) but simply the gradient and lack of paths. It didn’t help that once that was over I also had to figure out a path along the boggy side of the fell, trying to keep my feet dry (my boots could get as muddy as they wished). It was an adventure, but let’s just say that if I had to walk up this fell again, I’d retrace my steps to return.



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