Just after sunrise that all changed and I found myself bathed in warm sunshine as the stubborn clag sank back into the valleys. It's strange how the mood lightens with every footfall as you step out of the clag and into the sunlight. It was clear I should have stayed higher up on the summit of Great End itself, but despite the missed opportunity for a sunrise up here, I was more than happy with the views.
At this time of the morning I did wonder if I was the only person to be enjoying this view, but later in the afternoon as I descended into the valley I got chatting to Mark Richards (Lakeland Fellranger) who was heading up to Meet Terry Abraham. Terry he told me was actually filming scenes for "Scafell Pike - Life of a Mountain" on Esk Pike this morning. I would have given him a wave if I had known.
Next I headed across to Scafell Pike, enjoying some wonderful views along the way.
As it was only the highest mountains that were free of cloud, instead of heading across to Lingmell as originally planned, I decided to stay up high and head back across to Great End and perhaps make my way around to the only other close hills sticking out of the cloud, Esk Pike and Bow Fell to camp there.
Text/images copyright David Forster www.bluestoneimages.com