Place Fell, Lake District
So after a fair bit of searching along the A592 we found a decent lay-by next to a collection of houses in Bridgend and, with the early stages of a light drizzle setting in, and with a backdrop of snow crested higher peaks, we parked up and set off on the track leading westwards from the car up towards Round How.
|OS 1:50k map section of start and Place Fell summit|
Probably more daft was the lack of water that we had with us and the backup plan of supplementing the 200ml or so of water with two bottles of Corrs Light was only ok as we didn't need to use them!
NB. I did have map & compass with me so not totally unprepared.
|A muddy track through the fields from Bridgend|
Today we opted to take the very well maintained northerly path towards Round How and then on to Place Fell.
|Looking back to Brothers Water and the snowcapped peaks behind|
|The Southerly tip of Ullswater with Patterdale just visible|
The smock/jacket did really well - as it's full eVent I expected nothing less than a good performance but for something so lightweight (sub 200g) there is always that niggle in the back of your head that it'll not really be up to the task - but it was!
From the slight scramble up to Round How the route is pretty much level to the summit to Place Fell and with only 30-40m or so of ascent between the two we made good time, there and back.
|Place Fell summit - in the wind and rain|
|The final path to the summit of Place Fell|
All in all, for an impromptu walk from a main road, it was pretty good. Decent paths and easy navigation even in pretty dismal weather.
One thing of note was the addition to the ViewRanger app on my phone which now has the (awesome!) addition of an overlay that, with location enabled, allows you to look "through" your phone and let it mark and highlight the peaks around you; height, name and distance from your current position. A gimmick? possible, but good fun and useful!
Walk Details - recorded on my Forerunner 920XT
Distance - 4.9 miles
Total time - 2hrs20m
Total ascent - 1,970ft