Walking in Langdale, Day 2 – Squeezing Through Tight Gaps!
The wind was still pretty high when we woke up for our second day, so we decided to stay lower down. Blea Tarn is a favourite spot of mine, always good for a photo opportunity when the water is still with that amazing reflection of the Langdale hills in the tarn.
Not this time though with the waves created by the wind! It was my turn to carry Dora and for shorter, lower walks I tend to prefer carrying her in the sling so I can chat away to her and she’s kept snug with my body heat.
Armed with plenty of snacks to keep Dora happy, the four of us set off along the footpath out of the back of the campsite and up the hill. We crossed the road and walked through the woods to the side of the tarn. Bali is a massive water lover and he jumped in for a swim, retrieving stick after stick while Dora watched and giggled each time he jumped into the water. We moved round to the far end and let Dora out of the sling for a break and some snacks.
It was too cold and windy to hang around for long, so we bundled her back up and headed for Side Pike, taking the path up to the East. There were strong winds as we reached the col so we kept moving, halted only by what could be described as an obstacle.
The path which was winding round the side of the craggy summit suddenly went through a narrow gap between the rocks. Fine for one person but too narrow for both Dora and I to fit through! A quick glance around showed that the only option was to carry on or return the way we came, there was no alternative path and the ground around was far too steep.
So, a little apprehensively, I removed Dora from the sling and passed her to Jamie, who held her with outstretched arms in order to fit both of them through the gap. I followed and put Dora back in the sling the other side. I think if I’d been on my own with Dora I’d have been walking back down the hill and along the road instead!
The rest of the walk was uneventful and we arrived back in the campsite in time for a leisurely shower before an early dinner in the pub. A perfect day!
About the Author
About Me & Mine
Hi! I’m Helen, married to Jamie, we live in the Peak District and we have a daughter commonly known as Dora (the Explorer) and a dog called Bali who is usually found stealing food and shaking mud over the unsuspecting.
Favourite place in the world:
How can you pick just one place in the world?! We’ve been lucky to travel to many beautiful places, stand out favourites would have to include the mountains surrounding Lake Bohinj in Slovenia, sleeping under the stars in Bishop, California and closer to home it’s difficult to pick between the surf beaches in Pembrokeshire and Cornwall and the mountains in the Lake District, North Wales, or Scotland.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Walking with the dog in the hills, climbing, surfing, biking, swimming, running, kayaking – anything active really.