Not being content with trying to finish ourselves off running the Reading Half Marathon, Shirls and I decided head up to the Lake District to strain our muscles some more hiking up a few mountains.
We eased ourselves in relatively easily, with a walk up the Pike of Blisco, via Wrynose Fell. Although this wasn’t a particularly challenging walk, I could feel that my legs hadn’t recovered from their recent battering.
The weather was so good the next day, that we couldn’t resist our main target, the Crinkle Crags. By the time we’d made it up around Great Knot on our way up, I was exhausted, but the promise of the view from the top drove me on. Although we were walking in March, the weather felt more like May! By the time we reached the top of the crags, we were presented with stunning views back down the Langdale valley, as well as over toward the Scafells and Bow Fell.
The route over the Crinkle Crags was almost more eventful than we had planned due to a rockfall blocking one of the main routes. As we explored routes around the front of a particular crag I soon realised that I would need to develop wings, and Shirls fancied a spot of mountaineering straight up onto the crest of the crag, before I suggested we probably shouldn’t without equipment! Thankfully we found a safer route without trying anything too risky.
By the time we arrived back at camp at the end of the day, I was refusing to even consider a walk the next day. When said next day came, however, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to capture the view of the Langdale Pikes below.
Finally we waved goodbye to the Lake District and sped back to the launch evening of the latest 24-7 Boiler Room at Stanford le Hope. They’ve got an amazing community there who’ve been walking with the Boiler Room values for a number of years, and it was really exciting to be at the beginnings of another one of these communities of prayer and action.
Its been quite a week!