Another circuit of Lower Eskdale culminating at Sca Fell and returning via Stony Tarn and Blea Tarn, this time approaching via Miterdale. This was a trip with no fixed plan, designed to take advantage of small good weather windows in a very wet and miserable June when Cumbria surprisingly missed the extreme deluge of other counties. We made route decisions as we went along and in the clear periods the visibility was excellent, although the northerly wind was really cold.
On the first day the weather held out for a clear ascent of Sca Fell, although it was very gloomy with a cold biting wind. The second and third days were really half-days: we sat out the stormy weather until 11am and spent a lazy few hours pottering around Eskdale and pitching near Stony Tarn, and on the last day we planned to finish early to get to Keswick which has one of the very few (only?) shops stocking my shortlisted new pack… more to come on that when I’ve tried it.