A short 2-day winter circuit of the fells around Dovedale to the south-west of Brothers Water.
Late starts, short daylight hours and bus timetables greatly limit the possibilities for winter backpacks but the forecast was for clear and very cold days that made this little round most rewarding. We packed the microspikes but didn’t need them, it was so cold on the tops that the thick frost encrusting the rocky landscape was dry and crunchy, not slippery at all. The ice was very patchy and easily avoided despite the recent heavy rains, it also helped considerably with the boggy bits.
The culmination of the round as the light was quickly fading was a superb pitch on Dove Crag.