Yes, finally updated my website with last weeks Lakes walks plus photos. Excellent weeks walking, except for Wednesday when the weather was really foul, persistent rain all day .... Clare and I had a visit to the Reghed Centre, followed by a touch of retail-therapy in Keswick ... Needlesport and George Fishers, followed by a couple of beers in the Dog and Gun. The walking .... mixed bag really. Started the week off on Saturday with a gentle hike up to Walla Crag from Great Wood car park, returned via Ashness Bridge. (Friends from Boroughbridge in Yorkshire joined Clare and I for the weekend.) Great weather provided us with excellent views of surrounding Fells, and a little snow on the way up. Sunday was another 'gentle day', walking from Stonethwaite up to a frozen Dock Tarn, then across to Watendlath Tarn for lunch. Plenty of ice and snow about, but sitting on the foreshore for lunch was brilliant. No wind and very pleasant in the afternoon sun. We descended down to above Rosthwaite then followed the Cumbria Way back to Stonethwaite. I ventured off alone on Monday on a linear walk from Stybeck Farm near Thirlmere up to Sticks pass then on to Helvellyn. Stiff climb to start, once the height was gained it was a good walk over Raise and Whiteside before getting up to Helvellyn summit. Some snow about, with ice in odd places, but nothing to slow the progress. Lunch on Helvellyn was relaxing, then it was on crampons for the descent of Swirral Edge. Wasn't too bad, but the crampons proved useful. A walk along a frozen Red Tarn for some photos, then down to Glenridding via Greenside and Mires Beck to an awaiting Clare (good girl, she is). Tuesday, Clare and I were back in the Ullswater area for a circular walk from just west of Dockray. The route took us into Dockray, then close to Watermillock Common and around Glencoynedale to the col below Sheffield Pike, then up to Green Side. Next stop was Stybarrow Dodd for lunch. Very windy with snow and ice in many places. Intention was for us to return via Watson's Dodd and Great Dodd, but Clare's hands suffered from cold during our lunch-stop (Clare has major problems with cold fingers, would have been OK if we had kept going). Anyway, we contoured around the eastern side of Great Dodd and Rannerdale then over Matterdale Common to the car. Although we didn't fulfil the days intentions, it was still a good 10 mile hike. Will complete the circuit on our next visit. Wednesday's walk was up Catbells from Hawes End and over Maidenmoor to High Spy. Scattered low cloud on the surrounding hills made for some good photos. Weather was reasonable, with no strong winds like our last outing on Tuesday. Had lunch just before Dalehead Tarn, then dropped down past the old mine workings into Borrowdale to follow the Allerdale Ramble back to Grange. Little road walk from there to pick up the path along the western shore of Derwent Water, which brought us back through Hawes End to the car. Another fine 10 mile circuit. For the last day, we opted for a visit to Scafell Pike via the Corridor Route. Done it a few times, but we do enjoy the route. Very overcast sky but no wind. Quiet at Seathwaite Farm, only about 10 cars when we set out at 1000. We were soon at Styhead Tarn and starting out on the Corridor Route .... and into the hill fog. Reached the snow and ice just below Round How, although it wasn't any problem. Some sections of the path was iced over, but plenty of room to pass around. Little more of a problem at the head of Piers Gill. The path was covered in snow on ice, so a little uphill work on exposed rocks through the ice was needed to circumvent the area. We soon on our way up from Lingmell Col to the summit of Scafell Pike. Plenty of snow on the way up, but slushy underfoot. An opening in the clouds appeared as we reached the summit, couldn't see much, but the sun was warm in the snow. A steady descent over more soft snow to Esk Hause left us with a long downhill slog back to Seathwaite. Brilliant finish to a great week in the Lakes. Final meal that evening in the Coledale Inn (we were staying in Braithwaite) before packing for the long drive south on the Saturday. Excellent Cumberland sausages with a couple of pints of Theakstons Black Bull bitter in front of a roaring coal fire. Fine way to end the day .... and a good weeks waking. Photos from the week on my website (Lakeland link) at the address below. -- Sandy Saunders @ www.thewalkzone.co.uk 'Mountains or Mole Hills ... summiting still brings the same excitement'