Cumbrian Sunset

A cracking end to the day after a windy climb this morning up Halls Ridge into the cloud. Not much of a view from the top of Blencathra and no hanging around. Came out of the mist on the zig-zags down Blease Fell to blue skies.

Sunset was at 15.53 today so this is about 17 minutes after sunset more often the better time for red skies. The shepherds will be delighted. A red sky in the evening indicates high pressure in the west, the prevailing direction for our weather. And high pressure usually means good stable weather. But the Mountain Weather Information Service headline for the Lake District, as pessimistic as ever, forecasts “upland gales, widespread low cloud and drizzle”. We shall see.

To help you navigate the photo, the distinctive Cat Bells ridge is at lower left; straight ahead is the Newlands valley with Robinson at the top, the only Lakeland fell named after a person according to Wainwright. When Richard Robinson purchased various estates in the Buttermere area this hill was unnamed and became known as “Robinson’s Fell” and later shortened to just Robinson.
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