That's not to say we didn't have some good times, and some positive change too. For one thing, we finally took the plunge and left London for good. It's been quite an adjustment, but a good one, and we're now based up in the North West.
Advantages of this are many, but key among them is our proximity to more exciting countryside. We're about 2 hours away from the south Lakes now, and less than that from Snowdonia.
Given this, you'd think I'd have been out walking at every opportunity, but unfortunately so far those opportunities have been few and far between. Serious illness not long after we moved put the brakes on any activity for a while. I'm on the mend now though and hoping to turn over a new leaf in 2016. Starting with this post, which has long been overdue.
Before I got ill, my parents-in-law invited us to go with them to Grasmere for their 40th wedding anniversary. Of course, I never can resist a trip to the Lakes, so we were quick to agree. The weather was a bit mixed on the trip, and with my parents-in-law not being keen walkers, on the better day we ended up doing a very leisurely stroll around Grasmere and Rydal Water. However, despite low cloud we also managed to get a good walk up Fairfield the following day.
So as always, I'm going to let the photos do most of the talking, but with a bit of commentary from me. Enjoy!
Grasmere and Rydal Water
As mentioned, the in-laws aren't strong walkers, and their favourite walk is the path that runs along Grasmere and Rydal Water. It's a popular route, being easy enough for even the most inexperienced tourists to follow. Not really mine and the hubby's cup of tea to be honest - I like my walks challenging, which this certainly wasn't. That said, it was very pretty and we knew hub's parents really wanted us to join them on it, so off we went...
We were aiming to climb up onto the ridge of which Fairfield is one of the highest peaks, and which forms part of a horseshoe walk from Ambleside. We headed initially for Stone Arthur, and from there to Great Rigg, which is on the ridge. After that it is a relatively straightforward walk across the ridge to Fairfield.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable walk. We would have loved to have better views, but it didn't stop us feeling that incredible sense of satisfaction you get from conquering yet another fell. Here's to plenty more of these trips in 2016!