Peeling back the frost covered tent door to reveal clear blue skies, I knew the day ahead would be a good one and so it proved. Surprisingly this was my first visit to Wasdale and my first ascent of Great Gable; I doubt I could have picked a better day even if I had tried.
After a quick breakfast of instant porridge soaked down with a nice warming hot chocolate, both courtesy of Aldi, great value and decent quality can’t go wrong really, we set off.
We briefly stopped to look inside St Olaf Church which is claimed to be one of the smallest churches in England and I have to say it was a cute little church, complete with stained glass window.
The 360° view from the top was fantastic, really was one the best I’ve seen, snow topped peaks all-round. I was very happy to just sit there drinking my cuppa soup soaking it all in. After a good 45mins we reluctantly started our descent down to Sty Head, this was where we met the first people of the day, we got down there at about 1:30/2:00 and as we sat next to the tarn we thought it was too early to head back so we decided to make our way down Styhead Gill to Stockley Bridge before coming back up Grains Gill past Sprinkling Tarn. The light was fading fast as we descended down Bursting Knott and head torches where required for the final bit back to the campsite and the prospect of a warm shower followed by a burger the size of Belgium and local ‘Yewbarrow’ Ale………….. Champion!!