This post was originally published over on the By Duddon’s Side project blog: http://byduddonsside.wordpress.com
Having chickened out of it on my quick recce to the Duddon Valley a fortnight ago, the time had come to bite the bullet and see if my car was up to the challenge of driving over Wrynose Pass. Success here would influence logistical decisions later on in the project, so I had to find out if it was an option or not.
The view from Dove Cottage in the morning was of snow-dusted peaks and lingering cloud, so I wasn’t sure what I would be met with once I started to climb the pass.
Well, a closer view of the snow, for a start!
Also some glorious views and dramatically-lit landscapes.
I justified several photo stops in terms of giving the car a chance to cool down a bit!
I reached the top with no automobile-related dramas and crested the top of the pass to be greeted with…
Ugh! A valley full of raincloud! Typical!
It brightened up for a few more photographs and an opportunity to pause and reflect on how rapidly the Duddon had grown from the tiny little becks I’d seen earlier, to something that could now reasonably be called a river.
I found myself wondering how one would have traveled between Grasmere and the Duddon Valley at the end of the 17th Century. Would it have been something you could have done as a day trip, or would it have been an undertaking of a few days?