Raise, 28 February 2016

We drove to Legburthwaite, put on sunglasses, took our backpacks and went up towards Sticks Pass.

The red line shows our track. The arrow shows direction of travel. The "P" icon shows the car park.

The weather was great: no wind and lots of sun. This is not so common for the Lake District.

A view towards Keswick.

When we got to Sticks Pass, the sun hid in the clouds. We hoped to see large snow fields, but the snow was blown away by the wind in the last few days.

Behind Olga, one can see a ski lift. We skied down a shallow slope a few times, but the snow was somewhat icy, so turning and breaking was not so easy with our skis.

A lunch break.

We are walking towards the summit of Raise. At first, the slope was not steep so we went on skis.

And then continued on foot. The slope was quite icy.

Ullswater with the hills of North Pennines in the background.

The view from the top was amazing. The mountain on the left is St Sunday Crag.

Watson's Dodd is behind us.

The Raise summit (833 m) was almost snow-free, but with a beautiful view of Helvellyn.

The sun painted the sea in sparkling gold.

The Raise summit.

Going down back to the valley. Our feet didn't go through the firm snow so it was an easy walk. The hills of Dumfries and Galloway are seen on the other side of Salway Firth.

Thirlmere. We cross from the Winter into the Spring.

This was a great day. There wasn't much snow, but the weather was great. This is a popular place for walkers. We met all kinds of travellers: skiers, walkers, mountain bikers. There was enough space for everyone!

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