Great Dodd, 17 February 2018

The blue line shows our track. The "P" icon shows the car park.

We left our car at a small car park and headed up the hills. There was not much snow in the valley, but the hills were all white. The weather was very changeable, with rain quickly replacing sunshine.

We put our skis on when we came across the first snowfields. With skins on we went directly up the hill.

We were surrounded by dark clouds, but the sun occasionally broke through.

Snow drifts on both side of the stone hedge. The snow was blown away from the top of the hills, leaving behind a thin icy crust.

Little snow drifts around the tussocks.

A combination of sunshine and dark clouds.

A panorama from the path going up Stybarrow Dodd. Lower down, snow can only be found in small gullies and along the paths.

Helvellyn got sunlit for a few seconds. Zoom in to spot some walkers on the ridge.

We skied down a snow-covered gully all the way to the car park. Sonya preffered to walk on foot along the path.

We are frequent visitors in this area of Lake District, particularly in winter. Although snow and sunshine were in short supply today, the winter wilderness was as amazing as ever.

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