Dale Head, 30 November - 1 December 2019
We got to the Lakes late in the evening, left the car at Honister Pass, and went up into the hills.
We pitched our tent by Launchy Tarn, a small tarn away from the main paths. It was quite boggy but the ground got frozen and we kept our feet dry. It was a starry and cold night.
Wall to wall sunshine in the morning. The tarn was frozen solid.
Water plants go through the ice.
We first carefully tested the ice.
And then just enjoyed the slippery surface.
Exploring the underwater world.
Water plants and air bubbles could be seen in the clear ice.
We made an ice-hole to collect some water, but it froze again. The temperature never rose above freezing point, but there was no wind so we were quite warm.
A row of icicles.
The puddles froze to form elongated ice needles underneath a solid layer of ice.
Natural ice art.
We are descending towards Scope Beck.
Derwent Water and Keswick. The valley is still frosty, the sun has not reached here yet.
Winter days are short, the sun is about to set. Reflections in Dalehead Tarn.
Sunset.The frost in some steeper gullies has never thawed. The tarn on the left is our yesterday's camping spot.