Wintry delights in Wasdale and Upper Eskdale

Scafell and Scafell Pike lake district winter
The mighty Scafells at sunset from near the Eskdale Needle last week.

I’ve been spending quite a lot of time in the Lake District again of late. A few weeks ago I hit the ground running on two new DVDs I’m producing in the area this year. After some discussion, plans have changed slightly so what’s next?

This weekend I’m set to begin filming ‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’ and last week I began the first of a few shoots for ‘Upper Eskdale with David Powell-Thompson’. There’s a teaser clip at the bottom of this blogpost which includes a couple of bloopers for the keen-eyed and a peek at some UAV footage I’ve been capturing in the area!

What with the above and another project up in the delights of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Scotland, folks may notice a few tumbleweeds blowing about in this corner of cyberspace. But you can see what I’m up to on Twitter and Facebook of course.

I’ll admit I had been watching and waiting patiently to time my last visit right as far as the weather was concerned and it paid off handsomely. Most days were dry and calm but very cold. Most of the valley bottoms were thick with frost despite the ever rising wintry sun. Perfect hillwalking weather really.

Anyway, I must dash so here are a selection of photos from my recent visit to the Western Lakes including the teaser clip featuring David.

screes wasdale winter
Wastwater Screes one evening.

wastwater screes sunset winter
The Screes is always a magical place in the evenings. A place I frequently visit upon my arrival to the area.

yewbarrow wasdale winter
Yewbarrow looking fine one morning.

Scafell Pike from Wastwater winter
The Scafells didn’t look too shabby either!

Looking back to Eskdale while filming around Hardknott Fort with David.

david powell-thompson and bowfell
David makes his way up the flanks of Hard Knott to Yew Bank.

Scafell massif in snow
Scafell itself caked in snow. Note the steep crags which don’t hold any snow at all.

cockley beck cumbria
Looking down to Cockley Beck from Hard Knott.

scafell winter lake district
A frozen tarn with no name near the summit of Hard Knott.

eskdale needle hard knott
Eskdale Needle and the Scafells at sunset.

david powell-thompson
David lapping up the biting cold winds and fabulous scenery.

Scafell winter sunset
One of my favourite pics of the trip. Won’t be long and the sun will move further round to the north and such scenes won’t return until late autumn.

david powell-thompson eskdale
David heading off back to Eskdale over the open fell.
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