Patience is a virtue – scenic delights of Blencathra

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Star trails from Jenkin Hill.

I’ve been back home less than 24 hours and am already planning my next trip to the Lake District to continue filming ‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’. The past 12 days or so has been incredibly testing for me on many fronts but the long waits and exhaustion has been worth it.

I’m inclined to say that much of what I’ve captured so far for my next film exceeds anything I did for ‘Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike’ but there’s still a long way to go yet!

Anyway here are a selection of photos which give a flavour of what I got up too….

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Oli Reed Associate Editor for Trail Magazine ascends Hall’s Fell.

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Oli and mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE admire the views from Blencathra.

Misty views over to the North Western fells.

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Oli tackling the scrambles on Hall’s Fell en route to meeting Alan Hinkes.

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Alan Hinkes skipping along Hall’s Fell ridge.

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View from camp on Jenkin Hill to Derwentwater.

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Camp on Jenkin Hill.

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Your truly wrapped up warm. It was pretty damn cold up there despite how warm it looks!

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Looking down to Keswick from a nice wee spot I chanced upon wandering about the flanks of Skiddaw.

Moonset from camp on Jenkin Hill.

Can you see the dark side of the moon?

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Keswick at twilight.

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The Milky Way and more towers above my camp on Jenkin Hill.

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It was a cold night as you can just make out here. 

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Dawn over Blencathra as seen from my camp on Jenkin Hill.

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Looking to the Jaws of Borrowdale from the Cumbria Way.

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This section of the Cumbria Way affords some excellent views near Blencathra.

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Britain’s highest hostel – Skiddaw House.

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The approach to Skiddaw House on the Cumbria Way.

Marie the hostel live in manager relaxing in her room.

There’s no such thing as mod cons at Skiddaw House folks.

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Clough Head looking dandy from the flanks of Blencathra.

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Blencathra and Castlerigg Stone Circle at dawn.

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I arrived at the stone circle at around 5am and waited for these scenes.

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I was the only person about on this cold but fine morning at the stone circle.

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Blencathra looking moody one afternoon not far from Great Mell Fell.

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Dawn light over Great Mell Fell.

Out in the valley across from Blencathra there’s some very atmospheric scenery.

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Blencathra – what the film is all about.

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