Yes, Tilley came with and loved the scrambling bits. She was fantastic; planned her routes, went back to get a run up on the steep steps and was a brilliant guide for me too. When we got home she promptly fell asleep on the sofa. Even-though she woke me up -to do her bunny watch – at 4am, it was great to have her as company.
Cardamine pratensis (cuckooflower or lady’s smock), is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native throughout most of Europe and Western Asia. The specific name pratensis is Latin for “meadow.”
Hiking up to Pen-y-ghent some of the path is covered in wooden decking. They are used to get you over swampy bit, but mainly to protect the fauna from damage from all the hikers. This send a flashback to our time in Tasmania and our brilliant hikes there.
The clouds were much less when I was on top, so in the gaps I managed to see down Ripple valley and over to Ingleborough.
The seven other hikers who were coming up as I was going down, had a long wait before they would get a view of anything but cloud.
I wasn’t the first on top at 6.30am I was beaten by two others, well, they cheated as they camped overnight. Sadly for them they didn’t get the stunning sunset they must have hoped for, as a cloud came and settled in for the night just the sun was finishing its day with us.
Last minute wild camping got me up and ready for a spot of hiking at 5:45am – Thanks, Tilley for waking me at F-O-U-R AM!.
This was the view from Pen-y-ghent down over Ribble valley and if you look carefully you can see Pendle among the clouds (over to the left).