That's a bit brighter on the fells for you. And talking about brightness; I was beginning to think I'd made the wrong decision this morning. When I left home I fully intended to do a walk from Pooley Bridge, however, as I was driving along I got to thinking about different combinations of fells I could do on the same walk (doesn't everyone think like this ??). Anyway: up until today I'd never done a walk which included both Cat Bells and Walla Crag. So I did a quick circuit of the roundabout outside Keswick, headed back the way I'd just came and ended up parking near Portinscale. Ten minutes later and based on the shortness of the days at this time of year, I'd devised a rough plan of how to link the two together.
I did realise the walk through Newlands would be in the shade, but when I saw just how clear the fells were, I began doubt the wisdom of changing my mind. Never mind I thought, once I get onto the 'other side' of Cat Bells I'll be in sunshine for most of the walk. What I didn't consider was that I'd be walking under the one big cloud in the Lake District today. Sadly I had to reach Grange before I could take advantage of the sunshine.