The weather on the run up to Christmas can sometimes be unkind, cruel and downright miserable for those of us with a liking for outdoor things. Often we get days when the rain never lets up, the wind is determined to stop us walking in a straight line and keeping a hat firmly on your head is much easier said than done. Thankfully this year, we've have a couple of weeks of mainly dry and calm conditions but common sense tells me that this can't last forever and "it's sure to break before Christmas". But, it's no good letting what might or might not happen in the future dictate what you do today. With this in mind, and a forecast telling me the tops of the fells might well be above the cloud, I leave home for a walk over Lingmoor Fell.
A promising forecast is all very well, but inversion hunting can sometimes be a disappointing pastime. You just never know at what height the top of the cloud will be and that sometimes means the top of the fell you happen to have chosen might not be poking out from the cloud after all. And, cloud inversions don't always last long enough for us to take full advantage. You can gain a bit of height, look behind you and in a matter of moments it's gone.
However, when everything work out in your favour you can end up with a truly magical day such as this one.