Occasionally there is a day around Christmas when it is worth getting out, although this year they have been very few and far between. We did manage a relatively short wander in Eskdale (Cumbria) up to Blea Tarn above Boot. This is a ‘Lake District in miniature’ walk and the moody skies helped make it all the more interesting, although the sun was in very short supply.
There wasn’t much wildlife to be seen, gorse being the only flower on show. On the walls the recent damp weather made the mosses particularly green and vibrant. The climb up from Boot passes peat storage huts and a line of mine shafts along a seam of iron ore. As the paths drops towards Blea Tarn the views extend down towards the sea although it was all but obscured in the cloud.