I’ve seen a reasonable number of cloud inversions over the years. Two were the best. This one was around ten years ago. It was a dreary autumnal day in the valleys with thick cloudy conditions. I made my way from Eskdale hoping Wasdale would be better. Driving down the valley, I monitored the view. A slight patch of blue beyond the Scafells then nothing. A few hours later I was in sunshine.

The other inversion was last year in the Pyrenees which made this one look tame. This was however a very wonderful moment, possibly more so than my Pyrenees walk from Lescun to refuge Arlet. There’s such a high concentration of beauty in the Lake District. Magnitude, as such, is not what I seek.

The skyline shows Pillar, Black Sail Pass and Kirkfell. Peeping through in the far distance on the right you see the Buttermere ridge. Slightly to the right again above the Ennerdale valley which lies in between, you find Haystacks and Inonimate Tarn. You can’t see them in this shot. It’s an area I like very much. I undertook my first ever wild camp at Blackbeck Tarn which you reach, along that path, in about an hour.

 

Pillar Cloud Inversion

Tuesday June 30, 2015