This was early morning. I’d slept in my tent behind these rocks. It’s possibly the most idyllic, restful camp I’ve ever had. The morning was warm, the night had been still, the silence complete. Not even a flutter of fabric, my tent in a breeze.

I wandered with my camera, playing with compositions, watching the skies and the light. The drifting cloud obscured Pillar and I was worried for the day. It cleared, and I was content again.

I went back to my tent and had breakfast. Muesli with dried milk. A few people started to appear along the track. Early risers from Wasdale, eager for the day.

This walk is one of the best in the Lake District. The views to Ennerdale are sublime, Pillar is a large plateau summit you can wander and explore for thirty minutes. Probably have your lunch, with views across to Great Gable and the Scafells. If it’s calm, and summer, perhaps hear a skylark.


Morning Cloud on Pillar

Monday March 6, 2017