New Years Eve and the forecast is for gale forced winds and some rain. I was heading up to my parents at Appleby for New Year so seemed as good a chance as any for a bit of a mop up of some lower heights.
Firstly Sale Fell and Ling Fell from the Bassenthwaite side via Wythop Woods. Longer than the usual approach from Wythop Mill - allowing me to appreciate these two pleasant hills more than I did on the first visit.
Next up was the Marilyn of Watch Hill. Couldn't imagine I'd ever drive all the way to Cockermouth just for this hill so adding it on to today made sense.
Muddy at some of the gateways of the field paths but otherwise a very easy stroll to a couple of outlying summits and the Marilyn itself.
I imagine when the mud dries this makes a lovely evening summer walk/run.
There was enough light left to include Binsey. Not even half hour up and down from Binsey Cottage and a real joy.
The winds had eased a bit here and the sun came out to make this the most pleasant top of the day and a fitting way to end another great year on the fells.
Not many targets for 2018 really. Just to keep getting out and climbing hills. Maybe bag a few new Marilyns here and there and make a few more inroads to Wales and Scotland.
Just 4 Wainwrights (2 walks) left for what's been a lazy second round so there is that also.
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