Windswept Walk over Hardknott Pass

Pleasure Walking – Snow and Mountains

I have just spent a few days in the Lake District in Cumbria and it was really gorgeous.

Greg and I went for a drive and a walk over Hardknott Pass, the top of which is 393m above sea-level. Greg had told me that there are the remains of a Roman Fort at the top – Really??? Up there?? That would have been a real culture shock to a Roman Centurion coming from a sunny Mediterranean Climate to the bleak, windswept mountains of Cumbria, with plenty of snow in the Winter.

Hard Knott Pass Cumbria ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Hard Knott Pass Roman Fort Cumbria ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Hard Knott Pass Cumbria  ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Hard Knott Pass Cumbria ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Hard Knott Pass Cumbria  ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Hard Knott Pass Cumbria ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Well, yes he was right. It was clearly quite a substantial structure in its day and was well placed on a trading route. The road certainly does not follow the traditional “straight” Roman road. It is a narrow, winding road, with several very substantial hairpin bends.

What a view from the top!

We stopped at the Fort and had a walk around it. I had a huge moment of YEARNING as I could see the snow-capped mountain peaks in the distance. Two of my favourite things – Snow and Mountains!

Hard Knott Pass Cumbria  ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Hard Knott Pass Cumbria ©2015 Gregory Goldston

We had our picnic at the top of the pass. WOW! So Gorgeous!

Hard Knott Pass Cumbria  ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Hard Knott Pass Cumbria ©2015 Gregory Goldston

That is certainly a place for blowing out the cobwebs and I really felt so much better.

It did become very apparent to me, though, how much weight I have put on and how unfit I have got over the last 12 months. Last year, in Switzerland, it was Greg that was huffing and puffing up the mountains, however this year it was me! This needs sorting!

This ticked a lot of the boxes in my Pleasure Pledge in different areas of my life!

All images ©2015 Gregory Goldston

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