Postcard from a brilliant day out hiking in the English Lake District; fantastic weather, far better than I could have dreamed of, especially for this early in the year. We hiked up from Easthwaite near Nether Wasdale along the ridge from Whin Rigg to Illgill Head above Wast Water in West Cumbria.

My photos show Wasdale Hall Youth Hostel from the ridge above Wast Water, behind me is Scafell( 977m, the highest peak in England) and to the left, Great Gable (899m). The peaks in the small picture of Wast Water are (right to left) Great Gable, Kirk fell and Yewbarrow (627m, but it’s closer). Far away is the estuary of the river Esk which was a Roman port for transporting iron and copper ores, guarded by the Roman fort Glannovent.