It is getting much colder in Cumbria as autumn begins to make way for winter. There is already a slight sprinkling of snow on some of the mountain tops. Soon, there will be much more.
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.John Ruskin
Ruskin is wholly correct – the key to tackling weather is how you respond to it. I’ll admit, I’m not keen on bracing wind as it can cut straight through you on a winters day. But anything else – bring it on. Rain, Hail, Snow, Sunshine – it’s all good. Wrap up well; be dry on the inside, and enjoy the exhilarance of the countryside.
Whenever I visit Ennerdale Water, the steep mountains; the dramatic sky; the stunning lake; the tranquillity – the combination impresses me without fail, and brings about invigorated exuberance and thanksgiving to the lord above for his kindness in forging a truly natural wonder.
The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal. Always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits. These are for the seeking, and those who seek and find while there is still time will be blessed both in mind and body.Alfred Wainwright