It was ace to be back out getting another recce of the Lakes, Meres and Waters route under my belt. This is an area of the Lakes I barely know, and some of the trails I ran today I've only been on once, maybe twice.
My day started in Troutbeck and I first had to climb over the Garburn Pass to Kentmere. From here it was up to Skeggles Water - yep, I'd never heard of it either!!
From this remote water it was down, and then up the Kentmere Valley to Kentmere Reservoir. Now back on the up, I ascended to Nan Bield Pass and dropped down to Small Water.
On the day of my run if I include Kentmere Reservoir I will then continue down to Haweswater before climbing back up to Blea Tarn, but today I opted to cut the corner, which was fortuitous as I saw a herd of deer. From Blea Tarn I ascended up to High St, where the route would go down to Hayswater, however I was homeward bound and dropped into the Troutbeck valley to get back to the van.
34km, 1400m ascent and lots learnt - a great day!