Hampsfell on a Cold, Bright Day

We're having some great weather for walking at the moment - cold, bright days with beautiful afternoon light. We've had an eye on Hampsfell, just north of Grange-over-Sands, for some time. After a fairly quick ascent it gives good panoramic views across the whole area.

Even before getting to the summit, we enjoyed good views of Morecambe Bay to the south, the Lakeland mountains to the north and the peaks of the Yorkshire Dales to the east.

The Yorkshire fells in the distance and Morecambe Bay on the right

The distinctive snow-covered outline of Ingleborough Head

Only the strongest trees survive up here

Morecambe Bay's tide was in with some gentle winter haze over it

Looking north, the craggy Langdales appeared as we walked up the fell

Random rocks, left behind after the last ice age

Despite the sub-zero temperatures, a few hardy insects were buzzing around

The afternoon sun warmed up the dry stone walls beautifully

The Lakeland hills

The High Street range with a sprinkling of snow

On our descent we looked over the River Kent estuary, Arnside Knott and the Dales peaks

As we arrived home we were rewarded with a full(-ish) moon, rising in the east