Well folks, although there are still three days left in 2015 this will be my final walk of the year. For the first time since I left school I've decided to work between Christmas and New Year. For the previous few years I've used precious holidays at Christmas, only to find myself sitting in the house watching the rain running down the windows. It just seems like a terrible waste so I've kept these days, along with quite a few others, until next year when I can pick and choose when to take them.
So what about 2015 then -
First of all I feel I should mention all the tarns walks I've done this year. Despite getting mixed feedback (good and bad) about these walks, I've really enjoyed the tarns project. As I said to someone in an email recently - "Some of them were new to me which makes me realise there must still be quite a few hidden corners of the Lake District that I've yet to visit. I knew all along that making the effort to visit all those tarns in one year would keep me off the 'normal' fells for much of the time but I felt if I didn't give the project my full attention, it would be far too easy to do other walks instead. It's just a shame that the weather has stopped me getting out and completing the last half dozen or so tarn walks I have left"
Without any doubt my favourite walk of the year was the one from Hawkshead on 3rd July, closely followed by the High Street walk on 23rd May. As for the rest, well, if I had to list them all in order of enjoyment, it would mean one of then would be classed as the least enjoyed walk of the year, and that wouldn't be right because I really enjoyed them all.
And, when 2016 arrives -
project or theme for this year I'm afraid. Although, I do intend to spend more of my walks up on the fells themselves. As I said above, the tarns walks have kept me off the normal fells, so, now I think I need to balance things out. I'd also like to devise some linear walks using the bus services. I'm hoping this will make for some interesting and out of the ordinary routes.