The clouds thickened overhead and the threat of rain looked imminent during my drive through Kirkland but there was still a glimmer of hope with blue skies arriving from the west which to be honest I had expected to be driving and walking through rain anyway meaning it was a bonus, even if the cloud remained low.
I arrived at Cold Fell Gate and found an empty car park which was a surprise after passing many a parked car along the Cold Fell Road, and many a cyclist too. Having threw my jacket on I was just debating whether or not I needed to take my pack and walking poles but thought it best I do anyway before locking my car and turned towards the track from where this walk starts when I got the surprise of my life.
A car I recognised appeared just up the road which looked like David's in fact I remember thinking "oh David has one of those, same colour too" when before I knew it actually turned out to be David! what, eh whats going on!
As it turned out David had set out to do one of his Fairfield project walks from Grasmere but was forced to turn back due to heavy rain, he returned home in his words "sulking" before Jennifer suggested "why don't you try and meet up with Paul" and after waiting at Wath Brow (my third Outlying walk starting point) David then travelled over the Cold Fell road knowing I had to be there, David's timing was downright impeccable!
David quickly kits up and soon we are both heading the short distance towards Cold Fell summit.