I thought I'd kick off the Easter weekend with three Outlying walks which are spread out over the north and western areas of Lakeland before I join David, Tim and Rod tomorrow on a rather epic ascent of Fairfield via the Deepdale Valley.
Todays first Outlying walk is Watch Hill which has a starting point just outside Cockermouth on the former A66. As always I will be following Wainwrights original route which is kept quite simple by returning via the same path after visiting Setmurthy Common found just over half a mile further on along Watch Hill's smooth grassy plateau.
This walk, and walks like it show exactly what the Lake District has to offer, to many it maybe just a local dog walk after work when on a clear day the views from the summit of Watch Hill open out over miles of farmland in one direction, towns and villages in the other and the frontiers of Lakeland with the Skiddaw Group, the Lord's Seat and Loweswater Fells occupying the views.
It didn't really matter that I didn't have the views today, after all, that's not all Watch Hill has to offer.