As mentioned in previous blogs, the footpath team's main project of the year has been on the side of Fairfield and as walks home from the work site go, it's pretty special and here's why. Setting off from high on the ridge we look down on to Grisedale Tarn. The tarn is apparently 110 feet deep and holds Perch, Brown Trout and Eels. Legend has it that King Dunmail's crown rests at the bottom of it. Dunmail was supposedly the last King of Cumbria but in 945AD, he and his army were defeated in battle in the valley between Grasmere and Thirlmere (hence the reason it's now called Dunmail Raise) and he lost his life. Survivors of the battle carried his crown to Grisedale Tarn and threw it into the depths believing he would rise up again at some point and retrieve his crown.
|Grisedale Tarn as viewed from our work site|
|Luke and Lin enjoying the walk down at the end of the day|
|Sundew (note the dead fly on one of the leaves at the bottom left of the plant)|
|Butterwort in flower|
The final part of our commute takes us back to the Base which takes us past Coniston Water. It makes us wonder if this is possibly the best commute in the country? Probably.......
By Ian Griffiths (Upland Ranger)