As the dark mornings and evenings close in, it signals that we're nearing the end of the fell work season. Four months back I joined the upland ranger team and in this relatively short period we have literally covered miles. We've been involved in projects across the Lake District working alongside the other upland teams, volunteer groups and the dedicated 'Fix The Fells' Lengthsmen.
It's been a fantastic chance to learn the ropes of Upland erosion work whilst experiencing the Cumbrian mountains in the best and also the not so best weather, I learned my first lesson quickly - buy a waterproof camera. Here are few sights and experiences of a summer in the fells.
|Early morning Coniston and Peel or 'Wild Cat Island'|
|Walking to Brown Cove Crag on Helvelyn|
|Looking down to Thirlmere from the Wythburn path whilst clearing drains|
The character of the fells can be dramatically changed by the weather so we come to work prepared with warm clothes, water proofs and emergency shelters.
|Looking towards Steel Fell from Helvelyn|
|Joe and the Lengthsmen working on Goats Hause. On the Left is Dow crag and right in the background sits the Scafell range|
|Drain built from local stone|
Sometimes rock is flown in by helicopter to use on site, how ever in this case on Goats Hause the rock is gathered in situ whilst we work.
Often when on the fells we get to see some of the hardy creatures that reside on and around them.
|Golden - ringed Dragonfly|
|Violet Ground Beetle|
|Threshthwaite Cove - U- shaped glaciated valley|