The problem in having a short holiday in the Lake District is that it is a 301 mile drive or about five hours driving from my home. If not planned well it means that two days can easily be lost travelling. By leaving early in the morning on the first day we were there by lunch time and as already mentioned managed to do some walking.
With the weather forecast predicting 'wall to wall' sunshine for our fourth day we decided not to leave until the earliest mid afternoon. The weather forecast was 'on the nail'. I was woken at 5am by the sheep farmer who had brought early morning breakfast for the sheep and it was an exquisite last morning with a beautiful sunrise and being serenaded by the bleating sheep as they came from all quarters of the fields to claim their breakfast! A final hearty cooked breakfast; car packed and we were on our way to climb Graystones, 1200 feet high, via Kirk Fell. Unbelievably the fleece was left in the car and we set out in short sleeves, in glorious sunshine and that was the way it was for the whole climb. A somewhat boggy walk with wet moss but great fun avoiding filling your boots with water! The route followed a beautiful beck and after negotiating some stone walls it was a steady climb to the summit. To avoid getting chilled I put a jacket on whilst I ate lunch on the summit but it wasn't really necessary.
Lunch was followed by a leisurely descent via Ling Fell and back to the car and my short break was all over bar the long drive home! I cannot wait to go back again.