09/01/2010 16:45:00

Words by tcsh

Exceptional winter conditions on the Lake District fells

Its pretty obvious to everyone that this winter has been exceptionally cold, with much more snow than we'd usually expect.  All this white stuff means the Lakes district fells are at their wintry best.

Langdales from Waterhead

As you would expect, winter walking conditions are excellent at the minute, probably the best they've been for many, many years as the high pressure has meant clear blue skys and stunning views.  If you are planning to go walking on the fells though an ice axe and crampons are essential, not an optional extra.

Winter climbing wise - there are plenty of low level ice routes in condition.  Higher level gullies and snow routes haven't had much in the way of freeze/thaw due to persistent freezing temperatures over the last couple of weeks, but most routes are now starting to come into condition. Popular routes are going to be very busy though, so go early or late to avoid queuing.

We'll bring you some more in depth winter climbing/walking reports soon, when our staff have got out to play.