Any aspiring blog conspiracy theorist may want to note that I've returned from holiday at the same time as Matt
announced he was going off on one. However, I can positively assert that we are not the same person.
Anyway, I'm back from a lovely week up in Cumbria, just getting away from it all and even finding places that aren't overrun by tourists (that most schools don't finish until tomorrow helped in that as well). I didn't take too many pictures, as most places I went to, I've visited several times before, but there's one new set of photos available of Scafell Pike
which I ascended on Sunday. Anyone who had a weird feeling around 1.30-2pm then can attribute it to the fact that I was the highest person in England at that time.
It's a long hard walk up to the top of the Pike, but definitely worth doing it. Those of you who know me will know that I'm not the fittest person around, so as you can see, it's possible for most people to complete the ascent. Hopefully, you'll have slightly better visibility than four days ago when the mist blocked everything out for most of the time. It's also worth taking the little side journey to Lingmell fell as the summit there, while a couple of hundred metres lower than any of the Scafells, is usually deserted and offers some great views, especially of Great Gable.
Another recommendation worth making is for the National Trust's excellent Lake District campsites, especially the site at Wasdale Head, right at the foot of Scafell Pike. Great facilities, friendly staff and a fantastic location make it a great (and very cheap) place to stay. Just make sure you remember to take some 20ps for the showers.
Anyway, I'm back now, so I guess it's time to start paying attention to the world again. One of the good things about being away from it all is that the newspaper just becomes something you buy so you've got a crossword to do in the tent that evening - most of the news just seems pretty irrelevant when the only question that really concerns you is where you're going to walk tomorrow. So, I suppose I better go and catch up...once I've got the rest of my photos sorted out and added the ones from the Gower