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Sunrise hike & early morning swim

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Aira Force & Gowbarrow Fell | The Lake District


 

Another weekend and another great forecast! The weather always seems to be at it's very best first thing in a morning so I couldn't resist getting out and about early doors. I met with the three girls I'm completing the 32 mile challenge with in June at 6am this morning and after 2 large glasses of Rosé the night before, it was a bit of struggle! But then I saw the sunrising from our Velux windows at 5:30am I just knew it was going to be a brilliant day, so I splashed my face with cold water, brushed my teeth and out the door I went. I do wonder what Erik thinks when I wake him up so early poor lad! Although I know he thoroughly enjoys meeting his friends, Buddy, Henry and Penny!

I'd first been to Aira Force in November, as a last minute birthday outing and whilst Googling at the time, I found that Gowbarrow Fell was behind the waterfalls. I typed in 'Gowbarrow Fell' into Instagram places and the views that other walkers had posted were incredible, so I had to go and see it for myself! You can find the route we did here.

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The Route

The route takes you up alongside Aira Force, through some woodland. It's a really beautiful shaded walk and if you get there early enough like we did, it's great for the dogs to have a good run about when there isn't anyone else around. Once you've followed the stream as far up as you can, you reach an open field and then you follow the foot path up on to Gowbarrow Fell. It is a nice gentle walk, although a little steep and rocky in places but it looks like a stone footpath is in the making, to make it easier for us hikers.

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