Walking in the Howgills

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There are a few ways you can reach the top of Winder and Higher Winder but my favourite way up is from Joss Lane in Sedbergh. You can follow the footpath up and alongside the stream. It's a steep walk up to begin with because you gain the most height in the first half an hour or so but the views over Sedbergh are just lovely.

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It looks so much later but by 10am we reached the bottom of Winder, which us locals call 'the fell wall'. If you want something easy, you can just follow the wall along to the farm and back down Howgill Lane. I quite like to run/jog this route in the Summer, as it tends to get a little boggy in the Autumn/Winter months.

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Alex and Josh on our way up.

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For the first time ever, we headed up to Higher Winder. You can see the top of Winder in the distance, following the path down to the right hand side.

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Alex playing in the snow and another view looking down towards the height of Winder.

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A selfie for the photo album.

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Looking up towards Higher Winder. The clouds kept coming and going, which made it look so wintery at times.

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The three musketeers.

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The summit of Higher Winder. By the way, apparently coming down from here on a mountain bike is a great route. I'm not a mountain biker but for those who are, Alex holds the fastest downhill record.

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Sat on my bum to take a little 'shoefie' with the view. The clouds cleared on our way back down, revealing the beautiful blue sky.

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Josh and I taking in the views.

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Almost at the bottom. There are also a few routes down but we decided to head towards Howgill Lane, and across to Lockbank Farm.

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We ended up at Smatt's Duo for a cuppa tea and some food.  I went for the chicken coronation jacket potato with cheese (duh), Dad and Josh had the burger, Mum had a bacon and egg butty and Alex went for a sandwich with chips, cheese & sweet chilli sauce. Love the food there, it's absolutely perfect after a morning of walking.

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Hi lovelies, I hope all is well and the lead up to Christmas isn't too stressful. I never understand how some of us get so stressed about food and presents. I never had and hopefully I never will. We still haven't arranged our Christmas food yet but apparently Josh and Dad are sorting that on Christmas eve, eve so I don't even have to head in to town to do that! I do however still have all my Christmas presents to purchase but I do have a list ready for Mum, Dad and Gran. I only have one present idea for Josh and non for Alex because he is SO hard to buy for. Anyone else's brother the same? Anyway, if I don't think of anything then I guess he'll have to do with out.. again! If you wanna throw some suggestions at me though, you are very welcome. I'm currently laying in bed, wrapped in fresh bed sheets after a nice warm shower, watching Kung Fu Panda. Sunday's are my favourite and even better when you've had fun playing in the snow, eating out and spending the day with your family. Honestly, my family are irreplaceable. I'm so lucky to have such a close knit bond with them, as I know it's not always the case. There aren't many parents and siblings you would happily go out drinking on a weekend with or walking in the countryside with and still get on by the end of the evening! Right, I think it's about time I close my laptop down and switch my phone on silent so I can make the most of the Sunday we have left before work in the morning. Speak soon, L.

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