With a strong Easterly wind forecast, we opted for the Swirls route to the summit. Quite a few other walkers had the same idea, although the route didn't feel busy.
For Natalie, James, Amelia, and Matt this was to be their first proper mountain, so a big day. With a steady pace the summit was reached in good time and I think even a small bottle of Prosecco may have been opened to celebrate :-)
A chilly breeze cooled us whilst on the summit, so after a rest and some time to soak in t he views we began our descent back to Swirls. Wonderful views of Thirlmere keeping us company the whole time.
We had already noticed the menacing clouds gathered over the Western mountains, and from about half way down we too felt the splashes of rain on us. Thankfully we missed anything heavy and the ground hardly got wet.
A few aching muscles now I think, but a big achievement all round. Thanks to the Marsh family.