The day was hot, well actually it was extremely hot. After some bracken bashing to find the crags we decided it was too hot to climb (a rare thing indeed for the Lake District).
So instead we decided to cool off in the mighty Esk Gorge. Well it would be rude not to right.
This is a trip we now offer for customers who have some previous experience in gorges and so I was especially keen to become ever more familiar with it as a complete trip, including timings and all those logistical things. Time well spent and all that.
I'm not big on wild swimming, but was soon to be found swimming in every pool deep enough, and there's plenty of those. Getting out of the pools was often the crux, with slippery rocks and not always accommodating handholds, but at least the landings were soft (and wet!) if a slip happened, once or twice maybe.
We went somewhat further than what might be the norm, and exited just below The Great Moss. My recommendation would be to exit well before this though, as the final big waterfall was treacherous and the scramble up steep grass to avoid it being only marginally better.
I hope to be in this gorge a few times over the summer.
What a fantastic day out. Thanks to Erja for looking after Don and Deb for the photos.