Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NNAS Silver Navigation Training

On Wednesday Karen was attending her training for the NNAS (National Navigation Awards Scheme) Silver level. The course was being held on the fells around Watendlath which is approx 4 miles south of Keswick down a very narrow country road.
We had so much rain on Tuesday afternoon / evening on top of the torrents in the days before that Karen thought the course may be cancelled & as she left home in the rain on Wednesday morning wondered just how wet they were going to get.
As this was navigation training there are only a few pictures as Karen was supposed to be concentrating on the course.
After a start in the rain it soon cleared up, looking down on Dock Tarn with Honister Slate mine in the distance.
A Hercules came into the valley below us & then climbed slowly up & around us.
Derwent Water with Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance. Considering our proximity to Keswick its amazing how few people explore these fells
This our lunch spot with Skiddaw in the distance
How, & the sheepfold we had navigated to
Blea Tarn & Coldbarrow Fell
We navigate to the path back into Watendlath in the bright sunshine
There were three of us on the course plus the instructor
Despite the becks bursting around us with the volume of rain it is apparent that the central lakes have for once had less rain than us. This is Raise Gill that feeds Watendlath Beck in the valley.
We were very lucky with the weather & Karen now has about 5 weeks to practice before her assessment at the end of August. Finally we caught this rainbow at home on Tuesday night
It in fact was a double one with a faint one to the right

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