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Our lovely friend Dalma sent us a postcard from Vienna with a recipe for Sachertorte. I simply had to make it, but we decided that we’d have to expend a few calories before we could eat it.

After quite a few weeks out of action, Pete needed a bit of a challenge to get his lungs and muscles moving again. The sunshine and showers meant we wouldn’t want to venture too far away from the car, so we decided to pick a couple of small hills, with a bit of a drive in between.

The first hill, Little Mell Fell, a small grassy hump, stands on its own just to the west of Ullswater. It’s not far to reach the summit, but it is steep, so it was enough to get Pete panting. There were some lovely views from the top where we could see the moody weather all around.

The view from Little Mell Fell south-west towards the central fells

The view from Little Mell Fell south-west towards the central fells

Seeing as that didn’t take long, we decided to drive over to Castle Crag in Borrowdale.

We parked in Rosthwaite and headed along the path to the River Derwent. A new path had been created since the floods of 2009, which took us to New Bridge.

footbridge

We took a fairly direct path to the summit, walking through an open air exhibition of slate sculpture towards the old quarry. The summit outcrop is capped by a wind shelter and has a slate memorial honouring the men of Borrowdale who lost their lives in WW1. The wind shelter wasn’t much use – it was really windy, but there were some great views up and down the valley.

Extremely moody weather over the central fells from Castle Crag

Extremely moody weather over the central fells from Castle Crag

Looking back towards Keswick, where little rays of sunshine were still to be seen!

Looking back towards Keswick, where little rays of sunshine were still to be seen!

An artistic use for waste slate!

An artistic use for waste slate!

Of course, while we were out, we picked up a few Letterboxes along the way.


Little Mell Fell Castle Crag
The Millican Dalton Cave letterbox stamp

The Millican Dalton Cave letterbox stamp

While we were tramping around the caves on the east side of Castle Crag, the heavens really opened. We decided to call it a day and head back to the car…

… and back home for Sachertorte, hmmmmmmmmmm.

Thanks Dalma for our lovely postcard complete with Sachertorte recipe…

Is this Sacher's Sachertorte?  No, it's mine!

Is this Sacher’s Sachertorte? No, it’s mine!

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