The Sleddale slipper

I'd intended to make good use of the weather, staying low enough to avoid the snow on the eastern fringes of the Lakeland fells but arriving at Sadgill beneath blue skies and dry tracks, the temptation was too much...
...and I set off against my better judgement, up the long climb leading to Gatescarth Pass.
The gradient is gentle enough for a while, but steepens rapidly to follow the the infant River Sprint.
Starting one of the best descents in the Lakes...
...with a grandstand view of Riggindale - Haweswater beyond.
Finishing a tough carry - Nan Bield Pass - smooth soled shoes might be great on the pedals but are about as much use as  a wet slipper on steep snow.
From the obvious col right of centre, the descent is a mix of steep technical stuff and flowing grassy slopes lower down.
One last climb and a final descent to cross back into Sleddale beneath a striking sunset.

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