Why not strive something unique this 12 months and head out after darkish. January and February provide some of the best opportunities for a moonlit walk with this time of 12 months having the very best luminosity. The Lakeland fells take on a whole distinct character once the solar has set and look fully spellbinding in moonlight, it truely is a sight to behold. You can even take your trusty pooch with you, apparently most of them have quite properly imaginative and prescient in the dark. Unfortunately my canine Moss is simply terrified of the darkish so I’ll probably need to go away him at domestic on this event.
Choose a fell you are acquainted with and one that does not have sheer edges you can stroll off! Latrigg, Barrow, Binsey and Dodd are superb starter hills and effortlessly accessible from several canine friendly Lake District cottages within the place. With the proper situations you can even attempt Skiddaw or the smooth western flanks of Helvellyn, both of which have summit shelters to enjoy a warm drink in!
For a moonlit walk you’ll need your traditional hill taking walks kit plus extra warm layers, a warm flask and a few yummy chocolate. A map, compass and first resource kit are important as is your head torch and spare batteries. On a clean night time you ought to be able to walk with the mild of the moon – however it’s miles imperative to still take a head torch for emergencies or if the climate modifications. Use the red light function for map studying or anything else that requires extra mild. This will no longer affect your night vision whilst you start on foot again.
Familiarise yourself with the path in daylight hours and make a be aware of any key features to be privy to. Leave a route plan with someone responsible and, in which viable, notify the nearby mountain rescue crew of your plans. It isn’t always uncommon for well meaning people to file lights at the fells main to the rescue groups being scrambled, best to locate the lights belong to people who don’t want rescuing!