What do you do when you live in the Lake District and you dog-sit a 15 month old Border Collie?
You take her up the hills and mountains, known locally as the fells. Especially when the weather is not too hot and not too cold. (Not too wet makes it even better.)
While enjoyable, walking around our local loop is insufficient exercise for a young Border Collie. These dogs were bred to work sheep all day, and this particular collie comes from a local farm whose sheep range far across the surrounding fells.
She is athletic with a huge amount of energy. Smart, too.
I (Herdy Girl) am not fit enough (yet!) to walk up a big fell, and I’m a big scared baby when it comes to heights. So, Best Beloved took to the hills and reported back:
I parked along the road just above Buttermere, near St. James church. The walk up High Snockrigg (not Snotrigg!) is quite steep. It will test your cardiovascular fitness. The next bit is boggy, Buttermere Moss. The weather is pretty dry at the moment, but I was up to almost the top of my boots in sogginess a couple of times.
Persevere, though. The views ahead are worth it!
Looking down from High Snockrigg and Robinson, you really understand why this is called the Lake District. Buttermere to the left, Crummock Water to the right with Loweswater in the distance beyond. And, in the other direction, you can see distant Derwent Water.
The weather started to turn, so we retraced our steps down Robinson, across Buttermere Moss, and then down steep High Snockrigg.
Altogether it was about a seven mile journey with roughly 2700 feet of climb. An all round good walk.
I’m exhausted, but the collie is just about warmed up!
My enduring thanks to BB for taking our canine guest out for a good, tiring run. She’s currently snuggled up behind his chair, napping.
I suspect BB will be nodding off any minute now!