I’d known hail to be a momentary phenomenon. This hail, however, was fierce, and didn’t seem to be in any rush to go away.

It was late February and I was at the start of a hike up Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District. The fell offers some stunning views of the surrounding mountains, lakes and land, and I was keen to put my new Canon EOS R camera to good use while I was in the area.

I’d picked a relatively easy route, starting from White Moss car park (north of the hill):

I waited for the hail to pass and it gave way to some sunnier weather. I proceeded to Loughrigg Terrace to start the main part of the ascent.

There had been much recent rain, with water still running down the hill. The ground was often boggy, and rocky surfaces were slippery. There was strong, constant wind. There were also further bouts of rain and hail on the way down.

Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, views were spectacular and the hike was well worth it. Here’s a selection of photos:

Grasmere lake from Loughrigg Terrace
Silver How, Lingmoor Fell, Great Langdale, The Langdale Pikes, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell
The trig point on the very windy summit of Loughrigg Fell
Elter Water, Wetherlam and Great Carrs
Rydal Water