Being a cool, sunny day, the conditions were ideal for climbing, so we headed to Raven Crag Langdale, where Mark talked me up a three pitch 'Diff', after which I spent my time admiring the view while they polished off a multi-pitch HVS.
Among the trees across the valley is the National Trust campsite and the road which crosses into Little Langdale valley, from where it begins the climb over Wrynose Pass into Eskdale.
The bare fells looked harsh against the bright sky,
but were softened by the richness of colour where sunlight picked out patches of fellside.
The U shaped valley was formed by glaciation during the last ice age. The river flowing along the valley bottom is Great Langdale Beck, which is formed by the confluence of a series of small gills running down from the valley head fells - Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Rossett Pike.
The beck continues down the valley, through Chapel Stile towards Elter Water, where it feeds into the River Brathay, heading towards Windermere.
It's easy to see why this valley is so popular with those who love the outdoors.