Do it this month

Get on the hills from dawn ’til dusk

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If you’re not too hot on your Latin apho­risms, you might be vaguely dis­com­bob­u­lated by the above head­line. If you hap­pen to be flu­ent in the an­cient Ro­man tongue, how­ever, you’ll know carpe diem gen­er­ally trans­lates as ‘seize the day’. And Novem­ber is the per­fect month to do so.

With the clocks hav­ing not long since jumped back; the weather gods deal­ing out some of those re­splen­dently crisp au­tum­nal days, and de­cid­u­ous land­scapes tak­ing on a pal­ette ex­plo­sion of colour, now is an ideal time of year to com­plete a sun­rise to sun­set hill­walk.

Be­ing on the trail from first light un­til sun­down may sound like a daunt­ing ex­er­cise but, if we use Am­ble­side in the Lakes as an ex­am­ple, the sun ap­pears around 7.30am on av­er­age through Novem­ber be­fore re­tir­ing around 4.30pm in the af­ter­noon. This would equate to a dawn til dusk walk of ap­prox­i­mately nine hours.

Ris­ing early and get­ting out in the coun­try­side al­lows you to wit­ness one of the best parts of the day, as the world and its wildlife rouses around you while ev­ery­one else is still slum­ber­ing in bed. And as the day grows older, grab the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a hearty, warm­ing pub lunch en route be­fore see­ing out the twi­light hours in tran­quil soli­tude on the crest of a hill. It re­ally is pure magic – just don’t for­get your head­torch!

TOM BAI­LEY

En­joy the sun’s splen­dour, both as it rises and goes down, with an au­tumn dawn til dusk walk.

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