Which is not to say we weren't still climbing; we did over 2000 feet in total on this walk. Below, you can see the river we walked beside on the bottom left as we were about half way up Scales Fell.
But diagonal paths are always a bit easier on the legs.
Around the corner and a bit higher up, we came to this flat bit with a great view of Foule Crag and Sharp Edge, that ridge that dips down from the summit. You can go up it but it's quite narrow and there's a rocky scramble at the end of it. Today's weather was probably ideal for the attempt, but we walked through the beautiful valley below it instead.
And we turn again for the walk back through a different valley. . .
. . . always remembering to occasionally look backwards to see how far we've come.
And finally at the last stretch, a tiny view of Derwentwater with its surrounding fells looking very much like a smudgy watercolour. So we got a teeny bit of lake after all.
And a lot more mountain - as far as the eye could see. A super day and a super walk.