We’re used to heavy rain obscuring our view, or darkness and lamplight throwing up weird shapes in alleyways and urban landscapes; or early morning mists twisting the familiar face of a park or meadow into a foreign field. We take it for granted. It’s what happens when a few of the visual clues we are used to are removed or changed. A common enough experience you’d say.
But last week in Keswick in broad daylight I saw something different – a shapely new mountain – which completely threw me. A keen wind was blowing and thick clouds covered the high fell tops. Mountains surround the town, so I am used to seeing them from different angles as they poke out above the rooftops. But this time there was a hilltop profile – almost that of an isosceles triangle – I couldn’t immediately identify.
It took me a while to crack the mystery, but a group of local residents failed in the task when I asked them at the weekend. So now it’s over to our readers! The first to send me the right answer – the name of this mountain – gets a pot of our best 2012 Tango marmalade. The correct answer will be published in the New Year. Just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) a message with ‘Mystery Mountain’ in the Subject box and the answer below.
HINT: If you are a keen reader of this website and of the walking section, you will find a hint about the answer!