COACH RAMBLE, THE LAKE DISTRICT, JUNE 2005
On Saturday, twenty-three walkers from the Harrogate area, experienced 'the stuff that dreams are made on' during our annual coach trip to The Lake district. Leaving Harrogate under an overcast sky, the party drove to Rosthwaite, in The Borrowdale Valley where two walks were available led either by Rodney Waddilove or Peter Wells. The high-level route started from Rosthwaite to cross The River Derwent and ascend the fell on the western side by the Rigghead route. The climb was rough but steady and contained many relics of the slate mining industry including open shafts and caverns. The view from High Spy was magnificent and enjoyed in glorious sunshine which remained with us the rest of the day. The summits of The Scafells, The Gables and all the northern peaks could be seen with great clarity with no trace of the haze that can be present on hot days. This party then followed the ridge route over Catbells to Portinscale and on to Keswick. The lower-level route was from Rosthwaite over the fell on the eastern side of the valley. The ancient 'coffin route' was taken to Watendlath where lunch was enjoyed in that very special location. Song birds, especially skylarks, were abundant and the verdant pastures showed The Lake District at its very best. The track beside Watendlath Beck was then followed heading north and on to and over the much photographed Ashness Bridge before reaching the shoreline track around Derwentwater. Afternoon tea was taken in the comparative luxury of the cafe at Keswick Landing Stage rounding off an exceptionally fine walk.
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COACH RAMBLE, THE LAKE DISTRICT, JUNE 2006
Twenty-seven ramblers had a wonderful day out in The Lake District last Saturday with the quality of the weather on a par with that of the landscape. Unusually, The Group had a choice between a led walk from Patterdale or a 'sail and walk' excursion from Pooley Bridge. Both parties ended their trip by following the beautiful lakeside track on the south of Ullswater from Hallin Fell to Glenridding, surely one of the finest lakeside walks available anywhere. Those opting for the 'walking only' option started their walk from Patterdale and ascended Place Fell via Boredale Hause to lunch at the summit returning via Boredale and Sandwick. Our leaders for the day were Rodney Waddilove and Peter Wells.
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