Lake District 2014


October 2014

After several years of holding our walking weekend around Eastertime, this year we decided to have a change and experience the Autumnal delights of the Lake District.

On leaving Yorkshire in sunshine, with high hopes of more to come, we arrived in Grasmere for our first walk as dark clouds gathered.  The plan was to climb the rocky path to Easedale Tarn, cross the stepping stones and descend on the pleasanter path through the woods.  The views of Sourmilk Gill were amazing with so much water the falls were spectacular.  Unfortunately, on reaching the Tarn the stepping stones were impassible!  Now we knew why we hadn't seen anyone on the other side coming down.  Sadly, there was no alternative but to retrace our steps.  We all arrived back safe and dry.  We then drove to Keswick for our stay at the Derwentwater Hotel.  This was as good as on previous visits and is an ideal location for walking.

Saturday saw us booted up and raring to go. We walked from the hotel around the lovely Newlands Valley, a full day’s walk.  We experienced a few short, sharp showers, some very strong gusts of wind and the occasional glimpse of sunshine.  These gave us wonderful views and fantastic autumnal colours with the trees and the bracken.  We were lucky to see a pack of hounds following a trail under Cat Bells, plenty of Herdwick sheep and arrived back dry, tired but delighted to have had such an excellent day.

Sunday proved to be wet!  Having set off from Rosthwaite we managed a few miles to the Bowder Stone before it began to rain. Then Borrowdale lived up to its reputation of being the wettest place in England!!  By lunch time we were all soaked to the skin and we took the first opportunity to get back to the cars.  Of course, it wasn't raining much in Keswick and after a change into dry clothes some managed some shopping whilst others luxuriated in a hot bath.

Unfortunately, Monday was a wash out, so we decided to head for home.  Plenty of temptations for retail therapy on the way!  No doubt the planned walk near Ullswater will wait until our next visit maybe?

As usual the weekend was memorable for fun, laughter and continued friendship as well as no meals to cook and memories of those views and fantastic autumnal colours.  Despite the weather a good time was had by all.

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