8th/9th October 2011.
Been busy working on my house for the past month so time to catch up 🙂
Well,we done the right thing in heading off on Friday morning for Helvellyn. It was a miserable morning at Coniston with a howling wind and driving rain.The Youth Section of the club charged off into the clag intent on doing the round from the Old Man of Coniston to Wetherlam while the Elderly Section ( more sensible if you prefer ) opted to go for a drive to find something more amenable.
Coming downhill into Skelwith Bridge the area surrounding Loughrigg Fell seemed to be escaping the worst of the weather so we took a left turn and parked outside the hotel there.John was practically brought up in this area by his parents spending weekends and holidays in the Lakes so we let him take the map and Bob and I had a leisurely day following behind him.
On through a maze of paths we went commenting on just how different it is down here.It`s nice to see fields that are taken care of and worked,the drystone walls are amazing and the wildlife totally different to Scotland.Scotland,as you know,has a reputation for being reserved by nature.Things are different down here 🙂
Thanks to Bob for the pic.
Through more fields and round Loughrigg Tarn and still the rain stayed away…
The clouds were hanging over Langdale…
A steep well made path led us directly up to the summit.
Still no rain whatsoever 🙂
We took the long way back by descending towards Grasmere..
…and then heading back via the cave at Rydal where we sat and had a bite to eat.
John and I entering the cave..
Pic by Bob.
Bob in the cave entrance…
A circuitious route back over the hill visiting Ivy Crag had us back in time for a visit to the gear shops in Ambleside followed by a fish supper and then back to the hut.
Craig telling jokes to an appreciative audience at Coppermines…
Given the weather we reckon we done ok.
The next day was worse 🙂
With the option of Skiddaw or coming with Bob and I John joined us again.The torrential rain and mist ruled out any bigger hills so we opted for a quick leg stretch and a new Marilyn for yours truly and raced up Great Mell Fell before stopping off to have a look at yet another Bruce`s Cave outside Ecclefechan on the way up the M74.I wouldn`t waste your time visiting it 🙂
For what it`s worth have a pic from Great Mell Fell 🙂