Published 14 August 2016
This week has been very different to our normal routine because our daughter and her family visited, giving us the chance to show her husband and our grandsons just a few of the delights of the area. Our seven year old grandson Noah absolutely loved the rock scrambling and the waterfalls. He has walked very well despite the blisters from his new boots! His younger brother has also walked well although Grandad was always pleased to give him a carry.
08 August; Haile Church
The food had been purchased, the beds were made and the house was clean and tidy. ETA was still two hours away so just time for a ride out to Haile Church for a moment’s peace.
09 August; Rannerdale Knotts
This proved to be a perfect first climb for a tall seven year old. There was a relatively short and gentle climb from Buttermere village followed by the ridge walk with a couple of little scrambles to get the adrenaline running. The path down to Crummock Water was more challenging but we all made it safely.
A passing walker kindly took a group photo before we walked around the edge of Crummock Water until the rain set in.
10 August; Wasdale Head and Wastwater
This was another walk that Julie and I had done before. On a bright morning we parked on the green and walked towards Sty Head as far as the bridge at the bottom of the path that leads to Beck Head.
There we spent a fun half hour climbing the rocks by the beck and crossing via the stepping stones (having a seven year old in tow was a wonderful excuse for me to behave like a big kid). We then walked back to the Inn and up to Riston’s Force.
Thanks to Phil for the photo.
After a short drive we had our picnic lunch by the lake followed by a stroll along to the southern end in light drizzle.
11 Aug; Egremont and St Bees
Thursday morning was wet so the outing was just a stroll to the town and a look round the castle ruins. After lunch Heather and Phil took the boys to St Bees for a run along the beach while Nana and Grandad had a couple of hours rest.
12 Aug; Loweswater
We were determined to make the most of our last day so we went off to Loweswater as planned. In the event the day stayed dry despite the heavy cloud above which covered the fell-tops. We walked round to Holme Wood where the waterfall was good after this week’s rain and although the views from the terrace on Burnbank Fell were not perfect they were still worth the climb.
We returned to the lake where all ages appreciated the three new swings that have been attached to trees near the bothy. Thank you to whoever came up with the idea.
My appeal for The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association continues to grow. If you would like to help me with this, no contribution is too small and the link is:
Next week’s agenda includes a fell with a name that will delight those with a juvenile sense of humour (thinking in particular of my two ‘grown up’ sons).