A glorious August Bank Holiday
Published 04 September 2016
Yes I know that sounds like an unusual statement but last weekend the weather was wonderful. Our friends Trudi and Phil came to stay and whilst we would have enjoyed the catch up in any conditions, the good weather helped make the weekend perfect.
27 August 2016; Ennerdale Water
Our friends arrived about 2pm after a long drive from the midlands but we did not let them rest because it was important to take advantage of the warm sunshine. After a quick cup of tea we drove over to Bowness Knott for a short walk along the shore of Ennerdale Water.
They then kindly treated us to a lovely dinner in the Park Head. #CumbrianPortions
28 August 2016; Mosedale Round
Phil was a Scout and then was a Scout Leader so in years gone by he spent a lot of time walking and camping in the Lake District. He was keen to have a serious walk but Julie and Trudi were more modest in their ambitions. Phil and I walked the Mosedale Round from Wasdale Head taking in Black Sail Pass, Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple, Wasdale Red Pike and Dore Head. Somewhere around ten miles with several ascents.
The day was fine with some low cloud which affected our views when we were on the highest part of Pillar and on Red Pike. For the rest of the day the views were excellent, especially when we were perched on Steeple with Ennerdale spread below us.
As we walked over Red Pike we witnessed the tail end of a recovery from Haycock by the mountain rescue team, the details of which have since been posted online: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/haycock-sun-28th-aug-2016/
After many solo walks it was a pleasure to have Phil’s company for the day.
Julie and Trudi settled for a sedate stroll up Black Sail Pass as far as the stepping stones over the beck. Having been friends since their college days, I suspect they found a few things to talk about en route … After lunch at the Wasdale Inn they walked to Ritson’s Force and St Olaf’s Church before driving home, with Trudi skilfully negotiating the narrow roads, to cook our dinner. Thanks ladies.
29 August 2016; Rannerdale Knotts and Crummock Water
After the previous day’s energetic walks we stayed together and climbed over Rannerdale Knotts, one of our favourite walks. Trudi has done little climbing yet impressed herself with the scrambling and the way she handled the steep descent.
We then strolled along the shore of Crummock Water. Julie had a paddle and we all had a cup of tea in Buttermere Village which was full of happy people enjoying a perfect day.
After dinner we drove over to St Bees to watch the sun set into the sea, something which I had often thought of doing. However, when we got there we found that the sun actually sets behind St Bees Head and not into the sea! Still, I managed to get a picture of the sun’s final rays peeking out from the cliffs.
The second half of the week was taken up by a trip to Sussex to return some of our possessions because sadly our time in Cumbria is coming to an end. We now have just ten days to say our goodbyes to our friends in Egremont and to make a few final walks.
There will be more about this final period in my next blog which may be delayed because internet access will be interrupted during our move.
I was very grateful for two large donations this week to my appeal on behalf of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association. The total raised to date is an amazing £220.01 towards my target of £250.00. Just £29.99 to go! Thank you to family, friends and anonymous donors who have already contributed; if you wish to add to this appeal the link is: