Journeys in the hills and mountains
With the previous weekend’s trip to the Scottish Highlands cancelled, David organised an alternative trip to the Lake District. I drove Sara and Mark to David’s house, and he then drove us to Ambleside Backpackers where we stayed for the weekend. The weather was poor on Friday night and the rain continued long into Saturday, but we nevertheless set out after a short detour to Keswick so that I could buy new boots. These new boots (Scarpa SLs) proved most welcome as most of the paths on which we walked that day had turned into streams. Starting from Seathwaite we walked back to Seatoller and then up to Tarn at Leaves. David and Mark were Nuttall bagging and so we ‘visited’ a number of subsidiary bumps as we walked along the ridge over Glaramara and Allen Crags. The weather did clear as the day went on giving us some views down over Derwent Water. We descended back to Seathwaite, failed to find a cream tea in Keswick, and then went back to Ambleside. Sunday proved to be much nicer and we walked above Dunnerdale, starting from Broughton Mills. Our route took us over several of Wainwright’s Outlying Fells, including Caw, which was sadly overlooked from his book on the Southern Fells. Our walk took us back to Coniston via the Walna Scar Road. All in all, an excellent weekend, especially the Sunday which was a rare opportunity to visit a new area in the Lakes.