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Borrowdale Weekend - September 2016

The annual Footprints trip to Glaramara took place on the weekend of 23rd to 25th September. 19 members arrived on Friday at this former CHA guest house where some of us joined the predecessor of Footprints many years ago after meeting a certain Dave Goodacre who had recently formed a club so that people who had met on the under 35's holidays could meet up again for weekends at other CHA houses. Glaramara has undergone many improvements especially in the reception area and the conversion some of bedrooms to en-suite and is now actually called a hotel. There was much interest in Alison's new en-suite single room although she said the bed was not a full length one!

Saturday dawned with rain and high winds although not unexpected as we were only 1 mile from the wettest place in England! A party amended their original plans and walked to Grange in Borrowdale via Castle Crag where they visited the tea shop. They continued via Kings Howe, Brund Fell, Great Crags and Dock Tarn descending to Stonethwaite and Glaramara. B party took the bus to Buttermere and ascended following Mill Beck over a pass descending via Rigg Beck to Littletown in the Newlands Valley. They then skirted the foot of Catbells to Grange in Borrowdale where they had tea then took the bus back to Glaramara.

Sunday dawned rather more promising so the A party ascended Scafell Pike via the Corridor route returning via Ill Crags and Grains Gill to Seathwaite and Glaramara. B party walked via Castle Crag to Grange in Borrowdale for lunch continuing via the Allerdale Ramble or Cumbria Way following the West shore of Derwentwater to Portinscale where they had afternoon tea at the Dandelion café at Derwent Bank HF house. The café is housed in what was the ballroom at Derwent Bank. Three of us had scones except they didn't taste like scones. The only good thing was that you could sit outside and admire the lovely view across the lake. After tea they walked into Keswick where they took the bus back to Glaramara. Both parties got caught in a very heavy shower as they were finishing the walk. 12 of us were staying an extra night on the Sunday so were able to dry our clothes boots and socks in the very effective drying room.

Thanks are due to Sonia for arranging yet another Glaramara trip and also to those who led the A and B walks each day.

Peter