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Borrowdale Weekend - September 2018

10 members returned again to the now very upmarket accommodation at Glaramara House in the beautiful Borrowdale valley, with a further 2 new members staying at the youth hostel nearby. All the rooms at Glaramara are now en-suite; we were all impressed with the standard, and agreed it was worth the extra money. As ever, it was a good opportunity to catch up with old friends who we may not have seen for some time.

On Saturday the whole group walked together from the house, led by Paul. We took a steep climb to Rigghead quarries, then up to High Spy in wind and rain. We had lunch on Blea Crags, where the rain stopped and we had great views over Derwentwater, followed by an optional extension up Cat Bells, which most of the group took. After descending to Grange and enjoying tea and cake in the sunshine, most members opted to take the bus back the remaining 3 miles to the house (Alison P and I claimed injury as an excuse!), leaving just Paul and Alan to fly the flag for the hardier walkers by completing the route along the Castle Crag bridleway. The total distance (for Paul and Alan) was 11 miles, and 3000ft of ascent.

On Sunday, after heavy rain the previous night continuing into breakfast, we delayed our start, and 4 members decided not to walk at all. Paul led a small 'A' party from the house to Seathwaite. They climbed the steep, scrambly path beside Sour Milk Gill, which was very impressive after overnight heavy rain, and followed the path through Gillercombe, with a tough ascent into a gale and rain to the misty summit of Green Gable. They then descended to the unusually non-windy Windy Gap, and scrambled to the deserted summit of Great Gable. Finally they took a well constructed path down to a windy Sty Head, and descended via picturesque Stockley Bridge back to the house. The total distance was 8 miles with 2700ft of ascent.

Socks Dave drove the 'B' party to Buttermere where a figure-of-8 around Crummockwater and Buttermere was planned. Nick led us over the 8 miles around Crummockwater: an ideal walk for the weather conditions, with even a bit of sunshine at the end! However, due to the late start, and after emerging from the tea shop at Buttermere, the second circuit was abandoned by unanimous agreement - fortunately as it turned out since the rain returned again.

Although the Borrowdale trip is a regular occurrence, there is still scope for surprises: whoever would have predicted that Socks Dave would decline all food at breakfast on 2 consecutive mornings, due to being so well-fed the night before!!! Needless to say, the food was excellent as usual!

All 10 members at Glaramara continued the new tradition of staying an extra night, and enjoyed a relaxing evening, with some of us having a game of Uno. An anonymous member was not sighted at all the following morning due, as last year, to a late evening in the bar chatting to the staff. Rumours are unconfirmed, but it is suspected that the Czech girls were involved again. However, I am reliably informed that he was eventually returned home safely!

Many thanks to Paul for leading on both days, and to Nick for leading the 'B' party on Sunday.

Sonia

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