Patterdale Weekend - January 2013
"We wandered happy as a group,
That sang & laughed o'er vales & hills,
When all at once we reached the top,
With views that made us gasp & stop.
Besides the lakes, beneath the trees,
Snow stars falling in the breeze".
In spite of the severe weather warning, all 14 of the intrepid "footprinters" made it to the lovely location of Patterdale (legend has it that St.Patrick gave Patterdale its ancient name of St.Patrick's dale in the 15thCentury!).
The hotel was a fantastic base with outstanding beauty of the surrounding mountains, fells & dales. The food served was delicious & most of us awarded it the "Yummy Mmm...Factor"!
There were A & B walks led by Julian & Chris respectively. Three cheers to both our organisers & leaders who confidently led great hikes in wintry conditions ensuring our safety. RESPECT.
- Saturday A walk - We climbed Place Fell 657m (saw a blood trail possibly from an injured deer), then onto Sandwick, around Hallin Fell, back up to Beda Head & then down to Patterdale via Beda Fell taking in impressive views of the tops (feeling rather angelic as snow STARS fell on us) and amazing scenery along the Ullswater lake. We also had great fun talking in rhymes and writing song lyrics & poems! Total ascent 850m; distance 12miles.
- Saturday B walk - Climbed Place Fell via Boredale Hause & Street Edge before heading northwards near Sheepfold to reach & follow the path above the shore of Ullswater Lake back to Patterdale.
- Sunday A walk - As Sunday's weather forecast was for high wind & low cloud, we did a lower level walk from the hotel. We went up via Boredale Hause to Angle Tarn, which was partly frozen over, then to Hayeswater observing artistic natural ice sculptures - almost "Goldsworthy style"! Finally down to Hayeswater Gill when some returned to the hotel while the rest did a loop around Brotherswater & then back to the hotel. Distance - 10miles. Mike (our Presidento) joined us as a day tripper.
- Sunday B walk - To Glenridding heading westwards along Greenside Rd to disused lead & silver mine before crossing the Glenridding Beck & then back to Patterdale.
Finally to sum it up - great company & fun, superb hikes in wintry landscape, delicious food - FAB - U - LOUS!
Thank You All.