Eskdale Weekend - May 2013
As 19 of us arrived in the Lakes it felt more like an Easter weekend rather than early May. Everywhere the daffodils were still in bloom; all a sign of the late spring we had this year. The weather was mixed to start off with, a promise for improvement.
We all meat up at Stanley Ghyll house in Eskdale; an ex-CHA house now a B&B house with 2 cosy lounges and a wood burning fire. Evening meals were taken at a local pub with the owners providing transport that was to be subject to much discussion over the weekend. Unusual transport to the pub turned out to be a small old army truck! The evening meals were sometimes frustratingly slow as the pub was swamped by a better bank holiday weekend following a cold Easter.
A and B walks were enjoyed on each of the three days. On Saturday both walks headed north B party to Miterdale and A party over to Illgil Head above Wastwater. The high fells remained hidden in the cloud but lower down it was not too bad. After the walk the AGM was held in the dining are of the house where the revised committee was selected. On the following Sunday, A party did a long loop towards the coast and back whilst B party walked into Ravenglass returning on the little steam train. This day the weather improved as we headed to the coast and also to the very end of the day. By Monday a better day was forecasted and A party took the plunge to go for Ska Fell hoping to get a clear view. B party went over to Devoke Water returning by Stanley Ghyll waterfall. It was not until 4pm that the sun came fully out so A party were on the way down by then and did not get a view on the tops. A promise had been made for a finish by 4pm but it was not until 5.45 they appeared at the waiting B party who were the drivers home - the station buffet at Dalegarth did quite a trade in the wait. By 5.30 it was glorious but we then had to all head home.
It was a welcome return to this old favourite of the club with only the evening meal in the pub being a bit frustratingly slow on some of the nights. However the walk opportunities from here remain great and Eskdale is a nice quiet valley in a quieter part of the Lakes. Thanks for Julian for doing the A walks - I only wish I could go back soon and do some of those walks myself - another time may be.