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Borrowdale Weekend - September 2013

We arrived to glorious sunshine and much to everyone's delight the sun continued to shine ALL weekend. In the evenings some of those venturing outside to study the stars, or visit the pub, were rewarded with a clear view of the Milky Way and some even spotted shooting stars.

On Saturday, the A party walked up Greenup Gill and onto High Raise and then over towards the Langdales to do the tops of Sergeant Man, Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle before descending back via the Langstrath valley. The B party caught the bus into Keswick and then climbed Cat Bells and walked back via Grange through the woods and along the river, with two café stops along the way, it was rumoured! Two break-off groups, going at differing speeds, took the opportunity to scale Scafell Pike and some just decided to enjoy the sunshine pootling about in the valley.

On Sunday, after a briefly interrupted night's sleep with the fire alarm going off by mistake at 3.40am (first time I've had to queue for the ladies at that time of night!), the A party took cars to Applethwaite and from there climbed up Skiddaw; great views but rather blustery on top. Some of the A party reconvened at Tebay service station for refreshment before the journey home. The B party walked over to Watendlath, where the tea garden was enjoyed, and then to Dock Tarn for a sunny lunch stop before descending back to Stonethwaite for a café/ice cream stop and returning to the house for a final pot of tea (I can confirm that three cafes were visited). Three members of the B party did meet at Scotch Corner services but that wasn't planned (probably too much tea!).

This year the couples in the party were able to enjoy the new ensuite twin rooms in the house - very nice I'm told! Many thanks to Sonia for organising the weekend, to Julian for leading the A walks and to Roger & Fiona for leading the B walks.

Alison