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Borrowdale Weekend - September 2014

20 Footprints members attended our 12th consecutive visit to the Glaramara Outdoor Centre at Borrowdale. It's always a nice feeling to return to a familiar place where we are made so welcome by the staff, so much so that some members have returned every single year!

This year there were a number of variations on the walks, with a number of leaders. On Saturday, the 'A' party set off up Dale Head Tarn and on to Dale Head, where they took a choice of 2 routes (one ascending Robinson then down High Snab Bank, the other carrying on to Hindscarth then down High Crags), before arriving at Littletown at different times. The 'B' party took the bus to Buttermere and walked up Mill Beck, under Crag Hill and down Rigg Beck to Littletown, where they met up with the 'A+' (Robinson) group. At this point 3 members of the 'B' party broke off and took the Cumbria Way to Keswick, and the bus back from there. From Littletown, both sections of the 'A' party and the main 'B' party all went over Hause Gate to Grange at their own pace. The 'A-' and the 'B' parties met up at Grange (after having taken refreshment at different tea shops), and took the bus back to the Centre, the 'A+' party having pushed ahead from Littletown and, resisting tea at Grange, found time to complete the 3 miles back to the Centre on foot, giving a total distance of 14 miles. One energetic member of the 'B' party also managed the final instalment on foot. And if you can follow all that you deserve a prize!

On Sunday, the group split into 3 parties, with both 'A' and 'B' groups tackling Glaramara. The 'A' party went up the Langstrath Valley to Angle Tarn, then up over Allen Crags to the summit, and down via Thornygate Fell, a distance of 13 miles. The 'B' party took a shorter route, ascending via Seathwaite and also descending via Thornygate Fell. The 'C' party took cars to Keswick, and ascended Castlerigg, then on to the stone circle, and back along the old road and railway line. Some members parked at Castlerigg and joined the walk from there.

Although not particularly sunny, the weather was at least dry for us almost all weekend - a major achievement for the Lakes! The clear night skies allowed some members to participate in the popular evening activity of stargazing, while others opted for a visit to the local hostelry!

Many thanks to all those who contributed to leading the walks: Julian, Keith, Alan, Sara and Peter.

Sonia.