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Borrowdale Weekend - September 2015

This year's trip to Borrowdale saw 19 members (including a new member who boosted the A party ranks which pleased Julian!) arrive to the newly refurbished reception area at Glaramara. Those in single rooms are still awaiting the move upmarket but it's promised it won't be long!

The weather on Saturday was superb and the A party drove to Rannerdale then walked up Rannerdale Knotts as a warm-up climb before completing Whiteless Breast, Whiteless Pike, Wandope and Crag Hill before lunch and then Grasmoor (where views towards the Isle of Man and all along the Solway Firth were admired), Coldale Hause, Sand Hill, Hopegill Head, Whiteside, and Whin Ben all after lunch. In Julian’s own words "Quite a tough walk, 12 miles, hard due to the number of ascents - but 6 Wainwrights ticked off + another 2 subsidiary peaks".

The B party took a different approach and after taking the bus to Keswick and a short stroll to Portinscale enjoyed a leisurely morning coffee in the lakeside grounds of Derwent Bank HF. Lunch was enjoyed on the top of Cat Bells and then it was onto Maiden Moor and towards High Spy before descending via Rigghead Quarries and the Allerdale Ramble back to Glaramara.

It was great to see our Chairman, Mike, on the weekend and he and Helen enjoyed a circuit of Buttermere on the Saturday. The Saturday night sky was clear so Roger took a few on a star gazing stroll.

On Sunday the weather started out OK, but deteriorated through the day. The A party took the bus to Gatesgarth then up Scarth Gap Pass and down the other side to Black Sail YHA where a coffee stop was had inside the small and cosy hostel. Then up Black Sail Pass followed by a steep climb up to Kirk Fell. Fortunately the sheets of rain seen coming up the valley held off as the final ascent up Kirk Fell was quite a steep scramble up on rock (although Vanda found an easier way around!). After lunch in the shelter on the top the descent was eastwards to Beckhead Tarn and along the Moses Trod route under Great Gable. With the rain having stopped it was up onto Brandreth and Grey Knotts before descending to Honister Hause with tea at the Honister Slate Mine before the walk back to the house.

The B party enjoyed a walk from the house, through Stonethwaite and up the Langstrath Valley and back down, deciding against a scramble up Eagle Crag.

Four members enjoyed a visit to the Borrowdale Show held in the valley at Yew Tree Farm, Rosthwaite. There were lots of Herdwicks to admire and the Cumberland wrestling proved a big hit, particularly the preceding wrestling costume competition!

Those who stayed the extra Sunday night were unfortunately awoken by a fire alarm on the Monday morning and a rather over zealous checker of rooms - so not quite the intended relaxing end to the weekend! Nevertheless yet again a very enjoyable weekend.

Many thanks to Sonia for organising the weekend and to Julian, Alison and Dave for leading the walks.

Alison