Walkers descending towards Grasmere

Ambleside, Lake District Holiday – August 2023

18 people attended the August BH weekend in Ambleside.

The club booked accommodation in Ambleside Campus, single room en suite accommodation over two buildings (Eaglecrag and Seathwaite) with communal kitchen and seating area on the ground floor of each building. Parking permits were included in the booking and the site was also easily accessible by public transport. The accommodation was well received and met the group’s needs so could be a venue worth revisiting in the future. The people staying in Eaglecrag did encounter one problem which was discovered on Sunday morning; a leak from Greg’s shower had caused a large puddle in the entrance hall. However this was not considered a major issue as maintenance staff quickly resolved the problem. People self- catered breakfast and lunch and evening meals were taken at local pubs in Ambleside, The White Lion and the Unicorn, both within walking distance.

All walks were undertaken from the accommodation, avoiding the use of cars.

The A walk led by Phil tackled the classic ‘Fairfield Horseshoe’ round. The group ascended Low Pike, High Pike, Hart Crag to arrive at Fairfield (height 873 metres) for the lunch stop. The group then descended via Great Rigg, Rydal Fell, Heron Pike, and descended steeply via Nab Scar, to Rydal Hall where a welcome tea shop stop was made. A heavy shower persuaded the group to catch the bus back to Ambleside.

The B party walked via Rothay Park to climb Loughrigg Fell, walking along the ridge to reach the trig point for lunch, then descending via Loughrigg Terrace.

The A walk led by Ian tackled Red Screes. Red Screes (height 776 metres) was reached followed by lunch in the clouds. A steep, rocky descent followed including some scrambling to reach Kirkstone Pass Road, where the Kirkstone Inn was closed due to building refurbishment. The group descended down the valley back to Ambleside, stopping off at Grove Barn Tearooms. The walk was completed via Stockghyll Waterfall back to Ambleside.

The B party completed a low level route walking along the road to reach the drive up to Rydal Hall. After a stop for morning coffee and a look at the Grotto and gardens the group followed the Coffin Track into Ambleside, then walked along Grasmere and part of Rydal Water before returning back to base.

The group walked as one party via Stockghyll Waterfall before ascending Wansfell. After lunch at the top the group walked down the other side to reach Nanny Lane, stopping at The Old Post Office Tearooms in Troutbeck for a cuppa. The walk then continued downhill through Jenkins Crag to reach Ambleside.

Many thanks to Jonathon for helping me sort out the booking, to Greg and Jonathan for the A party information and walks and to Ian who rescued me several times when my map reading/wayfinding let me down.