Prior to our main Ambleside break, Ian, Mike, Steve and Greg enjoyed a superb few days in a self-contained holiday cottage, Gravel Fell View in Asby on the edge of the western Lake District.
Our first walk was around Loweswater and the surrounding Fells. Loweswater Fell involved a very steep climb up a grassy slope – I was grateful for the fence to provide support! From the top we were rewarded with great views over Crummock Water.
Our second walk involved a complete circuit of Ennerdale Water. The south side was very rocky, especially around the base of Crag Fell (which Mike was itching to climb but was unable to find a suitable path). We stopped for lunch at Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre while Steve caught-up with the warden, after being involved in the renovation of the original barns many years ago.
On our way to Ambleside, we stopped at Whinlatter Forest Park (north-west of Keswick) for our third walk. However, the café was too tempting, so we had morning coffee first! The Park is very popular, with various activities, including Go Ape, orienteering and parkrun. We climbed through the forest (passing a Gruffalo on the way!) to open fell, reaching Lord’s Seat in the cloud. By the time we reached Barf, the clouds cleared to give great views over Bassenthwaite Lake.
Thanks to Ian for organising this part of the holiday.