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Borrowdale Weekend 26th – 28th Feb

After such a wet winter it was a pleasure to have a few settled days for hillwalking in the Central Lake District for our end of winter meet, which seems to be now a bit of a tradition.

On Saturday we climbed Glaramara, by the little frequented route of ascent taking in the tops of Bessyboot and Rosthwaite Fell, passing the partially frozen Tarn at Leaves.  Snow was persisting on the upper slopes of the mountain and we had to choose our route carefully to avoid the steeper slopes.  Our walk continued southwards along the broad main ridge to take in Allen Crags before descending to the pass of Esk Hause.  This is considered to be the central point of the Lake District from which the main valleys radiate.  Our walk back to the hostel was by the lonely valley of Langstrath.  This is a barren unpopulated valley with very much of a Scottish feel about it.

We ate that evening in the rather expensive but excellent Langstrath Country Inn in the small pretty hamlet of Stonethwaite, a short walk from the hostel.

After the exertions of Saturday we chose a shorter walk in lovely sunshine taking in Great Crag on the Sunday.  Lunch was by the Tarn at Watendlath, before an early return to the Hostel for the drive home.

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