Never trust a weather forecast #2. With yet again a poor forecast for the weekend (which in fact turned out to be okay) a group of seventeen of us gathered in the pretty (and rather upmarket) Lakeland village of Grasmere.
Saturday started cloudy and misty, but by early afternoon the mist had lifted from the mountains and the sun was shining over mountains dusted with fresh overnight snow. Our walk took in five Wainwrights (these are hills listed in the famous Lake District guidebooks); Helm Crag (also known as The Lion and Lamb), Gibson Knott, Calf Crag, High Raise (the highest point of our walk) and Sargent Man making a circuit of Easdale. We descended back to Grasmere by Easdale Tarn.
We frequented one of the posh pubs in Grasmere for our evening meal and drinks and retired eventually to bed; on Sunday, we embarked on a slightly less ambitious expedition to climb Silver Howe, which forms the terminus of the high ground on the north side of Great Langdale. Some of us extended the walk by bagging Loughrigg Fell (another Wainright). These low hills are popular with families and walkers of all kinds so the paths were quite busy. A quick coffee and cake at the end of the walk in one of the posh cafes in Grasmere provided sustenance and some essential stimulant for those driving home (while their passengers no doubt dozzed off.) Many thanks to Pete and Phil for organising the weekend.
The next hill walking weekend is in Assynt, in the north west of Scotland over the Easter weekend.