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Sunday, 31 January 2010

Wigtownshire Ramblers in the Lakes

A chalet,The Gordon Walker Chalet in the Newlands Valley in Cumbria is for use by members of the Ramblers Association or affiliated clubs only.The Wigtownshire Ramblers make use of the chalet two or three times a year.
I joined the few members going for a few days at the end of January 2010.

Rather than do a day by day account of the trip,i'll let the pictures tell the story.
The weather was temperamental,but all in all a very memorable experience.

View from the farmhouse at Stair where we collected the chalet keys.
Scope End,Hindscarth and Dale Head.
The first afternoon walk,overlooking Newlands Beck and Little Town.
A closer view of Hindscarth,complete with birds in the tree.
Newlands Church with it's Wordsworth connection.Newlands Church Cards and Notelets were purchased here.

Didn't sleep too good,but we're into Tuesday and climbing Catbells today.
Cold and frosty,with great views over Derwent Water with Skiddaw under cloud.
More height gained and looking back to Catbells.
I could have made an album of the frozen terrain.
High Spy was only another 15 minutes or so away,but we decided to lunch at Blea Crag and thought it wise to begin the return leg.
Descent to Brackenburn by Derwent Water.
Brandelhow Point.

A better night gets us into Wednesday and a rainy morning forecast.
Into Keswick and shopping.I end up at the Keswick Mining Museum.Keswick Mining Museum
It's a small museum,but absolutely packed with exhibits.Ian Tyler is a larger than life character,and i'd suggest keeping a couple of hours to spare when visiting.My half an hour was no where near enough.
Afternoon and we're in Grasmere.
Love this picture.
We're climbing Helm Crag.Wainwright never made the summit.Too tricky.
The ever present Fell runner and his dogs.
Views back to Grasmere and over to Dollywaggon.Helvellyn under the clouds.
Atop the Lion and the Lamb
On to 'The old lady playing the organ' or 'Howitzer'.
Another ten second delay.Watch that rock!
Wordsworth connections.

Objective Dale Head.
Little Town and Goldscope Mines.
The Happy Wanderers.
Ascending with great views back down the Newlands Valley.
Lunch above Dalehead Crags.Heavy mist means the climb to the summit has to be abandoned.
A rocky path across the front of Dalehead Crags towards Dalehead Tarn.
The Rigghead Quarries and Slate Mines.
Prior to coming through this gate,we'd made a variety of differing guesses as to what the man in a hurry was dragging behind him.This dog travelling at 100 miles an hour provided the answer.He'd been leaving a trail.We later learned this was a Dale Hound.
Rosthwaite where the cars await.

It's a lovely morning as i head back to Galloway.
A really clear view of Skiddaw gets me taking a panorama.

Panorama of Skiddaw View on

After a forty year gap,this was a very enjoyable sojourn into this part of Cumbria.I think i'll be back.
Thanks to my fellow ramblers for their contribution of photographs.

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