July 4                            Lake District                         Pooley Bridge

Fairly constant rain and strong winds

 was the order of the day.


What Roger meant was

 "Bloody windy and wet!"


 No those maps are clearly upside down!

Though the sun aways shines on Sol!   Talk about relaxed!  Is he practicing for retirement?  

David Whitehurst reports:-  In the rainy morning the 'C' group undertook a linear walk, starting at Hackthorpe on the A6, .  .


passing through Lowther Village and Park

 to the remains of the castle

Continuing through the Askham Village in increasing rain, we continued up to the fell, running head first into gale force wind and driving rain. After a valiant effort by the group to continue we decided to abandon the walk and seek shelter down in Pooley Bridge  

Notes from Roger Lewis

  Starting from Pooley Bridge the A and B walkers had a short climb up to Ashkham Fell

The B walkers continued on to Helton Village, near to Whale they walked next to the

River Lowther then through the castle grounds, lunching in Askham, then on to Celleron

 and Barton Church.  A final walk along the side of the River Eamont led into Sun Inn

carpark, and our coach. The staff at the Sun Inn not only provided us with coach parking

 but looked after us with good beer and great hospitality.



From Askham Fell the A walk went to The Cockpit and into the teeth of the wind and rain

along the ridge to Loadpot Hill (672 metres). A steep climb down Fusedale to Howtown and

 a return alongside Ullswater,.




John Hodgson reports......

The A walk set out in high winds and the beginnings of rain 
As we climbed the mist came down and the rain increased
The paths were hard to find 
We walked into the teeth of the wind and rain 
The first four and a half hours were the worst!!!




The last of the rain fell as we picnicked by a water fall  
from here it was downhill all the way

to the pub, with some good views

over Ullswater on the wayfinishing believe it or not in bright

sunshine and a winddown in

the Sun Inn beer garden.......

though the consolation, for some, was that the Wimbledon Men's Final was on in the pub !!