Everyone arrived safe and happy and we even found a bed in for everyone eventually!!! A local pub provided some great beers and some excellent entertainment of the musical and comical variety with pete and martin both making their musical debuts!!!
Saturday dawned and the groups headed out, the longer walkers tackling Crag Fell, Caw and some even making it onto Haycock. Meanwhile a happy band wadered over anglers crags and up intot he upper reaches of Ennerdale and everyone finished off in the lovely Shpherds arms, there were no spotty dogs anywhere to be seen.
Saturday night saw, irish music at the pub, singing and a lot of laughter, and needless to say another late night!!! Sunday and the harder walkers head out into Wasdale, tackling Pillar from black sail, then a snow capped ridge that leads onto black crag and scoat fell. But Steeple looked a little too snow capped so they turned and headed "onto" Red Pike, sorry Fran, we went 20m east of the top so you'll have to go back to tick that one!!!!
Everyone else had a laughter packed day, strolling along the shores or Crummock water, ascending Rannerdale Knotts to get a great view over Buttermere, Haystacks, Red Pike and Mellbreak. Then it was a very "exposed" route inbo Buttermere village and a well earned lunch. Afterwards we continued onto the shores of Buttermere and along the southern flanks of Crummock Water, pausing on the mini penninsular for a sunbathe before concluding the day in the great Kirkstile inn for some more beers!!!
Another night draws in, but the sunday forecast looks a tad dodgy,so we all pop down to the pub for a few beers and laughs. Unfortunately by breakfast the weather has not imporved, a few drops of rain gently falling on the garden and three quarters of the group decided to go shopping or home!!! The rest of us had to swim to the start of the walks but as we started the rain stopped!!!! Whcih was replaced by winds, steadily increasing winds!!!! We climbed up rake Beck over Great Bourne and onto Starling Dodd but then a hastly retreat to the valley was required as the winds became storm force, so it was time for tea and scones back down by a friendly fire
One of the best weekends, a great hotel, great company, lots of laughs and a great day to finish,