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Walks in the Lake District - May 2010

The Lake District holiday offered something for everyone; whether it was a hard walk, an easy walk, or just a day of gentle sight-seeing.

Monday had two choices of a long walk to Far Easdale or a shorter walk to Easdale Tarn.

Tuesday offered a long walk to High Spy and a short walk to Walla Crag.

Wednesday offered a choice of a short walk to Tarn Hows or a longer, tougher one to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston.

Thursday gave us the option to walk to take the ferry to Howton for a short walk back to Glenridding, while the long walk was to Helvellyn via Striding Edge.

The last day of walks was a short one to Loughrigg Tarn & Rydal Water while the long walk was changed due to bad weather, from the Fairfield Horseshoe to a climb up onto Red Screes.

On the Saturday we returned home, stopping off at Jodrell Bank Science Centre to see the huge Radio Telescope and the Arboretum Park next door.

It was a fantastic week of walking during May 2010, organised by David and Heather , in one of the loveliest areas in England.

 

We stayed at The Windermere Hydro Hotel (above) close to the lake in the pretty village of Bowness-on-Windermere

.hotel

The coach driver was brilliant, taking us from home to the hotel and back home after the holiday, and during the week available each morning to run us to the start of the walks and to take us back to the hotel each afternoon, making life very easy for us.

coach

These images are a few from the hard walks offered.

The first day (Monday) was set fair for a long, stiff walk of 8.5 miles, taking us to the top of Far Easdale at a height of 2200 feet. Calf Crag, Gibsons Knott & Helm Crag were also climbed en-route -

some of the group en route to Far Easdale . . .

Far Easdale

. . . and one lone walker studies the last lap of the climb to Far Easdale summit . . .

alone

. . . and all stop for another tea break at Helm Crag.

tea

Tuesdays long walk to High Spy was a climb to 2500 feet, going over Maiden Moor and Cat Bells - - The group wend there way to High Spy . . .

climbing

. . . and the leaders rest during a break on the top of Cat Bells

.resting

Wednesday was probably the toughest long walk of the week with a total ascent of 2850 feet up to Helvellyn, taking in Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. The approach to Striding Edge was straight forward, taking us past beautiful Red Tarn. . .

Red Tarn

. . . but then the fun began . . .

onto the edge

. . . as the crossing of Striding Edge was negotiated . . .

striding edge

. . until we all reached the summit of Helvellyn safely,

summit

before descending via Swirral Edge to return to Glenridding.


Click here to see a short video of the group that climbed to Helvellyn; and catch a glimpse of a little Mallard duck braving the exposed slopes.

 

Thursday's long walk meant climbing a total of 2940 feet to reach the top of the Old Man of Coniston. All gathered for lunch at the summit . . .

summit

. . . while taking in the view, looking towards Coniston village.

view

Friday was a day of rain and mist, so for the long walk we ascended to Red Screes instead of Fairfield. The climb began in Ambleside, taking us up a hilly road that had earned its name.

hilly

Most of the walk, although fun, was in conditions too bad for photography . . . . . except here, (This photo had to be highly enhanced in Adobe Photoshop), when a break was taken for lunch. . . .

lunch

. . . until we reached High Sweden bridge on the return.

bridge

We boarded the coach on Saturday for the homeward journey, but we stopped off at Macclesfield, Cheshire to see the giant Radio Telescope at the Jodrell Bank Science and Discovery Centre -

telescope

The awesomely huge telescope dominates the centre, with information boards dotted around the site explaining the science behind its use. . .

 

. . . but unfortunately the holiday had to come to an end - with a final gathering of the group in the arboretum attached to the Centre.

group

Everyone agreed it was an excellent holiday enjoyed by all.

click on the images to see a larger picture.

 

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