Buttermere YHA Weekend 20-22 April 2012

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-04-28


Buttermere YHA Weekend – 20th to 22nd April

Despite a poor turnout, and an abysmal weather forecast, a very enjoyable weekend’s walking programme was shared by Linda & Bob, Ginny, Graham and the writer, in what turned out to be three beautiful days.

Friday 20th - met in Grasmere, walked up to Easedale Tarn, Tarn Crag (another Wainwright for Linda & Bob), Deer Beilds, Moor Moss, Pike of Carrs, Monument Crag, Gibson Knott, Helm Crag and down to Grasmere. A great day’s walking, in perfect conditions. We then drove over to Buttermere YHA.

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Saturday 21st – walked over Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag, Seat, Hay Stacks, skirting Innominate Tarn (Wainwright’s resting place), Blackbeck Tarn, Little Round How (towards Climbing Hut), down Warnscale Bottom to Gatesgarth (where we enjoyed an ice cream) and along the north east shore of Buttermere back to the hostel. Unfortunately, Bob suffered a twisted ankle coming down Warnscale, but was fortunate to pick up the bus at Gatesgarth back to the hostel. Other than that, we had a wonderful day’s walking, again in good conditions with beautiful views, rounded off by a great evening, drinking and eating at The Bridge Inn.

Sunday 22nd – drove over Newlands Pass to Chapel Bridge, Little Town, and walked over Hindscarth, Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor, down to the saddle, and hence back to down to Little Town. Bob’s ankle injury prevented him from taking part, but the rest of the group enjoyed a fabulous day’s walk, in perfect conditions, and all enjoyed refreshment at the Swinside Inn before heading back home.

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Special congrat’s to Ginny’s little dog, who must have covered twice the distance of us humans.

Note: Breakfasts at the hostel are great value, the whole trappings  of fruit juice, yoghurts, cereal, main course  (bacon, egg, sausage,beans, tomato, hash browns, toast, tea of coffee) and a selection of fruit (apples, oranges, bananas), all for £4.95!!

I look forward to our next hostel weekend in Wales, and at Whitby, and programmed walks in between.

Len Pope

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