The Charltons' Lakes Trip 13-14 July 2017

Posted by Steve Charlton on 2017-07-23

Carol & Steve’s 2 day walking trip to the Lakes 13th & 14th July, 2017

We arrived at Littletown car park on Thursday 13th with Tim and Berni, and were joined by Mark, Barbara, Patrick, Caroline and Yvonne. Our plan was to walk up Ard Crags, Knott Rigg and descend via Keskedale Edge. The weather was hot and sunny as we walked along the road from Chapel Bridge to the Newlands junction. The climb up the flanks of Ard Crags was unrelenting and hard work in the hot weather, needing a few stops to gather breath. We had lunch just short of the Ard Crags summit, and then made good progress to Knott Rigg. 2 Wainrights achieved!

Keskedale Edge is a great ridge descent, very hard on the knees but all of our party did well. We walked through Keskedale Farm entrance and Yvonne and Barbara successfully freed a ewe which had become severely entangled by wire. We returned to Littletown by fields and the Chapel and enjoyed hot beverages at the excellent Littletown café. Just short of 6 miles, a classis mini fell walk with airy ridges and great views.

Most of us had a meal in Keswick that evening at Casa Bella where we were joined by James, who could not join us on the walk due to a) injury and b) an inevitable meeting!

We had stayed overnight and had arranged a late start at 11.am for the next day at Littletown in case anyone arrived for the day. Carol & Steve were joined by Tim, Berni, Yvonne Caroline and David.

Our route took us along the valley towards Dale Head and we opted to take the direct path to Dale Head Tarn. Once again, the weather was fine if overcast. We arrived at the tarn for lunch and climbed to the summit of High Spy with the magnificent summit cairn. The walk continued to Maiden Moor with fantastic views all the way. Cat Bells came into view and we turned left at Hause Gate and returned to Littletown. The walk was 7.5 miles and we ended up in the same café once again. Most of the group went home late afternoon but S,C, T & B had another night is Keswick and another night at Casa Bella ! A small amount of alcohol may have been consumed.

An excellent couple of days walking in good weather in our greatest National Park.

Many thanks to all of those who joined us.

Carol & Steve Charlton

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