George Starkey Hut Weekend

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-10-14


George Starkey Hut – Patterdale, 16 to 18th September

Graham M, Richard W and I got over early on Friday the 16th and, having established ourselves at the hut, set out in the rain on a walk over Boredale Haus, Beda Fell, down to Sandwick and back along the side of Ullswater to Side Farm and the hut.

Bob B & Helen T had arrived, but despite Helen’s eagerness to try her new boots, couldn’t face going out in the downpour. Terry M arrived a little later, having done some walking in the Kendal area on the way over.

Evening meals and a few drinks in the White Lion, and Rob Mc’s arrival whiled the night away before we turned in.


Saturday morning saw more rain, and Terry and I decided to visit Keswick, where the weather faired and allowed us a pleasant afternoon walking from Shepherds Crag, over Kings How, Brund Fell, down the Watendlath path to the Scafell Hotel in Rosthwaite. Having refreshed ourselves, we continued along the riverside path, skirting Castle Crag, through Grange and back to the car at Shepherds Crag.

Bob, Helen and Rob took the launch from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge and walked back via Howtown along the lakeside to Side Farm and the hut.

Richard and Graham spent the afternoon walking on the fells around Greenside.

Once again, most spent Saturday evening eating and drinking in the White Lion.


Sunday saw an improvement in the weather, so the whole group went in two cars to the Kirkstone Pass carpark, then walked over Red Screes, Scandale Pass, Little Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, St Sunday Crag. A visit was paid to the White Lion, whilst the cars were retrieved from Kirkstone.


Two things which caused some amusement, Rob being sent to the ‘naughty boys room’ (the exclusive club members dorm) for snoring, and the bloke from the Bedford MC falling out of the top bunk above me in the middle of Saturday night.

The weather could have been better, and the hut key arrangements better organised, but all-in-all it turned out to be a enjoyable weekend.

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Len Pope – Weekend Organiser

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