Dont take this seriously….because i dont !!

Derwent Water Ramble 18/4/09

After a mammoth drive back from London i picked up my gear and the other half and headed off for the lakes. Half way across the A66 my car had a multiple bulb failure so we ended up driving the last hour with only the fog lights to light the way. Our accommodation for the night was the Catbells camping bairn which was full to capacity.  £7 pppn is very reasonable, usual bairn beds, fire, electric sockets, toilet/shower and a separate room for cooking. Very impressed.

We woke at 7am and got breakfast on the go and by 9am we had packed up and set off on the trail. Up Skelgill bank and onto Catbells provided a good start to the day, the weather was totally perfect. From Catbells we headed over to Maiden Moor then High Spy. Plenty of walkers were out on the hills we bumped into two ladies who were on their 3 round of the Wainwrights we gave us some extra inspiration. To end the day we headed off to Castle Crag which is the smallest of the Wainwrights and was packed withe day trippers. After a quick rayban session we dropped down and headed off to the pubs of Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite.

Stonethwaite national trust field provided a pitch for the night,  we treated oursleves to food  at Lansgarth Arms which was top notch. After a quick fire we got our heads down.

After a coldish night we quickly packed up (quick tip, leave before 7:30am and you miss paying the rent man) and headed off up Great Crag to gain some height, on the top we made some bacon and relaxed in the warm sun.

We then dropped down into Watendlath and walked round Watendlath tarn and stopped at a tea room for a quick rest.  We then needed to gain some height again this time in the long steady stroll up to High Tove. The sun was belting down again and the lack of baseball cap and sun block meant i got a nice toasting on the hill. Once at the cairn we headed for High Seat then Bleaberry Fell, on the way Leanne guided us into a bog and we had a giggle getting sucked into the bogs.  The last stop of the day was Walal Crag which provided an amazing view point over Derwent Water. The plan was to catch the paddler boat back to catbells but we missed the last time slot and ended up getting a taxi back to the car.  On the journey home we started talking about the Hadrian’s Wall Path and future trips, looks like the other half has been bitten by the outdoor bug.

Map of route

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One response

  1. ukmase

    excellent report but it was 645 am we left x

    April 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm

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