Can you tire out a Border Collie ?
With the new tent ready for action we headed for Braithwaite and the Scotgate campsite. This campsite comes highly recommended if you are taking the family, the facilities/shower block are the best I have come across.
We got up early on Saturday morning and headed off towards Skelgill bank car park. Thomas and Pepper made light work of the climb up Skelgill bank and we were soon tackling Catbells. This is a great summit for kids and Thomas enjoyed scrambling up his own little route to the summit. Thomas wore his new boots his nana bought him from Aldi -£8.99, perfect for fast growing feet and apparently really comfy. We had a bit of lunch and Thomas and Leanne headed back for the car, Keswick swimming baths were calling and the route I had planned was a bit of a beast.
I took my new walking poles out and decided to bomb along the trail. Everything was going great and Pepper was perfect off the lead, until she spotted her first group of sheep. All the dog training went out of the window and natural instinct kicked in and off she shot down the side of Maiden Moor. 10 minutes later i finally found her, and popped her back on the lead.
With Catbells and Maiden Morr behind us we were soon on top of High Spy, no time to relax though and we made light work of the steep climb up the impressive Dale head. Hindscarth saw the last of the good weather and i popped on my fleece on top of Robsinson. My guide book advised of two routes down from Robinson, one into Buttermere and aa huge diversion, the other was a steep descent down towards Newlands Hause. This route is harder to find – top tip it’s just West of Moss Force.
By the time we reached Newlands Hause the heavens had started to open and hail was falling. Out came the waterproofs and we pulled ourselves up the climb to Knott Rigg, by the time we reached the top it was lashing down with rain and sleet, the wind had whipped up and visibility was minimal. There was no sign in Peppers energy levels dropping but I don’t think she was impressed when she reached Ard Craggs drenched through. Scar Craggs and Causey Pike were the last 2 wainwrights of the day and by the time we reached the car park back at Skelgill we knew we had done a “biggie”. I thought Pepper may of tired slightly but she still bounced along the final mile back to the car keeping a close eye of all the sheep. Leanne was waiting at the car park and a hot shower was calling for my aching body. A bottle of red and some camping stories ended a perfect day.
Sunday gave me a an hour to play with as Thomas wanted to go swimming again and I was on dog minding duty. So looking at the map I headed for Latrigg for a quick jog to the summit with Pepper. The views over Keswick are really worth it for this easy little summit and I would recommend this one for younger children. After SUnday lunch at Braithwaite we headed home, a great weekend for everyone.