Saturday, 10 November 2012

Wainwright Society 10th Anniversary Weekend continued

After our breakfast at the Glenburn Hotel in Windermere we had a busy day ahead - a walk up to Dove Crag from Ambleside, traversing Low Pike and High Pike and returning to the town via Scandale.  In the evening we were to attend the 10th Anniversary Party at Wilf's Restaurant in nearby Staveley. 
The writer at Bridge House in Ambleside prior to the walk
Over twenty members assembled at the Bridge House in Ambleside and we were led away by leader Caroline on our 9 mile walk, 60 years to the day Wainwright completed the first page on Dove Crag in Book 1 - The Eastern Fells.

The path up the ridge to Low Pike above Ambleside follows the wall

Nick sits down on the cairn on Low Pike
The Wainwright Society on a misty High Pike on 10th November 2012
It took us around 75 minutes to summit on Low Pike in damp, misty conditions. The weather was not as bad as it had been the previous day, but it was getting worse.  High Pike followed with Caroline choosing to drop back, allowing Geoff to take the lead on to the summit.  The group had a short stay here and this gave Nick, Geoff and I plenty of time to make some contacts for Wainwrights On The Air. 
Geoff M6PYG gets to grips with Ham Radio on High Pike for Wainwright On The Air
as Phil G4OBK looks on
We arrived on Dove Crag at 12.45pm for lunch, experiencing sandblasting to the face from a short hail shower, which then turned to sleet.

The Wainwright Society suffering on Dove Crag in hail and sleet with leader Caroline on left and Geoff on right
At 1310pm we left Dove Crag to cross over Scandale Head and down onto the Scandale Pass, where we had at last some visibility as the sun tried to penetrate through the cold mist,  for our return in a wet state to Ambleside and after drying off at the car returning to the sanctuary of the warm and welcoming Esquires Coffee Shop for hot drinks and cakes.  
Autumn colours near Ambleside excellently photographed by Nick
This is Scandale in its winter plumage without snow

To be continued with....10th anniversary party and around the Hardknott Pass

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