Fifteen brave souls headed to the Lake District on Sunday for the twice-a-year walk. Eventually reaching Buttermere, after being caught in a cycle race of 2,000 entrants, four went for a wander round Crummock Water, about eight miles, and the rest commenced the climb up Fleetwith Pike at the south end of Buttermere Lake.
The rain came on and it was a miserable ascent for most of the way. However, near the top, where lunch was enjoyed in a sheltered corner, the rain stopped and the strong breeze soon dried the walkers out. Reaching the top was a bit of a problem with the strong wind but it was worth it for the view, as the clouds lifted for a few moments.
Because of the wind it was decided not to take the path across the top of Hay Stacks and to go the waterfall route past the bothy at the slate piles, from where it was a steep rocky descent down to the valley floor at Warnscale Bottom and back to the cars at Gatesgarth. After a quick change of clothes it was on to the Bridge Inn at Buttermere for a well-earned meal with refreshments. A long day, but, as always, enjoyable.
Next walk on May 24 – Holy Island causeway to Spittal – will be followed by tea in Berwick.
A pair of boots and socks (size 8.5) were left in one of the cars after the Carter Bar walk but as yet have not been claimed. –IC