BB1110 : Not The Royal Wedding

Friday 29th April 2011

Initially I thought we were going to have a good turnout for the Not the Royal Wedding Walk.  Despite the fact that Philip, Robert and Mike had all taken steps to flee the country, there was still a positive response from Pete, James and Bryan.  

Indeed, only Tony confessed to being fascinated by the topic and preferred a day slunked in front of his TV watching the proceedings to a BOOTboys day in the sunshine on the fells.  But then both Pete and James gave backword so in the end Bryan and I were the only ones to reject the pantomime and take to the hills.

It was a lovely morning, albeit with a surprisingly strong breeze blowing.  We parked at Waterhead, Ambleside and after a brief unintentional detour around the Roman building site, found the footbridge over the river to begin the ascent of Loughrigg.

Roman Waterside Granary now....

.... and then

The first part is a relatively steep ascent (or am I just unfit?) to Loughrigg Brow and Lily Tarn.

Lily Tarn

Thereafter it was a meandering and undulating walk across the fell to find the summit. Bryan explained that this area is used for orienteering exercises and you can understand why.

Loughrigg Fell with Fairfield behind

Loughrigg Tarn with Wetherland and Langdales behind

We had a drinks break just below the summit with Bryan trying out his gas stove whilst I remained loyal to my flask.  

We then dropped down through Intake Wood and across to the grounds of the rather fine YHA building with the intention of repeating the process over to Silver Howe.  

Howe-ever (!) the sky clouded over and the wind became stronger so when, after a stiffish climb, Bryan gave me the option of cutting back down to the Langdale Valley, I took the opportunity to ponder the question over lunch near Raven Crag.

Bryan in stove action

Meanwhile, Bryan took the opportunity to brew up again on his stove.  And then again after he knocked the whole lot over!  After this any thought of carrying on had by now left me and we opted for a pleasant if longish saunter back to the car.

Silver Howe, Langdales behind

Grasnere from Loughrigg

Comitibus:  Raven Crag

Down to Elterwater village then along by the lake where we had another photo taken to match the 1984 one of Jamie and Emma!

Comitibus:  Elterwater 2011

Comitibus:  Elterwater 1984

On to Skelwith Bridge we strolled. Then we climbed to Skelwith Fold and through fields and woodland paths by the side of the road back most of the way to Ambleside.

By now, the clouds had passed over, the wind had dropped and it was a very pleasant afternoon.  Just right for an ice cream overlooking the landing stages at Waterhead.

Don, 29th April 2011

Post Script:
Subsequently Tony e-mailed me to justify his absence with the comment:
Was sat watching with my box of Kleenex. Worth it just to see her sister looking stunning!!


Windermere from  Loughrigg Brow

Langdales etc from Skelwith Fold





Friday 29th April

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Other Features:

No Royal Wedding!


Bryan, Don




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2011 Outings

BB1101 :
Wasnfell Revisited
Tuseday 11th January

BB1102 :
Recuperation Scar!
Thursday 17th February

BB1103 :
A Promenade of Pensioners
Thursday 24th February

BB1104 :
The B Team
Thursday 3rd March

BB1105 :
A Little Bit Of Wind
Thursday 10th March

BB1106 :
A Linthwaite Round
Thursday 17th March

BB1107 :
Home From The Pulpit
Thursday 24th March

BB1108 :
Taking The Brunt
Thursday 31st March

BB1109 :
Up The Spout
Wednesday 6th April

BB1110 :
Not The Royal Wedding
Friday 29th April

BB1111 :
Kentmere Parts 1 & 2
Thursday 5th, Saturday 7th May

BB1112 :
Five Unknown Tarns
Wednesday 11th May

BB1113 :
Gurnal Dubbs Revisited
Thursday 19th May


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