: Aira Force, Gowbarrow and Dalemain
& 4th August 2015
romantic. A stay in the place where we spent the
first night of our honeymoon nearly 44 years ago- The
Glenridding Hotel, Ullswater.
weather forecast had improved from what we had been
expecting so, after checking in, we set off first for
Aira Force where it seemed that every man and his dog
plus wife and three children had the same idea, judging
by the state of the car park.
the throng, it (the Force, not the car park) was still
was confident that on leaving the Force we would find
the track to Gowbarrow deserted. That seemed to be more
or less the case as we set off up the path that climbs
above Lyulph's Tower, parallel to the lake. I
knew there was a story about the Tower but couldn't
remember it to tell Margaret. It shows how bad
my memory is as it was only six weeks ago that the BOOTboys were
there and I reported the story of the sleep walking
lady and the inspiration she provided to William Wordsworth.
For more, see BB1522
: The Somanbulist and the Mells.
surprised me as we steadily climbed the somewhat exposed
path, was the plethora of people we encountered heading
in the opposite direction. It seems that they
had all parked near the Force but were doing the walk
the other way round, some following guide books. Not
Wainwright, as he describes the alternative as "much
less attractive". True, they had the view to the head
of Ullswater in front of them but would first have had
a much steeper climb than us as we were to discover
after taking in the panorama at the summit cairn.
probably didn't make the most of the path through
the woods as it dropped down close by Aira Beck. Although
not clearly shown on the map, it seems that there are
crossing places that allows exploration of both sides
of the beck and its falls. We were on a track
a little too high to spot them. One day we must
requires I draw a veil over our stay at our honeymoon
hotel other than to say that what the Glenridding lacks
in sophistication, it was made up for by the positive
attitude of all the staff we met.
Wednesday morning it was pouring down but forecasted
to relent so we headed north for a tour of Dalemain
House. Very interesting. Home to the annual
"World's Best Marmalade" competition which
I have every confidence that Margaret will win next
were lots of Lady
Anne Clifford references that would have
delighted Tony. And, now it had stopped raining,
interesting gardens that delighted Margaret.
4th August 2015
5.4 miles Climbing:
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