Keswick (Borrowdale)

 ‘A’ David Palmer  ‘B’ Doris Farley

55 set out for the Lakes on an overcast but dry day. After coffee at the Houghton Hall Garden Centre we travelled to the far end of Borrowdale, a very slow journey due to the narrow road. After dropping off the ‘A’ party, 12 in number, the coach travelled back to Keswick. After lunch 31 did the ‘B’ walk. We walked along the main street to the River Derwent and followed field paths to reach Portinscale via a sturdy swing bridge. After passing through a small housing estate we reached a fenced lane which took us to open fields.  We then had quite a stretch of quiet road walking. It became really hot and sunny but the fell tops were covered in mist. We endured a stiff climb to reach a stony track below catbells. Here we sat and admired the distant views of Bassenthwaite Lake. The track eventually descended to a road and then good woodland tracks were followed back to Portinscale. We retraced our route back to Keswick.

Flowers: foxglove, harebell, hawkweed, herb bennet, honeysuckle, meadowsweet, oxeye daisy, ragwort, slender st johns wort, sneezewort, tormentil, yarrow, yellow vetchling.

 

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