“What we saw” 19/04/14 ‘A’ David Palmer ‘B’ Margaret Palmer
Numbers were down to 44 today, possibly because it was Easter Saturday. It was a beautiful sunny day as we made good time to the coffee stop at Houghton Garden Centre. We continued along the M6 to the Penrith turnoff and got a short way along the road before we were stopped as the road ahead was closed in both directions due to a horrendous traffic accident. We had to travel north on the M6 and followed a minor road to Wigton then the A695 to Keswick. This detour took so long that the ‘A’ party leader decided there was insufficient time to do the planned walk (Grange circular) and instead did a shortened version as a linear to Keswick. After dropping off 40 members in Grange the driver continued on to Seatoller in order to turn the coach around. He had nearly exceeded his driving time and had to park up in Seatoller for an hour before returning to Keswick for the afternoon. The ‘A’ party (12) went ahead and ascended the fells to enjoy a ridge walk. The ‘B’ party, 28 in number followed a minor road then joined stony tracks to reach Derwent Water.
Lunch was spent sitting among the dainty white flowers of wood anemones. Delightful tracks through Brandelhow Park woodland and lakeside paths with amazing views on this sunny afternoon made for a pleasant enjoyable walk. We left the lakeside near Portinscale admiring the bright red flowers of rhododrendons and followed the track to Keswick. We left the Lakes at 5pm and it took 30 minutes to reach the M6 as opposed to 1h 40m to reach Keswick earlier in the day. An evening stop was spent in Barnard Castle.
Flowers: bluebell, butterbur, celandine, cowslip, dog violet, dogs mercury, garlic mustard, germander speedwell, gorse, ladys smock, periwinkle, primrose, stitchwort, wood anemone, wood sage, wood sorrel and yellow dead nettle.
More photos of this walk from Mary Downes on the Photos page