Summer walk: Patterdale – Glenridding

 Patterdale – Glenridding 5/08/17 ‘A’ David Palmer  ‘B’ Ken Armstrong

It was cool and overcast as 52 members set out for the Lakes stopping for coffee in Barnard Castle. Upon arrival in Patterdale, 9 members set out on the ‘A’ walk and at a given point 5 continued on the ‘A’ walk climbing to 2,800 feet while the other 2 did a ‘A-‘ walk. The coach back tracked to Glenridding where all the coach bays were occupied by cars so Brian our driver had to park across them but stayed with the coach in order to move it when required. After lunch, 34 members set out on the ‘B’ walk with a climb through the back streets and then a stony track to reach the youth hostel and a former quarry. Shortly afterwards we stopped on the grassy fells and admired the distant views across Ullswater while sitting in glorious sunshine. A level track was followed until we encountered a large drop and then an immediate climb over a huge rock. The party turned around and opted for another path with a diagonal descent to a lower level track. We passed through a camping site and descended back into Glenridding. There was ample time to enjoy the pleasant surroundings especially at the lakeside, watching the ferries come and go. The evening stop was in Barnard Castle.

Flowers: convolvulus, eyebright, foxglove, greater burnet, harebell, hawkweed, ling, rock rose, tormentil, tufted vetch, welsh poppy, white campion, yarrow.

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