4/08/18 Bassenthwaite to Keswick ‘A’ David Palmer ‘A-‘ Geoff Palmer ‘B’ George Gibson
52 members set out on a very warm and dry day. After coffee at the Houghton Hall Garden Centre we travelled to Bassenthwaite where 11 members got off the coach near the Ravenstone Hotel, 9 to do the ‘A’ walk while another 2 wanted to do their own linear walk into Keswick. The coach continued on to a very busy coach park in Keswick and we just managed to squeeze in. Due to the ‘toughness’ of the ‘A’ walk, an alternative was offered and 10 members set out on this walk via Latrigg while 15 members opted for the ‘B’ walk. Paths were followed to Portinscale then field tracks to Ullock Moor and Little Braithwaite. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery on this glorious summer afternoon. We stopped for lunch alongside the Newlands Beck where we spotted a heron in the water and lots of white butterflies on the flowers all around us. We continued on to climb to Hawes End farm below Catbells. We descended over Copperheap Hill into woodland and followed the tracks back into Portinscale with a stop at the sailing club’s shop for ice-cream. A few of our members spent the day at a newly opened venue in Portinscale called the Lingholm Estate with its grade 2 listed Victorian house, beautiful gardens reaching down to Derwentwater and cafe. Well worth a visit. The alternative ‘A’ walk was late getting back due to a diversion on the old railway track. We had an evening stop in Hexham. Flowers: betony, enchanters nightshade, greater burnet, greater knapweed, harebell, hawkbit, meadowsweet, ragwort, red campion, rosebay willowherb, silverweed, spleenwort, tormentil, yarrow, yellow vetchling. Other: alpacas, brambles, herons, lapwings, lords and ladies, peacock butterflies, lots of white butterflies.