Member Written Event Account:
This was my first weekend away with the Outdoorlads and it was great!
Over the weekend we made a circular walk using two different camping barns. It worked well and made for a real sense accomplishment.
We had sole use of both barns, starting Friday night at Newlands camping barn. Although located only 4m out of Keswick it felt remote with a wonderful view of the hills. Weather Friday night was not ideal, but with the aid of the barn’s coal-burning stove and the local pub, the members of the group were soon relaxing and getting to know each other.
Fortunately, sightings of the ghost of the naked lady were not made over night, the only uninvited guests being the free-range chickens at breakfast.
Saturday morning we made the ascent of Catbells and continued up to High Spy and Dale Head before making a steep descent through Goat Crags down to Buttermere for a peaceful stop by the lakeside. We endured only occasional showers although some were driven by high winds along the final ridge section, the warm sheltered lakeside walk to the camping barn in Buttermere was a tame but pleasant contrast.
Here the picturesque Cragg Barn is almost luxurious! It has 2 storeys with good facilities downstairs and an upstairs sleeping area.
Energised by a feast at the local pub the previous night, Sunday morning saw us climbing Crag Hill (839m) via Whiteless Pike. That achieved, the days ascent was complete, the weather was perfect and all that remained was to enjoy the 360 degree panorama of views from the ridge walk back towards Keswick: To the North mountains of Scotland, to the West the coast & Irish Sea, to the East Derwent Water and to the South layer upon layer of Lakeland peaks. Lunch was had along this ridge – fabulous!
by David (davidb)