The lads in the Lakes

Bridge over the Esk river, upper end of Eskdale

Bridge over the Esk river, upper end of Eskdale

Last weekend, while Jen had her hen weekend, I went with a few buddies to the Lake District (determined not to call it a stag weekend because of the connotations!). It was great to be able to spend time with a group of guys, some of whom I’ve holidayed with and camped with many times over the last few years.

On the Friday, the weather forecast was poor so the five of us (John, Dave, Nick and the Marquis of Moisey) went up Eskdale and round into Mosedale, a very picturesque route that is ideal for low-level walking (except for the steep uphill trudge along the road through Hardknott Pass at the end!).

Esk River

Esk River

Our main walk was on Saturday: I went with Dave Doughty and John Linney up Scafell Pike via  the Corridor Route. This is a scenic, gently inclining trek up from Styhead Pass, which gives great views across the valley to the brooding, bleak presence of Great Gable.

Great Gable from the Corridor Route: in the distance Skiddaw & Blencathra.

Great Gable from the Corridor Route: in the distance Skiddaw & Blencathra.

John Linney and Dave Doughty on the way up the Corridor Route to Scafell Pike. Great Gable in the background.

John Linney and Dave Doughty on the way up the Corridor Route to Scafell Pike. Great Gable in the background.

The weather was meant to be good that day, but it was instead overcast most of the time, and just as we got to the summit the clouds rolled back in. This was less unfortunate than it sounds because the views are much better on the way than in the middle of the summit plateau.

Descent from Scafell Pike, with Red Pike and Pillar in the distance.

Descent from Scafell Pike, with Red Pike and Pillar in the distance.

We stayed at the Wasdale Hall youth hostel, at the southwest end of Wastwater – and this was one of the best that I’ve stayed in (genuinely very good, and I’ve been to some that have been quite poor by comparison).

Wastwater

Wastwater, loomed over by Great Gable.

One thought on “The lads in the Lakes

  1. Richard

    Thank you for your recent E Mail always good to hear what you are up to.

    Can Paulette and I wish you and Jen all that you would wish yourself for your future together.

    Paulette and Bill Fletcher

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