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!).
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.
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.
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).