25th – 27th February 2011 , Patterdale, Lake District
Present: Martin B (organiser), Claire, Alan, Georgie, Richard S, Sarah, Bruce, Dave W, Paula, Dave H, Dan, (Martin L and Pam in another hostel with baby John)
Location: YHA Hostel, Patterdale
Although we were hoping for some snowy winter conditions, this was not to be, but we were not disappointed by the weather by Lake District standards – it stayed dry, the cloud was high, the odd bit of sun, and the views great with a splattering of snow.
Following the usual Friday night revelries in the pub and later in the room, it was an earlyish start following the usual phaff with layers, gaiters etc. We started off up Grisedale, and then up onto the ridge to join the crowds on Striding Edge to the summit of Helvellyn, where there was some snow to speak about. We then headed south along to High Crag, Dollywagon Pike and down to Grisedale Tarn. A few hardy souls then headed up again to complete the circuit along St Sunday Crag, whilst the rest carried on down Grisedale at various speeds – some rushing to catch an important rugby game showing in the pub. Whilst most of us relaxed by the fire, drinking the hostel dry, Martin was cooking up a splendid meal of lamb tagine, cous cous, and bread – very much appreciated after our hard day in the hills.
Everyone came out on the Sunday walk, up behind the hostel onto Place Fell and back along Ullswater (harder than you may think). Although not particularly high, the views from the summit right across the Lake District were particularly scenic.
We had time for a final pint (and chips) in the pub, before heading back onto the M6 and the long drive home.