Lake District trip 7-9th February 2020
Sykeside Bunkhouse, Brotherswater, near Patterdale
A few of us headed north for the February trip traditionally named ‘Quest for Snow’. However we weren’t certain how Storm Ciara which was due to come in over the weekend would affect us. Fortunately we went up on Thursday evening and woke up to a cloudless sky on Friday. We parked at the Bunkhouse and headed up Dovedale Valley onto Hart Crag (822m) and then on to Fairfield (873m). The views were amazing due to the brilliant, clear blue sky. We accomplished our mission to find snow, although it was sparse! We returned via a really nice ridge, Hartsop above How.
On Saturday the wind was beginning to pick up, so we walked from the bunkhouse up to Hayeswater and on to Angle Tarn. With gusts of up to 50mph at the top, we just about managed to stay upright with the help of poles. With only one hailstorm we got back before the torrential rain and winds arrived in the evening. However we were quite content sitting in the pub with a log fire having a great meal.
It was straight back to Newbury on Sunday due to the weather conditions and the flooding, the campsite had turned into a lake!
It was a great weekend with a cosy room in the Bunkhouse which was situated next to an excellent pub.