Another twitteratti walk, this time taking in our final 4 Wainwrights to finish the Northern fells. After a conversation on Twitter,Mike and his girlfriend Jennifer were going to join us with the promise of brownies. That is the good thing about twitter, like minded people coming together.
So we met at 9.30 at a layby on the Ormthwaite road, a bit later than our usual meeting time as I had been on a hen day the previous day.
So there we were, Me, Dave, Tanya, Paul, Gary, Stuart, Mike and Jennifer. So we set off on the clearly marked path towards our first summit of Ullock Pike. This path seemed to climb forever and we all took in a lot of view stops!! It had been awhile since I had been out and could tell. This was a perfect opportunity to give my new inov8 trail shoes a test. They are a very comfortable shoe. Soon the Pike was in sight, number 1 bagged. I was starting to feel the effects of too much alcohol the day before. But a pork pie and lots of water seemed to sort me.
From here, we headed across to Longside before heading up to Skiddaw. Tanya and Paul veered off to do Carlside and Dodd and then meet in the pub later. The rest of us set off to climb Skiddaw. The clouds were circling and I prayed that I got a view on the top. I have climbed Skiddaw twice before and never seen a view. After a slog up, the summit trig point was in view and the clouds had gone. It is a magnificent 360 degree view from the top. Brownies and bait stop and we set off down the steep descent towards Carlside Tarn. Jack, Mike’s surrogate dog had a paddle before we set off to Carlside. It was on the descent of Carlside that I realised I had lost my sunglasses :( That will teach me not to wear good glasses whilst walking.
We could see our final summit Dodd in the distance. As we approached Dodd, Mike and Jennifer said they were going to head back and meet us in the pub. So Dave, Gary, Stuart and I headed up to Dodd. We were all feeling tired and it was so hot. I apparently route marched them up to the summit. Photos and a brief rest and it was back down the same way, then along the forest track. A brief stop at Sawmill café for a cold can of pop and loo break and it was along the road back to the car. Part of the way was on a footpath, but when that ended rather than head up through the forest decided to go on the road. We’d had enough, just wanted to get back to the car and more importantly the pub.
We went to the Sun Inn, Bassenthwaite. A pint of Jennings finest and sausage, egg and chips was a very good walkers reward.
Another great day out in the hills, good banter, great weather and new friends. What did I say about not turning into a Wainwright bagger??!!