Here you will read and see activities related to our stay in Ambleside. Some activities were undertaken by my CLOG friends either this time or a few years ago. In some other CLOG activities a few years ago I also had the privilege to take part.
On our CLOG visit at Easter 2009 we stayed at the Butharlyp Howe YHA. This had been newly painted, just in time for Easter. It had the more relaxed house regime that characterises the YHAs of the new era; the catering was good, although Grasmere itself was certainly not without good eateries. Here is a summary of what we got up to then.
Left: "Yup. This is the way according to the OS".
Right: "I can look forward to complete confidence in our leader!"
Good Friday - Old Dungeon Ghyll. This was Gavin's nice introductory walk to the "pub at the end of the universe" and back. The descent - down Stickle Ghyll - to the pub was a typical lakeland walk - a mélange of rocks and water - enjoyed by many walkers with their four-legged friends, not just by us. The weather was already showing a glimmering of summer. There was hope that we would actually see the Lake District in sunshine - exposed as Nature intended!
Easter Saturday - Patterdale & Helvellyn (950m). The sunshine was here and we enyoyed JohnB's walk up one of the Lake Districts's highest mountains. Excellent weather. Excellent scenery. A memorable walk John!
A quick look at the map before our assault on Helvellyn via Striding or Swirral Edges - whichever took one's fancy!.
On Helvellyn (950m) the was time to admire the view, although those snow fields looked a bit steep for a satisfactory, energy-dissipating, snowball skirmish.
Easter Sunday - Borrowdale to Grasmere. This was a sunny walk from Rosthwaite, through Borrowdale, down to the "pub at the end of the universe" and back up over the hills to Grasmere. Another of JohnB's fine walks.
We've been to Borrowdale, Stake Pass and Old Dungeon Ghyll. Now it's time to head back to Grasmere. JohnB's navigation gets us spot on back to Grasmere YHA.
Easter Monday - Fairfield Horseshoe (873m max). One of Ralph's great walks. There were four of us and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a rare opportunity, too good to miss! Good views of the Lake District all round.
On April 13th, 2009 there were four of us doing the Fairfield Horseshoe in the anti-clockwise direction. The picture shows from left to right: Mark (do you remember him - he looked as if he could be related to Ralph), and then of course Ralph (different glasses) and unmistakably John E.; yours truly is the photographer. The picture was taken on Hart Crag, between Dove Crag and Fairfield itself.
Day 5 - April 14 Tuesday - Loughrigg (335m). This was an easy final jaunt up the local Loughrigg (no Irish connections) to round off a successful visit to the Lake District before our return to the deep south in the afternoon. There were nice views towards Grasmere and Windermere.
Our three heroes on Loughrigg summit - as taken by yours truly.
Cloggies had already visited Ambleside in July 2008. You can see that the Lake District is high on the CLOG's annual agenda. Destinations my Cloggie friends visited at that time, before I became a CLOGgie, included: Bowfell, the Great Slab and the Climber's path.
here were, of course, other activities during our 2013 stay in Ambleside. Parallel activities are the traditional approach for many CLOG away visits, especially in an area like the Lake District, where, after all, there is so much on offer to the discerning Cloggie. These parallel activities included a high level walk around Bow Fell (north of the Crinkle Crags) (on June 09), a moderate level walk to Grasmere (also on June 09) and cycle riding around Hawkshead and Wray Castle (on June 10). From June 09 onwards, there were also some more leisurely low level walks to Grasmere.