6-11 June 2013
The first CLOG visit to the Lakes this year was ably organised by John Edwards, with Elaine doing the important administration. We did several excellent walks, a number of them at a high level. We were also lucky with the weather, the sun smiling benignly on our exploits.
The daily walks I describe here are viewed from my personal perspective, and comprise three "high level" walks to the Langdales (June 07), the Fairfield Horseshoe (June 08) and the Old Man of Coniston (June 09) as well as lower level walks to Troutbeck and Wansfell Pike (June 10) and to the Sweden Bridges (June 06). These walks cover a variety of Lakeland scenery, and three of them were on the doorstep of our hostel.
There were, of course, other activities, such as a high level walk around Bow Fell (north of the Crinkle Crags) (June 09), a moderate level walk to Grasmere (June 09), cycle riding around Hawkshead and Wray Castle (June 10) as well as some more leisurely walks to Grasmere. To give you an idea of the interesting terrain around Bow Fell, I have included references to some pictures my CLOG friends took, when they scaled Bow Fell and the Great Slab during a CLOG visit to Ambleside in 2008 (just before I became a Cloggie).
As stated, the walks I describe in these pages are viewed here from a personal perspective. Although I had to check my speed because of the thyroid medication I was taking, I figured that by aiming to keep a steady pace instead of a stop-start approach, I would be able to cover most of the ground I would normally wish to do - the strategy worked! Thanks for your understanding! Admittedly, I did stop occasionally to take pictures, some of which you will see in these pages.
Now you can rekindle your memories. I wish you happy viewing!
I find that it's nice to put some figures to the walks that I do. So I set about plotting the course of each walk. I tried to be as accurate as possible with the plots, but of course, as always, I would not guarantee perfection! I am human after all, and maps, however good, can make approximations to what is actually on the ground. From the plots I got heights, gradients, distances and a host of other intriguing information. These parameters helped me to compare the physically demanding aspects of the walks.
For the height profiles above, each walk is denoted by the day (June 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10) on which it took place. (Incidentally, the OS map invariably gives a slightly greater height for a mountain peak - typically by 10 to 20 metres - than the plot of the walk would indicate; while this could point to inexperience on my part, it could also be that the OS map refers to the highest point, even if that point be a man-made structure). Distances, as always, are at sea level. Of course, the old wisdom rings true: distances that seem short on the flat actually can be quite significant in mountainous areas. The official heights of the mountains in the Lake District fall a bit short of the one kilometre mark, but our walks got reasonably close to that level. In that respect, we certainly had a good "run" (or should I say "walk") for our money! The other aspect that the diagram aims to show for each walk is the "steepness" of the gradients and the distance or length over which each gradient endures. Soak up the visual impact!
Of course, walks can also be compared on a tabular basis. In particular, parameters such as Total Ascent and Total Descent are quite interesting. From the above table, I reckon that I climbed over 3.3 kilometers on my feet in the space of five days. I'm getting on a bit, but you can probably better this.
I'm sure we would all like to thank John Edwards for organising this, the first CLOG visit to the Lakes this summer. In addition, Elaine looked after the administration, which is important for the smooth running of an event such as this. Many thanks are of course also due to the walk and event leaders including John E., John B., Elaine, Melissa, Gavin, and, last but not least, Ralph. (I hope I haven't forgotten anyone!) We all had a good time ... and ... good weather!