6-11 June 2013
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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 and listening!
This is a one and a half minute audio presentation of our visit to Ambleside. It should work with the three main browsers, but please click here if you would like more logistical details on this audio presentation.
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 and Gavin. (I hope I haven't forgotten anyone!) We all had a good time ... and ... good weather!