July 18th 2010.
The club visited Glenridding on a typical Lake District summer day, ie It rained.
I joined the A party led by Mike Duffy. The intention had been to do the classic Helvellyn walk going along Striding Edge to the summit and returning via Swirral Edge. However due to the conditions, poor visibility and wet rock we decided on plan B. We completed the long climb up to the hole in the wall and then descended to Red Tarn. Visibilty was terrible and you had to imagine the slopes of Helvellyn rearing up behind. We followed the main path down to Glenridding pausing to watch some youngsters canyoning in Glenridding Beck. We were almost as wet as they were. Once back in Glenridding we were able to dry off in The Travellers Rest with a pint of Helvellyn Gold. A pale coloured zesty bitter brewed by Hesket Newmarker Brewery. 4.0 % ABV, very nice. During the 500 yards walk back to the coach it poured with rain again. Ah well, that’s the Lake District.
The B Party, led by Betty Jones, walked up Grisedale following Grisedale Beck. After crossing the beck they returned along the opposite side of the valley.
The C party was led by Phil Spratt. Leaving the coach at Pooley Bridge they caught the steamer to Howtown and then walked along the lakeside path back to Glenridding.
This is the third time I have been to the Lake District in the past 4 weeks and each time it has poured down with rain and we still have a hosepipe ban.