Caroline, Joan and me traveled down to the Lake District this weekend and enjoyed a, despite the
weather, enjoyed a couple of good walks. First though I'd like to mention the bunk house accommodation at the White Horse Inn - it was great and we would all highly recommend it. The rooms are warm and, perhaps more importantly, the showers are excellent. The pub itself is good for food and a pint after a good day on the fells.
Having discussed options for Saturday we decided to give Scafell Pike a go from the Seathwaite side. As the weather forecast was showing a deterioration in the afternoon, we decided to make an early start (this would also allow us to get back into Keswick for some retail therapy!). Despite making an early start is soon became obvious that the wind was going to make life difficult from the get go. Despite the wind we made fairly good going up to the MRT stretcher box at Styhead. At this point we took a snack break and discussed our options.
The wind now was pretty much gale force and the Scafell massive was clagged in pretty badly, so we decided to forego the Pike but to head towards Great End and to recce the band and see if it might be worth having a go at that. But, this also looked pretty poor so we decided to head over to Allen Crags (785m) instead. On the top of the crag it became clear that we had probably made the correct decision as the wind was wild and the rain had come on. We grabbed some lunch and then decided to make a sharp exit via Grains Gill. Despite the weather we had a great day out and the Lakes still managed to give us some good views.
Following a good meal and a couple of pints in the pub on Saturday evening, we decided to either go and have a look at Jackdaw Ridge, Shepherd's Crag (Grade 2) or to do Skiddaw - we would let the weather make the decision for us. The morning brought some calmness but it was pretty damp so we discounted Jackdaw Ridge and opted for Skiddaw via Jenkins. The view from Skiddaw from the ascent where great and we could see pretty much the whole of the Lake District albeit through a haze.
The wind was cold though and it got progressively stronger as we gained altitude. It was gale force on the final wee push to the summit and the wind chill was round the zero mark - in fact it snowed later in the day.
Once again, this was a great 3+ hours on the hill.
So a great weekend was had by all.