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Lake District YHA Trek - 7th to 10th August 2017

There were 18 of us on the trek – 17 women and 1 man. We caught the train to Ravenglass and walked below Muncaster Fell and past Irton Pike to Wasdale Hall YHA on the first day.

On the Tuesday we walked beside Wastwater and then climbed up to Burnmoor and past Burnmoor tarn (very wet area) to descend to Boot and the Eskdale YHA.

On Wednesday we walked to Jubilee Bridge and then up to pass the shoulder of Harter Fell and to Grassguard and Wallowbarrow and descend to the Duddon Valley. Then up again following the Walna Scar track  and down to Coniston Coppermines YHA.

On the last day we walked to Yewtree Tarn, Skelwith and over shoulder of Loughrigg to Ambleside where we caught the bus back home. – a total of 38 miles and about 400ft over the 4 days.

Lovely weather – sunny much of the time, we didn’t have to get waterproofs out once – any rain that fell came over night when we were in the hostels.

Gill Gale

A 4-day trip with rain in the nights and sunshine in the days, three good youth hostels, fantastic scenery, heather on the fells, marsh orchids, brilliant leadership and great company. There was one gentleman as well as the 17 ladies. He did different walks. He was very welcome.

We took the train from Lancaster

(We’re seventeen lively ladies,

Most sixty plus, all going strong,

With odd ones nearing eighty).

We waved to folk on Ratty when

We got to Ravenglass

And with conviction and resolve

We hoisted on our packs.

We trekked to Wasdale Hall YH

The lake deep as the sea

Reflected in its waters were

Calm trees, steep slopes, grey scree.

The next day surely was a day

That we won’t soon forget

Three simple words for Burnmoor Tarn:

Boggy, and wild, and wet.

Then down we went to Eskdale, where

The hostel’s really good

The view, the beck, the nature trail,

And cleaning off the mud.

The third day was the toughest one;

We skirted Harter Fell,

Passed Wallabarrow Crag, and on

To lovely Duddon dale.

From there we saw our onward path,

The way we had to go,

The Walna Scar road snaking up,

So far, so high, so …slow.

We slowly made it to the top

And marvelled at the view

“There’s Scotland!” “Isle of Man!” “The sea!”

“The Dales!” “and Howgills too!”

Then gently down to Coppermines

The Old Man looming o’er us

And all the while the beautiful

Lake Coniston before us.

Our final day, to Ambleside

On tracks so little known

That, though it was the holidays,

We hardly saw a soul.

Helen Price August 2017