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Chalet Trek 11 -14th September 2017

The chalet trek has become a yearly treat that we all eagerly look forward to. We can now take advantage of the 555 bus which travels up the motorway making our arrival at Keswick much quicker. Despite the dreadful forecast of wind and torrential rain we dodged showers to enjoy our walk to the chalet at Stair, following the paths by the lake to arrive at the

back of Cat Bells.

The following day, enveloped in waterproofs and serenaded by the soothing tones of gushing

waterfalls, we followed the tranquil path through the gorge by Rigg Beck. Amidst heavy downpours we made our way down through the woods to arrive at Buttermere and dived into the cafe at Syke Farm for tea and scones whilst waiting for the little bus to take us to Braithwaite. From there we walked the side roads and river path back to Stair.

The weather had only worsened by the next day, so we caught the bus to Seatoller to walk back through the valley. With water streaming off our coats and faces, we ducked inside the Borrowdale youth hostel for a very welcome coffee break. The river Derwent, swollen by the continuous rain, was now a spectacularly raging torrent which we followed as we

joined the Cumbria Way. We searched in vain for Millican Dalton’s cave, but didn’t linger as the paths themselves had now become streams. From Grange we followed the Cat Bells terrace path back to the chalet.

The bad weather did little to dampen our spirits and we spent happy evenings chatting, playing scrabble and doing jigsaws after feasting on the delicious dishes conjured up by members of the group. On the last day the sun emerged to illuminate the wondrous views of the surrounding mountains as we made our way down the Cat Bells path to catch the bus from Grange to Keswick.

Our warm thanks go to Gill for organizing the trek, Mary for transporting, buying and cooking the food and all the other contributions from the group who make this such a delightful experience every year.

Nina Brindle.