Catbells and Maiden Moor
Saturday 6th February 2016
So today was the official first outing of the newly founded Lakes Buddies walking group. A few of us had walked together once or twice before, but today we introduced a new member to a smaller more committed group (welcome Stu)
We planned to walk up Catbells today as a gentle introduction and to give us chance to have a good chinwag on the way ☺
On the way up Skelgill Bank
The initial pull up Skelgill Bank is very deceiving. We discussed this in length as we panted our way up. We concluded that it was because we exited the car and went straight into the climb. This seemed more plausible than that any of us had over indulged in food and drink the night before 😂
As we started to get in to gear and got our second wind we were soon in our stride.
Approaching the summit of Catbells.
The weather was not as bad as we had expected. Craig and I had both been up Catbells in extreme wind, and took great joy in telling Emma and Stu horror stories of being lifted off our feet and being almost blown off the mountain.
Imagine our disappointment when hardly a hair blew out of place 😮
It did pick up a bit later but nothing too extreme haha.
Some confusion over the way to the top.
On the summit of Catbells.
We had a high 5 moment amongst ourselves for the Lake Buddies reaching their first summit together ☺
Emma devised a Lake Buddies pose on the top. Not sure it will catch on mind. Us guys will struggle to pull off the pink socks look!!!
After a 10 min break on the top to take in the views!……we were on our way again.
We decided that we had enough in the tank to attempt Maiden Moor, which looked inviting under a thin blanket of frost. It looked likely to snow up there so off we went in high spirits.
The route ahead under cloud.
Wee stop for me as the guys wait patiently (4 layers of undergarments)
Stu on his second summit of the day 👍
Emma tries yet another Lake Buddies pose. ☺
It was at this point that we decided to retrace our route back down as the wind and sleet/snow was getting a bit much.
I did take this opportunity to demonstrate my map folding in the wind skills.
Group were suitably impressed (I think)
Looking back to Catbells from Maiden Moor.
So off we went back the way we came. We didn’t go over Catbells again though as we’d decided to drop right down and walk back along the shore of Derwent Water.
Heading back down the winding steps.
We were all in agreement that these were a bugger on the legs!!
Lovely views into the valley though.
We were soon down on to the main road, and heading to the lakeside.
I knew of a little shortcut which I suggested we take……
Unfortunately I forgot to mention that I’d only used this shortcut during the dry summer months!!!
A bit tricky after the recent floods 😮
Stu demonstrating the trickiness 😂
Emma had already fallen but unfortunately I didn’t catch that one…..or Emma haha.
A couple of Herdy’s down by the waters edge. The guys again were suitably impressed by my sheep whispering skills in getting the sheep to pose 😂
A side shot of the damaged jetty from the recent floods.
And from the front.
Further along the shoreline and through the woods we came to an interesting sculpture…..
Once back to the car it was a quick change into dry clothing, then off to pub.
All in all a great walk with a great group of friends. Really looking forward to the next one 👍