Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter in a lake District Hobbit Hole

Easter had arrived and it was time for a few days in  the lake district. After an excellent one night stay last year we returned to the  Quiet site at Watermillock by Ullswater.
The quiet site have increased the number of hobbit holes available with  a sleeping area for 5, a toilet, electrical power, and sink these provide a very comfortable camping experience. My position was in the covered porch which is the cooking and eating area.
The weather for our first day was forecast to be very good on a suggestion from a climbing instructor at Awesome walls in Sheffield we decided to try Cam Crag ridge a Bentley Beetham route in the Langstrath valley, Borrowdale.

We were dropped off at the village of Stonethwaite on a beautiful bright morning, we made our way along the Cumbria way as far as Blackmoss pot.


Black moss pot is a well known spot for wild swimming the water rushes down the narrow ravine, the pictures above illustrate the deep pool. People love to jump in and swim particularly after long hot days of fell walking.


From here we headed up to Cam crag, I checked the scrambling guide which indicated I had already done the route with Gordon in 2001. On our way we searched the area for the bothy in the cave, Keisha and Louis were thrilled when they located it.

The rock was in excellent condition and there are many lines to scramble on, its quite easy to escape any difficulties. This was an excellent opportunity to enjoy a fabulous scramble and to practice some ropework, moving together Alpine style (see references at the end). However, there is no substitute for practice and experience. Keisha and Louis moved together with great skill and practiced making natural belays using slings and boulders. On harder sections both Keisha and Louis followed the safe practices for attaching to the belay and proceeding to climb.

We had spent quite a lot of time exploring and scrambling we had to head straight back for out lift from Rosthwaite.

Back at the hobbit hole despite having had an energetic day there was much high jinx!






The following day was cooler and not as bright a good day to recce a section of the lakeland 110km Ultra trail challenge.  Whilst I was running from Ambleside to Askham everyone visited the Lowther castle near Askham. As well as playing in the grounds they tried the easter egg hunt, this involved a lot of running around and clue solving for Keisha.

Is was womderful running from Ambleside through to Troutbeck, Kentmere and over the steep Gatesgarth pass to Mardale head. Beautiful lakeland villages and exciting fells. I plodded steadily along topping my energy levels using tailwind. The weather was much brighter as I ran along the shore of the Haweswater reservoir much flatter here and I easily made my way to the village of Askham although its flatter you miss the ups and downs of the fells, did I really write that!


We had an excellent week of running, walking and eating good food. A favourite walk was up Little Mel fell, not far from the campsite. After packing up on our final morning we walked from the quiet site to the Aira force waterfall. After accepting that it wasn't bad refusing a lift from the car we enjoyed our walk along the Ullswater Way, counting slugs as we went along. We were all thrilled by the high point of the route (shown below). We finally arrived at Aira force after 86 slugs!

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