Lake District weekend away at Rydal hall
22nd-24th January 2010
Having brought in lots of coal and wood for the fire, we were sure to keep the bunkhouse warm for our stay. Getting up at stupid o'clock on Saturday for the long 'Roger' walk was well worth it for the view of the mist over Rothay Valley. The weather was perfect bright sunshine and we were glad to have climbed up high over Fairfield staying above the low cloud that hugged the valley for the remainder of the day. Sledging down the mountains was found to be the most efficient way of tackling the snow on a number of the decents which added to the fun. Walking through the snow was hard work and meant that we couldn't complete the Loughrigg climb and we opted instead to stop in a cafe in Ambleside before sauntering back along the valley to our digs - and yes! there is photographic proof of Roger winding down in a cafe afterwards (before it got dark, that is!) The medium walk led by Jules was also very enjoyable -heading up Langdale and Lingmore Fell although we did wonder how they all returned a fair while after the long walkers got back - we were going to start a search party when they wandered in having been 'caught in the pub!!'. We had all deserved our three course bargain meal at the Badger Bar (definitely worth a visit - to hungry people!) and were all suitably stuffed and content thereafter where the majority of us retreated to the bunkhouse to sleep off all the food!
The weather on Sunday was also dry where in the main the majority opted for Richard Eyre's walk up Langdale Pike and High Raise enjoying the sunshine and clear views. A few went on the Wordsworth walk led by Victoria where they caught a glimpse of Gary venturing in to the cold waters of Rydal Water - brrr!'
A great time had by all - and a total bargain too!