Five VI formers + OF, MN
Direct to Eskdale Youth Hostel via M1, M6, A591 to Ambleside and then the scenic route across
the remote Wrynose and Hardknott Passes.
Three days on site.
Day 1: A wet weather day programme, visiting Ravenglass via the narrow gauge railway. This
involved atmospheric train journeys in the wind and rain, a visit to the fascinating railway museum
and an abortive attempt to fly a drone. In these circumstances and with weather conditions
worsening, the decision was taken to abandon the traverse of Muncaster Fell and we made an
earlier return to the Youth Hostel.
Day 2: Improving weather conditions meant a glorious mountain day traversing the mountain of
Yewbarrow. The view from Dore Head was stunning and the subsequent scramble up was a good
test of fitness and character. At the top we were rewarded with superb views, as the clouds lifted
from all the surrounding peaks, including England’s highest, Scafell Pike and Scafell. As the summit
ridge was traversed there were further spectacular vistas, of Wastwater with its screes and the
sunlight on the distant waters of Morecambe Bay. A steep path led us safely down as the light was
fading and we arrived back at the youth hostel just in time for supper after what had been a tough
but wonderful day.
Day 3: The rain and low cloud forecast meant another wet weather day, with a trip to the sea at
Maryport and its amazing Aquarium, packed with literally hundreds of species – from the humble
cod to the exotic seahorse, with rays (which could be stroked), starfish, lobsters (including newly
hatched specimens), octopi, moray eels, starfish, clown fish and many others. It was a bit of a let-
down when, after a fascinating visit, it transpired that all the fish and chip shops in town were
closed. One that was open was eventually located in Egremont, with the help of Mr Futter’s sat-
nav and only after a trip down various back roads and side streets. Another consolation was that
the forecast had been spot-on, with even the lower fells shrouded in cloud as we returned to the
As outward journey with an interesting re-ascent of the Hardknott Pass and an otherwise trouble
Overall – wonderful trip, enjoyed by all and with a variety of interesting experiences for the boys,
whose behaviour was excellent. Tremendous group atmosphere.
October 2017 Hill Walk- Lake District
By firstname.lastname@example.org on November 10, 2017
Five VI formers + OF, MN
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