Sunday, 25th April 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Troutbeck Church, Troutbeck Tongue, Threshthwaite Mouth. Thornthwaite Crag, Troutbeck Valley
Start Point: Church Bridge, Troutbeck Grid Reference: NY 412 027
Distance: 10.5 miles Ascent: 2,500 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: Very low cloud and mist plus rain in a fresh wind.
Comments: With rain forecast we all donned our wet gear and off we marched through Limefitt caravan park and headed for Troutbeck park. With our wet gear now removed, due to the lack of rain, we climbed the edge of Troutbeck tongue. Our route then took us further into the valley and into the rain and mist, wet gear on again. With little in the way of paths to follow we steadily climbed the grassy slopes to Threshthwaite Mouth. With visibility done to around 50 feet we completed our climb up the scree slopes to Thornthwaite Crag. After a bite to eat for lunch, we made a unanimous decision to leave the tops and miss out Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke and head for home, only leaving the mist at around 1200`. With a steady march back to the cars, the weather did, as it often does, start to clear.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

The cloud is down to the valley as we start out

 

Waterproofs are the order of the day

 

A babbling brook - well, there's not much else to photograph!

 

The reception committee comes to greet us

 

Brand new - born just before we arrived

 

Climbing Troutbeck Tongue . . .

 

but the view isn't much to speak of . . .

 

and the wind plays havoc with John's umbrella

 

The wall provides some shelter from the wind and rain

 

Gary takes the prize for the largest carton of orange juice ever seen on a walk!!

 

Back down in the valley, more signs of new life . . .

 

and the lamb seen earlier is looking quite frisky at 6 hours old

 

The skies seem to be brightening over Windermere . . .

 

but the best photos are still the ones close by . . .

 

with lots to remind us that Spring has arrived . . .

 

even if the weather would tell a different tale

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