Lake District YHA Trek -
There were 18 of us on the trek – 17 women and 1 man. We caught the train to Ravenglass and walked below Muncaster Fell and past Irton Pike to Wasdale Hall YHA on the first day.
On the Tuesday we walked beside Wastwater and then climbed up to Burnmoor and past Burnmoor tarn (very wet area) to descend to Boot and the Eskdale YHA.
On Wednesday we walked to Jubilee Bridge and then up to pass the shoulder of Harter Fell and to Grassguard and Wallowbarrow and descend to the Duddon Valley. Then up again following the Walna Scar track and down to Coniston Coppermines YHA.
On the last day we walked to Yewtree Tarn, Skelwith and over shoulder of Loughrigg to Ambleside where we caught the bus back home. – a total of 38 miles and about 400ft over the 4 days.
Lovely weather – sunny much of the time, we didn’t have to get waterproofs out once – any rain that fell came over night when we were in the hostels.
We took the train from Lancaster
(We’re seventeen lively ladies,
Most sixty plus, all going strong,
With odd ones nearing eighty).
We waved to folk on Ratty when
We got to Ravenglass
And with conviction and resolve
We hoisted on our packs.
We trekked to Wasdale Hall YH
The lake deep as the sea
Reflected in its waters were
Calm trees, steep slopes, grey scree.
The next day surely was a day
That we won’t soon forget
Three simple words for Burnmoor Tarn:
Boggy, and wild, and wet.
Then down we went to Eskdale, where
The hostel’s really good
The view, the beck, the nature trail,
And cleaning off the mud.
The third day was the toughest one;
We skirted Harter Fell,
Passed Wallabarrow Crag, and on
To lovely Duddon dale.
From there we saw our onward path,
The way we had to go,
The Walna Scar road snaking up,
So far, so high, so …slow.
We slowly made it to the top
And marvelled at the view
“There’s Scotland!” “Isle of Man!” “The sea!”
“The Dales!” “and Howgills too!”
Then gently down to Coppermines
The Old Man looming o’er us
And all the while the beautiful
Lake Coniston before us.
Our final day, to Ambleside
On tracks so little known
That, though it was the holidays,
We hardly saw a soul.
Helen Price August 2017
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